NTPT has opened new laboratory facilities and a 300 m2 cleanroom production area at its headquarters in Renens, Switzerland. This is a step forward in the long-term collaboration with Guenat S.A. Montres Valgine (GMV)-Richard Mille, which includes the exclusive supply of lightweight Thin Ply prepreg materials to Richard Mille horology, jewellery and writing instrument designs, as announced in February this year.
The cleanroom is dedicated to the manufacture of quartz and other non-carbon fibre materials. The new NTPT-designed prepreg line features antistatic bars, a suction unit and a new creel system, to prevent contamination and to ensure optimum quality output. The new 1 m3 autoclave has a maximum pressure of 10 bars and maximum temperature of 260˚C. With the capacity to produce 7500 km of fibre and more than 7 tonnes of Thin Ply composites annually, this new line is a significant investment for the company.
The R&D equipment has been upgraded to increase development capacity and to facilitate improved time to market for new GMV-Richard Mille designs, and includes differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), viscometer, microscopes, and an Instron mechanical bench test.
Whilst exclusive to GMV-RM for horology, jewellery and writing instrument applications, NTPT welcomes enquiries from companies with other applications that also require a high level of contamination-free composite material.
On site at NTPT, GMV-RM will establish a showroom of its products, where clients and others can see how these specialised composites are developed and produced.
The NTPT project team, plus executives from NTPT and GMV-Richard Mille, attended the official opening on 28 June 2018.
“We were pleased to celebrate the opening of the new facilities with the team at GMV-RM,” says Ludovic Chichignoud. “This is an exciting step for NTPT and GMV-Richard Mille, and for our collaboration, and one which now enables us to develop advanced and highly complex composite solutions more quickly for the unique Richard Mille designs.”
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