21 May 2013
21 May 2013
The development programme will use KORE carbon fibres, carbon nanotubes and Xolve’s graphene masterbatches.
NTT Carbon Fiber claim it intends to develop three main projects with Xolve under the R&D business area, with the purpose to create innovative solutions for the design, production, product support and services devoted to aerospace applications, with special hard environmental conditions needs.
Xolve state it will provide full support during the development phase, working to combine Xolve technology to the TTT technology of NTT Carbon Fiber under this programme. “Our proprietary low-cost graphene production and dispersion technologies allow us to enhance numerous attributes throughout the resin matrix”, says Miguel Mireles, the Vice President of Business Development at Xolve. “We are con?dent that our technologies combined with NTT Carbon Fiber’s capabilities will allow us to provide additional multiple attribute improvements in many industries including aerospace, marine, automotive, and sports.”
The selected aerospace programmes for this joint development are the front-end of a future deployment of graphene in industrial applications, other than aerospace. Mr. C.H. Bosch from the R&D Business Area of NTT Carbon Fiber has recently con?rmed, “Our idea is to develop prepregs, within our KOREPreg line, tailored for special applications. The goal is to obtain products purposed to extreme environments, using carbon nanotubes and graphene. Xolve reveals to be the best candidate, since their technology allows a very regular graphene foil and we expect its dispersion in resins to maintain a regular performance.”
NTT Carbon Fiber says it maintains a long term outlook on its opportunity to collaborate with Xolve and its proprietary masterbatch dispersion technology. Its potential is to extend the development speci?cally created for the aerospace industry to other industries, among which we can count NTT Carbon Fiber’s projects in the high performance sports, as well as in the marine ?eld, and in the automotive.
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