In July 2020, Thomas Swan signed an exclusive agency agreement with Concrene, for a graphene-enhanced concrete project. Now, Concrene has announced that the first commercial concrete product reinforced with graphene will be available on the US market in April 2021.
Fairview Hearthside, a licensee of the innovative nanotechnology, will manufacture a range of Concrene precast fire pits for private homes and professional outdoor venues. The fire pits offer enhanced durability, long outdoor performance and natural concrete finish.
A small amount of graphene, manufactured and supplied by Concrene's strategic industrial partner Thomas Swan, improves the hardening process of concrete, which results in a direct volume offset of cement, binders and steel reinforcement.
Dr. Dimitar Dimov, Founder at Concrene, said: “I am delighted to see that Concrene is now past the trial phases and has successfully moved to full scale manufacturing in the US. By adopting Concrene, our client Fairview Hearthside demonstrated their trust in our market leading expertise and our patent-pending protected nanotechnology will enable them to gain significant early market advantage”.
Michael Edwards, Commercial Director – Advanced Materials at Thomas Swan, said: “This is the first significant step in our partnership with Concrene and we are delighted to be offering a new product to Fairview Hearthside, using our production-scale graphene nanoplatelets. Following our product successes in other application areas, this is our first in the concrete space and we are delighted to play a part in this new product launch.”