Austeng has collaborated with Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd (Imagine IM) in building the first commercial graphene plant in Australia. It was officially launched by local MP Sarah Henderson. The pilot plant will produce up to 10 tonnes of graphene per year, built for Imagine IM by Austeng.
Graphene is a revolutionary two dimensional atomic scale carbon material with unmatched properties and is expected to revolutionise industry and consumer products over the next twenty years. Graphene is widely seen as a new platform material for advanced manufacturing, wtih applications including electronics, fashion and sports wearable technology, mining, water conservation and purification, automotive structures and energy storage. Imagine IM has developed a graphene coating technology that enables the production of a world-first conductive geotextile that will be manufactured and launched into the Australian marketplace by Geofabrics Australasia later in 2016.
According to Ross George, MD of Austeng, “We were determined to be involved in bringing graphene manufacturing to Geelong, by fabricating Australia’s first commercial graphene manufacturing plant for Imagine IM. We love the vision that Imagine IM has and believe that building Imagine IM’s initial plant will lead to Austeng developing the skills and knowledge to build further plants that will be exported to the world. Phil Aitchison, COO and Head of R&D at Imagine IM, says, “This project has involved all roads leading to Geelong. Austeng came highly recommended as tech enablers and unrelatedly, we have undertaken R&D work at both CSIRO in Geelong and Deakin University. Geelong is one of the most innovative Australian cities in which to work”.
See Geelong Advertiser (15/06/2016) article here.
See Manufacturer’s Monthly article (April 2016) here.