Moving from concept to commercial reality is a daunting task for many smaller businesses, with development often costly and time-consuming. That’s where the HVM Catapult can help.
UK-based SME Graphene Composites (GC) developed a proof of concept for their first product, the GC ShieldTM – a strong, lightweight and flexible material for use in body armour. Using graphene and aerogel, the impact-resistant composite provides adaptable protection against knife and firearm attacks, protecting the lives of front-line police officers.
GC worked closely with CPI to move this product from proof of concept to pilot-scale production. CPI’s expertise enabled GC to take the most effective route at all stages, from design to the production of working prototypes to a commercial product. This ensured that GC can thrive in global markets and contribute to the UK economy.