Haydale Receives Funding to Develop Graphene Composite Tooling and Automotive Body Panels
12 October 2018
Haydale (AIM: HAYD), the global advanced materials group, is pleased to announce, further to the statement made by BAC Mono on 14 September 2018, that it has been awarded a research and development grant from the Niche Vehicle Network to develop graphene enhanced composite tooling and graphene enhanced automotive body panels.
A grant of £249,600, of which Haydale will receive £120,000 has been awarded to the consortium that Haydale leads, joined by Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) and Pentaxia. BAC is a British manufacturer of the Mono, the world's only road-legal, single seat super car. Pentaxia is specialist in tooling design, machining (jigs & fixtures), and composite production.
Through development in this core strategic area, Haydale is looking to reduce cycle times compared to existing tooling methods, as well as reduce weight and increase performance of component material.
Whilst the focus is on the automotive sector, it provides a wider opportunity for Haydale to look at tooling materials across several markets, particularly where there are throughput constraints. Researchandmarkets.com reports that the global tooling market for the composites industry is projected to grow at a healthy CAGR of 7.1% over the next five years to reach US$ 1,457.4 million in 2022.
Keith Broadbent, COO at Haydale, commented: "This funding will build on the significant developments already made by Haydale in advanced prepreg materials. The novel prepreg will be of significant interest to niche vehicle manufacturers and the premium and luxury automotive sectors, with BAC as a ready-made customer."
Ray Gibbs, President, Business Development at Haydale, commented: "This collaboration will ensure major advancements in composite tooling resulting in a prepreg material that is ready for market launch. We know that production throughput is a major issue in the Carbon Fibre composite market and this initiative can ease the bottleneck. We will look to work with licensees to develop a route for full rate production and commercialisation."
For further information:
|Haydale Graphene Industries plc
David Banks, Interim Executive Chairman
Gemma Smith, Head of Marketing
|Tel: +44 (0) 1269 842 946
|Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
Ruari McGirr / Paul Shackleton / Ben Cryer
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7614 5900|
Henry Harrison-Topham / Jamie Hooper / Gemma Mostyn-Owen
|Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Notes to Editors
Haydale is a global technologies and materials group that facilitates the integration of graphene and other nanomaterials into the next generation of commercial technologies and industrial materials. With expertise in graphene, silicon carbide and other nanomaterials, Haydale is able to deliver improvements in electrical, thermal and mechanical properties, as well as toughness. Haydale has granted patents for its technologies in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and China and operates from six sites in the UK, USA and the Far East.
For more information, please visit: www.haydale.com