Gloucester-based advanced materials company Permali, a long-established supplier of advanced material solutions for the motorsport industry including Formula 1 and World Endurance Championship hypercars, has been developing greener composites for motorsport teams at its Gloucester facility.
The composites have been developed more sustainably using fibres sourced from recycled materials. The company has also developed an alternative greener composite which uses natural fibres, helping motorsport teams meet louder calls to reduce their environmental impact.
The news comes after Permali, which was bought by Manchester-based advanced materials group Diamorph Group last year, is investing £6 million in its Gloucester facility to support manufacturing of composite materials and bearings.
The Bristol Road facility now serves as Manchester-based Diamorph’s primary composites and polymer materials manufacturing site. Along with Permali, this facility will also soon house the brands Tenmat Composites and Railko and serve industries such as F1, defense, marine, aerospace and rail.
In addition to greener materials, the business has invested its research and development efforts to develop more durable composite materials which see higher wear resistance on the track. The new product is actively used in Formula 1 races and was developed through the utilisation of a new fibre system which has resulted in a stronger material.
Permali’s composites engineer, Adam Pickard, said: “Permali has been supplying precision manufactured high-performance materials to a range of motorsport racing teams for several decades. The company has utilised its extensive R&D and manufacturing capabilities to develop unrivalled products which combine durability and lightweighting for extremely demanding motorsport environments. Developing new products to better meet environmental objectives is an exciting and ongoing project for the business and we will continue to focus on product innovation.”
More than 20 years ago the company developed its first synthetic composite design to replace densified wood. In 1998 the first Formula 1 team adopted Permali’s composite components seeing superior performance attributes such as durability and wear resistance. By 2005 all Formula 1 teams moved away from densified wood entirely in favour of Permali’s composite materials which continue to be developed.