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Global leader with more than 75 years of experience

3A Composites Core Materials is a global organizational unit within the 3A Composites Group, a part of Schweiter Technologies (SIX Swiss Exchange: SWTQ), with operations in Europe, the Americas, China and Papua New Guinea.

We are a global leader with the broadest portfolio of high-performing and sustainable core materials with main focus on PET foam and balsa wood. We are the pioneers in sandwich technology with more than 75 years of experience. Since the very beginning our focus has been developing strong and solid, lightweight core materials, which allow manufacturing more durable, sustainable and energy-efficient end products for our customers.

Stronger, lighter, greener future

We are made of passion and perseverance; we create new products, which are stronger, lighter and greener to the core.

We are emphatic to people we work with, that is why we take interest in the communities we work in. We care about our employees, who work for us all over the world, and their families.

We are ecological, our aim is to create green products that help our customers to become more energy efficient and positively impact the environment.

Our products are lightweight and strong, impacting the greener future, some are created from balsa wood we planted and some from recyclable plastic (PET). Our products have a goal and that is to create a stronger, lighter and greener future.

We aim to inspire others – individuals and companies.

This is what we are made of.

Our values

High performing
For more than 75 years our focus and driving force has been developing high-quality core materials of superior durability and performance.

Strong and light
We have excelled in finding the right balance between the two, which results in more durable and energy-efficient end products for our customers, especially in automotive, construction, marine and wind energy industry.

Greener
We want to make the industry greener each day by respecting nature, forests and water resources, especially in Ecuador and Papua New Guinea, where our balsa wood comes from. We strive to develop energy efficient end products and become carbon neutral by 2020.

Proud
We are proud of never having to make compromises when it comes to quality. Proud of making an impact in each community we work in. But most of all, we are proud of our people, with some of whom have been in our company for more than 25 years.

Impactful
Everything we do — from building play-schools in Papua New Guinea to helping elderly in China, from manufacturing core materials for wind turbine blades to protecting water courses in Ecuador — we try to make a positive impact in the community.

3A Composites Core Materials in Numbers

Our locations

Switzerland

The 3A Composites Core Materials Swiss site and the main company’s head office in Sins, Airex AG, was founded in 1956. Since its foundation more than 60 years ago, the Swiss operation has been producing AIREX®  and FOREX®, the leading brands in the composites, sports and visual communication markets, which have decisively contributed to the Core Materials success story. The AIREX® products are special closed cell foams for sandwich technology and gymnastics, and the FOREX® products are PVC sheets used in advertising and stand construction.

Find out more about AIREX® gymnastics products on: https://www.my-airex.com/ and about FOREX® display products on: https://www.display.3acomposites.com/forex.html

The Swiss operation markets the whole 3A Composites Core Materials product range, comprised of AIREX® foams and BALTEK® balsa wood composite materials, in the EMEA, the Near East and India.

The United States

The 3A Composites Core Materials operation in the US, Baltek Inc., is present at two locations, in High Point, NC, where the North America head office is located, and in Glasgow, KY, where the AIREX® PET foam products are manufactured for the Americas market. The US operation distributes the whole 3A Composites Core Materials product range, comprised of AIREX® foams and BALTEK®, balsa wood composite materials, across the Americas region.

China

The 3A Composites Core Materials head office in China, 3A Composites China Ltd., is located in Shanghai and as of late some of our AIREX® foams are produced in mainland China. For more than a decade the Shanghai operation has distributed the whole Core Materials product range, comprised of AIREX® foams and BALTEK®, balsa wood composite materials, across the Asia-Pacific region.

Ecuador

The 3A Composites Core Materials Ecuador operation, Plantabal S.A., has spearheaded the balsa wood business for over 75 years. 3A Composites is the largest forester in Ecuador, with thousands of hectares planted every year, and a pioneer in the sustainable balsa composite materials, BALTEK® core. In 2010 it was awarded the FSC® certification as the first global producer. Our balsa is 100 percent plantation grown on the company’s land holdings and in long-term partnership with local landowners who value balsa as a sustainable crop.

All 3A Composites Core Materials managed plantations are FSC®-certified and all our balsa wood products can be ordered as FSC®-certified. It is our company’s stringent policy never to clear virgin rainforest for new planting. The Ecuador operation supplies BALTEK® composite materials to our industrial customers worldwide.

Papua New Guinea

3A Composites PNG Balsa Ltd. is a 3A Composites Core Materials balsa wood company in Papua New Guinea. Established in 1997, the Papua New Guinea operation is a fully integrated balsa grower and a manufacturer of sustainable balsa composite materials, the BALTEK® core. Our balsa is 100 percent plantation grown on the company’s land holdings and in long-term partnership with local landowners who value balsa as a sustainable crop.

All 3A Composites Core Materials managed plantations are FSC®-certified and all our balsa wood products can be ordered as FSC®-certified. It is our company’s stringent policy never to clear virgin rainforest for new planting. The Papua New Guinea operation supplies BALTEK® composite materials to our industrial customers worldwide.

Our sustainability plans

Comprises aid and partnership projects with the communities living in or nearby our operations.

Comprises research projects, studies, and action programs on the following topics: environmental, social, archeological.

Includes projects and research studies related to industrial parameters - CO2 consumption measurements and offsetting programs, lean manufacturing and packaging projects.

Our management

Eric Gauthier

CEO, 3A Composites Core Materials

Kilian Jauch

Division CFO

John Chen

Managing Director Region Asia Pacific

Ramón del Pino

General Manager Americas

Eric Gauthier

CEO, 3A Composites Core Materials

"Developing a greener future together based on safety, quality, best cost of ownership for our customers and sustainability"

Kilian Jauch

Division CFO

"Green energy is not about fashion, it’s about securing a better future"

John Chen

Managing Director Region Asia Pacific

"Solutions for a greener world"

Ramón del Pino

General Manager Americas

"Genuine commitments with our stakeholders"