University of Bristol: Investment in University of Bristol spin out company tops £1 million

Lineat Composites Ltd, a spin out company from the University of Bristol, has successfully raised significant funds through their initial seed round of investment. This brings the total investment in the company to date to over £1 million.

Lineat Composites results from several years of EPSRC funded research by the academic team (as the High Performance Discontinuous Fibre, or HiPerDiF, project) at the University’s Bristol Composites Institute. This included the development of a patented process which uses reclaimed carbon fibre to produce a fibre aligned tape that can be used to manufacture new composite components.

Investors led by UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S), together with SFC Capital and the corporate venture capital arm of a large London based hedge fund investing in climate and clean energy technology, have joined forces to enable the realisation of commercially recycled technical carbon fibre tape products.

Mark White, Investment Director for UKI2S, said: “Looking at Lineat opened our eyes to the scale of the recycling problem faced by the carbon composites sector and we are excited to kickstart the company on what promises to be a really interesting mission to transform the recycling picture and deliver a more sustainable solution for one of the world’s fastest growing materials.”

Ed Stevenson from SFC Capital added: “SFC Capital were delighted to have co-led Lineat’s latest funding round. With the widespread use of carbon fibre, there should be available ways to recycle any waste that is produced during the manufacturing process.

“Lineat and the all-star team are perfectly placed to deploy such a solution, which will enable the commercial use of recycled carbon fibre whilst at the same time reducing the environmental impact of the sector. We are excited to see what the future holds for Lineat.”

Gary Owen, Lineat’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This investment follows on from an initial Innovate UK ICURe grant and investment from the University’s Evergreen Fund and will assist in establishing Lineat as the Global Lead in realigned carbon fibre tape, a true building block of the composites world.”