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NEWS Briggs Automotive Co. (BAC, Liverpool, UK) has received funding to undertake research on graphene, with a view to pushing the technology towards production-readiness for the automotive industry. BAC, maker of the BAC Mono single-seat supercar, received the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN) grant alongside Haydale Composite Solutions (Loughborough, UK) and Pentaxia Composites (Derby, UK) and will now further explore the benefits of using graphene in composite body panels. The company will be the test bed for the technology and potentially the cata- lyst for larger-volume opportunities across the market. BAC became the first car manu- facturer in the world to develop a graphene-paneled car in 2016, creating graphene-enhanced carbon fiber composite rear wheelarches for Mono. The new venture will build on that proof of concept. Graphene is made of sheets of carbon just one atom thick and is significantly lighter than standard carbon fiber. With the NVN funding, BAC, Haydale and Pentaxia hope to develop lightweight composite materials using graphene, and to manufacture a novel carbon fiber composite tooling system with enhanced thermal conductivity — resulting in a new body panel system with improved mechanical and ther- mal performance. The project aims to bring benefits in terms of weight reduction, CO 2 emissions and manufacturing cycle times. Body panels will be installed and tested on the Mono supercar throughout the project, with the aim to reduce weight by 10% and cycle times by more than 25%. AUTOMOTIVE BAC, Haydale and Pentaxia to explore graphene use in automotive industry Source | Briggs Automotive Company 17 CompositesWorld.com Graphene for automotive READY TO SHIP: special purpose router One of the most versatile tools in the aerospace industry— The AMAMCO Special Purpose Router—is now ready to ship, whenever you're ready to order! Visit www.AMAMCOTool.com/ready_to_ship. Or call: 800.833.2239

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