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Leading the way on helmet development

The Welsh Government is committed to supporting interventions to reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties on the roads of Wales. To that end, through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), it has been working with companies that are taking a pioneering approach to the safety of motorcyclists.

Recently, Gemma Morris, presenter of SWIPE, the Sky News Technology Show, visited the lab at Imperial College London, to discover more about the potential life saving material - Armourgel.

Dr Daniel Plant, founder of Armourgel Ltd, explains that the new energy absorbing material significantly lessens the chances of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury in a collision, by reducing the effects of rotational acceleration.

Helmets incorporating the innovative material have been rigorously tested throughout the funded project. The result is a breathable, flexible component, which when fitted beneath the helmet lining, absorbs energy without compromising comfort.

As part of the Welsh Government and SBRI funded development, Dr Plant and his team have been working with helmet manufacturers to bring the technology to the motorcycling market in the near future, at an affordable cost.

We’ll keep you posted on developments!

Friday, 28 October 2016