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1st March 2018, UK

Performance gains with graphene nanoplatelets

Haydale Graphene Industries has signed an annual supply agreement for the supply of specific functionalised graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) to River Runs, Korea’s leading maker of high-performance fishing rods and reels.

The graphene-based material is being incorporated into a carbon fibre prepregs to produce fishing rods.

River Runs is Korea’s leading maker of high-performance fishing rods and reels. © River Runs

River Runs has reported a significant increase in mechanical gain and while this supply agreement is relatively small, it demonstrates the benefit of using properly-dispersed Haydale functionalised GNPs.

The fishing rods along with other improved performance carbon fibre composites will be on display at next week’s JEC World show in Paris.

“We have been working with the River Runs team for 12 months and they have developed a novel method of producing the prepreg carbon fibre with our functionalised GNPs,” said Haydale CEO Ray Gibbs. “While the supply amounts are initially modest, the ability to capitalise on this process offers us exciting new sales opportunities specifically in the Korean market.

“Haydale’s GNP material is excellent for producing masterbatch epoxy resin, which can be easily integrated into our prepreg system for manufacturing,” added River Runs director Woo-Hee Kang. “By using Haydale’s specially functionalised GNP material, we have achieved significant overall gains in mechanical performance of up to 15%.”

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