Versarien plc, the Cheltenham-headquartered advanced materials engineering group, has opened a new US office and laboratory facility in Houston, Texas, which is designed to act as a hub for the Company’s activities in North America.
The new new US hub has already enabled the company to accelerate its progress in North America with new partners, in addition to the work it has been undertaking with the US National Graphene Association and various existing collaboration partners in the region.
New agreements that have been recently entered into with partners in North America, include an agreement with a US manufacturer of speciality plastic packaging and transportation vessels for volatile chemicals to explore the use of Versarien’s graphene to enhance these products, in particular to reduce weight and improve the barrier properties of the vessel materials and a collaboration agreement with a North American graphene-focussed company to investigate the addition of Versarien’s graphene to certain polymer resins for the production of products used in the consumer goods market.
The company has also announced two collaborations. One with a leading US producer of carbon nanotubes to explore the combination of Versarien’s graphene with carbon nanotubes to evaluate potential performance enhancements for a variety of products and systems, primarily in the fields of energy storage and polymer resins.
The second collaboration agreement is with NovoCarbon Corporation, a US-based, clean technology minerals processing company, supplying customers with innovative, high quality value-added carbon products. This collaboration agreement covers the establishment of graphene supply chain components to facilitate the use of the Company’s graphene products in the consumer goods and other sectors.
Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, said: “We are very pleased to have our dedicated facility in Houston up and running. This has enabled us to more efficiently progress a number of new and existing relationships and accelerate our traction in the US. We now have relationships with over 25 companies in North America, encompassing sectors as diverse as automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, oil & gas, sports equipment and speciality plastics.
“We continue to receive a high number of enquires for the supply of our graphene and other 2D materials from leading US companies and others globally. Versarien is now truly operating on a global basis and I look forward to providing further updates on our activities with our multiple collaboration partners in due course.”