Fibermaq, the leading Brazilian company in composite molding equipment, expects a 30% surge in revenue this year. While at first glance this seems fairly optimistic, the forecast actually means getting back to 2015 levels. “Our revenue dropped more than 25% last year. With the economic crisis, companies lacked the confidence to make investments, not to mention the sharp increase in default rates,” said Christian de Andrade, director of Fibermaq.
If all in all 2016 is better off forgotten, the year had at least a few good things in store for Fibermaq. “We began providing machines to companies in the wind power industry; we also noticed that the demand from molders of composite parts used on buses went back up some.”
Added to these two facts was the good news that came early on in 2017. First was an agreement for provision of filament winding machines to be used in making utility poles. “This equipment is special; the technology is much more integrated.” Then, with an eye on the wind power industry, Fibermaq finished developing applicators of different materials, such as putties and adhesives.
“Moreover, we finished a new water-based adhesive spray gun, in addition to hydraulic and pneumatic pumps for bottling viscous materials.” According to Andrade, these new developments can be used in many different areas. “These products branch out a bit from our routine composite molding equipment. The pumps for bottling, for instance, can be used by pharmaceutical and food companies, to name a few,” Andrade pointed out.
Fibermaq also began a partnership with Autometrix, an American company that specializes in automated cutting systems. “We will be the authorized distributors of Autometrix equipment in Brazil. There are potential customers of Autometrix’s solutions in the transport, including planes and helicopters, wind power, prosthesis, and sports equipment industry.”
Founded in 1978, in the city of São Paulo, Fibermaq is a pioneer in the manufacture of equipment for molding composites, epoxy and adhesives in general. During this period, more than 5,000 spray-up machines, gelcoat application, RTM injection and filament winding machines, among others, were sold by the company in Brazil and throughout Latin America.
In 2016, Fibermaq was elected for the fifth consecutive time the Top of Mind of the Composites Industry in the category “Equipment” – organized by the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO), it is the industry’s main award.
Por Composites Today