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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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AGM’s Extensive development and testing capabilities – key to the successful early adoption of graphene in coating applications

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Graphene is an exciting new material technology. However, as with many completely new materials, introducing it to long-established industrial markets can prove a lengthy and resource intensive process. That is why Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), who are leading the way in introducing graphene to the coatings industry, has invested extensively in its development and testing capabilities, providing an unparalleled level of technical support to a global customer base moving to adopt graphene as early as possible.

The introduction of AGM’s Genable® dispersion range has provided coating industry formulators with a valuable toolbox of production-ready, easy-to-use graphene additives, all proven to deliver exceptional enhancements to barrier and anti-corrosion properties. AGM’s innovation partners have benefitted greatly from an end-to-end approach to product integration support, providing access to a team of experienced coatings formulators and an array of industry leading characterisation and testing equipment.

First stop in any development programme is AGM’s technical support team which boasts extensive experience in coatings formulation and integrating novel products into manufacturing processes. AGM’s team works closely alongside partners and ensures all development and scale up programmes remain on track to clearly defined technical and commercial objectives.

 Supporting the highly knowledgeable technical service team, is a comprehensive assortment of materials characterisation and testing

equipment. Within AGM’s laboratories, customers have access to a full coatings testing capability ranging from dispersion stability assessment, mechanical property measurements and a range of accelerated barrier performance testing equipment including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, salt spray (neutral salt spray and prohesion), immersion testing and QUV weathering testing.  All testing is completed to industry standards and to precise customer needs. 

Along with an impressive array of testing capability, AGM is able to support customers with a substantial library of Technical Application Notes. These have been written specifically to guide customers through the process of formulating with this novel graphene materials and to enable a clear understanding of the route to successful integration.

AGM’s strategy is one of full and open collaboration and the recent steady flow of graphene enhanced coatings launches by customers is a strong testament to the success of this approach.

Tags:  Applied Graphene Materials  coatings  Graphene 

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Applied Graphene sees revenues tick up as product list grows

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Applied Graphene Materials said its revenues this year have already exceeded the previous year by 20% as it reported interim results on Wednesday.

The group said several products were launched in 2019 using its graphene dispersion technology including an anti-rust paint primer in collaboration with JBL that Halfords started to stock in October.

Alltimes Coatings' roofing coating system using graphene was introduced in August, while Blocksil launched a harsh environment anti-corrosion product in January, it added.

Applied Graphene said its revenues rose to £35,000 in the half-year to January and are up to £60,000 for the year-to-date.

The group's interim loss fell to £2.28mln from £2.37mln, while the company had cash of £4.3mln at the period-end, which it says is sufficient to carry it through to the fourth quarter of 2021.

The company said it is monitoring the coronavirus situation but as the group is at such an early stage of development it does not expect much impact on its cash forecast, with restrictions on travel likely to boost its liquidity position.

Tags:  Applied Graphene Materials  Coatings  Corrosion  Graphene 

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Edison Investment Research for Applied Graphene Materials

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Edison have been engaged by Applied Graphene Materials to provide investment intelligence to support its capital markets activity.

In the recently completed Investment Research, Edison put together a QuickView, a snippet of which can be found below:

In October 2019 Applied Graphene’s (AGM’s) management announced it was re-aligning resources around dispersion and application technology to better support product development with customers presenting the nearest-term revenue opportunities.

This focus supported six customer launches of coating products containing AGM’s graphene dispersion during calendar year 2019. These launches are for both mass-market and specialist applications. As a result of the ensuing uptick in product sales, revenues so far for FY20 are already 20% higher than the whole of FY19.

Tags:  Applied Graphene Materials  Edison Group  Graphene 

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AMD announces appointment of Dr Anthony Thomson to Advisory Panel and CEO to Life Science subsidiary, CoM3D

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

AMD is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Anthony Thomson MSc MBA PhD FRSM to its Advisory Panel to advise on IP commercialisation. In addition, he will also take on the role of CEO of Life Science subsidiary company CoM3D which is working in conjunction with our partners at the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Dr Mohammed Maniruzzaman.

Anthony held numerous leadership roles in technology, automotive, health, capital markets and University sectors and has led the formation, growth and exit of several businesses including corporate ventures and University spin-outs, most recently managing a successful exit to US giant, Qualcomm.

AMD CEO John Lee says, “I have known Anthony several years and have sought his valuable guidance several times in the history of our company – I look forward to his growing involvement in our day to day business and especially in the application of his skills to the development of CoM3D”.

In addition to his work with AMD and COM3D, Anthony is also a Non-Exec director of a number of high growth SMEs across diverse sectors including Cyber Security, IT and Digital Transformation, Built Environment, Retail and Healthcare. His leadership roles include CBO of Elephants Child Advisory, Chief Strategy Officer at Isansys Lifecare and various senior roles at Qualcomm; University of Auckland; Euronext; ABN AMRO; BNP Paribas; LIFFE and Chesterton.

Anthony has an MSc and a PhD from the University of Otago (NZ) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. His strategic business skills are also recognised with an MBA from Cranfield School of Management where his thesis received the Deans Prize for its insight into commercialisation strategies for University technology. He has also completed the Proteus Leadership Programme at London Business School.

Tags:  Anthony Thomson  Applied Graphene Materials  COM3D  Graphene  John Lee 

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Demonstration of graphene enhanced chemistry points towards lower cost and high performance composite tool designs

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Partners in a recently completed UK government funded NATEP technology programme - Composite Tooling and Engineering Solutions Ltd (CTES), SHD Composites Ltd (SHD) and Applied Graphene Materials plc (AGM) - have subsequently made a significant step forward in demonstrating the viability of an exciting new materials development that has the clear potential to offer significant time and cost savings to aerospace composite tool designers.

SHD, working closely with the project partners, has developed a prototype tooling material that combines cure at initial low temperatures (80-90°C), with the ability to be post-cured to achieve a maximum service temperature in excess of 300°C. This cure flexibility enables the use of low-cost pattern materials and progression to a final production tool without the need for an expensive, time consuming and accuracy-losing intermediate tool phase, or manufacture of an expensive, metallic master model.

The tooling resin chemistry has been enhanced by the addition of AGM’s A-GNP35 graphene nanoplatelets, significantly enhancing the matrix toughness and providing extra resilience against variations in processing conditions and resin micro-cracking over repeated production cycles. The graphene can be applied into the tool structure by addition into the bulk tooling material or discreetly targeted at critical regions by means of AGM’s Structural Ink® printing technology.

The new material has been developed with cost savings to major aerospace programmes in mind and in a technology zone where materials choice and tool design are inextricably and critically linked. The demonstrator was a 10m long CFRP AFP mandrel tool, engineered by CTES (manufactured by Retrac Composites Ltd, Swindon) and was purposely chosen as representative of the industry’s latest and highly demanding requirements.

Over coming weeks, the project team will be disseminating more details through industry forums, however the outcome was very successful, delivering a fully functional composite tool and demonstrating the potential for significantly lower costs, while maintaining the highest performance.

Although the new materials technology remains at the prototype/prove-out stage, the project partners are already actively engaged with interested parties keen to access the benefits of the system. As well as proving out production robustness, development work has also progressed to the processing of the material “out of autoclave”, as well as the potential for applications in prototype tooling for high performing thermoplastic materials.

Tags:  Aerospace  Applied Graphene Materials  Composite Tooling and Engineering Solutions Ltd  Graphene  nanoplatelets  plastics  SHD Composites Ltd 

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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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