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Posted: Nov 23, 2010
New Joint Venture Will Commercialize Q-Flo's Carbon Nanotube Fibre to Enhance Composite Armor
(Nanowerk News) Plasan, a global leader in survivability and combat-proven armor solutions and Q-Flo, University of Cambridge spin-out company, today announced the formation of TorTech Nano Fibres Ltd, a joint venture between the two companies.
TorTech, based in Israel, will produce carbon nanotube fiber for the enhancement of body armor and composite armor systems for vehicles. The new material is stronger than Kevlar and other ballistic fabrics, but still flexible and lightweight.
Q-Flo's CEO, Dr. Dai Hayward, commented: "We are delighted to partner with Plasan to further develop the world leading research by Prof. Alan Windle and Dr. Martin Pick, initially within the Department of Materials Science at Cambridge University and for the last 4 years in Q-Flo. Through Tortech, we intend to produce a carbon nanotube-based yarn, which can be woven into the strongest-ever manmade material. Plasan's expertise will then enable the design and production of a revolutionary new range of body and vehicle armor."
CEO of Plasan Group, Dan Ziv, said: "Nano fiber with mechanical properties as carbon nanotube fiber could lead to a breakthrough in structural composites and light weight armor applications. This is an exciting venture since we believe Q-Flo's carbon nanotubes have the potential to revolutionize the defense industry through a new range of lightweight, flexible and incredibly strong armored material."
Plasan will have exclusive sales and marketing rights to defense-orientated materials, whilst Q-Flo will retain rights for other potential applications.
Plasan is an international company engaged in the design, development, and manufacture of state-of-the-art, lightweight, ballistic armor protection products and integrated survivability systems. It has rapidly become a key global manufacturer and integrator of armor systems designed from composite materials for up-armor applique kits used on various light military vehicles, APCs, personal protection equipment, rotary and fixed-wing platforms, as well as for naval vessels. For more information on Plasan, go to http://www.plasan.com