China-UK. As it continues to develop applications for enhancing carbon fibre composites with graphene, Versarien, headquartered in Cheltenham, UK, is planning to establish a £55 million graphene manufacturing centre in China.
With the aid of the Shandong Institute of Industrial Technology Fund and Jinan Qing …
The first stage will involve the establishment of a 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility to produce and sell Versarien’s proprietary Nanene graphene nano-platelets.
Versarien will provide its intellectual property on a licensed basis together with production know how, while the other joint venture partners will provide the factory and funding for plant and equipment.
Versarien produces high quality graphene nano-platelets with a majority of sub-10 atom layers and a significant number of sub-5 atom layer materials. © Versarien
Versarien says its patent protected manufacturing techniques allow Nanene to be manufactured in large volumes at market leading prices. It produces high quality graphene nano-platelets with a majority of sub-10 layer and a significant number of sub-5 layer materials.
The quality of the process has been independently verified by several leading UK universities and independent manufacturing and testing has shown, for example, that Nanene-enhanced carbon fibre composites results in an up to 52% increase in mechanical properties.
“We have been afforded great support from the Chinese government and we are working with all parties to deliver this facility in record time and to capture the excitement and support for our Nanene product in China,” said Ricketts.
“It is important for us to have facilities close to manufacturing centres worldwide and we will continue to build on this base. We have negotiated significant Chinese government support to protect our IP and this agreement follows from the meeting with President Xi Jinping at the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester in October 2015.”
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