09. Jul 2024

A Revolutionary thermoplastic polyurethane masterbatch

A Revolutionary thermoplastic polyurethane masterbatch

Black Swan Graphene (Toronto, ON, Canada) announced the release of its fourth commercial Graphene Enhanced Masterbatch ("GEM") product, as it continues to deploy broad commercialization efforts.

This new thermoplastic polyurethane ("TPU") masterbatch is a revolutionary addition to the GraphCore 01 product line ("GraphCore"). TPU is a versatile polymer that combines the properties of rubber and plastic, making it an ideal material for a variety of applications ranging from industrial to consumer goods; inflatable products are particularly well suited for this new GEM.

Using this new GEM, Black Swan has demonstrated a 25% improvement in lightweighting capability, along with other mechanical performance improvements.

The Company has launched this year the GraphCore Graphene Nanoplatelet (GNP) dispersion and powder products. The GraphCore Powder (GC1004) is the core building block used in the four GEM products released to date:

  1. GEM X23M for use in Polypropylene, a commercial product typically used in the automotive industry for bumpers (fenders), interiors, battery casings and general packaging applications. The use of this Black Swan GEM can enhance impact resistance by approximately 20%;
  2. GEM S24M, also for use in Polypropylene, improves tensile properties typically in fibre applications, often used in textiles, ropes and composites;
  3. GEM D26M improves tensile properties of Polyamide Nylon 6, a versatile engineering plastic used in automotive under-hood applications, electrical component housing, seatbelts, industrial wire and cables; and
  4. GEMbB25K for use in thermoplastic polyurethane, typically used in applications such as fan belts, conveyer belts, mobile phone covers, cable covers, consumer goods and footwear. This Black Swan GEM enhances tensile strength and elasticity, resulting in a weight reduction of up to 25%, as demonstrated in specific applications.

Michael Edwards, Chief Operating Officer of Black Swan, commented: "We are pleased with the launch of our fourth commercial GEM product which has been through rigorous industrial trials and is commercially ready. We have garnered commercial interest from several potential customers, showcasing our new GEM’s applicability in various industries, including clothing, inflatables, and sporting goods. Swan Chemical Inc., one of Black Swan’s distributors targeting the United States, expects demand for the product, which is now available for shipment in volume from their warehouse in Akron, Ohio. We also anticipate further interest directly from customers in the near future."


For Forward-Looking Information see original press release.

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