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Written by Michaela Millar

We are pleased to announce that we are introducing several new products to our growing range of standard and innovative reinforcement materials for the composite industry. These products will be launched at Advanced Engineering UK which is to be held in the Birmingham NEC on the 4th and 5th of November.

The new products include:

  • Polymat FR a new design offering superior resin flow and fire retardance
  • An extension to the Polyform range of glass NCF’s
  • Polyform CFM, continuous filament mat for pultrusion and RTM processes
  • Polyform CSM, chopped strand mat in both emulsion and powder versions
  • Polyrov a range of direct and spray up rovings 

 

In addition, we will be promoting our full portfolio of products from the market-leading Polymat range to PolyCarb, a range of specialised carbon tapes.

Please come and visit us on stand G171 to learn more about our products and how Scott & Fyfe can offer your business real competitive advantage.

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As a popular and reliable supplier of abrasive attachment solutions for over 20 years, Scott & Fyfe are eager to announce the development and release of our new Polyfast range of technical textile loop fabrics for the ever expanding abrasives industry. 

  

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The Polyfast range of fabrics have been tailored specifically towards the abrasives market offering a number of feature benefits in material cost, processing, end performance, logistics and user value.

 

With five styles in the range, Scott & Fyfe can provide a variety of strengths, weights and different characteristics to suit your needs. We can offer bespoke products to meet customer requirements with widths available from 0.7m to 2.1m. The products can be used with all adhesives systems and require less adhesive than competing products whilst providing better lamination and moisture resistance. The Polyfast range can be printed onto and are designed not to shrink which allows the discs to remain flat after production.

 

Speaking about the Polyfast range, CEO, John Lupton states “Scott & Fyfe has sold more than 100 million square metres of fabric into this market so we understand the needs of the end users. We are excited about the prospect of taking a new product range global. The new range of products represent an assembly of breakthrough developments forged by focussed and robust feedback from our customers.”

 

Suitable for coarse and fine abrasives as well as for use in high temperature applications, Polyfast is already receiving strong interest from the market.

 

For more information see the Abrasive Attachment Solutions section on our Products page or get in touch.

 

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Written by Michaela Millar

 

 

Scott & Fyfe are pleased to announce that they have become a member of the Composites UK trade association.  The decision was simple to make as Composites UK play an integral role in the UK composite industry.

 

Paul McMullan, Composite Director explains that the decision to join was “due to a desire to play a more active role in shaping the future of composite materials both within the UK and on a more global platform. As a company committed to innovation and pushing the boundaries of composite technology, we felt it important to be connected to the UK trade association for composites so that we can positively influence the strategic direction of research and government support to UK SME’s within the Composite sector.”

 

The decision ties in with the ambitious plans of Scott & Fyfe to further grow their technical textile business within sectors including Automotive, Mass Transit, Construction, Marine, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy. Membership also provides an ideal opportunity to network and engage with like-minded and ambitious UK companies.

 

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Scott & Fyfe became a member during the run up to the recent Composites UK event, "Supporting Composite Industry Growth in the UK" - an event hosted by Scott & Fyfe within their Innovation Space. The event was a real success, providing a great opportunity to meet new contacts who are involved within the composite industry throughout Scotland. 

 

 

 

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Written by Peter Thomson

The industrial textile industry has gone through difficult times in recent years with many struggling to survive. Scott & Fyfe have been no different and some five years ago we watched our traditional business go into decline and plummet off the bottom of the graph. This made Scott & Fyfe really sit up and take notice, realising that in order to survive we needed to adapt and react to new opportunities but at the time we were not sure how.

 

Developing the Now Team with GlasgowSchool of Art (GSA)

 

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As this realisation occurred our Chairman, Nick Kuenssberg, heard that a Glasgow School of Art (GSA) team were working on a new innovation programme and made contact with them. As a result, the S&F NOW team (New Opportunities Within) was created and dispatched to GSA in order to learn all they could about ideation, innovation and opportunity spotting.

 

Historically, new ideas had been the domain of a certain few within S&F and were kept within the confines of what we knew or thought we knew. What GSA did was to encourage and empower members of the NOW team to think outside of their normal constraints.

 

As a member of this myself, we were given carte blanche to look at anything and everything, with many of us finding that as individuals we had more to offer than we had previously believed. We also realised that as a team we could tackle almost any problem. A huge part of this process was learning the Innovation Tools from GSA.

There were plenty of these, more of which can be found in our Innovation Toolkit but my personal Top 5 are:

 

1. Six Hats

Six hats is a discussion tool, which facilitates more productive and creative meetings. It is a simple metaphor for putting on your different thinking hat. For example, if a person is wearing the yellow hat they must be optimistic and hopeful whereas if they are wearing the white hat they must be objective and provide facts and figures.

 

2. Brainstorming

A good brainstorm session generates a lot of different ideas. During a brainstorm there is no filtering, no judgement and certainly no such thing as a bad idea!

 

3. POINT

POINT is an acronym of useful words to use in order to organise your thoughts after a brainstorming session. It allows you to group things together, draw conclusions and consider things in greater detail. The acronym stands for:

 

  • Problems
  • Opportunities
  • Insights
  • Needs
  • Themes

 

4. Dotocracy

This is a great method to narrow down ideas. Each person is allocated a number of dots (usually 3) and they then use the dots to vote for their favourite ideas. This method allows everyone to be heard equally and is a fast and effective filtering method. 

 

5. SCAMPER

SCAMPER is an acronym for a useful list of words that prompt you to further develop an idea to its full potential by covering each of the letters within. It stands for:

 

  • Substitute
  • Combine
  • Adapt
  • Modify
  • Put to another use
  • Eliminate
  • Rearrange

 

Putting the Innovation Tools to Use

 

 We created a metaphorical hopper (funnel) filled with ideas and using the tools developed with GSA we selected our target markets and products. After this we then set about bringing these to fruition.

 

Many of the ideas were way of the mark but we were not overly concerned as we had adopted the fail fast philosophy and as we are always putting new ideas into our hopper, we could quickly replace the failed ideas with new and potentially better ones. The tools allowed us to quickly put meat on the bones of theses ideas and make informed decisions on whether or not to take these forward.

 

As a result of this new innovation – led strategy and rapid prototyping, we have managed to successfully put around thirty new products into the market place in the 5 years since we began this process.

 

For more information on this, have a look at the GSA and S&F Culture Of Innovation; New Opportunities Within book. These tools have allowed us to work more effectively with our new and existing customers, developing innovative textile solutions to problems that would not have been considered before.

 

We have also held workshops with various blue chip companies, working in partnership with them to generate ideas and also to teach them these innovative and creative tools that we use. If you would like to work with us in this way or learn more - get in touch! 

 

 

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Written by Michaela Millar

We are pleased to announce our participation at the Vision London exhibition and conference, 2nd - 3rd June at Olympia London, where we will specifically be promoting our Polymat Hi-Flow Max product for composite façade systems.

 

Vision London is specifically for architects, specifiers, end users and construction sector suppliers and the aim of the event is to bring these communities together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments for the built environment. Vision will focus on innovative building products, materials and technology, as well as new and inventive solutions that facilitate better building design.

 

Composite façade systems are gaining significant traction in the façade market due to their unique benefits such as increased design freedom, ability to create 3D multi-curved surfaces, increased life span, improved weather performance and compliance with building regulations such as fire performance and thermal  / acoustic insulation. This was exemplified recently through two high profile projects in the Netherlands that utilised such composite façade solutions – the Hilton Hotel at Schipol airport and the Stadskantoor Utrecht (SKU) office building.

 

We welcome anyone interested to visit us at Vision, where we will be exhibiting as part of the New Product Zone or alternatively, get in touch with us here.

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With innovation, diversity and partnership at the heart of our company’s ethos, Scott & Fyfe have been designing and producing a vast range of technical textiles for numerous market areas worldwide for almost 150 years. Our ability to design and manufacture products for both current and future market needs have allowed us to build a global reputation for excellence in both quality and service.

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