Monday, November 10, 2014

Big News: Southern Spars (member of North Technlogy Group) acquired Future Fibres

//Source: North Sails - Southern Spars//
North Technology Group (NTG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Future Fibres by Southern Spars.
Founded 20 years ago by Tom Hutchinson and based in Valencia, Spain, Future Fibres is a marine industry leader in high performance carbon cables, masts, booms, spreaders and custom components.
Combining these two industry leaders allows Southern Spars the ability develop additional technology for their impressive list of products, services and high performance solutions, in the marine industry and beyond.
“Future Fibres has long been an innovator in the field of advanced fibre rigging” said Tom Whidden, CEO of North Technology Group. “With NTG’s support, Southern Spars now has the resources to provide our customers with a wider range of advanced rigging options. Future Fibres has been built on three main brand values: performance, innovation and dedication. We see the same values within the companies that derive North Technology Group. This made acquiring Future Fibres a natural fit,”Whidden concluded.
Future Fibres first entered the composite rigging market after Tom Hutchinson devised a way to better terminate composite fibres by continuously winding PBO fibre around two titanium thimbles at any required length. Future Fibres’ approach has allowed composite rigging to be used on every area of the boat and not restricted to just aft rigging as it historically was before.
“The team at Southern Spars is excited about the acquisition of Future Fibres,” said Richard Lott, CEO of Southern Spars. “The mast and rigging market is quite depressed after the GFC which has been putting pressure on Southern Spars and Future Fibres’ business. However, the Future Fibres team have developed some advanced mast moulding technologies which complement our advanced computer-based rig design tools,” said Lott. “The combination of technologies and engineering excellence will provide a refined and optimised rig solution for every customer in the future.”
“Future Fibres’ DNA is technology based and customer friendly,” explained founder Tom Hutchinson. “The ability continue to innovate with North Technology Group is something that will allow my original dream to prosper. I very much look forward to working with all at Southern Spars and all of NTG.”

North Technology Group, LLC originated with worldwide sailmaking leader North Sails in 1957 and today includes a diverse family of companies serving marine and manufacturing markets worldwide. Each was founded on the principle of delivering advanced performance through superior technology. 
These companies include:

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North TPT specializes in the industrial application of their patented "Thin Ply Technology," which laminates ultra-thin layers of spread filament tapes to form extremely strong and light structures. Thin Ply Technology allows either a dramatic reduction in thickness when compared to a traditional laminate of similar strength, or a dramatic increase in strength when compared to a traditional laminate of similar thickness.
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© Southern Spars Southern Spars is the world leader in light, strong and durable carbon fiber spars, carbon fiber rigging, and marine components. 

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© North Sail Outlet The North Sail Outlet offers sailors an affordable way to get quality pre-owned sails. We have the largest inventory of pre-owned sails anywhere.

All sails are certified by members of the North Sails Service Team, who carefully measures and inspects every sail that enters the loft before we offer it to you.

North Cutting Systems (NCS) provides advanced cutting and molding solutions for the industrial textile and fabric industries.

Using its patented Rapid Rotary™ technology, NCS has developed the fastest single ply cutting machines in the world
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