The circle is round

My first participation in JEC was in 1986. JEC was a small trade fair for an industry which was expected to grow very fast. At that point I had a small company that manufactured composite products and worked together with Eurocarbon, which was also based in Tilburg, the Netherlands. These companies were acquired by DSM,… Read more


Within the framework of the “Future Bridge” project, and its successor “Trans-IND”, Van Wees has developed a process for production of glass/polypropylene crossply laminate. This composite will be used for building lightweight bridges on-site as an alternative for traditional materials for building infrastructure. Essential for making UD from continuous glass rovings is a facility to… Read more


Thermoplastic composites made from UD tapes and tailored blanks. A perfect material for high volume production of parts for the automotive sector and other applications. After having recently made their breakthrough in the aviation industry, carbon based composites will easily find their way into other applications in the automotive sector, sports and defence in the… Read more

Multi axial UD Crossply machine

A unique machine for the technical textiles and composite industry in our Research and Technology Center. In a Uni-Directional laminate or UD the individual fibres are oriented parallel to each other and kept in this aligned position by a matrix material. This is realized by unwinding the roving, tow or untwisted yarn from a creel… Read more

Airbag development, design for high-tech applications

In the previous Specs, number 5, we have described the status of the airbag developments. At that moment we were investigating the possibilities and we can now say that we have an interesting proposal for the market. We have made a number of bags and the bags can withstand a high static pressure. We are… Read more

Large investments at van Wees

In the Specs section you have read about the new UD600 machine we have built for the development of UD materials. Next step is the building of a Crossply machine with multi axial placement possibilities. The working width of this machine is still to be decided and dependent on feed-back from discussions with our customers… Read more


At van Wees we believe that a number of process steps for making side curtains for trucks can be integrated. We have asked Max in Rotterdam to study this matter and they have come up with interesting and profitable proposals. The present method of making a curtainsider for a truck or trailer is time consuming…. Read more

UD600 machine, the heart of Crossply technology

Making UD materials in the best possible ways guarantees a good Crossply product. It forms the basis of the successful products in ballistics, sails, airbags and all other area’s we are working in. After the sale of the UD machine from our Pilot Plant, we had to build a machine that would fully support future… Read more

Gravure Laminator HRG: a compact design for high-tech applications

The hotmelt roto-gravure laminating technology guarantees the most accurate and well-defined application of adhesive dots on the surface of textile substrates and on breathable membranes or films. After the adhesive dots have been applied, the two substrates are gently laminated together with minimum pressure. It is a very clean operation and the hotmelt adhesive guarantees… Read more

If you think innovation is expensive, try a bankruptcy

I recently read an expression from the aviation industry, “if you think safety is expensive, try an accident” and that led me to the expression below. We know that investing in our UD, Crossply and Laminating technologies involves serious costs. However, we think that not investing in the latest technologies will lead to a stand… Read more