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Voith Inline Thruster CFRP Rotor Blades

Voith Inline Thruster CFRP rotor blades are made using Voith’s groundbreaking prepreg stacks (Carbon4Stack) laminate to provide ultimate vessel manoeuvrability to the marine industry.

The innovative CFRP rotor blade design of the Voith Inline Thruster is the result of a close R&D corporation between Voith Composites, Voith Turbo, Gurit and COTESA. The blades are made using precisely laminated stacks (Carbon4Stack) using Gurit prepregs laid on Voith’s automated machinery (VRA NextGen). The advantages of carbon fibre rotor blades over conventional materials are clear: the material is lighter, stiffer and more resistant to corrosion.

We are happy to have contributed with our advanced composites and prepregs know how and are honored to share a JEC Innovation Award with our partner Voith Group, as well as COTESA GmbH, in the Maritime Transportation and Shipbuilding category for the Voith Inline Thruster CFRP rotor blade.

Piet Heydorn

“The Voith Roving Applicator NextGen can move composites to the next level. It’s a great way to process our material – flexible, automated and leading to an impressively high quality. Our pilot customers are delighted and so are we.”

Piet Heydorn
Sales Manager, Gurit

Andreas Silvan

“I’m very happy that we could win Gurit as a partner. Their broad product range and their expertise as well as their flexibility and high motivation to move this project forward have given us a real boost.”

Andreas Silvan
Program Manager Prepreg Stacks, Voith Composites


JEC Innovation Award 2022 


Nauta Tender 48'

A mediterranean project our Structural Engineering team is proud to have been involved in.




Planet Sail's Docktalk feature on Gurit Engineering being involved in the IMOCA60 development.


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