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23rd October 2018, Ammanford

Funding for new graphene composites project

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) – the UK manufacturer of the Mono, the world’s only road-legal, single seat supercar – is taking part in a project to develop graphene-enhanced composite tooling and automotive body panels.

BAC hit headlines when it became the first car manufacturer in the world to develop a graphene-panelled car in 2016, creating graphene-enhanced carbon fibre composite rear wheel arches for the Mono.

BAC hit headlines in 2016, creating graphene-enhanced carbon fibre composite rear wheel arches for the Mono. © Haydale/BAC

Building on the success of this proof of concept project, the new project has received a £249,600 grant from the UK’s Niche Vehicle Network. It is being led by graphene specialist Haydale and also involves Pentaxia, a specialist in tooling design, machining and composites production.

Haydale, which will receive £120,000 of the funding, is looking to reduce production cycle times compared to existing tooling methods, as well as reduce weight and increase the performance of the component materials.

While the focus is on the automotive sector, the project will provide a wider opportunity for Haydale to look at tooling materials across several markets, particularly where there are throughput constraints.

Mono. © Haydale/BAC 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.

“This funding will build on the significant developments already made by Haydale in advanced prepreg materials,” said the company’s COO Keith Broadbent. “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.”

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