(Manchester, UK, October 2020) Specialist materials manufacturer M&I Materials Ltd and leading graphene raw material supplier, First Graphene Ltd., have agreed to collaborate to develop an extended range of graphene-enhanced products.
Based in Trafford Park in Greater Manchester, M&I Materials boasts a leading portfolio of brands supplying to global industrial and scientific markets. The company counts household names such as Siemens, Boeing, CERN and NASA among its client base who specify its range of engineered materials.
Both companies are partners at Manchester’s Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC), which is a facility dedicated to the commercialisation of graphene. The GEIC has played a big part in enabling this collaboration and has benefited both parties in terms of the close working relationship at the same location and the extensive facilities and support available on site.
Mark Lashbrook, Technical Director of M&I Materials Ltd, commented: “The GEIC has provided an ideal environment for us to collaborate with First Graphene Ltd, an innovative materials supplier. We have been impressed by First Graphene’s focus on quality and technical excellence which aligns with our own heritage, and we are very excited to find out what can be achieved together.”
Paul Ladislaus, Chief Technology Officer for First Graphene Ltd., said, “M&I Materials are a very innovative supplier of formulated products to specialist markets around the world. As materials scientists, they understand the potential of graphene materials for their product range and we are pleased to be able to support their evaluation of the performance of our PureGRAPH® products in their systems.”
James Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Graphene@Manchester said “This is exactly the type of development that the GEIC is designed to deliver, in terms of enabling two innovative local companies to collaborate together in the graphene space. In these uncertain times I am pleased that the GEIC can support collaborations like these, which I am sure will have a positive impact in our region and the wider United Kingdom.”
David Hilton, Head of Business Development Advanced Manufacturing of MIDAS commented “It’s great to see two locally based SME’s collaborating in Manchester, the hub of Advanced Manufacturing, and home of Graphene. Midas have been delighted to support First Graphene on their journey in Greater Manchester.”