Kamenny Vek

Kamenny Vek


The Kamenny Vek Company is the world's largest manufacturer and technological leader in the production of continuous basalt fiber. Our basalt fiber and other products are presented on the marketplace under the registered trade mark Basfiber®. The company was founded in 2002 and uses for the production of fiber its own unique technology, which in many respects, is similar to the technology of production of special high-strength glass fiber.


No other manufacturer of basalt fiber in the world has an access to our proprietary Basfiber technology that allows us to produce large volumes of high-quality fiber with stable characteristics. Additionally, using this technology we are able to produce such unique and inexpensive products as large-tex direct-roving for pultrusion and production of geogrids that technically cannot be produced with much simpler technologies and equipment that are used by all other manufacturers of basalt fiber in the world.


The Kamenny Vek has a full production cycle beginning from preparation of raw material in the form of andesite-basalt crushed stone to the production of final products, such as basalt roving, twisted yarns, chopped strand, basalt multiaxial and woven fabrics, needle punch mats, heat-insulating ropes, reinforcing mesh, etc. Today our production capacity is several thousand tons of fiber per year and, if necessary, it can be increased by several times within 12-18 months. Our customers can buy high quality Basfiber products at the lowest price either directly in Kamenny Vek or at our regional distributors in Europe, the USA, Australia or the Asian countries.


     

Basalt fiber


In cooperation with some research institutes, the Kamenny Vek explored several dozens of deposits around the world and continues to conduct geological works at new deposits in order to analyze the morphological and chemical composition of the rock and their influence on the melting and drawing process, as well as on the final properties of fiber. For the production of Basfiber, we use raw materials from certified deposits with absolutely stable and balanced characteristic that can provide us with absolutely reliable technological process and high mechanical characteristics, thermal protective properties and chemical resistance of our Basfiber® products.


Basalt has already been used in construction and industrial applications for a long time. In the form of cast products, it has found its application due to its durability, strength, resistance to high and low temperatures, to aggressive chemical environments. An essential advantage of this material is its naturalness and safety for the environment. Basalt fiber has the same advantages as cast products, but, in addition, it is suitable for textile processing, resin and concrete reinforcement and, as a result, can be successfully used in a variety of areas in the composite industry, thermal insulation and construction.


Studies of the possibility of manufacturing fiber from basalt began in around 1960 in parallel in the US and in the former USSR. Initially, basalt fiber was considered as a safe alternative to asbestos in thermal protection and a stronger alternative to E-glass fiber in applications where higher tensile strength is required in composite products. Later on, high properties and relatively low price of basalt fiber allowed it to replace the more expensive S- glass and carbon fiber in some applications where increased properties were required, but there were limitations related to the cost of raw materials. With the development of technologies and new unique composite products, such as reinforcing mesh, high-pressure cylinders, basalt rebar and profiles, various types of basalt fabrics, the scope of basalt materials has significantly expanded.


High-strength basalt fiber is now widely used in the automotive industry, boat building, industrial applications, thermal protection, construction, etc. One of the most promising direction of the use of continuous basalt fiber is the maximum realization of the strength properties of basalt roving in the manufacture of blades of wind power generators.


The properties of continuous fiber Basfiber® are close, and in some cases exceed the properties of high-strength glass and other special fibers, however, it has a significantly lower price. Over the past 10 years, many companies around the world, specializing in the production of composites and previously using fiberglass or expensive special fibers, were able to improve the competitiveness of their products and expand their product range by switching to basalt fiber due to its undoubted advantages in properties and price.



Basfiber advantagesBasfiber® advantages over regular glass fiber (Е-glass):

  • 20-25% higher tensile strength
  • 10-15% higher tensile modulus
  • 150°C higher melting point and operating temperatures range
  • Significantly better resistance to acids and corrosion
  • Better alkali resistance
  • Environmental friendliness
  • Attractive Golden-Brown color

Basfiber®: production


Basfiber®: production


Basalt fiber offered by different manufacturers is produced from basalt rock of different chemical compositions, and various technologies are used for its production. This means that the properties of basalt fiber can significantly differ depending on the manufacturer.


Kamenny Vek uses large-sized bushings for a full-scale production of high quality, inexpensive 1200- and 2000-tex single-end roving. That is technically impossible for the technology of fiber production at single- or two-module furnaces, used by all other manufacturers of basalt fiber in the world. In the very near future we will start production of 2400-tex single-end roving.


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Basfiber®: processing

Basfiber®: processing


Processing of Basfiber® does not require special equipment or technologies and it is successfully used in all traditional processes including:

  • Pultrusion
  • Filament winding
  • Compounding
  • Conversion into various woven and non-woven materials
  • Reinforcement of concrete

Basfiber® is compatible with most types of thermoset and thermoplastic resins such as Epoxy, Polyester, Vinyl ester, Phenolic, PP, PE, PA and others.





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