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LeMond Composites signs global exclusive licensing agreement with Deakin University to commercialize their patent pending manufacturing process

LeMond Composites has entered into a global, exclusive 20-year licensing agreement with Deakin University, in Australia, to commercialize their patent pending manufacturing process to increase production of high performance, low-cost carbon fiber.

The licensed process is aimed to enable LeMond Composites to commercialize carbon fiber production faster than anyone else currently in the marketplace. This means LeMond will deliver more of its low-cost carbon fiber, faster to industries that benefit from using lighter, stronger materials, like those addressing global energy (wind-turbine blades) and transportation challenges.

"Deakin University's process oxidizes carbon fiber faster, with lower capital and energy costs and greater output of carbon fiber over a shorter period," says Nicolas Wegener, COO of LeMond, who negotiated the $44 million dollar deal. "The process requires 75 percent less energy and also reduces the amount of process equipment by 75 percent. These factors make the production of low-cost carbon fiber scalable at a velocity that can keep up with the market demand."

"The ability to scale production, along with our low-cost carbon fiber is what will allow LeMond Composites to deliver this material to the masses," says Greg LeMond, three-time Tour de France champion and CEO/Founder of LeMond Composites. "Deakin University's manufacturing process will make it possible to localize manufacturing and make carbon fiber technology more accessible to a wider range of industries like transportation, renewable energy and infrastructure or any industry that benefits from using lighter, stronger, safer materials."

Filed: CAD,CAE,CAM
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