U.S. wind energy had a strong closing to 2017, helping to lift the economy and create jobs. In Q4 alone, 29 new wind farms totaling 4125 MW came online in 16 states. This was according to the Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report, released by the AWEA. In Canada, home to the world’s 9th largest wind generating fleet, the wind energy industry is continuing a trend of strong and stable growth. It finished 2017 with 10 new projects completed, representing $800 million of investment.

In 2018, this growth has continued in North America, signaling to manufacturers and suppliers that wind energy production is ramping up further. In both onshore and offshore, the length of blades on wind turbines is increasing – so as to capture more energy. The longer and larger the blades become, the more composite materials are required for production.

Lantor, a leader in non-woven solutions for composites, plays a significant role in the wind energy industry. Not only that, they’ve partnered with us for over three decades relying on our expertise for some of their biggest innovations. The more the wind energy industry focuses on furthering cost reduction, the more dedicated Lantor is to develop more efficient material solutions for the wind turbine market.

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Lantor's patented products, Coremat® and Soric®, used for composites in wind turbines contains Expancel Microspheres, bringing several advantages. These include cost-effective increases in stiffness, weight reduction, flexibility and compression resistance. Plus, our microspheres give you the ability to produce excellent surface finishes. The Expancel team enjoys a close working relationship with Lantor which leads to innovations in new processes. The energy-saving and sustainability benefits of our microspheres are also key factors in helping our partners remain market leaders in composite materials.

Speak to us about developing the highest quality composites for wind turbines. Let’s work together to provide sustainable solutions for a planet that needs more of them.

June 14, 2018

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