First Graphene, a producer of advanced graphene-based products, has signed a new agreement with newGen for the supply of its PureGraph material.
NewGen will use the materials for the production of wear linings used in bucket wheels, pipe spools and conveyor applications in the mining industry.
PureGraph is a blend of graphene powder and elastomers. The addition of the plastics delivers improved mechanical properties, including enhanced tensile and tear strength, plus greater abrasion resistance.
This longevity significantly reduces downtime for mining and quarrying operators.
First Graphene operates out of a manufacturing headquarters in Perth, Australia. The company was recently incorporated in the UK and operates as a partner in the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre in Manchester.
The newGen order was contingent on the company receiving certification from the Australian National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme, similar in set up and operation to the REACH programme.
Commenting on the deal, Craig McGuckin, MD at First Graphene Ltd, said, “This is another important contract for the company as we commercialise the use of graphene in a growing number of industry sectors, from elastomers to concrete.”
The mining and quarrying sectors are viewed by First Graphene as important growth areas. The company is continuing to work with a series of partners to develop new polyurethane elastomers and TPU derivatives in order to deliver additional functionality, such as fire retardancy.