Acota has been appointed the Authorised Distributor for 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibres and Textiles, for the UK & North Europe.
Acota has been appointed the Authorised Distributor for 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibres and Textiles, for North Europe, in a move that consolidates and strengthens the company’s offering in the supply of specialty materials to manufacturers and industry.
Used in seals, gaskets, heat shields, furnace linings, 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibres and Textiles are temperature resistant up to 1300OC, resistant to thermal shock, fire and chemicals improving equipment reliability in high temperature environments – proven by their use in tiles on the NASA Space Shuttle.
Their alternate use is as structural reinforcement in a variety of metal, ceramic and polymer composites, making them stiffer and stronger. Because of their strength, light weight and creep resistance it makes them ideal for use in Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC), Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) and Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC).
Nextel is made of continuous ceramic oxide fibres, and is available in a variety of forms, including yarns and rovings, woven fabrics, braided sleeving and tape, chopped fibres and sewing threads.
Already the Authorised Distributor for 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids, this consolidates the company’s position as a leading distributor for 3M in the UK and Northern Europe.
Steve Henly, Managing Director of Acota said, “We are delighted to offer customers the Nextel range of ceramic fibres and textiles. It brings a new dimension to our existing range of specialty materials and they offer a great solution for sectors requiring materials to work in extreme temperature environments such as aerospace, petrochemical and high temperature industrial, as well as the growing composites market.”
“We have in-house technical expertise which allows clients to get advice on which products are most suited to their needs”, he concluded.
Sean Appleton, 3M Regional Divisional Sales Manager commented, “We have a long standing and successful business partnership with Acota. The unique experience and technical expertise of their team makes them an ideal partner to represent us for Nextel Ceramic Fibres.”