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The Tufnol range of laminated plastics has had a profound influence on the world of Engineering for more than 85 years.

Hopefully you will observe throughout this website how the importance of their properties has ensured the sustained acceptance of Tufnol in countless demanding applications around the world. The development of new grades of Tufnol using high quality reinforcements together with sophisticated resin systems has ensured that Tufnol laminates have remained at the forefront of engineering technology.

With our years of engineering experience, we do of course realise that Buyers, Engineers and Designers alike do not simply buy materials – they are looking for solutions!

Here at Tufnol Composites, we are committed to giving users expert advice and guidance in choosing the correct material for their applications. Consequently, we complement our own Tufnol laminates with a comprehensive range of high performance engineering thermoplastics. Our customers can therefore be confident that we will always suggest the material solution that best suits their needs.

The versatilities of the various materials we supply are far too numerous to list here – but you may be interested in just a few of them …………..


Silk Engineering case study


PTFE, Plastic machining, machined components

Silk Engineering was a British Company set up in the late 1960’s and successfully produced beautifully engineered hand-built motorcycles from their factory at Darley Abbey in Derbyshire.


Material selection problem

Their success came as a result of selecting superior raw materials and employing only the best engineering techniques. However they had a particular problem with a swinging arm pivot bush. The material originally chosen for the bushes was aluminium bronze but it was found that they were prematurely wearing – in fact in wet conditions they were lasting as little as 1,000 miles.


Advice from Tufnol

After receiving advice from Tufnol engineers and evaluating materials suggested by them, Whale Brand Tufnol tube was eventually chosen as a replacement material.

Mr George Silk told us recently, “We replaced the Bushes in Whale Brand and would you believe that 30 years later they are still running. Every Silk 700s has them fitted”


The Silk 700s

Tufnol engineers are always happy to give advice on materials selection problems in the engineering industry, with the result that many ground breaking and novel uses have been conceived, with yet more to come.

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