Talga Resources has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Tata Steel UK to jointly explore opportunities across graphene supply, processing and development.
Talga, which is operating what is arguably the world’s highest grade NI 43-101 resource for graphite, is linking their emerging industrial scale graphene production to end-user Tata Steel’s growing large volume graphene coating innovations.
Each company will bear its own costs and the two will share in new arising intellectual property/product developments. Tata is a subsidiary of the Tata Group; a multinational industrial conglomerate with over 100 operating companies, operations in more than 100 countries, revenue in 2014 of over US$100 billion and a staff count exceeding 580,000 people worldwide.
The global paint and coatings markets currently use over 40 million tonnes of materials per annum and the benefits of graphene in the coatings market include the control of corrosion and being environmentally friendly.
Talga was recently accepted as the first Australian company to be accepted as an Associate Member of the European Union ‘Graphene Flagship’ program, the largest graphene research platform in the world and the EU’s biggest ever research initiative – a 10 year project with a EU1 billion dollar budget funded by the European Commission.
In addition to supporting Talga’s strategy of setting up a European production hub, the membership underlines the importance of Talga’s opportunity to remove the barriers to low cost production and enables widespread commercial graphene uptake.
According to Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson, “Following lengthy interactions and sample testing with the Tata Group, we are pleased they wish to continue a scale up of work under formal terms. On the back of our recent induction to the Graphene Flagship, I think this development underscores end-user perception of Talga’s bulk grapheme production potential.”
“The Tata Group has been an innovation leader in graphene for coatings and bulk applications for some time and its depth of knowledge around graphene applications is very mature…This agreement highlights the enactment of our partnering strategy, where we aim to work directly with end users capable of forming the largest market for our products,” said Thompson
Tata Steel Group is in charge of 150 subsidiary companies and leads global production of anti-corrosion coatings, internal plates and technologies.