T-Formex is a high tech ABS plastic laminate, specially designed for products that require structural memory and a resistance to abrasion and impacts. These characteristics makes it the best choice for recreational, whitewater, and expedition canoes. Esquif is the developer and manufacturer of T-Formex and all of the sheets are made in Frampton, QC.
Comprised of an ABS plastic foam core, layers of ABS plastic sheets, and a protective outer skin the various layers of T-Formex are bonded together with heat and pressure in a large autoclave. When it is time to make a canoe hull, the sheet is again heated and then vacuum molded to form the hull.
Every canoe model is unique so we fabricate specific T-Formex sheets for each one. Reinforcements are positioned within the sheet to maximize rigidity, resistance to impacts, and durability, all while trying to minimize weight. The resulting canoe has an unmatched structural memory: even after being folded around a rock, a T-Formex canoe will be able to return to its original shape with minimal distortion.
For many years Royalex was the best material on the market for whitewater canoes. When the manufacturer of Royalex ceased production in 2014, Esquif saw an opportunity to develop thier own version in Québec, Canada.