Innovate UK Awards £100K Grant to Create New Material for Aerospace Industry

Nexam Chemical St. Andrews has been selected as a key partner in the “TAPE Extreme” project, funded by Innovate UK, to develop advanced temperature-resistant composites for the UK aerospace sector. The company has been awarded a grant of £100K, which will be used to develop novel materials that can replace metals in jet engines.

The project consortium, comprising of commercial players from composites and aerospace, in partnership with the University of Sheffield, aims to replace metals such as titanium and alloys with high temperature resistant composites in jet engines. This will reduce the weight of components and lead to fuel savings, primarily in civil aviation applications.

Christer Svanberg, CTO of Nexam Chemical, said: “We have been selected for the project based on our competencies in chemistry, polymers and resins. The aim is to develop dry unidirectional tape, without solvents, demonstrating our market leading position and technical expertise in design and synthesis of polyimide resins and so-called end-cappers for polyimides.”

Ronnie Törnqvist, CEO of Nexam Chemical, added: “We already have a strong presence in high temperature composites in the US, mainly for military applications. We are delighted to be selected for this project, which will contribute to the development of high temperature composites in the UK, particularly in the civilian aviation sector.”

Innovate UK is an organisation that works to strengthen the local UK aerospace sector, supporting local Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and GKN.

For more information, please contact Ronnie Törnqvist, CEO, +46-706 25 41 85,

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