UK chemicals manufacturer launches ‘revolutionary’ graphene aerosol

UK chemicals manufacturer James Briggs is launching a new anti-corrosion aerosol primer using graphene. The Manchester-based firm is hoping to ‘transform’ the automotive aerosol primer market with its new Graphene Anti-Corrosion Primer (part of its Hycote range), which will be launched in October.

The spray, developed in partnership with graphene technology firm Applied Graphene Materials, marks a significant milestone in the commercial use of graphene, a material originally discovered by scientists at the University of Manchester.

The product has been formulated to provide resistance to corrosion, with tests revealing a 10-fold increase in corrosion protection when compared with a standard primer. “This is an incredibly exciting launch for us that has the real potential to revolutionise the market,” said Paul Blackaby, James Briggs CEO.

“We’ve known for some time that graphene is a real ‘wonder material’, but its ability to add such powerful anti-corrosion properties to an aerosol primer has not been thoroughly explored until now.

“We have carried out an intensive programme of testing to ensure that we are bringing a significantly improved level of protection against corrosion and, importantly, that we are not compromising on quality or the product’s other key attributes.”

James Briggs’ new graphene spray is touted to have many benefits including fast-drying, high-build, easy-sanding and excellent adhesion to ferrous metal, aluminium, zintec and rigid plastics.

Blackaby added: “Our development included aggressive testing regimes such as industry standard salt spray testing over hundreds of hours and we’re extremely proud of the massive difference in durability when compared to standard products.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to bring forward this first-to-market product, created in the city where graphene was first discovered, and we are now looking for the next step-change in the performance of our other products that graphene can bring.”

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