Future Fibres' all new FlexC™ carbon stays are a true technological innovation.
A number of carbon rigging products have appeared in the last 3-4 years which all rely on standard carbon/epoxy technology. The downside with this technology is its poor flexibility which limits its applicability for certain cable types.
Having completed homologation of our TSC technology, Future Fibres R&D team set out specifically to build a flexible carbon cable. A number of months later and the R&D workshop resembling a chemistry lab rather than a rigging shop, our flexible carbon product (FlexC™) was born.
The cable uses a custom carbon fibre which we impregnate with our own specially designed matrix, allowing us complete control of the quality and finish. The impregnated fibre tow is then wound, consolidated and covered with a braid layer for chafe protection. For the same stiffness, the resulting FlexC™ cable is lighter and smaller in diameter than competitors' solid carbon rod!
Future Fibres' FlexC™ cables are unique and combine all the benefits of carbon fibre (stiffness, strength and excellent fatigue resistance) with the flexibility, impact resistance and general handling benefits of a dry fibre cable. FlexC™ has undergone an extensive test programme with a number of development partners (Open 60/Volvo 70) clocking up over 400,000 sea miles to put the product through its paces before bringing it to the broader market.