Haydale Ltd., a technological leader in the development of functionalised graphenes to improve the mechanical performance of epoxy resin systems and Carbon Fibre reinforced plastics, has announced further significant investment in production capacity.
In December 2014, Haydale announced the delivery of two new Rotovac HD60 plasma reactors. These reactors are now both fully operational and provide Haydale increased processing capability and operational flexibility in functionalising graphenes and other nano materials. Consequently, Haydale has ordered a further three Rotovac HD60 units for delivery by the end of June 2015 of which two will be shipped to overseas locations as part of the strategic move to support worldwide demand for Haydale functionalised graphene materials.
Haydale has now taken delivery of an additional significantly larger reactor, the HD200, to fulfil anticipated increased customer orders following successful sampling and supply from the smaller units. This unit has now passed its factory acceptance test and has arrived four weeks earlier than expected. Commissioning has already commenced.
Ray Gibbs, CEO at Haydale, commented “At this stage in the development of the graphene industry, customers are looking for consistent quality of functionalised graphenes in kilograms, not initially tonnes, although volume will follow successful trialling. It is however crucial that the samples provided are capable of being repeated in larger commercial volumes and that is exactly what we can provide. We now have 3 HD60 plasma reactors in operation providing the required flexibility to process a variety of materials for different customers simultaneously. The arrival of the larger machine further increases our capability as the demand for volumes increases.”
Haydale , based in South Wales, UK and housed in a purpose-built facility for processing and handling nanomaterials, is facilitating the application of graphenes and other nanomaterials in fields such as inks, sensors, energy storage, photovoltaics, composites, paints and coatings. Haydale has developed a patent-pending proprietary scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nanomaterials. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers. Functionalisation is carried out through a low-pressure plasma process that treats both mined, organic fine powder and other synthetically produced nanomaterial powders, producing high-quality few layered graphenes and graphene nanoplatelets. The process can functionalise with a range of chemical groups, with the level of functionalisation tailored to the customer’s needs. Good dispersion improves the properties and performance of the host material and ensures the final product performs as specified. The Haydale plasma process does not use wet chemistry, nor does it damage the material being processed; rather, it can clean up any impurities inherent in the raw material. The technology is a low energy user and most importantly environmentally friendly. The Haydale method is an enabling technology, allowing the Company to work with a raw material producer who seeks to add value to the base product and tailor the outputs to meet the target applications of the end user.
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