Advanced materials company, First Graphene Limited (ASX: FGR ), officially opened its Commercial Graphene Facility (CGF) at a ceremony with Mr Josh Wilson MP, Federal Member for Fremantle, Australia on Thursday 23, November 2017.
FGR Chairman, Warwick Grigor stated “This Facility represents both the completion of one journey and the commencement of another.” The first part of the journey had commenced in May 2015 when testing of FGR’s material was undertaken at the University of Adelaide. “The tests were done, and they confirmed that not only could graphene be recovered, but of the 50 or more types of graphite that Professor Dusan Losic and his team had tested, the vein graphite (from FGR) gave the best results. ”
First Graphene Board Members L to R; Chris Banasik, Peter Youd, Warwick Grigor and Craig McGuckin
Mr Grigor added, “ There are two very impressive aspects of this wonderfully innovative venture. The first is the very short time frame in which it has been achieved. The second is the very small expenditure that has been involved. Both are a credit to the resourcefulness of the FGR team, led by our Managing Director, Craig Mc Guckin. Through careful management and sourcing of equipment for this production facility, management has been able to achieve excellent costs reductions. In many cases these savings have been up to 80%. Rather than accept off -the-shelf quotes from German suppliers, Craig has engaged with manufacturers in China to design and procure equipment at significant savings. That is what good management does for a company. ”
Mr Josh Wilson MP, Federal Member for Fremantle speaking at the official opening.
Officially opening the facility Mr Wilson remarked “It really is no exaggeration to say that graphene will likely be one of the defining substances and technologies of the 21st century. It is wonderful that the enormous potential of graphene will be explored and enabled through a production facility here in Henderson; in the Fremantle electorate; in the state of Western Australia. It’s exactly the kind of smart, innovative, cutting - edge business that we should be in; that we need to be in.”
Mr Wilson went on to state “I expect that the development of processes and applications that involve graphene – like the development of renewable energy technology; like innovations in medical science – will have a particularly profound beneficial impact in countries that face development challenges, including a number of countries in our region. Making a contribution to lifting the standard of living and the quality of life the world over through invention and innovation is a great Australian tradition."