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We help industries lose
weight & reduce their CO2 footprint globally.

WE MAKE LIGHT!

What We Do

We pre-treat fibre-reinforced composites,
to deliver reliable joint structures – every time.

If you want to:

  • Improve bond strength, resilience, and repeatability
  • Reduce reject rates
  • Remove Rinsing steps for contaminants, paint, grit
  • Remove need to mask/demask to protect zones
  • Remove Heat Affected Zones and/or Fibre Damage
  • Remove Metal Fasteners
  • Remove Manual & Low Reliability Steps

 

CPA achieves all of the above, at high volumes
in a 1-step fully automated pre-treatment process.

What is Lightweighting?

Lightweighting is the act of reducing product payload/weight via the substitution of heavy/metal components, with lighter, ideally stronger materials such as fibre-reinforced composites, and serves to dramatically reduce product weight and any associated running costs or emissions.

It is a critical industry activity in product assembly verticals today, including consumer electronics, automotive, mass transport, aerospace, or even space. The future survivability for many, in the upcoming EV era depends upon cost-effective deployment of lighter designs.

Put simply, if your product needs to get off the ground (or the planet), or move under its own limited energy supply, then a core focus of current and future design is on weight reduction.

Unfortunately, current lightweighting assembly methods are highly immature and proving to be neither easy, clean, reliable nor cost-effective. Batch wise, uncontrolled, and often labour-intensive, introducing these space-age materials often requires the use of 19th century methods.

Supported Sectors

Sectors where PlasmaBound’s patented Controlled Polymer Ablation (CPA) technology supports new design opportunities, which include aerospace, transport, marine, renewable & consumer electronics.

Central to the lightweighting effort is the adoption of fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites. These materials are stronger and considerably lighter than both High Strength Steel and Aluminium. We provide a step-change technology, which facilitates the structural adhesive joining of carbon and glass fibre reinforced composites.

The CPA technology will support the accelerated adoption of lightweight composite materials into multi-material structural assemblies, by enabling reliable adhesive joining. No waste production, reduced reliance on metal fasteners and lower production cost through operation simplification (in-line).

Build stronger, lighter, leaner & cleaner Structural Composite Assemblies using a repeatable high-speed 1-step process!

Technology

Techniques used to incorporate lightweight materials into modern assemblies are often relatively immature, frequently batch-wise, manual and often suffer from poor joint strength and therefore create high reject rates.

This has served to significantly limit the weight saving efforts of industry due to high costs and low performance.
We have solved this problem!

PlasmaBound have developed a patent-pending technology which modifies a more mature technology “Atmospheric Plasma” and retasked it such that it no longer merely activates the polymeric surface of a fibre-reinforced composite material but selectively removes it (Ablates it) in a manner which causes no heat affected zones, leaves no residue and reveals in a repeatable manner undamaged fibres to act as an anchor matrix for structural adhesives. When presented to a similarly treated composite or suitably treated metal, PlasmaBound repeatably achieve aerospace grade bonds.

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Alan Barry,
CEO

Alan has over 20 years in engineering services, having founded a successful consultancy focusing on new processes introduction.

Meet the team

We enjoy a strong management team with a broad range of skills!

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Nick Barry,
CTO

Nick is also the technology inventor and brings over 10 years of R&D experience with a strong focus on composites, surface engineering, plasma and industry outreach.

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Xavier Montibert,
Commercial Director

Xavier has over 25 years experience delivering innovations to OEMs and Tier 1s and has previously worked for Magna International in Europe.

Our Partners

The OEMs are today often the retail face of the assembly vertical and drive the Vision with the Tier 1 (major suppliers) entities often picking up quite a portion of the effort.

Their role is to integrate processes and technologies, to deliver against performance contracts issued by the OEMs – whether for components, sub-assemblies / modules or even entire finished products.

They are supported by bonding specialists and equipment and materials suppliers as appropriate. These collectively come together to form the landscape of Channel Partners which PlasmaBound will be highly integrated to.

PlasmaBound’s scaling after entry will be via these industry partners, typically from the equipment and also bonding cohorts.

Tier1s will also be incentivised to offer PlasmaBound’s technology across many of their other OEMs to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

Contact Us

Contact us using the details below, or fill in the form with your queries.

  • Administrative & Shipping address:

    Plasmabound Ltd
    502 Greenogue Business Park
    Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
    D24 XW67, Ireland

  • R&D address:

    PlasmaBound, NovaUCD,
    Belfield Innovation Park,
    Belfield, D04 V2P1, Ireland

  • info@plasmabound.com

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