Haydale’s expertise is to adapt graphene to new industrial and other uses.
Carbon fibre composites are already widely used in aerospace, carmaking, and sports goods, but the new range is pre-impregnated with graphene to simplify the manufacturing process and improve the material properties.
The new fibres were developed in collaboration with SHD Composites and based on Epoxy resins supplied by US chemicals giant Huntsman,
Three new products are being launched: a tougher structural component carbon fibre aimed at the automotive, marine and sports goods sectors; a prototype "Out-of-Autoclave" curing carbon fibre tooling material capable; and a higher operating temperature autoclave tooling product.
Epoxy resins used in autoclave [high pressure, very high temperature chambers] tooling are a market worth US$1.25bn annually.
Haydale added that BAC, a UK supercar company, had already developed a graphene enhanced body panel for the BAC Mono single seat road car.
Gerry Boyce, Haydale Composites Solutions ‘ managing director, said the new materials had significant thermal and mechanical improvements for applications in the sporting goods, marine and automotive markets.
Tooling market possibilities were also substantial, he said.
“We believe we are on the verge of a whole new range of graphene based polymer nanocomposites with some exciting and unique properties."
David Hatrick, European Technology Director at Huntsman said: “This work is the platform for development of a range of new graphene enhanced Araldite resins which will be targeted at the industrial composites, automotive and aerospace markets. “