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1st June 2017, Renens

NTPT looks forward to summer of sporting excellence

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), a leader in lightweight prepreg materials and other composite technologies, has provided its versatile composite solutions featuring the company’s Thin Ply Technology for a number of projects, to be realised in various sporting disciplines this summer.

The NTPT team is closely watching the Formula 1 teams to see its Thin Ply Technology in action, and is also looking forward to the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June, which will feature cars using thin ply materials for their body work and under trays. NTPT’s thin ply materials are said to offer improved resin flow between the fibres and a more homogeneous laminate, so the parts are not only extremely light, but the mechanical properties of the part are also maximised, providing a higher point of failure.

The new Richard Mille watch featuring Quartz TPT was unveiled at the Roland Garros French Open. © North Thin Ply Technology

NTPT first got involved with Formula 1 teams through its ultra-light, ultra-stiff materials; and more recently has supplied PES-toughened ThinPreg 135 prepreg material, which is said to offer exceptional compression after impact and exceptional strength properties. “This expanded offering has resulted in additional car parts now being able to benefit from Thin Ply Technology,” the company reports.

New Richard Mille watch featuring Quartz TPT

The latest Richard Mille Rafael Nadal edition watch was revealed when the tennis star took to the court in the Roland Garros French Open last week. The RM27-03 Tourbillion Rafael Nadal Watch has been designed to reflect the red clay courts of the French Open.

Engineers at Richard Mille and NTPT worked together to achieve this red and yellow Quartz TPT case, which is mounted directly onto a unibody baseplate made of Carbon TPT. The watch is shock resistant to 10,000 Gs, has undergone hundreds of hours of pendulum impact testing, and is limited to a run of 50 pieces, the company reports.

TPT Golf shafts

TPT Golf shafts have been selected by players on the PGA, LPGA and Senior tours, and the TPT Golf team will be at the 146th Open to demonstrate the shafts’ performance. The event takes place at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in the North of England next month, and TPT Golf will be there with partner Leadbetter Golf Academy, who was instrumental in the development process of the shafts.

Manufactured using NTPT’s composite tube processing technology, the shafts are said to provide greater stability during the swing, and a better feeling impact that imparts lower spin to the ball, thanks to the perfectly centred and near homogenous design.

America’s Cup and other racing yachts

The 35th America’s Cup will take place in Bermuda this summer. And in few weeks’ time, another historic race, the Round the Island Race, is due to take place in Cowes, UK, where the America’s Cup trophy was first contested in 1851.

“Thin Ply Technology is used by all America’s Cup teams, and in many of the 900 race boats competing in the Round the Island Race. The use of Thin Ply Technology in soft sails, licensed by North Sails under the name 3Di, was the invention of NTPT’s founders, and the evolution of this technology into rigid composites has made it a natural choice for ultra-light wing sail construction,” the company reports.

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