What is a composite?

The end product—a composite or laminate—is the successful marriage of other products.

What holds them together?

An adhesive film!  From the structural integrity of a yacht’s hull, to insulative structures or decorative graphics, A.F.I. offers products that can exhibit rigidity or flexibility as needed— with strength.  A significant advantage to using an A.F.I. thermoplastic adhesive film is the ability to pre-apply the adhesive to a surface and then reactivate at a later date to bond to a mating surface.  This aspect of our products is particularly beneficial for assembling composite structures or multi-laminate layers.

Some examples would be: Fabric (polyester, polyester blends, cotton, rayon, Lycra, fiberglass, and some nylons); Plastics (ABS, polycarbonate, polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, polyurethane); Organics (wood, leather, paper); and Metals (aluminum, copper, steel).

The end use requirement will dictate the type and thickness of adhesive to be used.  Composites and Laminates are found in high-performance products that need to be light in weight, but strong enough to be durable and long lasting.  The flexible nature of our products allows your composite to be thermally formed either during the initial bonding or after the skin and core have already been bonded together.  This means that a flat panel that has already been bonded can be thermally formed without losing dimensional stability.

     Some examples would be: skis, snowboards, surfboards, skateboards, bodyboards.

A.F.I. offers a wide range of melt points to meet your needs!

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