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

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, which has a facility on Bristol Road, 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 three seconds, it is crucial that materials conform to strict quality and safety standards whilst providing optimum performance for race teams.

Seeing tougher technical demands, Permali says it 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.

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.

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, said: "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. And by 2005, all Formula 1 teams moved away from densified wood entirely in favour of Permali's composite materials which continue to be developed.

As Permali sees continued growth across automotive, defence, rail, aerospace and medical market sectors, the business has recently announced more than £6 million investment from its parent company, Diamorph Group, at its Gloucester site.

This investment is followed by a substantial recruitment drive of more than 70+ roles including manufacturing operatives, lab technicians, quality inspectors, warehouse and logistics supervisors and more.

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