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Imagine IM Opened First Commercial Graphene Manufacturing Plant in Australia

Australia: Imagine IM, one of the leading manufacturers of graphene-based coatings baes in Australia, has opened a commercial pilot plant for graphene production in Geelong. The plant was built by Australian Engineering Solutions Pty. Ltd ("Austeng"), a Geelong-based engineering company, for Imagine IM and is expected to produce about 10 tonnes of graphene per year. Graphene, a revolutionary 2D carbon material is anticipated to revolutionize the industry over next 20 years on the account of its advanced applications in mining, water conservation, electronics, energy storage, automotive structures and water purification. A graphene coating technology has been developed by Imagine IM which enables the production of conductive geotextile. This facility would be the world’s first conductive geotextile manufacturing plant and is anticipated to be launched in the Australia marketplace by the end of 2016 by Victorian-based Geofabrics Australasia.

TechSci Research depicts that this setup would strengthen the market position of Imagine IM in the country. Since graphene is witnessed to be a new platform for innovative manufacturing in fashion and sports wearable technology, electronics, energy storage and automotive. Consequently, this is expected to steer the demand for graphene in Australia, thereby aiding the business of Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd.

According to a recent report published by TechSci Research, Global Specialty Carbon Black Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020”, global specialty carbon black market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 6% during 2015 – 2020. Specialty carbon black finds majority application in plastics, printing inks and paints & coatings industry for pigmentation and imparting desired properties such as UV protection and conductivity. The market trends and developments encompassed in the report include Increasing Demand from Metallurgical Applications, Growing Use of Specialty Carbon Black in Textile Fiber, Increasing Demand from Metallurgical Applications, etc.

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