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.”
Companies: North Thin Ply Technology
Industries: Consumer Goods