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Moulder Kaso Plastics has selected a carbon-fibre-reinforced compound developed by custom compounder RTP Company to help Werner Paddles solve aesthetics issues with its handcrafted kayak paddle blades.

Tim Bailey, engineering manager of Kaso Plastics, Werner’s moulder, said the carbon-fibre compound utilised for the paddle blades is primarily used in the manufacture of structural components where surface quality is not a priority.

In its search for a compound that could deliver both performance and aesthetics, Kaso Plastics contacted RTP, which recommended a recycled-content material in the form of a carbon-fibre-reinforced compound developed by the company in conjunction with Boeing.

Key benefits of product application

  • The premium, aircraft-grade carbon fibre delivered the physical characteristics required at a lower fibre loading, enabling Kaso Plastics to meet aesthetic requirements.
  • According to Bailey, the material is a little bit easier to process and the system cost between the recycled-content carbon-fibre compound and virgin alternatives is insignificant.
  • Werner Paddles believes that the use of recycled content in the blades’ manufacture will appeal to its environmentally conscious customers.

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