05 June 2009
05 June 2009
Nanoledge has joined the Velozzi partners team to develop and provide lightweight composite materials for the development of a new hybrid vehicle.
Velozzi, based in Los Angeles, California, is a company which intends to design, develop, and build an environmentally friendly, affordable, lightweight and efficient plug-in flex fuel hybrid electric crossover vehicle, capable of achieving one hundred miles per gallon.
Industrial partners involved in the Velozzi project include companies such as PPG, Ashland, Bayer Material Science and Weismann R&D.
Nanoledge will bring its expertise in the use of nanochemicals and resin formulation to develop and provide lightweight and high performance epoxy/carbon fibre body panel.
Using its NANO INTM Technology, Nanoledge will take advantage of carbon nanotubes integration into epoxy resin to improve crack growth resistance, fatigue resistance, impact resistance and compression resistance without compromises on other properties. According to Nanoledge, in the automotive market, benefits of the NANO INTM technology lead to lighter, stronger and safer composite parts.
“We aimed at involving the most performing composite materials in the construction of our cars. More precisely our vehicles will benefit from the best performance / weight ratio available on the market. Nanoledge’s materials fit the Velozzi vision!” said Roberto Velozzi, Velozzi CEO. “
“We are very proud to be part of this project combining high performance, eco-friendly product and mass production” said Benoit Balmana, Managing Director Americas, Nanoledge Inc. “Nanochemicals confer unique assets and are the ultimate way to achieve the new market needs in the composite industry: Developing stronger, safer and lighter materials by using fewer chemicals”, added Benoit.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.