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Haydale acquires EPL Composite Solutions

News International-French

6 Nov 2014

The company focused on the commercialisation of graphenes and other nanomaterials, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the specialist in the design, development and commercialisation of advanced composite polymer materials both in the UK and overseas.

This acquisition will maximise EPL’s access to the nano-enhanced composites market and is expected to boost Haydale’s sales potential.

The companies have already collaborated on a number of projects, and the acquisition of EPL is a step towards monetising Haydale’s proprietary technology for incorporating graphene and other nano-enhancing fillers into composites. The introduction of nanofillers to EPL’s product range will produce the added benefits of impermeable barriers, conductivity and reduced weight with improved strength and stiffness. These benefits are set to have a great impact on the development of future composite structures, with significant potential for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Haydale’s tailored functionalisation capability allows solutions to be customised on three levels – raw material, functional group and level of functionalisation – which adds a powerful addition to the features and benefits of the products EPL produce for their clients. With recent estimates from market research firm IDTechEx forecasting a market value of $80m for nano-enhanced composites by 2018, graphene functionalisation promises to generate revenues as nano-reinforcement is adopted by greater numbers of composites manufacturers.

Over the past 22 years, EPL has worked with global companies and has developed a reputation for delivering innovative solutions for commercial applications of advanced polymer composite materials. With customers spanning the oil and gas, water and energy sectors as well as the marine and transportation markets, EPL provides an entire development cycle from applied research, product design, process development, product testing and certification, to setting up manufacturing plants. EPL also works with OEMs and end-users to develop and provide composite solutions which show demonstrable clear technical, economic and environmental benefits over existing structures currently manufactured using traditional materials such as steel, aluminium, wood or concrete.

Based in Loughborough, EPL has 17 scientists and technicians providing Haydale with access to a well-regarded and recognised R&D operation. Recent work conducted by Haydale in collaboration with EPL using a standard epoxy resin mixed with Haydale functionalised GNPs achieved over a 200% improvement in ultimate tensile strength, using just 2% loading of Haydale’s GNPs. Due to the brittle nature of unreinforced composites, these results could have significant implications for the development of future composite structures, demonstrating the potential in future aircraft design for weight saving and the consequent environmental benefits such as reductions in CO2 emissions.

Having demonstrated these results Haydale can take advantage of EPLs high profile client list, to provide high-performance composite solutions to major players in the composites industry including , National Grid, SSE, Eirgrid, Chevron, Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and 3M.

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