The 2017 too is a year of innovations for the Millenium Technology Center. After growing the team in January, the Center expands and renovates the products range, creating a new brand for its historic products: Millenium® Archè. Archè is not just a new name, because it employs a new productive process and new materials. The Center also renovates the Millenium® Monolithic products range, thanks to the technological advances resulting from the Research & Development activity.
Just like for Greek philosophers Archè means origin, first principle or root of things that exist (from Greek ἀρχή, that stands for beginning), Millenium® Archè is the genesis of our sailmaker company. A new name for an historic product, which synthetizes the intensive Research & Development activity in one-piece lamination, pioneered by our company from the 80’. As yachts construction techniques advanced, the Millenium Technology Center revolutionized the italian sailmaking market in 1983, patenting and introducing in worldwide regatta fields “Tape Drive”, the first Made in Italy glued sail with continuous fibers. A baseline technology, perfected in 2005 with the Millenium patent, which enables the construction of the world’s unique sail in one piece with no size limit through a process of die casting.
Millenium® Archè thus synthetizes decades of technological innovations, the team experience and passion and embodies the original company philosophy, which express the will to continuously innovate the product to offer our customers the best sails possible, performing and advanced. Archè is not just a new name: the continuous technical innovation lead to a new productive process, which employs new materials and new methods to assemble them. Thanks to the studies implemented by the Millenium engineers, the research activity in the supply chain and the partnership with our suppliers, today Millenium® Archè is built with new machineries, which allow a higher pressure and temperature in the lamination process. A completely renewed sail, more flexible and resistant, with a new anti UV film that ensure the maximum protection. A further innovation is the high modulus carbon layout, which gave birth to ARCHÈ BLACK HM CARBON, a totally new product built with black film 100% protected from UV and abrasion.
The Millenium® Archè products range includes various products: Archè Endurance, Archè Technora / Black Aramidic, Archè Carbon and the new Archè Black HM carbon. The products range coincides with the wide selection of fiber yarns available: Carbon, Aramid, Polyethylene and a combination of them. Sail skins can be specified from “UV RESISTANT” Film-on-Film to Single or Double Sided taffeta in a variety of colours. Taffetas are pre-bonded to the substrates and become integral part of the laminate in the fusion process. There is neither heat moulding nor plastic deformation of the materials, broadseaming is induced by the conventional way. Yarns are laid continuously from corner to corner, crosscut seams are totally unloaded, making the sail light, strong and crushproof. Millenium® Archè has no size limit and holds the world record for the biggest one-piece sails ever built: the Code#1 for the Wally Yachts 143-footer “Esense”, which has a luff length of nearly 52 meters, and the mainsail for the J class “Shamrock”, which is 462 square meters.
Millenium® Monolithic is the most advanced sailmaking technology on the market, built with unidirectional spread fibers. The spread fibers technique allows to spread out the individual filament bundle (yarn) of Carbon, PBO or Twaron to produce a 100% balanced structure.
Millenium® Monolithic was launched after two years of Research and Development and three years of sails trials and the products range today includes two products: MILLENIUM® MONOLITHIC HP (HIGH PERFORMANCE), formed of “spread fibers” in Carbon and Twaron, and MILLENIUM® MONOLITHIC GP (GRAN PRIX), formed of “spread fibers” in Zylon® (PBO), Carbon and Twaron.
The exclusive feature of Millenium® Monolithic GP is the employment of Zylon® (PBO), while Carbon and Twaron fibers decrease in percentage. Zylon® (PBO) has a very high modulus, twice the Twaron one. Using Zylon® (PBO) makes the profile more rigid and more crushproof, ensuring the best shape-holding and flexibility. Zylon® (PBO) is completely protected from UV and saltiness, allowing the fiber to keep the original characteristics without deterioration.