ASB MAGAZINE: Surfboard manufacturing supplier Sanded Australia has developed a “Thermal Bonded Non Woven Carbon Tape” to be used in the construction of surfboards and it’s made right here in Australia. Composite Rail Tapes have become an important part of surfboard construction and with the rise of EPS/Epoxy surfboards, Carbon Rail and Stringers tapes have become more function over fashion as they help with the flex/strength performance of the surfboard.
The major benefit with a Fused Carbon Tape is to create a product that could be laminated completely flat in prominent areas of a surfboard, which helps increase tensile strength and add less weight than other tapes. The aim of the Fused Tape products is to take out the extra steps that a woven rail tape sometimes add to the Surfboard build– the woven tapes get raised edges, which means for Glassers and Sanders will have issues of resin build up and sand throughs in finishing the surfboard. The “Fused Tape” product sits almost as flat as a piece of paper, so the issues are reduced and the production can be finished quicker.
“We are not the first to make this product for surfboards but we are the first to get it manufactured here in Australia.” said John Dowse (Owner of Sanded Australia)“We are very passionate about supporting Australian industry, in our business we always look for an Australian option of product before we go overseas and sometimes we just work out ways to make it in Australia anyway. “
“We gave ourselves a big challenge on this one… Not only the machine had to be purchased to cater for the manufacture of this type of composite in Australia, but we had to adapt the machine for our use, to make the our tapes the more eco-friendly (by getting rid of the throwaway plastic backing ) , straighter (Carbon lays straight and flat ) and easier to use than all the competitors Fused Tapes out in the market. We are so stoked with the results and that we can offer individual styled, customised tapes from 40mm tapes right up to -400mm deck patches with very quick turn-around times made right here in Australia!.“
The Sanded Australia Fused Carbon Tapes has been launched today and are available for sale through our Sanded Website and our Retail Store at Long Jetty Central Coast NSW Australia. To find out more about this and other great Australian made surfboard supplies visit sanded.com.au
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