About Norplex-Micarta and Ultrex™

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Norplex-Micarta is a leading manufacturing manufacturer of high performance thermoset composite materials based on impregnation and lamination technology.

Norplex-Micarta manufactures the highest quality specialty sheet products, pre-pregs, rods, molded shapes, and tubes to meet demanding applications for OEMs and fabricators around the world.

The global headquarters of Norplex-Micarta is located in Postville, Iowa, USA. 

Norplex-Micarta is a subsidiary of Industrial Dielectrics Holdings, Inc. Industrial Dielectrics Holdings has two primary lines of business. The first is the Norplex-Micarta line of products. The second is IDI Composite International, which produces various thermoset molding compounds in the USA, Puerto Rico, Mexico, UK, France, and China.

Norplex-Micarta was formed in 2003, when Norplex purchased Micarta to form North America’s largest manufacturer of industrial laminate materials. Both the Norplex and Micarta have long histories. Micarta was the original brand name created by George Westinghouse for products based on Leo Baekaland’s phenolic resin discovery. In 1913, Micarta was sold for the first time outside of the Westinghouse group of companies. In 1945, Norplex was formed in Wisconsin, USA. In 1975, the demand for industrial laminates had grown substantially, and the laminates factory in Postville, Iowa was opened. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, both Norplex and Micarta made significant innovations in laminate materials. By the time the two companies merged in 2003, the product lines had expanded to include epoxy, phenolic, melamine, silicone and other thermoset resins in sheet, tube, rod, and molded shape forms.

Currently, the Postville, Iowa, USA facility employees 180 people and operates 5 days a week, 24 hours per day. This 13,000 square meter facility has 6 processing lines to produce pre-preg and various pressing and tube manufacturing equipment.

Learn more about Norplex-Micarta’s composite materials at www.norplex-micarta.com.

Ultrex™ is a family of composite materials, specifically designed for aesthetic applications.

Utilizing the same inputs that build materials for satellites, medical equipment, heavy truck, oil and gas, and a host of other demanding industries, UltreX™ materials are built to last in the harshest of environments. On top of that, they look great as well.

In order to support the growing demand for Micarta® and other composite materials in applications such as knife handles and gun grips, as well as other applications in the outdoor and sporting goods markets, Norplex-Micarta created an entire family of products called UltreX™.

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