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The Company

Established in the late 1980’s, Parabeam’s mission was to seek new applications in the technical textiles market.

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 by ZCL 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.