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Graphene delivers step-change in HDPE performance

Posted By Graphene Council, Monday, August 10, 2020
Working closely with Hexcyl Systems Pty Ltd. a leading supplier of systems for oceanic farming, First Graphene Ltd. has demonstrated improvements in the performance of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) materials. Hexcyl Systems Pty Ltd. will now progress to advanced trials, making super-strong HDPE oyster baskets for long-line farming systems.

Using First Graphene’s PureGRAPH® products the High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) showed improvements in strength, wear resistance and longevity. The initial results, confirm the potential of PureGRAPH® graphene as a high performing additive for the global HDPE industry.

HDPE is a thermoplastic polymer widely used in packaging (cosmetics, food and beverages), corrosion-resistant piping, geomembranes and plastic timbers. The global market for HDPE was estimated at USD 59 Billion in 2015, with a CAGR of 4%[i].

Craig McGuckin – Managing Director, First Graphene Ltd. believes this an important first step for PureGRAPH® products into this important global market.

“This trial confirms that PureGRAPH® graphene products successfully enhance the performance of HDPE materials in industrial applications. This is an important milestone in our strategy to develop additives for thermoplastic materials”. said Mr McGuckin.

The capability of First Graphene PureGRAPH® technology enabled significant mechanical improvements.

“A low dosage of less than one per cent of PureGRAPH® has generated an increase in yield strength of more than 60 per cent, when compared to the base HDPE product,” said Mr McGuckin.

“Samples showed a more than 10 per cent increase in ultimate tensile strength and at the same concentration, abrasion loss was reduced by more than 50 per cent.”

The project will now move to a larger scale trial in real-world, ocean conditions, commencing in August 2020.

Tags:  Craig McGuckin  First Graphene  Graphene  Hexcyl Systems  Polyethylene  polymers 

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Graphene Technology Company PlanarTECH Partners with Thailand’s IDEATI to Market Graphene-Enhanced Bullet-Proof Armour

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, April 2, 2020
UK-based planarTECH Ltd is pleased to announce an agreement with Thailand-based IDEATI Co Ltd. to market and distribute its 2AMTM line of graphene-enhanced bullet-proof vest and ballistic plate products for body armour.

According to a recent report from market research firm Grand View Research, Inc., “The global body armor market size is expected to reach USD 3.0 billion by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period. The evolution of warfare has largely become asymmetric in nature and includes counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. Similar scenarios exist in the law enforcement sectors, wherein felons, criminals, and law offenders are capable of fatally injuring responding officers, thus necessitating the demand for body armor equipment.”

IDEATI’s 2AMTM products are now in mass production for delivery to the Royal Thai Army, which has certified the products per National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards. International testing is now underway. Minimum order quantity is 1,000 units with a lead time of 90 to 120 days.

We recognize planarTECH as a leader in the graphene industry and looking forward to using its international network to enhance our own sales efforts starting with a revolutionary bullet-proof vest.”— Ted P. Thirapatana, Director of IDEATI states

2AM™ material is a patent-pending Graphene+UHMWPE (Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight PolyEthylene) composite that leverages the strength enhancing characteristics of graphene to create ultra-lightweight body armour. 2AMTM product A-10418, for example, is currently the thinnest (20mm) and lightest (1.8kg) NIJ Level IV standalone plate available on the market. Moreover, the addition graphene to the composite can reduce backface deformation to just 11.3 mm.

Patrick Frantz, Founder & CEO of planarTECH commented,
“planarTECH has been involved in the development of 2AMTM technology from its inception and we’re very pleased to see that it has finally achieved commercial viability and become a commercial product for sale in the market. We want to support the sales of this technology through our own networks and are already actively engaging potential customers in the USA, UK, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India and China. We also believe that this technology has other applications beyond personal body armour, which we are currently exploring.”

Ted P. Thirapatana, Director of IDEATI states,
“We are very proud to have co-developed this cutting-edge graphene technology in Thailand and that our 2AMTMlight-weight bullet-proof material for ballistics and high-impact applications is now ready for sale in the global market. We recognize planarTECH as a leader in the graphene industry and we’re looking forward to using its international network to enhance our own sales efforts starting with a revolutionary bullet-proof vest.”

Tags:  Grand View Research  Graphene  IDEATI Co Ltd  Patrick Frantz  planarTECH  PolyEthylene  Ted P. Thirapatana 

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