Versarien collaborates with household goods manufacturer


Versarien plc the Cheltenham-headquartered advanced materials engineering group, has signed a collaboration with a FTSE listed European manufacturer and supplier of co‑manufactured and private label consumer products for the household and personal care markets.

The collaboration will see both parties working on a number of projects involving the incorporation of Versarien’s proprietary Nanene few layer graphene nano-platelets into polymer structures.  The hoped outcome could be a reduction in the impact of plastic packaging on the environment.

The collaboration will aim to provide alternative solutions for packaging and the enhancement of existing products using graphene-enhanced polymers.

Versarien and its collaboration partner, which has multiple manufacturing plants across Europe, will examine a number of formulations to assess the feasibility of nanocomposites in packaging solutions.  The key potential benefits of the use of graphene in these packaging systems is the increased performance of a moisture barrier, increased material strength and weight reduction, with a consequent reduction in plastic usage.  

Initially the focus will be on the development and evaluation of rigid materials for blow moulded bottles.  

Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, said:We are delighted to have signed this latest consumer goods collaboration.  The incorporation of graphene into packaging materials has the potential to reduce plastic usage, increase the mechanical strength of packaging materials and improve their ability to be recycled.  These are important goals for any consumer goods manufacturer as we all seek to reduce the impact of plastic packaging on the environment.”