The New Materials Business (NMB) operates through its manufacturing and technology partners to offer a range of composites, mainly comprising products made of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP), to sectors such as Infrastructure, Process Industries and the Railways.

Through its manufacturing partners, NMB makes state-of-the-art composites in facilities fully equipped with R&D laboratories and testing units. Some of the manufacturing methods NMB follows include:

Compression Moulding: This is a moulding process by which preheated polymer is placed into an open, heated mould cavity. The mould is then closed with a top plug and compressed to ensure that the material reaches all parts of the mould cavity.

Filament Winding: Filament winding process consists of placing resin impregnated glass fibres in a predetermined pattern on a mould ( mandrel) based on the design required for the product. Once the design thickness is achieved the product is allowed to cure and then released from the mandrel.

SMC: Sheet moulding compound is a type of reinforced polymer containing glass or carbon fibres. The resin is applied as paste to a film. Next, the fibers are cut and added to the paste. The substance is then squeezed between two films. The SMC can take intricate forms and is cured on a mold under high temperature and pressure.

Pultrusion: The Pultrusion process is a highly automated continuous fibre laminating process producing high fibre volume profiles with a constant cross section. Having a high fibre volume fraction makes pultrusion an ideal process for structural component production giving a high strength-to-weight ratio.

Hand lay-up: This is an open-mould method of forming by manually laying fibres along with resin, using hand tools. The product takes the shape of the side which is in contact with the mould.