Sparc Technologies has reported that significant progress is being made on the way to a successful commercialization of its graphene additive coating products.
Sparc has addressed the issue of graphene's tendency of re-agglomeration, that makes achieving homogeneous dispersions more challenging. Sparc's developments could benefit not only coatings companies, but also companies involved in composite materials.
Given this know-how, Sparc announced that it is investing in a manufacturing process, with manufacturing equipment having been identified, trialed and ordered with a manufacturing site located. Manufacturing will support a range of marketable graphene based additive products for the coatings and composites industries. This work is being supported with marketing collateral i.e., branding and trade-marks. Patent filing activities continue with all Graphene Based Additive IP to be protected.
An on-going comprehensive testing program continues to reinforce the significant performance improvement in epoxy coatings via the use of Sparc’s Graphene Based Additives. Sparc has produced samples from manufacturing trials that are available for customer testing.
Along with samples being made available, Sparc has continued to meet with and present to major coatings manufacturers. Sparc has developed considerable expertise in the characterization, formulation, adoption and manufacture of graphene based additive products;
As previously announced, Sparc is also continuing with the development of a number of graphene based coatings’ applications in the energy sector, particularly in relation to Sparc's photocatalytic hydrogen project in its JV with the University of Adelaide and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI).
Sparc Managing Director, Mike Bartels, commented: “Our path to commercialization is now clear with detailed discussions progressing with global coatings companies. Comprehensive test data, undertaken to ISO standards, has now been shared under Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements and Material Transfer Agreements. Sparc has been able to demonstrate its know-how in addressing industry acknowledged challenges in the production of homogenous graphene dispersion having developed a proprietary manufacturing process for the commercial manufacture of graphene based additive products. Sparc is now poised to undertake the manufacture of graphene based additives on a commercial scale supporting coatings companies generating significant revenue from products targeting anti-corrosive end uses".