NanoXplore has announced the completion of the commissioning of its state-of-the-art 4,000 metric tons/year commercial graphene capacity facility in Montreal, Province of Quebec.
NanoXplore’s new graphene facility is a fully automated production plant that enables a connected, flexible and continuous manufacturing system. Production automation ensures the highest level of product quality, from receipt of raw materials, to final packaging of NanoXplore’s GrapheneBlack powders. The new facility uses lean production techniques to manage all operational processes and all process inputs are managed by Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). The lack of manual processes within the production line facilitates batch-to-batch product consistency complimented with the highest level of quality assurance.
Mr. Rocco Marinaccio, Chief Operating Officer of NanoXplore, commented: “I’m extremely proud of our Operations’ team. Over the last six months, we have faced and overcome multiple challenges to ensure that our graphene production initiative remained on-time and on budget. I’m delighted to announce that we have completed the 4,000 metric tons/year graphene capacity facility below budget. Had it not been for the restrictive border controls put in place due to Covid-19, our original target timeline would have been fully respected. Our focus will now shift to ramping up commercial production over the upcoming months".
NanoXplore’s internal protocols ensure that all incoming raw materials are placed on hold and rigorously tested for compliance with specifications before being introduced into the manufacturing system. Additionally, graphene produced is further tested by the Corporation’s internal quality department for adherence to strict quality standards. Once these standards have been achieved and confirmed, a certificate of conformity is issued, and inventory is released to the warehouse for commercial sales. All movements of raw materials, graphene production, and inventory sales are managed and traced by an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that the Corporation fully implemented during the commissioning phase of its new facility.
Commercial graphene production of the new 4,000 metric tons/year capacity facility will commence as of today. NanoXplore will gradually ramp-up commercial production of its GrapheneBlack powders over the next six months, in alignment with the Corporation’s sales visibility.