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Applied Graphene Materials signs distribution agreement with Maroon LLC, USA

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Agreement significantly strengthens AGM's route into the coatings and polymers markets across the United States and Canada. Applied Graphene Materials is delighted to announce it has signed a distribution agreement with Maroon Group LLC. The agreement adds significantly to AGM's growing commercial distribution network and provides a direct route into the coatings and polymers sectors across the United States and Canada.

Maroon Group is a world class distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients across North America. Founded in 1977 and based in Avon, Ohio, Maroon Group is comprised of several regional operating companies focused on specific markets and geographies. Each operating company leverages a common infrastructure of industry leading technology, value-add services, formulary support, global sourcing & logistics network, and a commitment to Creating Customer Success®. This operating philosophy has enabled Maroon Group to offer its customers and principal suppliers national capabilities while maintaining a local focus.

AGM and Maroon Group have an exclusive agreement that will see the two companies collaborating on customer opportunities and introduce AGM's proprietary Genable® graphene dispersions technology into the United States and Canadian coatings and polymers markets.

In addition to its own commercial hubs in the U.K. and the United States, AGM now has distribution agreements with local expert chemicals and coatings distributors in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy, South Africa and Japan.

Adrian Potts, AGM CEO commented:
"I am delighted to announce Maroon Group as a very strong partner to help AGM drive commercial uptake of our graphene products in the North American market. Maroon Group has leading expertise in additive sales and customer service, which is essential to support sales at this early stage of the graphene market's development. With decades of experience in the region, their impressive network and consumer relationships will open up significant potential for AGM.

This is the second distribution agreement we have announced in as many weeks and will more than triple the size of the number of sales team members amongst our distribution partners that can help drive sales of AGM's products since June. We are very excited to be building considerable momentum in the expansion of our global sales network."

Thomas Papasso, Vice President Principal Management for Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers, Maroon Group commented:
"The team at Maroon Group is very excited to partner with Applied Graphene Materials. Their unique line of graphene dispersions is a perfect example of how Maroon Group strives to bring real innovation and value to our customers."

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Applied Graphene Materials  Coatings  Graphene  Maroon Group  Thomas Papasso 

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Applied Graphene Materials celebrates 10 year anniversary by signing distribution deal

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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Applied Graphene Materials signs distribution agreement with Will & Co BV., The Netherlands

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) is pleased to announce it has signed a distribution agreement with Will & Co B.V. (Will & Co). The agreement further extends AGM's commercial reach directly into the coatings and polymers sectors across The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.

Since 1924, Will & Co have been delivering marketing, logistics and distribution services for the chemicals, high-quality raw materials and food ingredients industries. Will & Co are increasingly focusing on specialty products and have a clear focus on sustainable relationships, long-term knowledge development and an exclusive network of cooperation partners. Will & Co have developed strong and in-depth knowledge capabilities which have seen them making an active contribution to the progress of numerous innovative products for nearly a century.

AGM and Will & Co have an exclusive agreement that will see the Will & Co regional sales network provide access to customer opportunities and introduce AGM's proprietary Genable® graphene dispersions technology into the Benelux coatings and polymers markets.

In addition to its own commercial hubs in the U.K. and the United States, AGM now has distribution agreements with local expert chemicals and coatings distributors in The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, South Africa and Japan.

Adrian Potts, AGM CEO commented:

"In line with our strategy to continue expanding our footprint with our distributor network for both standard and custom products, it's a great pleasure to be able to announce our agreement with Will & Co for the Benelux region. We are firmly of the view that the key to graphene's commercialisation is the combination of innovative materials technology in an easy-to-use format with a customer approach that is able to explain the practical aspects of use and the true potential of graphene in their applications. I believe we have this blend with Will & Co and look forward to positive progress on revenue growth with our exciting technology for the liquid resins, coatings, composites and polymers sectors."

Jacques van Lindonk, Will & Co Managing Director commented:

"Will & Co is delighted to partner with AGM for the Benelux coating, composite and polymer markets. AGM, known for its innovative expertise, fits perfectly within our portfolio and exclusive network of cooperation partners. The Will & Co corporate philosophy is centered on providing our customers with high-quality products, product development support and services.

Will & Co sees great opportunities for the AGM groundbreaking Genable® products. We are proud to be able to support AGM with the marketing, sales and product development of these products.

We are used to working closely together with our customers on existing and new materials, products and processes. We invite the Benelux market to contact us with all their technical & commercial questions. We look forward to excellent cooperation and mutual success!"

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Applied Graphene Materials  Coatings  Graphene  Jacques van Lindonk  polymers  Will & Co 

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Applied Graphene Materials presents to automotive and aerospace engineers

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, June 23, 2020
SAE International, the global community of 200,000 automotive and aerospace engineers, hosted a virtual conference, WCX Digital Summit, on 16-18 June 2020.

As a guest speaker with The Graphene Council, Adrian Potts CEO, of Applied Graphene Materials gave a presentation titled ‘Graphene for Automotive Applications - Lighter, Stronger, Better

Dr. Potts talks about how to turn the remarkable performance of graphene into reality. Having the application technology to formulate a graphene-based dispersion correctly can make great use of the material’s advantages. The combination of a deep engagement with the end customer, understanding of their objectives, and AGM’s customized graphene dispersion solutions is delivering unique materials performance gains in a number of relevant areas to the automotive industry.

AGM are also leading the way in regulatory matters for use in nano-materials and have an impressive collection of data to support the end user, with practical ‘how-to’ knowledge that enables easy use of graphene.

This session highlighted the different ways graphene can be used to enhance performance in automotive applications.

•   Lighter & Tougher     Graphene in Composites
•   Lighter & Better        Graphene in Thermal applications
•   Better & Longer Life Graphene in Coatings

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Applied Graphene Materials  Graphene  SAE International 

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Applied Graphene Materials signs distribution agreement with Dichem Polymers SA, Greece

Posted By Graphene Council, Saturday, June 6, 2020
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) is pleased to announce it has signed a distribution agreement with Dichem Polymers SA (Headquarters Acharnes, Greece). The agreement helps to extend AGM’s commercial reach directly into the coatings and polymers sectors across Greece.

Founded in 1977, Dichem Group, has a strong history of delivering high performance chemicals to a wide range of markets including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food industry, polymers and coatings. The company’s focus on supporting customers technically allows them the opportunity to actively participate in R&D programmes to establish new technologies in their selected sector.

AGM and Dichem have an exclusive agreement that will see the two companies collaborate on customer opportunities and introduce AGM's proprietary Genable® graphene dispersions technology into the Greek coatings and polymers market.

In addition to its own commercial hubs in the U.K. and the United States, AGM now has distribution agreements with local expert chemicals and coatings distributors in Greece, Italy, South Africa and Japan.

Adrian Potts, AGM CEO commented:
“I am really pleased to be able to continue the development of our platform for revenue generation with the addition of Dichem Polymers SA to the commercial team. Having done the hard work of developing graphene dispersions as the primary route to utilisation of nanoplatelet technology, we are pleased to be able to offer our standardised product offering to the global market through a strong distribution network across a growing number of countries. We are keen to see the development of revenue through this approach from the sale of both our easy-to-use Genable® dispersions as well as customised product offerings to suit individual customer project requirements.”

Demetrios Gkikas. Dichem Polymers CEO commented:
“We are very pleased to have started a collaboration with AGM, a highly innovative organisation, with a technology that we expect to have significant growth in the Coatings Industry in the coming years. We believe that our long-standing relationships with local customers on one hand, and the high level of expertise of AGM on the other, will provide a clear benefit for those seeking a high-quality solution in certain sections of the Paint Industry. From our side we will do all we can to ensure this collaboration is very successful”.

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Applied Graphene Materials  coatings  Demetrios Gkikas  Dichem Polymers  Graphene  polymers 

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AGM delighted to announce development of commercial team

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, April 30, 2020
AGM is delighted to announce the promotion of Andy Gent and Sam Whitehead as part of the development of its commercial team.

From the end of April, Nigel Blatherwick, Commercial Director, will be leaving AGM to pursue a different career path. AGM would like to thank Nigel for his dedicated service and wish him well with his plans for his new role.

Nigel Blatherwick commented:
I’d like to take the opportunity to wish AGM and its customers all the best. I firmly believe over the last 5 years the AGM team has created a business with a second-to-none understanding of how best to apply and exploit new graphene technology into the coatings and composites industry and the steady stream of new customer applications points to an exciting future.

Taking over from Nigel, Andy Gent is appointed to the role of Commercial Director. Andy originally joined AGM’s business development team in January 2018 having previously managed the European TERATHANE® business for INVISTA. Following on from his degree in Colour and Polymer Chemistry, Andy spent 10 years in research and development, before transitioning into sales initially with Clariant followed by Evonik TEGO® then moving to INVISTA. With over 20 years’ experience in the coatings industry in both technical and European sales management roles, AGM believes Andy is the perfect fit to guide the business through the next stages of its growth plan.

Andy Gent commented:
“I am thrilled; this is something that I have been working hard towards since starting my MBA and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. This is a very exciting time in AGM’s history and I am looking forward to playing a pivotal role in the successful growth of the revenue base of the organisation.”

To support Andy, the UK Sales Manager role has been filled with the promotion of Sam Whitehead. A scientist by training, Sam studied Chemistry at Leeds University before developing his coatings experience with AkzoNobel. Having originally joined AGM’s technical team in November 2018, Sam has played a key part demonstrating the benefits of our graphene additives in anti-corrosion applications with customers, as well as developing the new graphene dispersions that we offer for coatings systems.

Sam Whitehead commented:
I was delighted to hear about the promotion to the sales team. I believe I can make a real impact on the growth of AGM, and I really look forward to connecting with new clients to forge new business relationships and achieve success in graphene integration in their products.

Adrian Potts CEO said:
I am excited for the opportunity that this change presents and look forward very much to Andy and Sam’s input in developing our sales approach and growing our revenue results. We have clear commercial targets to achieve and I’m confident in our team to do the absolute best to get us there together.

I would also like to put on record my thanks to Nigel. He and I joined the company the same week a number of years ago, and we have worked together tirelessly to get the company to where it is today.

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Andy Gent  Applied Graphene Materials  coatings  Graphene  Nigel Blatherwick  Sam Whitehead 

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Applied Graphene Materials sees revenues rise on back of new product launches

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Sales at Teesside's Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) have already exceeded 2019’s total by 20%, according to the firm’s latest interim results.

Revenues rose to £35,000 in the six months to January and are up to £60,000 for the year-to-date, having recorded particularly strong sales in February.

AGM, which is a leading innovator in the manufacture and application of graphene powder, said the business is in a strong position to support further growth, with net cash of £4.3m at the period end – enough to see it through to the fourth quarter of 2021.

Interim losses narrowed to £2.28m compared to 2019’s £2.37m.

The group, which has its headquarters at The Wilton Centre, launched a number of new products last year using its graphene dispersion technology, including an anti-corrosion primer in collaboration with JBL, that bike and car parts specialist Halfords started selling in store and online last October.

Other collaborations included the roll-out of a liquid coating roofing system last August with Alltimes Coatings and a graphene-enhanced anti-corrosion product in January this year for harsh environment industrial application, in conjunction with Blocksil.

A strategic review has shown that Asia has the potential to be a core market for AGM, with the firm saying it had a “positive engagement” with investors in Beijing in October 2019, though the coronavirus outbreak has delayed a follow-up.

AGM, which has sales desks in the UK and Kentucky and Oklahoma in the US, said it is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and has taken the appropriate precautions to keep employees safe. It doesn't expect the coronavirus pandemic to impact on its cash flow, with remote working and a decrease in travel likely to boost its liquidity.

Chief executive Adrian Potts said : “I am pleased that AGM has continued to make good progress in converting customer engagement into product launches, with several applications launched in the period that are now available to retail as well as specialist industrial customers.

“Our progress continues to be underpinned by AGM’s industry-leading know-how in graphene dispersion and application. We are building an ever-increasing bank of supporting data that will help us accelerate customer application and testing, while the standardisation of a number of our graphene products will also make our material more acceptable to a broader customer base.

“Our focus remains on helping our customers realise the significant commercial potential the incorporation of graphene can offer them. We are confident that our pipeline of engagements is moving progressively towards further product launches and growing revenues in the near-term, with these successes expected to come primarily from our focus area of paints and coatings.”

AGM was founded by Prof Karl Coleman in 2010 with operations and processes he initially developed at Durham University. In 2013 the firm was admitted to the London Stock Exchange’s AIM for smaller companies and expanded its infrastructure to go global.

AGM uses the materials it manufactures to assist customers across a range of sectors who are producing graphene-enhanced products, and the company has a primary focus on anti-corrosion primers’ and coatings.

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Applied Graphene Materials  Coatings  Corrosion  Graphene 

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Mayor visits Teesside firm distributing 'Super Material' across the globe

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Applied Graphene Materials plc, (AGM) based at The Wilton Centre in Redcar, is a leading innovator in the manufacture and application of graphene powder, a form of carbon, which can have transformational performance when added to other materials.

During his visit, Mayor Houchen was able to see first-hand the manufacturing of high-performance graphene materials which are being produced here in the Tees Valley, and he also learnt more about some of the commercial projects the firm is pursuing.

The firm also has sales desks in UK, Kentucky and Oklahoma and has recently secured several new distributors, signing agreements with firms in Italy, Japan, China and South Africa.

AGM uses the materials it manufactures to assist customers across a range of sectors who are producing graphene enhanced products. The Company has a primary focus on anti-corrosion primers and coatings, such as a recently customer-launched liquid coating roofing system for the construction industry to enable substantially longer lasting asset life. Making best use of its unique properties, graphene can be used in paints, coatings, lubricants, adhesives and batteries among an ever-growing number of applications.

The company was founded by Professor Karl Coleman in 2010 with operations and processes he initially developed at Durham University. In 2013, the firm was admitted to London Stock Exchange’s AIM for smaller companies and expanded its infrastructure to go global.

Mayor Houchen said:

There is some truly amazing ground-breaking work going on right here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool that is attracting attention right across the world with our highly-skilled workers using their expertise in a range of sectors, and Applied Graphene Materials is a great example of that.

It was brilliant to learn all about their work and their interesting opportunities in our region. They are an example of a firm creating the products of the future in sectors we need to support, and we as a region are leading the way.

Adrian Potts, AGM’s CEO noted:

It was a real pleasure to have Mayor Houchen visit today to see what we do and to understand more about graphene materials and the potential they offer in real world applications.

To enable the Mayor’s team to see this technology right here in the Tees area is important in gaining an appreciation of the breadth of opportunity that it could represent.

Applications are apparent in a wide range of sectors for the local area including steel, wind turbines, and industrial coatings and other adjacent advanced technologies such as composite materials. We look forward to stronger links with local companies and the Mayor’s office as a result of this visit.

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Applied Graphene Materials  coatings  Corrosion  Graphene 

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Corrosion 2020

Posted By Graphene Council, Saturday, February 29, 2020
Applied Graphene Materials are exhibiting at Corrosion 2020 in Houston, Texas on 15-19 March 2020. Please visit our stand number 1254.

At the show AGM will be promoting our Genable® range which delivers outstanding enhancements to anti-corrosion and barrier performance, while providing opportunities to further optimise other coating characteristics.

We will be giving a presentation titled: Improvements in Anti-corrosion Performance through the Integration of Graphene Nano Platelets (GNPs) into Coating Systems for C4/C5 Environments via GNP Tie Coats.

John Willhite and Adrian Potts will be at the show to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to arrange an appointment to visit us you can contact us by e-mail at info@appliedgraphenematerials.com.

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Applied Graphene Materials  Coatings  Corrosion  Graphene  Graphene Nano Platelets  John Willhite 

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AGM at the Western Coatings Show 2019

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Applied Graphene Materials are exhibiting at Western Coatings Show in Las Vegas, on 20-23 October 2019.

At the show AGM will be promoting their Genable® range which delivers outstanding enhancements to anti-corrosion and barrier performance, while providing opportunities to further optimise other coating characteristics. AGM will soon be promoting a new addition to the Genable® range.

Andy Gent will be giving a presentation titled: Corrosion: Meeting Tomorrows Performance Needs with Graphene Nano-Platelets.

John Willhite and Adrian Potts will also be at stand 332 to answer any questions you may have. You can contact them on +44 (0)1642 438214, or, by e-mail at info@appliedgraphenematerials.com.

Tags:  Adrian Potts  Andy Gent  Applied Graphene Materials  coatings  Graphene  John Willhite 

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