Swansea, South Wales, 04 August, 2014 – Haydale, the company focused on enabling technology for the commercialisation of graphenes and other nanomaterials, has announced a major marketing agreement with planarTECH LLC (planarTECH) to accelerate the commercial application of its conductive inks, graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs), carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other high performance nanomaterial systems.
The non-exclusive agreement will significantly increase Haydale’s market presence across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Acknowledged as one of the fasted growing areas adopting nanotechnology, this agreement allows Haydale to directly market their conductive inks, GNPs, few layered graphenes (FLG), multi-walled carbon nanotubes and single/double walled carbon nanotubes.
Applications for the Haydale materials include energy harvesting (battery systems) and most notably printable conductive inks for flexible printed electronics, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and bio-medical sensors. The GNPs have been recently proven to improve structural strength and stiffness in epoxy composite systems for the aerospace and related industries.
With over 15 years of experience in the synthesis of CNTs and graphene, planarTECH has continually developed graphene process know how and connections to leading research institutions in Korea, the US and Europe. They will market and promote Haydale’s functionalised nanomaterial products to potential R&D customers and commercial partners specifically in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The remit of the agreement is to prioritise the development of sales and strategic partnership opportunities to facilitate Haydale’s growth and presence in the region.
Ray Gibbs, CEO at Haydale, commented: “The ability to fully commercialise graphenes has been a stumbling block for industry in recent times, particularly in the APAC region where the majority of patents for graphene-based applications originate. In our view, achieving good dispersions is the real key to commercialising these materials and recent third party results demonstrate that our technology works well. Our nanomaterial products are functionalised via a rapid, environmentally friendly and highly cost efficient technology which enables customised solutions to uniformly disperse nanomaterials within a target material – enhancing applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.”
He continued: “PlanarTECH has been a pioneer in providing process and analytical equipment for 2D materials synthesis such as graphene as well as process equipment for other nanomaterials. Their industry knowledge and connections are substantial with a track record of success in the region. This agreement will enable Haydale to significantly increase its presence in a major, rapidly growing market. We expect this agreement to allow a greater number of potential R&D customers to test and analyse our plasma functionalised materials for integration into their specific products and applications. We are excited to be working with the incredibly knowledgeable team at planarTECH – a team with in-depth experience of the graphene and 2D materials market landscape, as well as market entry advice and access to top-tier OEM partners across Asia.” Patrick Frantz, President &CEO of planarTECH, commented: “We’re very pleased to be working with Haydale to bring its unique plasma functionalisation technology to customers in Asia, and we’ve already seen strong interest in functionalisation services from CNT and graphene manufacturers. We believe that Haydale’s process will be a key factor in the success of the entire graphene industry.”
Following the discovery by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004, graphene has been heralded to revolutionise the 21st Century through its exceptional physical and mechanical properties in applications ranging from transparent electronics to supercapacitors and advanced batteries, high efficiency solar panels and ultra-strong composites. However, questions still remain over the commercial reality in delivering graphene and the relevance it has to real products and applications. In order to effectively utilise graphene and achieve its full potential, it must be functionalised, dispersed and easily incorporated into other materials and structures. Haydale’s plasma functionalisation technology overcomes the key barrier to the material’s commercialisation which industry is currently trying to overcome, offering the tailored surface modification of graphene nanomaterials whilst maintaining structural integrity.