PRUTHVIRAJ GATKUL and VIKRAM BORADE’s VALENCY4 is cater­ing to the needs of high per­for­mance ve­hi­cles

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Start­ing off the con­ver­sa­tion with Pruthviraj Gatkul, Founder and Di­rec­tor, Valency4, we ask him about his start-up ven­ture, to which he replies, “Valency4 is a Pune based start-up com­pany which deals with car­bon bre and com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als. Un­like other start-up com­pa­nies, our j our­ney started from a small garage and meta­mor­phosed into an or­gan­i­sa­tion. To­day, Valency4 has its own Re­search and De­velop­ment wing and a lab­o­ra­tory.” Shar­ing the de­tails of the prod­uct line of Valency4, he says, “Car­bon bre con­sists of car­bon strands wo­ven into mat form. They are poly­mer thread cloths hav­ing very high ten­sile strength. In ad­di­tion, the com­pany man­u­fac­tures com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als such as car­bon bre, glass bre and aramids like kevlar that are used in air­crafts and high per­for­mance ve­hi­cles such as F1 cars and su­per­bikes, to name some.” Speak­ing about the tech­ni­cal de­tails, Vikram Borade, Co-Founder, elu­ci­dates, “Car­bon bre is a cloth mat that is soaked in chem­i­cal resin. On ap­ply­ing heat and pres­sure, the mat be­comes hard ow­ing to the change in its den­sity. Once the mat be­comes thick, it can be used for de­sign­ing var­ied au­to­mo­bile parts.” Con­tin­u­ing fur­ther, he adds, “Un­like other con­ven­tional ma­te­ri­als, it can­not be melted by heat. We have to in­crease the thick­ness of the mat, so that it can be put to use for the pur­pose of de­sign­ing. Al­though the car­bon bre parts are sold at pre­mium, the de­mand has not taken a beat­ing as it scores brownie points over other met­als as far as its strength is con­cerned.”

Pruthviraj Gatkul at CIIE, Ahmed­abad

The duo work­ing in the lab­o­ra­tory

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