LeMond Composites (“LeMond”) is the world’s newest carbon fiber manufacturing company that will revolutionize the lightweight composites industry throughout the world ... and it’s happening now. LeMond is led by Mr. Greg LeMond, former American professional cyclist, three-time Tour de France Champion, and two-time Road Race World Champion. The innovation and leadership that drove Greg LeMond to ride the world’s first carbon fiber bike to the pinnacle of world cycling competition continues to drive him as he leads LeMond Composites into the world of commercial carbon fiber composites.
Greg LeMond has assembled a world-class team that has successfully demonstrated a new and novel technology. Today, this team is commercializing the production of a process that significantly reduces the cost of carbon fiber. The reduced cost makes it possible to use carbon fiber composites in a vast array of products that have traditionally relied upon heavier and cheaper materials such as steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and other structural and semi-structural materials. Replacing these traditional materials with LeMond’s reduced cost carbon fiber will produce a new generation of lightweight products that have improved performance at lower costs.
LeMond and its team of industry-leading innovators are actively working with commercial partners to integrate its affordable carbon fiber into products that have previously viewed carbon fiber as being a superior material, but cost-prohibitive. Key members of the LeMond team were experienced manufacturing leaders from the carbon fiber industry. In 2012, they were selected to lead the innovation team at the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF). These same key members joined the LeMond team in 2016 to lead the Company’s low-cost carbon fiber commercialization initiative.
As LeMond’s low cost carbon fiber is recognized by many existing industries, new carbon fiber applications are continually being identified. Today the LeMond team is working closely with several automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to identify specific uses for carbon fiber composites in targeted applications. As these applications are identified, our team is working closely to support the OEMs’ design, testing, and production requirements. The LeMond team is committed to the partners’ success by meeting the high quality requirements of each partner. This is being accomplished via close collaboration within trusted partnerships.
Carbon fiber is ideal for use as a reinforcement for composites having high strength to weight properties and for high temperature resistant applications. LeMond is actively engaged in discussions with partners in several markets for these types of applications.
LeMond holds a license to a patent-pending carbon fiber manufacturing process, licensed to the company by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, operated by UT-Battelle, LLC. In addition, LeMond has finalized a licensing agreement with Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus research lab over an exclusive, worldwide license to a technology portfolio containing both a mechanical manufacturing invention as well as unique processes and precursor materials capable of producing both industrial-grade and aerospace-grade fibers at significantly reduced costs.
LeMond is Headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee of the United States of America. In Oak Ridge, LeMond has a 22 Acre Campus with 66,000 Sq. Ft. with a proposed 100,000 Sq. Ft. addition. LeMond is scheduled to break ground this fall and build out our addition and first line.
Deakin is a global institution with offices in China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Latin America and Sri Lanka that connect the University with students and partners around the world. With a rich history of developing partnerships linking academia with industry, government, research institutions, NGOs, and connecting with likeminded universities around the world. The University has active partnerships in 52 countries supporting academic and research collaboration.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, funded by the DOE, is finding energy saving solutions with the goal of lowering our dependence on Foreign oil. After investing 130 Million Dollars into the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility. The research team at ORNL finally achieved the impossible. The first Low-cost carbon fiber. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US department of Energy science and energy laboratory.