Applied Graphene Materials has signed a joint development agreement with James Briggs, one of Europe’s largest consumer chemicals companies, to develop graphene-based anti-corrosive coatings. This collaboration reportedly follows the outstanding performance results from proof of concept studies into such coatings.
AGM and James Briggs have already started an accelerated product development program that aims towards early market exploitation of graphene. Under the JDA, James Briggs will incorporate graphene material into its existing paint formulations to deliver higher-performing primers with improved corrosion protection. The expectation is that a new range of primers will be launched in early 2017. Alongside this, the two businesses will be cooperating on potential applications for lubrication products given the improved friction properties offered by the application of graphene. In January 2016, AGM also entered an agreement with US paint company Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings, and corrosion management operation TWI Limited, to develop graphene-based anti-corrosion paints.
In October 2015, AGM joined Puralube in developing graphene-enhanced oil products, and in May 2015, the company reported positive preliminary findings following independent performance testing on graphene-enhanced base oils produced by the group.