NTPT materials featured in new sporting and consumer good products

Applications include luxury sports accessories, F1 motorsport, golf and the America's Cup.

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North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT; Renens, Switzerland) announced a number of sporting applications featuring its technology that are being used this summer:

The latest Richard Mille Rafael Nadal edition watch was revealed when the tennis star took to the court in the Roland Garros French Open. A host of challenges were overcome by engineers at Richard Mille and NTP to achieve the red and yellow Quartz TPT case, which is mounted directly onto a unibody baseplate made of Carbon TPT. The watch is shock resistant to 10,000 Gs, has undergone hundreds of hours of pendulum impact testing, and is limited to a run of 50 pieces.

TPT Golf shafts have been selected by players on the PGA, LPGA and Senior tours, and the TPT Golf team will be at the 146th Open to demonstrate the shafts’ performance. Manufactured using NTPT’s composite tube processing technology, the shafts provide greater stability during the swing, and a better feeling impact that imparts lower spin to the ball, thanks to the perfectly centred and near homogenous design.

The NTPT team is closely watching the Formula 1 teams to see its Thin Ply Technology in action, and is also looking forward to the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June, which will feature cars using thin ply materials for their body work and under trays. NTPT’s thin ply materials offer improved resin flow between the fibers and a more homogeneous laminate, so the parts are not only extremely light, but the mechanical properties of the part are also maximized, providing a higher point of failure. NTPT first got involved with Formula 1 teams through its ultra-light, ultra-stiff materials; and more recently has supplied PES-toughened ThinPreg 135 prepreg material which offers exceptional compression after impact and exceptional strength properties. This expanded offering has resulted in additional car parts now being able to benefit from Thin Ply Technology.

Racing is underway in the hotly contested – and much debated – 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. And in few weeks’ time, another historic race, the Round the Island Race, is due to take place in Cowes, UK, where the America’s Cup trophy was first contested in 1851. Thin Ply Technology is used by all America’s Cup teams, and in many of the 900 race boats competing in the Round the Island Race. The use of Thin Ply Technology in soft sails, licensed by North Sails under the name 3Di, was the invention of NTPT’s founders, and the evolution of this technology into rigid composites has made it a natural choice for ultra-light wing sail construction.