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Surwon Technology to Mothball Tire Project

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Thursday, April 4, 2019
Hong Kong-based graphene pioneer, Surwon Technology says it has decided to discontinue its efforts to make a commercially-available graphene-enhanced road-legal tire blaming its decision on what it called the “prohibitive” price level it would sell for if launched.

The project’s termination comes weeks after the company revealed that, in a heavily-tested configuration, a road tire sized for a typical high performance sports saloon would potentially retail at more than US$1,900. At the time, the company said a lower concentration of the graphene compound that had performed so well in testing would reduce the price point but also, potentially, have an adverse effect on the tire’s performance.

Surwon Technology’s Chief Technology Officer said the company could not rule out revisiting the project at some point in the future but for the time being, it would focus on other matters.

“For a time there, it was even more exciting than usual here at Surwon Technology. The testing of the race variant was phenomenal and, while we learned so much, we just weren’t able to make the transition to a viable road tire that didn’t cost the earth,” he said.

“We’ll close this chapter but there is every chance that, at some point down the road, we’ll be able to reopen the book and give it the ending it so thoroughly deserves,” he concluded.

Surwon Technology’s CTO reiterated that the intellectual property associated with the graphene/rubber compound is not up for sale at this time but he said it was unlikely the company would rule out a sale if an appropriate offer was made.

Tags:  Graphene  Surwon Technology  Tires 

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Vittoria #1 Graphene User in Bike Industry; Launches 2nd Generation Graphene Tyres

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Thursday, February 28, 2019

With the aim to always push the boundaries of what is possible, Vittoria succeeded in the development of a new generation of Graphene: GRAPHENE 2.0. Vittoria today announced the introduction of its 2nd generation Graphene tyres. GRAPHENE 2.0 (G 2.0) takes the original Graphene compound foundation that Vittoria built, and functionalizes the advancements in performance, for each specific application.
President and founder of Vittoria Industries Rudie Campagne said “With the aim to push the boundaries continuously, we succeeded in the development of a new generation of Graphene tyres”.
Unlike the first-generation graphene, the new 2.0 graphene is functionalized to enhance specific tire performances.  In other words, where the first generation of graphene compounds raised the bar evenly, Graphene 2.0 pin-points each performance metric, and increases it disproportionally to the rest. Vittoria is now able to apply Graphene in such a way that it can achieve a performance boost specifically for speed, wet grip, durability and puncture resistance.

Every year, tons of Graphene are applied to Vittoria tires and wheels. Graphene interacts with rubber by filling the space in between the rubber molecules, which has been verified to increase all positive performance metrics. In 2018 Vittoria tires won every single Grand Tour time trial (ITT and TTT), as well as European, French, German, Austrian, Russian, Brazilian, and Pan-American Cross-Country championships.

See related story: Vittoria and Perpetuus sign long term supply contract. 

Tags:  Graphene  Perpetuus  Rudie Campagne  Tires  Vittoria Industries 

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Perpetuus Advanced Materials announces execution of long-term supply agreement with Vittoria Tires

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Perpetuus Advanced Materials are pleased to announce the execution of a long-term supply agreement for functionalised hybrid surface modified graphenes with Vittoria Tires.

After 18 months of close collaboration between Perpetuus and Vittoria scientists, development work along with extensive laboratory to terrain testing has been completed on the first commercial elastomer to contain hybrid graphene fillers for the tire industry.

A new standard for nano surface engineered graphenes for cycle tires has now been established. This next generation graphene technology enables Vittoria to offer its customers tires that are superior to allothers within the cycle tire market. Vittoria’s Generation II range of tires are currently “on the road”and have now been officially launched in a Bangkok based event on the 25th of February 2019.

Perpetuus Director Ian Walters stated, “It’s been a pleasure working in the professional environment offered within the Vittoria Advanced Tire Development Facility, with a team of scientists and technicians who have established genuine know-how regarding the inclusion of graphenes into elastomeric tire compounds. Perpetuus are looking forward to launching further products in tire and other fields later this year and early 2020”.

A combination of the Perpetuus nano surface modified graphenes technology and Vittoria’s world class knowledge in the field of bicycle tires, has resulted in a range of tires that are as good as or better than any competitive product. At last graphene as broken through into the mass market and established the first real world commercial application.

Stefan Anton, Vittoria’s Product Director stated, “Vittoria remain one step ahead in the respect of bicycle tire development and enjoyed working with the Perpetuusteam in exploiting their patented nano surface engineering technology,creating a new best in class generation of graphene enhanced cycle tires”.

See related story: Vittoria Bike Tires and Graphene


Tags:  Graphene  Ian Walters  Perpetuus Advanced Materiarials  Stefan Anton  Tires  Vittoria 

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Gratomic to Launch New Graphene Ultra Efficient Tires

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Thursday, January 24, 2019
Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gratomic Inc. a vertically integrated graphite to graphenes, advanced materials company is pleased to announce the development of Gratomic's new Graphene Ultra Fuel Efficient Tires (GUET) with certification and terrain testing targeted for completion in Q3, 2019.

"Purely from a demand perspective, we have been pulled into a market which represents a very large opportunity for Gratomic. Simply put, our customers want what we have; high quality graphene. Not only are Hybrid Graphene enhanced tires fuel efficient, but they can also demonstrate better handling and longer life" commented Gratomic's Chairman and Co-CEO Sheldon Inwentash. "The GUET tire market represents a very large vertical for Gratomic which the Company will be vigorously pursuing in 2019, and beyond."

Gratomic recognizes the automotive tire market is large and is expected to grow to 2.5 billion tires by 2022. Gratomic looks to penetrate and disrupt the traditional means of tire production by providing graphene enabled GUET tires. To date, the global tire market has recognized that employing graphenes within tire treads, walls and the inner linings can make tires lighter, provide better grip and reduce rolling resistance to an extent that is not possible with existing tire compounds. On average, this would require 20 to 25 grams of graphene per tire. However, for the Industry, specification consistency and scaleability of supply have been limiting factors and to date have been the biggest constraints in commercializing Graphene.

Attributed to the right combination of geology at the mine and our processing partner, Gratomic strongly believes it can satisfy the supply demand of quality graphenes required for what the Company believes is the growing market demand for a new age economy tire. Gratomic is confident in its ability to deliver consistent quality and quantities of Graphenes to end users.

Gratomic has been able to achieve this through a unique collaboration agreement with its development partner Perpetuus Carbon Technologies who currently supplies substantial quantities of surface modified graphenes on a monthly basis to the tire industry through its Patented Plasma Process.

Ian Walters Director - Perpetuus Carbon Technologies Limited stated:

"Perpetuus' investigative analysis and characterization has concluded that the Graphenes derived from the Gratomic mine are highly friable, more so than any other graphite tested for purpose by the Perpetuus Labs. The liberated graphenes when functionalized have demonstrated excellent processability. Initial application in a host of end uses has demonstrated excellent suitability for a range of products. Most noteworthy are the excellent results generated when the Hybrid Graphenes are included in elastomers for tire construction. Perpetuus looks forward to working with Gratomic to launch probably the first range of Graphene enabled ultra fuel efficient tires."

Employing its dedicated facility for the patented Perpetuus plasma method Gratomic post plasma processing produces graphenes (less than 10 layers) of a high purity (CK 99.10%) derived from its Graphite Mine in Namibia.

Tags:  Automotive tyres  Graphene  Gratomic  Perpetuus  Tires 

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