PlasmaBound has announced that it secured a €750k investment from Business Venture Partners (BVP) in December, further to a previous 2022 raise with Act Venture Capital, Atlantic Bridge and Enterprise Ireland, bringing to €3.1m the total funding raised in 2022. 

PlasmaBound has developed Controlled Polymer Ablation (CPA), an environmentally friendly bonding technology for lightweight composite materials. CPA enables high speed and low-cost bonding of ultra-lightweight materials. 

L-R: Dr James Nicholas Barry, Alan Barry, and Xavier Montibert.

PlasmaBound’s vision is to make lightweight materials affordable for low to mid-range vehicles, moving the drive towards lower CO2 emissions and longer EV ranges into mass-market applications. This will accelerate viability of the EV proposition and have a step-change impact on sustainable manufacturing.

PlasmaBound, with 13 FTE, was co-founded in 2017 by Dr James Nicholas Barry, Alan Barry and Xavier Montibert, and was recently selected as one of five startups to win access to the Hyundai Motor Company and KIA Corporation sponsored 2022 Accelerate the Future Challenge. 

“We are delighted to have secured this investment from BVP. It will help PlasmaBound bring about a further positive impact to the environment with the adaption of our CPA technology in manufacturing process throughout various sectors, with a particular focus on automotive, aerospace and space, along with consumer electronics and sports and leisure,” said Alan Barry, CEO, PlasmaBound.

“BVP believes in transforming through technology and have been impressed by the environmental benefits that PlasmaBound can deliver across various sectors through the application of its CPA technology. BVP is pleased to be able to support this innovative company who is driving real value across global markets,” said Stephen Burdock, director, BVP.

PlasmaBound, a University College Dublin spin-out company, is headquartered at NovaUCD.