First Graphene (FGR), previously First Graphite and in the past was also MRL, aims to become a high quality graphite miner from its Sri Lankan mine prospects, and a graphene producer. The company uses an electrochemical exfoliation to produce high quality graphene from the mined Sri Lankan graphite.
FGR is a public company trading in the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: FGR). In November 2017, FGR opened a new commercial graphene facility.
The latest First Graphene news:
First Graphene recently signed a new agreement with newGen for the supply of three tonnes of its PureGRAPH products. These will be used by newGen for the manufacture of wear linings used in bucket wheels, pipe spools and conveyor applications in the mining industry. This continues the two Companies' cooperation in the field of graphene-enhanced products (primarily polyurethane liners) for the mining services industry.
Blending PureGRAPH graphene in powder form with existing elastomers reportedly provides considerable mechanical improvements to the material, including enhanced tensile and tear strength, plus far greater abrasion resistance. This extends the life of wear liners, significantly reducing downtime and cost for mining and quarrying operators.
First Graphene has announced that, together with Steel Blue, it has manufactured prototype sets of safety boots incorporating PureGRAPH10.
The boots were reportedly made last week at Steel Blue’s Malaga WA factory and incorporated PureGRAPH into the safety capped boot TPU soles and polyurethane foam innersole.
First Graphene (FGR) recently announced that is now shipping its PureGRAPH product, having received formal approvals from both NICNAS and REACH earlier in 2019. Product sales have been shipped from the Henderson facility to clients in Ireland, the UK and Germany for product development programmes.
In addition, FGR stated that research work undertaken by a number of institutions has identified that the addition of graphene to polyurethane elastomers provides very useful fire retardancy qualities. This is in addition to other well-known benefits that come with the addition of graphene. Most of this work is understood to be at bench scale in laboratories.
First Graphene has announced the completion of a placement to raise $3.5 million AUD (around $2.5 Million USD).
The raised funds will be used for general working capital purposes and to advance the Company’s facility at the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre at the University of Manchester. Additionally, an increasing effort will be made to expand the sales and marketing functions of the Company.