Incubation centre for composites in Ahmedabad
A Focus Incubation Centre (FIC) for Composites has been inaugurated at Ahmedabad Textile Industryâ€™s Research Association (ATIRA).
A Focus Incubation Centre (FIC) for Composites has been inaugurated at Ahmedabad Textile Industryâ€™s Research Association (ATIRA). The FIC is part-sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles to promote technical textiles. Applications for product developments at the FIC include prepeg, phenolic, composite panels, laminates and moulded components.
â€œThere was an era during which the funds were used to generate knowledge, more so by the Government and R&D institutions and now it is the time to utilise the knowledge for commercial success through innovation,â€ said Anand Parekh, member, Council of Administration of ATIRA, said during the inauguration. â€œThe FIC is one such initiative through which the infrastructure and knowledge at ATIRA in innovative product developments in composites will be available to entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry alike,â€ Parekh said.
Some of the applications for product developments at the incubation centre include: prepeg, where carbon, aramid, glass, cotton, etc used as base material for processes like vacuum bagging, filament winding, and compression moulding; phenolicâ€”cotton fabric laminate for electrical insulation; composite panelâ€”for construction application; fabric based laminates like glass, carbon, aramid, cotton, etc using matric like epoxy, phenolic, polyester, PVC, polyurethane, etc; wood laminate; and moulded componentâ€”corrugated sheet. The products that can be developed include application in aerospace, mass transportation, machinery parts besides host of products that can be used by various industries.