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AGM to Showcase Latest Technology at Key Industry Events

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is pleased to announce that it will be taking part in two events over the coming months across its key market sectors. AGM plans to showcase the Company’s latest technological developments in graphene dispersion capabilities at two events: JEC Composites Connect and CoatingsTech Conference.

The AGM team will be showcasing its graphene nanoplatelet dispersions for polymer and composite applications at JEC Composites Connect, an event which will bring together key industry players across the composites community to discuss global trends and new technologies being brought to market. With the correct incorporation through advanced materials engineering, AGM’s graphene nanoplatelets can offer composite materials improved mechanical properties, such as fracture toughness and durability, as well as enabling weight reduction across a variety of applications. Innovative collaboration projects have ranged from next-generation cryogenic pressure tanks, to automotive body panels and ocean fishing rods.

The event is taking place in digital format on June 1-2, and more information is available at https://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com/agm-joins-new-virtual-event-for-the-composites-industry/

Focused on the application of AGM’s graphene dispersions, the Company will also be presenting on Tuesday 29th June at CoatingsTech conference, which is hosted by the American Coatings Association (ACA). AGM will deliver a technical presentation on the formulation of graphene dispersions for water-based coatings and their anti-corrosion benefits. The conference will be centred on the theme of “Essential Coatings Technology: Supporting Tomorrow’s Sustainable Development Challenges Today” and will feature the latest science and technology developments from industry experts, coatings professionals and leading innovators, as they address current and future market challenges.

The two-day in-person conference will take place in Pittsburgh USA. Registration for the event and more information about the ACA’s work is available at: https://www.paint.org/aca-events/coatings-tech-conference/

Car care customer launches two innovative graphene-based sealants

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, announces that its customer, Constellation Chemicals, has launched two new sealants in its car detailing product range enhanced with AGM’s graphene nanoplatelet technology.

The two products, Parallax, a graphene-enhanced ceramic sealant and Gravity, a graphene-enhanced snow sealant, launch following a programme of research and testing by Constellation Chemicals. The growing UK-based manufacturer of car care products claims that they offer performance enhancements such as hydrophobicity, chemical resistance to acid rain, road salt and bird lye and produce excellent durability, gloss, water repellence and beading.

The new product launches demonstrate further progress in the incorporation of AGM’s industry leading Genable® graphene nanoplatelet dispersions for the car care market. Working in partnership with forward-looking players in the industry such as Constellation Chemicals, ensures AGM can continue to drive graphene innovation in car detailing applications with its customers.

The new sealants have gained significant interest from customers and are available to order at: https://constellationchemicals.com/

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, commented:

“We are pleased to have been able to work with the team at Constellation Chemicals to bring these two new highperformance products to market. It is a further demonstration of the ease of use of AGM’s carefully formulated graphene dispersions in our customers’ product formulations. We look forward to these new products gaining greater customer interest in the innovative protective car care coatings sector, and to further opportunities to collaborate with Constellation Chemicals on future products.”

Gian Franco Totis, Managing Director of Constellation Chemicals, added:
“The release of our two graphene infused products this month has been a major milestone for Constellation Chemicals.
With graphene being the new buzz word on the detailing scene we wanted to get ahead of the competition. Working with AGM’s Genable® range we quickly managed to formulate two products which have exceeded our expectations.
These products offer some great characteristics for the automotive industry including corrosion and chemical resistance, gloss enhancement and heat dissipation.
We are excited to have been able to release two brand new graphene-enhanced car care products – our ceramic sealant “Parallax”, and our snow sealant “Gravity”. Following months of research and development this success has only been possible thanks to the insights and support from the team at AGM.”

For further information, please contact:

Applied Graphene Materials +44 (0) 1642 438 214 Andy Gent, Commercial Director Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer David Blain, Chief Financial Officer

N+1 Singer +44 (0) 207 496 3000 Peter Steel / Amanda Gray

Allenby Capital Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 203 328 5656 Nick Athanas / Liz Kirchner (Corporate Finance) Matt Butlin / Kelly Gardiner (Sales and Corporate Broking) Hudson Sandler +44 (0) 207 796 4133 Charlie Jack / Emily Dillon

Take a closer look at silicate-based masonry paints

Durable and environmentally friendly, silicate paints are growing in popularity with forward-looking manufacturers and it’s not hard to see why.

The multiple benefits offered by silicate coating technology make silicate systems ideal to meet challenging modern demands. In particular, they offer significant environmental benefits as they are solvent free and not based on petrochemical raw materials. What’s more, the chemical reaction that takes place between the binder and the masonry substrate makes the paint more durable, requiring less frequent re-application.

With 125 years’ experience with alkali silicates, our key supply partner Woellner has spent the past 50 years undertaking intense application-oriented research in the water-based coatings sector. Its Betolin® system uses high-quality silicate binders and formulation additives to deliver water-based coatings with the following advantages:
• Storable, stable ready-to-use formulations
• Advantageous application properties on most substrates
• Strengthening of weathered or sandy mineral substrates
• Excellent water vapour permeability as a result of the open pore character of the cured coatings
• Low VOC content
• Positive fire protection character
• Good colour stability
• Typically low dirt pick up to exhibit self-cleaning behaviour
• Long-term stability even in combination with photo catalytic materials
• Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications for new and old buildings.

To find out more about Woellner’s products or to discuss your specific needs, please contact Michael Austin at Blagden on 01959 560804 or email.

alpha SE Spectroscopic Ellipsometer

J A Woollam alpha SE Spectroscopic Ellipsometer –
for spectral range of 380-900 nm

For routine measurements of thin film thickness and refractive index, this ellipsometer allows you to mount a sample, choose the model that matches your film, and press “measure”. You have results within seconds.

With fast measurement speed and push-button operation, the alpha-SE® is ideal for qualifying thin films. Single-layer dielectrics on silicon or glass substrates can be measured in seconds.

Coatings on Glass:  Patented technology allows accurate measurements on any substrate: metal, semiconductor, or glass. On transparent substrates, the alpha-SE® measures depolarisation to correct for light returning from the backside of the substrate. This unwanted light can confuse other ellipsometers, but the alpha-SE® ensures accurate optical constants.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use:  Push-button operation is complemented by advanced software that takes care of the work for you
  • Proven spectroscopic ellipsometer technology gives you both thickness and index with much higher certainty than other techniques
  • Works with your materials – dielectrics, semiconductors, organics, and more
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometry for simple sample systems
  • Hundreds of wavelengths simultaneously collected in seconds for immediate results

Quantum Design represent J A Woollam in the UK and Ireland.  Please contact Shayz Ikram for more information on the alpha-SE ellipsometer.

Introduction to the alpha-SE Spectroscopic Ellipsometer

Infinity Wax Launches Second Graphene-Enhanced Product

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM) is pleased to announce that its customer, Infinity Wax, a major manufacturer of car care products in Europe, has launched a second car care product enhanced with the Company’s graphene technology. Using AGM’s industry leading Genable® graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, Infinity Wax has launched Graphene Wax, a new generation of high-performance car wax. Infinity Wax launched the new Graphene Wax on 28 January 2021, following the success its ground-breaking QDX Graphene Detailing Spray launched during Q4 2020. The new product offers outstanding water beading and sheeting properties as a result of increased hydrophobicity, resulting in long term paint protection. Graphene Wax makes it easy to wipe away dirt, enabling car owners to achieve a professional wax shine. The new wax product is the result of an extensive evaluation and testing programme between Infinity Wax and AGM. Infinity Wax expects to see significant customer interest in the new product, as was seen in the launch of its QDX Detailing Spray in 2020, where initial stocks sold faster than anticipated and attracted interest from a number of specialist journals and forums for car groups. The Graphene Wax product is available to car owners directly from www.infinitywax.com and at a growing network of car detailing shops across the UK and Europe. Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, said:

“We are proud to have been able to work with the Infinity Wax team on the development of a further performanceenhancing product for the car care sector which incorporates our graphene dispersion technology. We are delighted to see a second graphene product launch for our customer and we look forward to seeing this product’s success in the market, and how this translates into revenue growth for both AGM and Infinity Wax. This product once again demonstrates the effectiveness of AGM’s approach to close collaboration with our customers, which has delivered an optimum outcome with the deployment of our graphene dispersions.” Mike Cipriani, Founder of Infinity Wax, commented:

“The launch of our second graphene fortified car care product in less than 12 months has been a significant milestone for Infinity Wax. AGM has been instrumental to our R&D process through technical support and a reliable supply of raw material.

The use of Genable® dispersions in our latest product, an automotive paste wax, has allowed us to push the performance of our synthetic wax technology beyond what has previously been possible while also allowing the product to be beginner friendly with effortless ease of use, something rarely seen in these types of highly durable waxes. The success of our first product, QDX Graphene, a water-based quick detail spray, has set a precedent and given a great deal of confidence to our customers using these products, but also for our new and existing distribution partners, who have also benefited from the product’s success. This is echoed by the launch of our new wax product, where 77% of the manufactured stock sold within 24 hours.”

 

If you would like to discuss how you can benefit from Graphene, please contact AGM here

Applied Graphene Materials Announce Approval Grant

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), is delighted to announce that approval has been granted by ECHA, the European Chemical Agency, for a volume threshold of 1 to 10 tonnes of powder usage per annum of graphene products supplied by individual members of the Graphene REACH registration consortium, of which AGM is a founding member.

Following rigorous evaluation of the range of graphene materials which each consortium member offers, and completion of the final submission documents to ECHA towards the end of 2020, the successful outcome represents a major milestone for the graphene industry and enables consortium members such as AGM to supply quantities of graphene materials in volume. The tonnage band registration of 1 to 10 tonnes p.a. provides confidence in the potential for volume quantity use of graphene materials in the range of applications which consortium members including AGM are pursuing.

Adrian Potts, CEO of AGM, commented:
“I am delighted to announce the successful REACH registration for this volume tonnage band, which represents the culmination of almost four years of work. Strategically, we identified the critical importance of regulatory registration to the long-term success of our business and have committed significant resources to achieving this result today. This registration underpins the effective and safe use of AGM’s graphene materials at higher volumes. AGM continues to demonstrate the excellent utility of our graphene products with our customer engagements, and this registration will ensure we can meet our ambitions for larger volume orders as our commercial pipeline continues to develop. I would like to recognise the tireless efforts of our Technical team as members of the graphene consortium who have pursued the substantial workload that is represented in this registration announcement.”

 

If you would like to discuss how you can benefit from Graphene, please contact AGM here

Press Releases

BCF calls for further changes to UK REACH after small step in the right direction

The British Coatings Federation has welcomed recent proposed changes to the forthcoming UK REACH regime as a small but welcome step in the right direction. However, it has also warned that these changes alone will not be enough to prevent the coatings sector – and wider chemicals industry – from being hit hard financially under the new post-Brexit regime. This is because it does still not resolve the underlying, inherent problems with the proposed UK REACH system namely duplication of the EU REACH system and re-registration of all substances in a new database. It is this wholesale re-registration – including full data dossiers duplicating registrations already held in the EU REACH system – which will prove so bureaucratic, burdensome, and costly to business.

The easiest and seemingly best way to avoid this wholesale duplication would be for the UK and EU to negotiate a data-sharing agreement as part of the ongoing Free Trade Agreement talks. This would potentially mean the UK regulator would maintain access to data already registered in the EU REACH database and avoid it having to be re-registered in the new UK REACH system. The BCF fully supports the UK Government’s attempts to achieve this result as part of the FTA talks.

However, if that data-sharing outcome is not achieved as part of an FTA, the Government needs to go further and initiate greater changes to the proposed UK REACH system. The time extension for substance registrations simply spreads the cost of the registration requirements over a longer period: it does not reduce the overall cost to business. Those additional costs will still make it uneconomic for some lower quantity substances to be registered in the UK REACH database, making them unavailable in the UK and leaving UK companies at a significant disadvantage to their EU counterparts. Alternatively, UK businesses will have to take on the registration costs themselves to maintain access to crucial substances, again putting them at a competitive disadvantage.

Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation said:

“Along with others we have been actively and positively engaged in conversations with the UK Government for well over a year. It is good to see that the Government has listened to the genuine concerns industry has raised and amended their plans for UK REACH. However, while we welcome the changes as a step in the right direction, sadly we do not believe the scale of the amendments are enough to offset the large costs and inconveniences UK business will suffer at the hands of UK REACH system as it stands.

“We hope that a data-sharing agreement on chemicals can be negotiated between the UK and EU as part of an FTA, and fully support the Government as it continues to work for that outcome: it would seem to be the most practical solution to this problem. However, if such an agreement does not come to pass then we hope the Government will continue to engage with, and listen to, the continued concerns of industry. Ultimately, we hope they realise we are not crying wolf over the impact of UK REACH on companies using chemicals like the paint, coatings and printing ink industries, and agree to make further amendments to their plans that will mitigate the effect of the new UK regulatory system on business.”

Siltech – Silicone Amines for Coatings

Silicone amine polymers are an interesting category of materials within silicone chemistry.
They tend to provide the very best handle and softness to textile substrates.
They are also quite hydrophobic, so are used in applications such as car care.
They can additionally be used as reactive components in resins.

Broadly speaking, there are 5 categories at Siltech, as follows:

1 – Aminoethyl aminopropyl-based, with structure as shown:

“a” and “b” can be varied.  Silamine 2972 and Silamine MUE are good examples within this product group.

2 – Reactive amino-functional prepolymers, with structures as shown below:

There are a multitude of types, and these can be co-reacted into coatings and resins in order to provide flexibility and add impact resistance.

3 – Silicone polyether amines, as shown here:

In this case, the aminoethyl aminopropyl groups are “solubilised” with polyether groups.  For example, Silamine D208 EDA is water-soluble.  These types are also reactive (carbinol functional), and a, b, c, d and e can be varied.

4 – Silicone alkyl amines have alkyl groups in addition to the amine functionality, in order to improve organo-compatibility. Silamine T-97 is one example, and Siltech has made a series of these products.

5 – Fluorosilicone amines are niche, but Silmer NHF Di-H1 is one example, which has pendant fluoro groups and terminal allyl amines.

Please contact dave.wilson@siltech.com

Siltech – Silicone Film Formers for Coating Applications

Siltech Film Formers are designed to coalesce and react on hard surfaces such as concrete, porcelain, wood, countertops, or rubber, and flexible surfaces such as fabric, paper or leather.

The products are all provided in dispersible or dilutable emulsion form.

Typical properties include:

  • Release
  • Slip
  • Anti-squeak
  • Anti-stain
  • Softness
  • Hydrophobing
  • Gloss
  • Flexibility

Here’s a table which summarises the various types:

Please contact dave.wilson@siltech.com

Siltech – Using SilmerTM Reactive Silicones to Modify Coatings

Silicon and Carbon are the in same column of the Periodic Table, and so the chemistries of Si and C are very closely related.  Siltech builds upon this similarity in the “Silmer”TM reactive line of products, in order to manufacture numerous functionalised pre-polymers.  The resultant silicones can be co-reacted into analogous non-silicone systems in order to improve slip, flexibility, abrasion resistance, release, and hydrophobicity.

 

In the most general terms, the SilmerTM reactive pre-polymers are either multi-functional or linear di-functional, and there is an ever-increasing list of functional types, including the following:

 

  1. Hydroxyl (carbinol) OH
  2. Tetra Hydroxyl (carbinol) OHT functional, for better network formation and improved organo-compatibility.
  3. Acrylate ACR
  4. Tetra Acrylate ACRT
  5. Hydroxy OH ACR Acrylate functional.
  6. Hydride H
  7. Vinyl VIN
  8. Isocyanate NCO
  9. Amine NH
  10. Epoxide functional, both glycidyl-based EP and cycloaliphatic-based EPC.
  11. Trimethoxysilane TMS and Triethoxysilane TES
  12. Thiol SH
  13. Carboxy COOH

 

Please contact dave.wilson@siltech.com to discuss any of these products.

Why it’s time to embrace digital colour masters

A combination of digital standards and industry-leading instruments enables businesses to reduce costs and wastage across the entire supply chain by getting the colour of every component right first time.

Investment in R&D excellence from quality control instrument specialist BYK-Gardner enables companies across the globe to achieve consistent measurement and control of important characteristics such as colour. And not just colour. BYK-Gardner instruments measure many other characteristics such as gloss, orange peel, multi-angled colour, sparkle, graininess, colour fastness, cloudiness, transparency, clarity and haziness.

This is achieved through industry-leading LED illuminated instruments with optimal inter-instrument agreement and enables true full digital masters to be introduced for all these characteristics. The digital masters can easily be distributed through the supply chain making a digital approval process possible at every stage, in every location from beginning to end.

Guarantee repeatable product quality across time and space
Digital masters include spectral data and client requirements, while also allowing automatic colour identification where appropriate. Measurement tolerances and an instant pass/fail can be included on both hand-held and robotic installations. The result is self-approval throughout the supply chain and improved harmony between products to guarantee a high right-first-time rate.

Working with major manufacturers across many industries, the benefits from reductions in waste and delay as well as improvements in communication of measurement data, to productivity, quality and sustainability deliver a complete return on investment – the instruments can pay for themselves!
Digital masters can be sent by e-mail as an xml file to locations anywhere in the world. They have applications within industries including automotive, coatings, plastics, printing inks leather and even wine.

Blagden distributes BYK-Gardner instruments to companies across the United Kingdom. To find out how your business can benefit from the use of these instruments in combination with digital masters, call Simon Moss at Blagden on 01959 560818 or email.

Please note: Information provided here is given in good faith and without liability. It is intended for guidance only. Users are advised to conduct their own independent examination of the product to ascertain its suitability for incorporation into processes or products. Users should ensure that the use of the product complies with all pertinent current legislation. We guarantee to supply to specification, not performance.