Compression moulding is a high-volume, high-pressure process using a heated or cooled mould tool to manufacture thermoset and thermoplastic components.

We have installed 4 large compression-moulding presses from 150 tonnes to 200 tonnes, with the required ancillaries including mould heating, robotic handling and post-processing equipment.

ACT use compression moulding in the manufacture of our structural composite panels / mouldings for use within the automotive and aerospace industries.  The two main types of composite components currently manufactured on-site are;

  1. Structural rigid polyurethane/glass fibre.
  2. Bio-composites.

Both types of components use a structural outer surface combined with a lightweight core to provide incredibly strong components at minimum weight.  Materials used on the outer surface include chopped-strand-mat (CSM) glass fibre or recycled carbon fibre combined with polyurethane resin, polypropylene / glass fibre sheets or flax combined with a sugar based bio-resin.  Core materials include paper honeycomb, polycarbonate honeycomb, polypropylene honeycomb, Nomex™-coated honeycomb and PPSU/PET foams.

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