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First Graphene Ltd and Hexcyl to Collaborate on HDPE Project

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, May 7, 2020
First Graphene Limited is pleased to advise that Hexcyl is collaborating with the Company to develop PureGRAPH® enhanced HDPE materials for use in Hexcyl’s range of oyster baskets and long-line farming systems.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a thermoplastic polymer produced from the monomer ethylene. With a high strength-to-density ratio, HDPE is used in the production of plastic bottles, corrosion-resistant piping, geomembranes and plastic timbers.

The incorporation of high-performing PureGRAPH® additives will seek to improve the mechanical properties of the HDPE, while at the same time provide greater longevity of the systems in high energy farming environments.

Hexcyl Systems offer oyster farmers and shellfish farmers a wide range of shellfish aquaculture products designed for Adjustable Longline Shellfish Farming and other tidal systems. The products are manufactured in Australia and sold globally.

PureGRAPH® additives will be supplied to Hexcyl’s masterbatch and injection moulding companies over the next two weeks.

Craig McGuckin, Managing Director for First Graphene Ltd., said, “Working with Hexcyl Systems with their requirement for additional mechanical improvement is yet another industry where PureGRAPH® may provide benefits to material enhancement”.

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First Graphene March Quarterly Activities Review

Posted By Graphene Council, Saturday, May 2, 2020
On the 18 March, the Company advised shareholders that the University of Manchester had closed all its non-essential research laboratories, including the GEIC, from 5:00pm, Tuesday 17th March. Our staff ensured all experiments were shut down safely, chemicals and raw materials were safely stored, and all confidential papers locked away.

Experimental work in the UK is on hold and our staff have provided scientific support to colleagues in Australia and customers globally, while consolidating our foundations in regulatory approval, manufacturing strategy, intellectual property and new market development. The UK team is well prepared to pick up operations and has identified the steps for immediate return to work once restrictions are lifted.

First Graphene’s key priorities on COVID-19 continue to be for the Company to play its role in limiting the spread of the virus, protecting the health and safety of its employees, delivering value for its customers and stakeholders. We are pleased to report that we have no COVID-19 related illnesses within our workforce.

We are also ensuring the Company is implementing appropriate strategies and actions to place First Graphene in the strongest possible financial position in this ever-changing environment.

In addition to its focus on the health and wellbeing of the workforce the Company implemented strategies to ensure it is in the strongest possible financial position. These strategies continue to be focused on liquidity management and include deferment of non- essential capital and cost reductions while maintaining the continuity of its production and research operations.

Entitlement Issue to Strengthen Balance Sheet
Since the close of the March quarter, the Company has announced that it is undertaking a 1 for 10 Entitlement issue to all shareholders, at a subscription price of 13¢. There will be a 1 for 1 free attaching option for each share taken up, being the same options series currently trading on the ASX (FGROC).

The Company has previously raised equity capital via placements to sophisticated investors who qualify under the s708 Corporations Law exceptions. However, while the Company still has a solid cash position, the directors have elected in this instance, to undertake an entitlement issue despite the share price having been adversely affected by the coronavirus concerns. Directors see this as the best way to make shares available at modest prices to all shareholders equally. Meanwhile, ensuring that the Company is well-funded for the continued and exciting growth curve that has only just begun. A growing business needs higher levels of working capital.
Steel Blue Supply Agreement.

It was announced on 21 January, that Steel Blue had signed a two-year supply agreement whereby it would exclusively source PureGRAPH® for the sole in a new line of work safety boots. Steel Blue will also be looking to include PureGRAPH® into the Met-Guard and other areas of the boot in the future.
 
This Supply Agreement followed on from First Graphene being able to successfully incorporate PureGRAPH® into a thermoplastic polyurethane (“TPU”). While existing TPU’s already possess high abrasion resistance and tensile strength, the incorporation of PureGRAPH® has improved mechanical properties whilst providing additional benefits in thermal heat transfer, chemical resistance and reduced permeability. Continued positive results from mining industry field trials.

As advised on 3 February, the newGen-provided Armour-GRAPH™ bucket liner supplied to a major iron ore producer containing PureGRAPH®20 continued being trialled. The bucket liner showed no signs of advanced wear or scalloping as would normally be experienced with the liners currently used in industry after 24 weeks of use. The client has continued the trial, with a further inspection to be undertaken in another 12 weeks from that date.

The same client also installed a second ArmourGRAPH™ bucket liner at the same Pilbara mine site. With this liner performing well we are now seeing ArmourGRAPH™ liners being installed for trials with other newGen iron ore producing clients.

The buckets were inspected in late April and the PureGRAPH® enhanced bucket liners remained in good operational condition. The client intends to push toward their targeted wear life of twelve months. The next inspection will be in July, at which point the liners will be replaced and returned for post operational inspection. This further demonstrates the dramatically increased wear resistance the PureGRAPH® range of products can provide to sacrificial wear applications.

Developing Advanced Graphene Materials for Next Generation Supercapacitors
In September 2019, the Company announced the signing of a worldwide, exclusive licence agreement with the University of Manchester for the manufacture of hybrid- graphene materials by electrochemical processing. Two high value product groups can be synthesised using this approach.

• Firstly, metal oxide decorated materials with high capacitance for super capacitor and electrocatalyst applications; and
• Secondly, pristine graphene products with tightly controlled oxygen levels for applications in electrical and thermal conductivity.

The manufacturing process employed builds on the Company’s existing electrochemical processing expertise which is scaled to 100 tonne per year capacity at FGR’s manufacturing site at Henderson, WA.

The licence agreement was quickly followed in October 2019 by the initiation of a UK government funded EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Council) project to transfer the technology from the University laboratories to First Graphene laboratories.

Since October, the Company has successfully transferred the technology to its laboratories in Manchester, UK and has also completed two successful pilot trials at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, WA. Specifically, the Company was able to demonstrate the following:
• Synthesis of metal oxide decorated hybrid graphenes at litre scale in FGR laboratories;
• Synthesis of pristine (zero-oxygen) graphene materials at litre scale in FGR laboratories;
• Manufacture of metal oxide decorated hybrid graphenes at multi-kilogram scale; and
• Manufacture of pristine (zero-oxygen) graphene materials at multi-kilogram scale.

The structure of the new materials has been confirmed by Raman analysis and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). A typical image of metal oxide decorated graphene is shown in Fig. 1 which shows the nanostructured metal oxides on the surface of an exfoliated graphene platelet.

The FGR team is testing the performance of these materials in energy storage and catalysis applications. Initial testing has shown the prototype supercapacitor devices (coin cell) can be manufactured with these materials. Additional testing is presently delayed due to restricted access to test facilities as a consequence of COVID-19 actions.

In parallel to the experimental programme, the Company has actively sought end- users for novel supercapacitor products. The need for supercapacitors with higher performance from those currently available have been validated by end-users in the aerospace, marine, electric vehicle and utility storage sectors. The Company is also seeking government funding to develop a new supply chain for game changing supercapacitor devices and have received letters of support from several key industry players.

Continued Growth in Customer Engagement
Despite the circumstances resulting from COVID-19, the Company continued to receive well-qualified enquiries in Australia during March. A number of these were from the mining services sector, which continues to be an area of focus for the Company, where PureGRAPH® has proven its ability to improve mechanical performance in a range of polyurethane based products.

The shutdown in Europe has slowed down customer evaluation trials across the region. However, we can report that a major European based multinational placed a 4th order for kilogram development quantities of PureGRAPH® products for inclusion in an early phase commercialisation programme.

Strong Advances in VFD Development Background Summary on Graphene Oxide
Graphene oxide (GO) is the chemically modified derivative of graphene, whereby the basal planes and edges have been functionalised with oxygen containing functional groups such as hydroxyl, epoxy and carboxyl groups. These oxygen functionalities make GO hydrophilic and therefore dispersible, forming homogenous colloidal suspensions in water and most organic solvents. This makes it ideal for use in a range of applications.

To date, the most widely used process for the synthesis of graphene oxide is the Hummer’s method. This typically requires strong acids and oxidants, such as potassium chlorate (KClO3), nitric acid (HNO3), concentrated sulphuric acid (H2SO4) and potassium permanganate (KMnO4). Much work has been done by other parties to improve the synthesis methods while maintaining high surface oxidation, but these continue to rely on the use of strong acids and oxidants.

Through its subsidiary 2D Fluidics Pty Ltd, FGR has made considerable progress in developing a more benign processing route for oxidised graphene. The objective is to provide controlled levels of surface oxygen functionality to give better compatibility in aqueous and organic systems. This will not incur the higher oxygen (and other defect) levels which result from Hummer’s method and its subsequent reduction steps. It will also provide the ability to “tune or optimise” the surface oxidation level to suit respective applications.

FGR’s method synthesises GO directly from bulk graphite using aqueous H2O2 as the green oxidant. Different energy sources have been used for the conversion of H2O2 molecules into more active peroxidic species, such as a combination of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser and/or other light sources. The irradiation promotes the dissociation of H2O2 into hydroxyl radicals which then leads to surface oxidation.

The technology has been successfully transferred to the FGR laboratories at the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) in Manchester where it has undergone further development and optimisation to identify, understand and resolve future upscaling issues.

XPS analysis showed the use of a pre-treatment step in combination with the near infrared laser gave oxidised graphene sheets with an average surface oxidation of ~30-35%: this will enhance compatibility with aqueous systems.

Further trials have already demonstrated the two-step process is reproducible and versatile, with the ability to process different starting materials of graphite. The multi- disciplinary team has identified the control of the feed rate and energy input will allow us to control the surface oxidation, providing a consistent material that can be tailored as required for a range of applications.

Figure 5 shows that increase in surface oxygen content for two starting materials: graphite ore (top) and PureGRAPH® graphene (bottom). As we go through the two- stage process, in both cases the surface oxygen functionality increases. The end- product has a range of functional groups, including C-O, C=O and COOH.

Launch of Advertising Campaign Directed at Mining Companies
With the success being achieved in mining wear products, the Company is launching an advertising campaign directed at Australia’s mining companies. The campaign will be run on social media platforms and in mining publications. A copy of the proposed advertisement is attached to this Quarterly Activities Review.

Tags:  2D Fluidics Pty Ltd  First Graphene  Graphene  graphene oxide  newGen  Steel Blue  Supercapacitors 

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First Graphene to Proceed with Entitlement Issue to Fund Expansion

Posted By Graphene Council, Friday, April 24, 2020
Further to Monday’s announcement of a trading halt for a capital raising initiative, First Graphene Limited is pleased to advise it will proceed with a non- renounceable entitlement issue (“Entitlement Issue”).

Each participant in the non-renounceable entitlement will be issued one (1) New Share for every 10 Shares held by those Shareholders registered at the Record Date at an issue price of $0.13 per share, together with one (1) free attaching New Option for every one (1) Share subscribed for and issued (“Offer”). The New Options will be on the same terms as the existing series of listed options, which trade under the ticker FGROC.

The Offer is planned to raise up to $6,175,911 (based on the number of Shares on issue as at the date of this announcement), before costs. The Offer is not being underwritten.

Key dates for the Entitlement Issue, including the record date for determining entitlements, will be published as soon as practical.

Further information with respect to the Entitlement Issue will be disclosed in a prospectus, intended to be lodged with the ASIC as soon as possible, and mailed to eligible shareholders shortly after the record date. Shareholders may view the Company’s ASX announcements including those relating to the Offer on the ASX website under the ASX code FGR.

Funds from the Entitlement Issue will be used to expand and further automate the Company’s production facility, increase the marketing activities in Australia and accelerate its research and development on PureGRAPH® being incorporated into a new range of rubber and High-density polyethylene (HDPE) products.

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Graphene Protective Materials Extend Life in Mining Equipment

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, April 16, 2020
First Graphene are pleased to announce that several new PureGRAPH® enhanced bucket liners have been supplied by newGen to a second major iron ore producer in Pilbara, Western Australia.  

newGen use PureGRAPH® high-performing graphene additives from First Graphene to manufacture their ArmourGRAPH™ rubber wear linings with outstanding strength and wear characteristics, increasing the life of wear linings and leading to significant productivity benefits for the mine. 

The mine is also installing PureGRAPH® in other process equipment such as conveyor skirting products.

PureGRAPH® enhanced wear liners continue to be adopted across the mining industry, due to their extended life, ease of use and enhanced fire retardancy properties. As the benefits continue to be validated, the industry is expected to adopt graphene enhanced materials as a standard approach.

PureGRAPH® enhanced bucket liners have been successfully in service since the middle of 2019 and as reported in February 2020 these materials continue to outperform standard rubber wear liners.

Craig McGuckin, Managing Director for First Graphene Ltd., said, 
“Adoption of PureGRAPH® enhanced products by another major iron ore producer is evidence of the quality of First Graphene’s products. Only First Graphene has the capacity to deliver tonnage volumes of high-performing graphene to users as they adopt graphene into their products.”

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New Research to Test PureGRAPH® in Natural Rubbers

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, April 9, 2020

First Graphene to commence a research program to test and demonstrate how PureGRAPH® can improve the performance of natural rubber products.  PureGRAPH® additives have the potential to offer a significant step up in the performance of natural rubber products. 

This could lead to higher strength elastomer components or improved tear and abrasion-resistant rubber parts for arduous applications.

Markets for natural rubber products include mining, consumer goods, manufacturing, automotive and medical industries.

An experienced rubber consultant has been contracted for this development project and is working with an established Malaysian rubber processor.  It is expected that the research will take between six to twelve months.

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Making Progress in Game Changing Supercapacitor Materials

Posted By Graphene Council, Friday, March 27, 2020
First Graphene Limited is pleased to provide an update on its programme to develop novel graphene hybrid materials. In September 2019, the Company announced the signing of a worldwide, exclusive licence agreement with the University of Manchester for the manufacture of hybrid-graphene materials by electrochemical processing.

Two high value product groups can be synthesised using this approach. Firstly, metal oxide decorated materials with high capacitance for applications in supercapacitors and catalysis and secondly, pristine graphene products with tightly controlled specifications for applications in electrical and thermal conductivity. The manufacturing process to be employed builds on the Company’s existing electrochemical processing expertise which is scaled to 100 tonne/year capacity at FGR’s manufacturing site at Henderson, WA.

The licence agreement was quickly followed in October 2019; by the initiation of a UK government funded EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Council) project to transfer the technology from the University laboratories to First Graphene laboratories.

Since October, the Company has successfully transferred the technology to its laboratories in Manchester, UK and has also completed two successful pilot trials at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, WA. Specifically, the Company has demonstrated the following
• Synthesis of metal oxide decorated hybrid graphenes at litre scale in FGR laboratories.
• Synthesis of pristine (zero-oxygen) graphene materials at litre scale in FGR laboratories.
• Manufacture of metal oxide decorated hybrid graphenes at multi-kg scale.
• Manufacture of pristine (zero-oxygen) graphene materials at multi-kg scale.

The structure of the new materials has been confirmed by Raman analysis and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). A typical image of metal oxide decorated graphene is shown in Fig. 1 which shows the nanostructured metal oxides on the surface of an exfoliated graphene platelet.

Currently the FGR team, is testing the performance of these materials in energy storage and catalysis applications. Initial testing shows that prototype supercapacitor devices (coin cell) can be manufactured with these materials. Currently, additional testing is delayed due to restricted access to test facilities as a consequence of COVID-19 actions. Further updates will be provided.

In parallel to the experimental programme, the Company has been actively seeking end-users for novel supercapacitor products. The need for supercapacitors with higher performance from those currently available have been validated by end-users in the aerospace, marine, electric vehicle and utility storage sectors. The company is also actively seeking government funding to develop a new supply chain for game changing supercapacitor devices and have received letters of support from key players.

“We are really excited by the potential for these hybrid-graphene materials” said Craig McGuckin, Managing Director of First Graphene Ltd. “we have proven the chemistry does transfer at scale. We are disappointed that testing is being delayed due to current circumstances but will use this time to strengthen our end-user relationships.”

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First Graphene makes headway in graphene development

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Advanced materials company First Graphene (FGR) has provided an update on its program to develop novel graphene hybrid materials.

In September 2019, First Graphene signed an exclusive licence agreement with the University of Manchester. This agreement allowed for the manufacture of hybrid-graphene materials by electrochemical processing.

Electrochemical processing can synthesise two valued product groups. These include metal oxide decorated materials with high capacitance for applications in super-capacitors and catalysis, and pristine graphene products for applications in electrical and thermal conductivity.

In October, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC) funded the transfer the technology from university labs to First Graphene's labs.

Since then, First Graphene has successfully transferred the technology to its labs in Manchester. It has also completed two pilot trials at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, WA.

These trials demonstrated the synthesis and manufacture of metal oxide decorated materials and pristine graphene materials.

First Graphene is now testing the performance of these materials in energy storage and catalysis applications.

So far, testing has shown that prototype super-capacitor (coin cell) devices can be made with these materials.

Super-capacitors offer high-power density energy storage and can be charged or discharged fairly quickly. The demand for these devices is expected to grow by 20 per cent each year before reaching a revenue value of A$3.1 billion by 2022.

Unfortunately, however, COVID-19-related restrictions have delayed additional testing.

"We are disappointed that testing is being delayed due to current circumstances but will use this time to strengthen our end-user relationships," Managing Director Craig McGuckin said.

End-users in the aerospace, marine, electric vehicle and utility storage sectors have validated the need for high-performance super-capacitors.

In the meantime, the company is seeking government funding to develop a new supply chain for game-changing super-capacitor devices.

First Graphene is down 22.2 per cent and shares are trading for 7 cents each at 3:01 pm AEDT.

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Concrete results: First Graphene and University of Adelaide use graphene to produce high-strength cement

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Graphene additives from First Graphene have been shown to increase the strength of cement mortar significantly, enabling the construction of lighter and more environmentally friendly buildings and civil engineering structures.

In a paper published in the journal Construction and Building Materials, researchers at the University of Adelaide report that the addition of just small amounts of First Graphene’s PureGRAPH® products to cement can increase the building material’s compressive and tensile strengths by 34% and 27%, respectively.

These findings are significant given the impact that the production of cement has on the environment. Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the UK's Royal Institute of International Affairs. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world, behind China and the US. It contributes more CO2 than aviation fuel (2.5%) and is not far behind the global agriculture business (12%)[1].

Chief technology officer, at First Graphene, Dr. Andy Goodwin, says: “By increasing the strength of concrete with PureGRAPH®, we can use less material to produce a structure with the necessary mechanical properties. If it was to be adopted across the construction industry, we believe that the use of PureGRAPH® could cut global CO2 emissions by approximately 2.5%.”

The University of Adelaide researchers have tested a number of graphene-enhanced mortars, and they have found that a mixture containing 0.07%-by-weight ultra-large size (56 ± 12 µm) pristine PureGRAPH® possesses optimal mechanical properties. This enhancement is attributed to improvements in the degree to which the cement paste hydrates, which results in the production of more calcium silicate hydrate gel. Adhesive bonds are also created as a result of friction generated between the sheets of PureGRAPH® and the cement gels, strengthening the cement matrix composites and impeding the development of cracks within them.

These benefits are achieved with little-to-no modification to the mortar production process. Dr. Andy Goodwin says: “The PureGRAPH® concrete additive was introduced as an admixture directly in the water used for preparing the cement mortar. No additional mixing equipment or processing steps were required.”

First Graphene has developed an electrochemical process that enables the tonnage-scale manufacture of pristine, high-aspect-ratio platelets of graphene with a typical thickness of 5-10 carbon layers. Dr. Andy Goodwin concludes: “The initial results obtained by the University of Adelaide researchers using our graphene are extremely encouraging. We look forward to the next stage in our partnership, as we continue to develop leaner, greener concrete materials.”

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First Graphene signs exclusive supply agreement with Steel Blue

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Wednesday, February 12, 2020
First Graphene Ltd, the leading global producer of advanced graphene products, has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Steel Blue, a major global manufacturer of work boots. Under the supply agreement, Steel Blue will exclusively source graphene and any other graphite or graphene products from First Graphene over a 2-year term.

First Graphene recently partnered with Steel Blue to develop an effective manufacturing process, with graphene being incorporated successfully into thermoplastic polyurethane masterbatches, used for the production of the soles and other components of safety boots. This work was followed by wear trials and independent product testing by Viclab Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading NATA accredited testing facilities. The results showed an increase in abrasion and tensile strength, potentially leading to extended product life, plus enhanced heat transfer and reduction in weight.

First Graphene’s Managing Director, Craig McGuckin, explains that, “The new supply agreement highlights the confidence that Steel Blue has in our PureGRAPH® materials and in our ability to deliver large volumes of graphene over an extended period. PureGRAPH® has the ability to help our customers throughout industry transform the characteristics of existing products and materials. For example, PureGRAPH® additives are a key enabler in taking elastomers, composites, coatings and concrete to new levels of performance and we’re actively working with customers in these sectors. As a result, we anticipate that the supply agreement with Steel Blue will be the first in a growing number to be signed during 2020.”

Chief Executive Officer, at Steel Blue, Garry Johnson, commented, “Steel Blue is committed to developing innovative solutions for our customers. We’re excited by the innovations we have developed with First Graphene. We look forward to bringing exciting new safety technologies to the global work boot market.”

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First Graphene - Quarterly Activities Report

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Friday, January 31, 2020

First Graphene has continued to make substantial progress in its objective of commercialising the PureGRAPH® range of graphene products during the December quarter. PureGRAPH® has provided a range of improved performance characteristics in a number of products to which it is added.

The Company continues to maintain a strong working capital position, which will drive the growth of First Graphene with increased production efficiencies and higher manufacturing throughput, market development with new customers and novel graphene applications and global supply capabilities.

Steel Blue and First Graphene showcased safety boots at the Polymers in Footwear event in Berlin In November 2019 FGR and Steel Blue gave a joint presentation at the above exhibition and showcased PureGRAPH® enhanced safety boots. First Graphene Ltd and Steel Blue explained how PureGRAPH® had enabled the development of a range of unique boot component technologies and user benefits which have the potential to revolutionise the safety boot market.

The prototype boots have been manufactured using First Graphene’s PureGRAPH® graphene additives. Unlike competing formulations, this is available in high production volumes with non-aggregated, uniform-sized graphene; this ensures it disperses evenly in thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) masterbatches.  The prototype boots incorporate PureGRAPH®-infused TPU soles and polyurethane foam innersoles and had undergone extensive laboratory testing in accredited laboratories.

Tests had been conducted at Viclab Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading NATA accredited and independent mechanical testing services. 

The prototype boots complied with the following test procedures;
Impact resistance
Upper to outsole bond
Interlayer bond strength
Slip resistance on ceramic tile floor with NaLS and on steel floor with glycerine
Sole crack resistance
Tear strength
Abrasion (TPU)
Tensile
Hydrolysis
Fuel oil resistance
Chemical exposure (NaOH)

Steel Blue have continued to test different applications and processes, with ongoing measuring of outcomes by Viclab Pty Ltd. The collaboration led to the successful manufacturing of prototypes, and these are currently being wear trialled in a variety of working environments.

The new boot from Steel Blue incorporates innovative technology with new design solutions to provide significant improvements to safety footwear protection and comfort.

Positive Interim Results from Mining Industry Field Trials
In December, FGR was pleased to announce an update on the Armour-GRAPH™ bucket liner provided by newGen to a major Pilbara iron ore producer.

newGen had provided an Armour-GRAPH™ bucket liner to a major iron ore  producer for trial which contained PureGRAPH®20. The bucket had been in use for in excess of 12 weeks at the time it was inspected by the client for assessment of wear, with very pleasing results. The next assessment is due to be undertaken in January.

Preparations were underway to trial PureGRAPH® enhanced materials in equipment used by a second iron ore producer.

Continued Growth in Customer Engagement
Customer growth continued apace during the December quarter, with engagements in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia markets. The Company’s focus continues to be in the development of elastomers and plastics and the composites industries as it is these markets which have the potential to generate the largest volume of sales.

Activities at the GEIC, Manchester,UK
The Company continues to make effective use of it’s presence as a Tier 1 partner at the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre, where the facilities are routinely used to host customer visits and the capabilities deployed to prepare PureGRAPH® dispersions for a range of customer evaluations; from TPU elastomers to coating precursors. The UK team have developed a strong relationship with the academic departments with active relationships with the Chemistry, Civil Engineering, and Composites & Textiles departments.

2019 – A Year in Review

The 2019 calendar year has seen FGR make considerable progress as the world’s leading graphene company. The Company has continued to automate its  production process, maintain its high-quality standards and develop its in-house product development and testing platform.

Customer engagement has accelerated as a result of the marketing efforts and the release of the Company’s B2B focussed website.

There has been extensive field testing by customers of the PureGRAPH® range of products, all of which have been successful and resulted in ongoing collaboration. That this process has not manifested itself in more extensive sales is the one area of disappointment. However, as previously stated by Warwick “The larger the organisation the longer the time frame that would typically extend beyond 12 months. Offsetting this though is the prospect of larger size sales.” The Board of Directors and Senior Management team see 2020 as the year in which FGR will achieve significant sales growth, having built a very solid base during 2019.

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