4th September 2018 – NTPT™, a world leader in lightweight prepreg materials and process automation technologies, is delighted to announce the opening of new laboratory facilities and a 300sqm cleanroom production area at its headquarters in Renens. This new development is a step forward in the long-term collaboration with GMV-Richard Mille, which includes the exclusive supply of lightweight Thin Ply™ materials and solutions to Richard Mille horology, jewellery and writing instrument designs, as announced in February this year. The two companies have worked together since 2013.
The production facility is a state-of-the-art cleanroom dedicated to the manufacture of Quartz and other non-carbon fibre materials. The new NTPT™-designed prepreg line features amongst other things antistatic bars, a suction unit and a new creel system, to prevent contamination and to ensure optimum quality output. The new one cubic metre autoclave has a maximum pressure of 10 bars and maximum temperature of 260˚C. With the capacity to produce 7500km of fibre and more than 7 tonnes of Thin Ply composites annually, this new line is a significant development and investment for the company.
The R&D equipment has been upgraded to increase development capacity and to facilitate improved time to market for new GMV-Richard Mille designs, and includes: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA), Viscometer, Microscopes, and an Instron mechanical bench test.
Whilst exclusive to GMV-RM for horology, jewellery and writing instrument applications, NTPT™ welcomes enquiries from companies with other applications that also require a high level of contamination-free composite material.
On site at NTPT™, GMV-RM will establish a showroom of its products, where clients and others can see how these high quality, specialised composites are developed and produced.
The NTPT™ project team, plus executives from NTPT™ and GMV-Richard Mille, attended the official opening on 28 June 2018, including: Richard Mille (founder), Dominique Guenat (co-founder and CEO of Guenat SA Montres Valgine), Yves Mathys (Director, GMV), Tim Malachard (Marketing Director, Richard Mille), Marie-France Aubry (Finance Director, GMV), Francois Mordasini and Gerard Gautier (founders, major shareholders and directors of NTPT™), Sebastian Sebayang (Chief Financial Officer, NTPT™), Ludovic Chichignoud (Chief Operating Officer, NTPT™), and Olivier Thomassin (Project Manager and GMV-Richard Mille Key Account manager, NTPT™),.
“We were pleased to celebrate the opening of the new facilities with the team at GMV-RM,” says Ludovic Chichignoud. “This is an exciting step for NTPT™ and GMV-Richard Mille, and for our collaboration, and one which now enables us to develop advanced and highly complex composite solutions more quickly for the unique Richard Mille designs.”