Formula 1 and Hypercar manufacturer in Gloucester develops tougher and more eco-friendly parts

Permali, now part of the Diamorph Group, is a long-established supplier of advanced material solutions for the motorsport industry, most notably Formula 1 and World Endurance Championship (WEC) Hypercars. The company uses its extensive manufacturing capabilities to ensure that parts are precision machined to meet some of the most stringent regulatory standards in the automotive industry set by the FIA. With cars reaching top speeds of over 200+ mph and 0-60 in sub 3 seconds, it is crucial that materials conform to strict quality and safety standards whilst providing optimum performance for race teams.

Above: Toyota Racing Hypercar, World Endurance Championship Testing
15th to 18th December 2020, Portugal [credit: Toyota]

 

With Permali seeing tougher technical demands, the company has been focusing efforts on using its comprehensive R&D facilities to develop new product innovations for motorsport teams. Most notably this includes ‘greener composites’ which have been developed more sustainably using fibers which are sourced from recycled materials. In addition, the company has also developed an alternative greener composite which utilises natural fibers. With continuing pressure for motorsport teams to reduce their environmental impact, the business continues to pursue more eco-friendly innovations.

 

Above: A Mercedes Formula 1 Car, March 2022, Saudi Arabia [credit: Shutterstock]

 

In addition to greener materials, the business has used R&D efforts to develop more durable composite materials which see higher wear resistance on the track. The new product is actively used in Formula 1 races and was developed through the utilisation of a new fiber system which has resulted in a stronger material. Actively involved in motorsport product development, Permali’s composites engineer, Adam Pickard, commented:

“Permali has been supplying precision manufactured high-performance materials to a range of motorsport racing teams for several decades. The company has utilised its extensive R&D and manufacturing capabilities to develop unrivalled products which combine durability and lightweighting for extremely demanding motorsport environments. Developing new products to better meet environmental objectives is an exciting and ongoing project for the business and we will continue to focus on product innovation.”

Over 20 years ago the company developed its first synthetic composite design to replace densified wood. In 1998 the first Formula 1 team adopted Permali’s composite components seeing superior performance attributes such as durability and wear resistance. By 2005 all Formula 1 teams moved away from densified wood entirely in favour of Permali’s composite materials which continue to be developed.

Above: McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 Car driven by David Coulthard, Barcelona,1998. [credit: Fav Cars]

 

As Permali sees continued growth across automotive, defence, rail, aerospace and medical market sectors, the business has recently announced over £6 million investment from its parent company, Diamorph Group, at its Gloucester site. This is followed by a substantial recruitment drive of over 70+ roles including Manufacturing Operatives, Lab Technicians, Quality Inspectors, Warehouse and Logistics Supervisors and more.

To see Permali’s latest vacancies you can head to: https://www.permali.co.uk/careers/

About Permali
Since 1937 Permali has been a sector leader in the manufacture, design, and qualification of composite and PU material solutions for defence, aerospace, medical, rail, automotive, and many other engineering sectors that require compliance with complex regulatory frameworks. Permali was recently acquired by Diamorph Group, a materials science-based company which has offices in several countries and operates in markets ranging from Marine through to Renewable Energy. Operating from a 10,500msq site in Gloucester, UK, Permali makes a vast range of bespoke FRP composite panels, components, and systems, based on a wide variety of resins, fibres, cores, and adhesives. Permali’s product range is extended further with the inclusion of its Tuftane® products, a range of aromatic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastic films.

About Diamorph
Diamorph is a passionate materials science-based company, boasting 3 state of the art manufacturing sites and a multitude of sales offices across the globe. The company has deep materials science knowledge in a range of technologies, to make innovative products that provide protection in a wide range of safety critical or high cost of failure activities. The business is split into 3 units:
1. Composite and Polymer Materials: products provide protection from wear, impact and electrical shock.
2. High Temperature Solutions: materials protect process integrity at temperatures between 350 and 1200 degrees C in high temperature process industries.
3. Passive Fire Protection: products designed to protect lives and buildings by stopping the spread of fire, allowing time for occupants to leave the building.

Written by Scott Cawkell – press enquiries to scott.cawkell@permali.co.uk