Haydale, the global advanced materials group, is pleased to announce that, following its contract announcement on 18th September 2018, it will now collaborate with the English Institute for Sport (EIS) and the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) to deliver a range of advanced wearable technology sport apparel for elite athletes.
Haydale is pleased to report that initial prototype testing has been completed in live performance sessions with elite athletes with very successful results for wearability through its unique coating systems. Alongside supply chain partners, a range of garments are being manufactured in higher quantities for further use in elite sport settings, focusing on efforts to develop flexible and miniaturised electronics. This enhances product feel as well as reducing weight, allowing for optimised athlete performance. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Wearable Technology Forecasts 2019-2029.
Haydale will now continue to produce performance garments for a range of elite sports in readiness for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020, supporting the British Olympic and Paralympic teams in innovation and performance gains. Continued collaboration with WCPC & Swansea University has allowed leading scientific research to underpin this product launch.
Dr Matt Parker, Director of Performance Innovation for EIS, states, "To move so quickly to realise the benefit of this new technology in the training environment is testament to everyone involved. To develop a product quickly to meet the specific needs of athletes you need partners who will rise to the challenge with you. We're delighted to have delivered the first of many wearable technology solutions to our athletes."
Keith Broadbent, CEO at Haydale, commented, "It is great to see the reward of this project with EIS and WCPC and we look forward to seeing elite athletes benefit from the improved performance offered through the adapted garments."
For further information:
Haydale Graphene Industries plc
Keith Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer Tel: +44 (0) 1269 842 946
Gemma Smith, Global Head of Marketing www.haydale.com
Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
Ruari McGirr / Paul Shackleton / Ben Cryer Tel: +44 (0) 20 7614 5900
About Haydale Graphene Industries
Haydale is a global technologies and materials group that facilitates the integration of graphene and other nanomaterials into the next generation of commercial technologies and industrial materials. With expertise in graphene, silicon carbide and other nanomaterials, Haydale is able to deliver improvements in electrical, thermal and mechanical properties, as well as toughness. Haydale has granted patents for its technologies in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and China and operates from six sites in the UK, USA and the Far East.
For more information please visit: www.haydale.com Twitter: @haydalegraphene
About the English Institute of Sport
The EIS is the UK's largest provider of world-class science, medicine, technology and engineering services, supporting athletes, coaches and sports across the UK's high performance system to improve their training and performance. Currently the EIS works with over 40 Olympic and Paralympic sports, operating out of a number of high performance centres in England including Bisham, Loughborough, Sheffield, Manchester, Lilleshall and Bath.
Since the EIS was established in 2002, it has played a vital part in the success of the UK high performance system, including sport and athlete performances at European and world championships and the Olympics and Paralympics.
The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, College of Engineering, Swansea University, is one of the world's leading centres for research and development in printing, inks and coatings. The WCPC undertakes research and development for all applications of printing by all processes. WCPC has a close collaborative partnership with Haydale for the development of state of the art nano enhanced inks and coatings. WCPC is undertaking research and development at the forefront of the fundamental chemistry of functionalised nanomaterials. WCPC is part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture of Large Area Electronics and is a previous winner of the EU Regiostars award for its work with industry.