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Modern transport vessels must be lightweight, strong and durable. Composite materials have opened new possibilities for design, and at the same time they have created new standards for strength and safety.

Current and future trains, busses, lorries and passenger cars require high safety and good fuel economy, among other things. This means that the materials must simultaneously have large strength and low weight. New, strong composites and lightweight sandwich constructions have helped to promote this development, and they have left their distinctive imprint on modern vehicles for land transport by replacing a lot of the previously used metal.

And in most busses, the roof and side profiles are constructed with sandwich composites with very uniform and pretty surfaces.


The lightweight, strength and not least the composite material’s resistance to wind and weather have made them desirable offshore.

The harsh environment offshore requires materials that are resistant to water, salt and chemical exposure. This makes composite materials ideally suited for setting up e.g. oil rigs, offshore wind farms and harbour installations. Many offshore installations also impose requirements on the materials regarding burning properties, such as low fire hazard and minimal smoke. These requirements can also be fulfilled by composites.

Construction and installation

Designers and contractors in construction and installation have increasingly become aware of the possibilities that composite materials provide.

Facade systems, roof structures and pedestrian and bicycle bridges are examples of the exploitation of the composite materials’ great strength, light weight and long shelf life.
A variety of different composite profiles are applicable to e.g. windows, window frames and facades. The composites’ good thermal properties mean that a large amount of energy can be saved.
Cultured marble, as we know from kitchen surfaces, are also composites. Among other things, they are characterised by having a tensile strength that is up to 2½ times greater than concrete.


Great strength – Weather resistant. The composite materials’ great strength and their resistance for wind, weather and sunlight, among other things, have made them essential for their use in renewable energy generated from wind and waves, etc. Wind turbine blades and pontoons for wave power plants are examples of the use of the composites’ good properties.

Flame technology at the top – Insulating. Many composites are characterised by having good flame technology properties and good electrical insulating properties. Combined with their relative light weight, composites have become popular materials for the manufacture of insulation for power supplies, meter cabinets, electrical safety profiles, and many other products.

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