The custom compression molder and compounder of sheet-molding compound (SMC) with design and part-conversion capabilities headquartered in Grabill, Indiana, announces the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC, which will supply high-quality, multi-material non-woven products to both R3 and the broader North American composites industry. ¡¡¡¡Carver will be headquartered nearby in Fremont, Ind., and is nearly done with renovating an existing plant at that location where it will produce its non-woven products and offer them for commercial sale starting in July 2016. ¡¡¡¡The new company will offer cutting edge non-woven reinforcements for a wide variety of thermoset and thermoplastic composites. A broad combination of single-fiber and hybrid (multi-fiber) mats will be offered, including E-glass fiberglass, bast-type natural fibers (primarily jute), carbon fiber, and several types of polymer fibers (e.g. nylon and polyester) . Carver also plans to be the first to bring carbon fiber non-wovens to market at considerably lower costs than conventional wrap-and-resonate processes. In another departure from conventional non-wovens, Carver has opted to automate its production line completely.