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Versarien and Luxus to develop graphene polymers

Versarien plc, the advanced materials engineering group, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Luxus Limited, to develop a UK graphene-enhanced polymer supply chain to enable the volume production of graphene-enhanced plastics.

Luxus manufactures high-quality thermoplastics from prime and recycled polymers and is the largest independently owned plastic manufacturer in the UK, supplying plastics to the automotive, packaging, civil engineering and a variety of other sectors.

Utilising Versarien's proprietary Nanene few-layer graphene nano-platelets, this collaboration will involve the incorporation of graphene into polymers to enhance mechanical strength and other properties.

Versarien has a contract with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (“WMG”) with the objective of optimising the performance of graphene-enhanced polymers on Versarien's behalf, including the employment of dedicated Versarien resource.

This new collaboration with Luxus is designed to ensure that the developed plastics can be produced at commercial scale for supply to injection moulding companies, such as Versarien's AAC Cyroma, enabling products to be produced for a variety of industries.

Peter Atterby, Luxus Managing Director, commented: “Luxus constantly strives to be at the very forefront of thermoplastics technology innovation. We are excited to partner with Versarien to take this goal to a new level and redefine performance, durability and sustainability in the plastics industry by harnessing the benefits of graphene.”

Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, commented: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Luxus. We look forward to working with Luxus to ensure that a viable UK supply chain is established to produce thermoplastics enhanced with Versarien's high-quality graphene.

“The signing of this agreement is an important step in the commercialisation of graphene-enhanced plastics. We are seeing strong interest from a variety of sectors in utilising the materials we are developing with WMG. Being able to produce these graphene-enhanced plastics in commercial volumes will enable them to be more rapidly adopted for use in a wide variety of applications.”