NTPT Highlights Sporting Applications
North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has an exciting summer ahead with various sporting disciplines featuring Thin Ply Technology, from luxury sports accessories and motorsport to golf and sailing.
The latest Richard Mille Rafael Nadal edition watch was revealed when the tennis star took to the court in the Roland Garros French Open in May. The RM27-03 Tourbillion Rafael Nadal Watch has been designed to reflect the red clay courts of the French Open. This striking red and yellow Quartz TPT case 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. The TPT Golf team will be at the 146th Open in July with partner Leadbetter Golf Academy, which was instrumental in developing the shafts. Manufactured using NTPT’s composite tube processing technology, the shafts are said to 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 Le Mans 24 Hour race in June will feature cars using thin ply materials for their body work and under trays. Thin ply materials offer improved resin flow between the fibres and a more homogeneous laminate, so the parts are extremely light, and mechanical properties are maximised, providing a higher point of failure, the company reports. 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.
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 in Cowes, UK. 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.
Published: 15th November 2017