04 June 2010
04 June 2010
Cheshire based Carbon Ceramics has made its entrance into the materials market place with the support of a Grant for Research and Development awarded by the UK’s Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
Managing Director, Julio Faria, co-founder 18 years ago of Surface Transforms, said: “The planet needs us to move urgently towards sustainable transportation technologies. We are proud to be part of the solution.”
“Our lightweight, low emission carbon composite materials, are designed to incorporate recycled feedstocks, involve clean processing and in most applications, provide a much longer product life. They will also be significantly cheaper than the international competition.”
Awarding the grant for £80,000, Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive, NWDA said: “The NWDA is happy to support regional businesses that are able to harness their talents and develop innovative process and products to grow. With Agency support, Carbon Ceramics will have the means to develop and test a new technology that will create jobs and increase economic growth.” Grant for Research and Development is part of the UK Government's package of publicly funded business support designed to help companies start and grow, helping entrepreneurs and business owners introduce innovative products and processes, including research trials and product testing.
Carbon Ceramics is a new company based in Frodsham, Cheshire, which designs and develops new manufacturing technology for the production of lightweight, high strength carbon composite materials, for use in applications like aircraft, train and car brakes.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.