Haydale, (AIM: HAYD), the global advanced materials group, is pleased to announce that, following its announcement of positive prototype testing on 3rd March 2020, its range of advanced wearable technology – integrated into garments for elite athletes – was used in Tokyo by British athletes, including top medal winning athletes.
The challenges created by the uncertainty in the leadup to the delayed games further enhanced the relationship between the parties working alongside each other with the English Institute for Sport (EIS), Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) and Newbury Electronics, forming part of a dedicated supply chain team with Haydale and others to ensure the new technology was ready in time.
As mentioned previously, the garments generate heat using Haydale’s printed functionalised graphene ink and incorporate electronic circuitry to produce temperature regulated panels. The plan is to use them at future international competitions, and subsequently to make them available commercially to other professional sports.
Dr Matt Parker, Director of Performance Innovation for EIS, states; ‘It is great to see the dedication and hard work of the whole team bring to reality garments that have been used by British athletes. This is something we will look to build on for future events.’
Keith Broadbent, CEO at Haydale, commented; ‘I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the EIS team, the WCPC team and the rest of the supply chain for their efforts in making this happen. I look forward to being able to provide a more comprehensive update on the performance of the garments that were used and developing the commercial potential that such an innovative garment technology may well realise.’
Notes to Editors
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 through its state-of-the-art functionalisation. Haydale has granted patents for its technologies in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and China and operates from five sites in the UK, USA and the Far East.
For more information please visit: www.haydale.com
About the English Institute of Sport
The English Institute of Sport (EIS) provides outstanding support services to improve sporting performance. A network of over 300 world-leading experts and practitioners in science, medicine, technology and engineering enables athletes to excel and realise their potential.
Established in 2002 and grant funded by UK Sport, the EIS works in partnership with Olympic and Paralympic sports to put people at the heart of extraordinary performance. At the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games, the EIS worked with 93% of the athletes and 31 of the 34 sports that won a medal for Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
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.
About Newbury Electronics Ltd
Newbury Electronics is a UK CEM and a market leader in the design and manufacture of innovative electronics products including complex wearable electronics for sports and medical applications. Its Innovation division developed the entirely novel electronics and firmware to drive the Haydale graphene printed panels and deliver a compact and highly versatile electronics solution to control and drive the novel heater panels. They worked closely with the English Institute of Sport and high-performance athletes to tailor the control and behaviour of the panels performance to meet their exacting needs
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