Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), which produces synthesised specialty graphene nanoplatelets (A-GNPs), has fulfilled the first production orders to customers in the composites, polymers and coatings industries.

The single most significant factor influencing early adoption of graphene is the material’s ability to be dispersed within parent matrices, in a consistent, stable and process-friendly manner, the company says.

AGM’s synthesised nanoplatelets allow early-adopters to introduce A-GNPs into existing materials and processes without major disruption to established manufacturing routes. In recent independent third party testing program, commissioned by AGM, there have reportedly been improved fracture toughness, anti-corrosion and barrier performance, resin modulus, electrical and thermal conductivity. This can often be achieved without negative impacts on other key properties such as wet conditioned service temperature, according to AGM.

In one recent application, Century Composites Ltd, a UK fishing rod manufacturer introduced the material into its latest Graphex designs of coarse, game and sea fishing rods. ‘We are delighted to launch our Graphex range of rods which are becoming available through our selected retail distributors,’ said Simon Chilcott, MD of Century. ‘The development collaboration with AGM has been excellent and we are impressed by the added performance that their materials bring.’

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