A WONDER substance firm hopes to continue driving up its market presence after supercar work.

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has supported W Motors’ venture to improve its Fenyr Supersport model’s tailgate.

The work was part of a collaboration with Magna Exteriors and SHD Composites, with the former using Wilton-based AGM’s graphene substance to improve the tailgate’s performance.

AGM, a Durham University spin-out, is known for producing graphene that experts herald for being ultra-lightweight yet overtly tough, despite being as thin as a human hair.

Bosses say those traits will help enhance the Fenyr’s tailgate by increasing torsional stiffness, shear strength and overall toughness.

Jon Mabbitt, AGM’s outgoing chief executive, said: “I am delighted AGM graphene-enhanced composite materials have been showcased on automotive end products.

“We are confident our graphene can deliver significant benefits to the composites sector and we are pleased to be making progress towards application in a number of end industries through our valuable collaborations with industry partners, such as SHD and Magna.”

Dr Joseph J Laux, Magna’s global director of material science for exteriors, added: “Graphene represents an exciting new technology.”

AGM previously revealed a stellar satellite deal with Airbus Defence and Space that is expected to see its graphene used in mobile phone and broadcasting satellites.

It also has an agreement with Wearside fishing rod maker Century Composites to strengthen equipment and has carried out testing alongside paint supplier James Briggs.

However, it’s longer term future will be overseen by a new boss after Mr Mabbitt announced his retirement.

He intends to step down once his replacement is found.

Once his successor is appointed, Mr Mabbitt will take a part-time advisory role with the company.