What do Ariane’s space rockets, Porsche’s racing cars, Liebherr’s largest industrial cranes and some of the world’s most technically advanced suspension bridges have in common with Ultime Trimarans, Maxi 72s and most of the recent contenders in the America’s Cup? They all rely on cutting-edge composite solutions from Carbo-link to solve extremely complex structural engineering challenges and gain a competitive advantage.
Carbo-Link’s roots are in hi-tech civil and industrial engineering – the company is a spin-off from the highly regarded Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) – but while it remains a world leader in these fields, working on large-scale infrastructure projects, its technology has migrated into other industries including aerospace, motor sport and high-performance sailing. Since the turn of the millennium, a major focus for Carbo-Link’s innovation has been the development and refinement of new, often groundbreaking, rigging solutions for high-performance racing and superyachts. Read on.