Established in the late 1980’s,
Parabeam’s mission was to seek new applications in the technical textiles
A project team of engineers came
up with an ingenious concept, adopted from the technology of velvet weaving.
Instead of using the traditional mohair material, a 100% e-glass yarn was used,
and the necessary research and technical adjustments to machinery, resulted in
a promising new fiberglass product; Parabeam® 3D Glass Fabrics.
With the introduction of Parabeam® 3D Glass Fabrics, the composite material
industry took a leap forward. Since the high level technology behind the
production was so well thought-out, the material was instantly received by the
industry as an ideal solution to create thicker composite sandwich structures which
were significantly less in weight than conventional materials.
Soon the Parabeam® 3D Glass
Fabrics, which were now available in various thicknesses, made their way into
the high-end storage tank industry, who adopted the material because of its
hollow-core advantages, its quality perfectly matching the demands of the
international tank building industry.
In the years following, Parabeam
became the synonym for 3D woven fabrics and received recognition for
its added value from all sorts of high-end composite processing industries.
In 2002, Parabeam was acquired
Composites, Canada’s leader in the design and
manufacturer of fiberglass storage tank products.
ZCL had long seen the possibilities of Parabeam® 3D glass fabrics, and was
already their material of choice. This merger was a logical step towards a
strong strategic partnership. ZCL Composites is a publicly traded company that
can be found on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol ZCL.