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Adding Graphene to Protective Coatings

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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A U.K. specialty and consumer chemicals manufacturer has announced it is about to become the first company to commercialize graphene within high-performance protective paints.

James Briggs Ltd., headquartered in Oldham, England, has entered into a joint development agreement with Applied Graphene Materials PLC (AGM), a company dedicated to the manufacture and dispersion of, and development of applications for, graphene.

The partnership will enable James Briggs’ technical center to begin incorporating graphene nanoplatelets into its existing paint formulations with a view to launching a new range of high-performing primers in early 2017, it announced earlier this month.

James Briggs lab
James Briggs Ltd.

A joint development agreement between James Briggs Ltd. and Applied Graphene Materials will enable James Briggs to begin incorporating graphene nanoplatelets into existing paint formulations; the company intends to take advantage of graphene's anti-corrosion properties to launch a new line of primers in 2017.

James Briggs officials indicated they expect the introduction of the progressive material, first isolated by the University of Manchester, will significantly improve the protective properties of the new range.

Additionally, the two companies will join forces to collaborate on potential applications for lubrication products, which will take advantage of the improved friction properties offered by the application of graphene.

“We are keen to become the first specialist chemicals and coatings company to take advantage of this exciting new technology,” said James Briggs CEO Tim Pugh.

“The detailed understanding that AGM brings in maximising the performance of graphene is impressive and we look forward to rapidly incorporating this into our own extensive range of high performance products.”

Graphene in Anti-Corrosive Coatings

The collaboration comes after AGM, based in Redcar, England, announced it had achieved outstanding performance results from proof of concept studies into the use of its graphene in anti-corrosive coatings. The PRA, an independent testing consultancy, reportedly evaluated performance through ISO standard accelerated weathering and anti-corrosion tests.

According to the company, its graphene material is able to deliver a six-fold improvement in barrier and anti-corrosion properties at low loading levels.

The positive test results have allowed AMG to accelerate pursuit of joint developments agreements across the global paints and coatings industry, it said.

AGM Chief Executive Jon Mabbitt told northern England newspaper The Northern Echo that these “industry-approved studies” supporting graphene’s corrosion protection claims puts AGM in a strong position.

Moreover, he added, “Some of the additives historically used to help with barrier protection, such as chromate, are being actively removed. That is a stimulus that makes companies think about what they can use and opens doors for us.”

Mabbitt noted that the company put in thousands of hours of work to prove the significance of graphene’s potential contributions to paints and coatings, polymers and oils and lubricants.

Continuing Development Work

AGM, which recently announced an £8.5 million (about $10.9 million) shares offer to help create new jobs and support its graphene work, expects to increase staff and expand operations, according to the Echo. It currently has a staff of 40.

It reportedly also provides support to Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings and corrosion management operation TWI Limited, the paper added. Company officials also indicated the James Briggs partnership will be followed by similar deals.

James Briggs, AGM explained, is a formulator and supplier of aerosol paints and high-performance materials to well-known industry brands across numerous markets.

“James Briggs is an excellent company but we have other engagements we hope will lead to more results in the not too distant future,” Mabbit said.

“We are cracking on with Sherwin and TWI; Sherwin are the largest paint maker globally, so we feel we have a got an exciting development partner,” he added.


Tagged categories: Coating chemistry; Corrosion inhibitors; Corrosion protection; Graphene; ISO; Outdoor weathering; Performance testing; Research and development; Sherwin-Williams

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