FibreMax developed aramid cables with a worldwide unique breaking strength, intended for a gigantic fly-jib that will install offshore wind turbines. The NPM Capital portfolio company agreed to the opportunity and set a world record. FibreMax is not only the preferred supplier for the cranes that will build these offshore installations, but also for the wind turbines. From 2020 the company will generate enough solar energy to produce the cables CO2 neutrally.
The cables had to be as light, strong and durable as possible, with a minimum strength of 16,500 kN. After 1.5 years of R&D FibreMax transported the test cable to DNV GL in October 2019 for a destructive test. At the first attempt the test cable surpassed the 16,500 kN minimum and set the world record at 17,020 kN. During the R&D process, FibreMax had a lot of support from fibre supplier Teijin Aramid.
Satyavan Hange, Global Market Manager Teijin Aramid: “This record-breaking achievement is hard proof of what’s possible when using high-performance aramids, and shows there are no limits to what our Twaron product can do. Our close collaboration with FibreMax throughout R&D and the testing process is also a great example of how partnership drives success to new levels – together, we’re raising the bar for industry standards.”
Another hurdle that had to be taken by FibreMax was the necessary DNV GL certification for offshore and platform lifting appliances. Due to the great dedication on both sides, it was possible to certify the cables in time. Subsequently, FibreMax will receive an approval of manufacturer later in 2020, which guarantees the quality for each subsequent project.
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