MANCHESTER, England—First Graphene Ltd. has signed a two-year exclusive agreement with Australian work boot producer Steel Blue to supply PureGraph graphene and graphite products.
First Graphene and Steel Blue recently collaborated on the development of a manufacturing process to incorporate graphene into thermoplastic polyurethane masterbatches, according to a First Graphene press release.
The resulting polyurethanes are used to produce soles and other components of safety boots, the company said.
"The new supply agreement highlights the confidence that Steel Blue has in our PureGraph materials and in our ability to deliver large volumes of graphene over an extended period," Craig McGuckin, First Graphene managing director, said in a news release.
McGuckin also said the additives in PureGraph are a "key enabler in taking elastomers, composites, coatings and concrete to new levels of performance." The company, he said, is working with other customers across a number of sectors.
"As a result, we anticipate that the supply agreement with Steel Blue will be the first in a growing number to be signed during 2020," McGuckin said.