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Gratomic and TODAQ announce supply chain partnership to track commercial graphene from source to end consumer on the TODA protocol

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Monday, February 4, 2019
Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Gratomic Inc. and TODAQ Holdings are pleased to announce that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding describing the terms of a supply chain partnership to put Gratomic's supply chain and products on the TODA Protocol.

"The market for tires requires products that deliver fuel efficiency, safe handling, and extended wear.  Integrating Gratomic's operations and products onto the TODA-as-a-service ("TaaS") platform with TODAQ as a partner allows us to deliver the desired product efficiently and effectively into the customers hands, with the peace of mind of knowing what they own has been monitored from the raw material source through to the finished product,"said Gratomic's Chairman and co-CEO Sheldon Inwentash.

The project will focus on providing incontrovertible proof of provenance in respect of Gratomic's graphite supply and consequent synthesis of commercial nano engineered graphene products throughout the global graphene marketplace down to the end consumer. 

"We're pleased to add Gratomic as our mining partner alongside our other pharmaceutical and energy supply chain projects. TODAQ is looking forward to adding efficiency and security with scale to Gratomic's operations, providing a brand multiplier that adds confidence to products carrying liberated nano engineered graphene from Gratomic's dedicated graphite source, and of course addressing the potential for forgeries and fakes that can become a constant source of leakage," said Sung Soo Park, TODAQ Managing Director in Seoul.

The project will be rolled out in stages over 2019 as Gratomic brings its end products to market starting with first proof of concepts and staging to commercial delivery of its fuel efficient tire in collaboration with its development partner, Perpetuus Carbon Technologies.  

"Our Graphite mine in Namibia delivers some of the highest quality exceptionally friable graphite for ease of commercial processing. A methodology for monitoring which graphite source is processed into a specific product is a game changer," said Arno Brand, Gratomic's co-CEO.

It is expected that the complete project will span multiple continents with peer-to-peer cross-border settlement of transactions in less than a minute, and aim to efficiently demonstrate results that can commercially scale up looking into 2020. Later phases will also aim to include value-added trade finance services on the TaaS platform.

"The TODA Protocol ensures individual ownership of your own data and TODAQ is here to enable secure and efficient international trade and commoditize the settlement of value. The beauty of this project is that once a customer buys graphene ultra-efficient tires, they own that digital asset and embedded proof of the tire, without requiring any other intermediary including the mine, processor, manufacturing company, retail source or even TODAQ," said TODAQ CEO, Hassan Khan.

Tags:  Graphene  Gratomic  TODAQ Holdings 

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Gratomic to Launch New Graphene Ultra Efficient Tires

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Thursday, January 24, 2019
Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gratomic Inc. a vertically integrated graphite to graphenes, advanced materials company is pleased to announce the development of Gratomic's new Graphene Ultra Fuel Efficient Tires (GUET) with certification and terrain testing targeted for completion in Q3, 2019.

"Purely from a demand perspective, we have been pulled into a market which represents a very large opportunity for Gratomic. Simply put, our customers want what we have; high quality graphene. Not only are Hybrid Graphene enhanced tires fuel efficient, but they can also demonstrate better handling and longer life" commented Gratomic's Chairman and Co-CEO Sheldon Inwentash. "The GUET tire market represents a very large vertical for Gratomic which the Company will be vigorously pursuing in 2019, and beyond."

Gratomic recognizes the automotive tire market is large and is expected to grow to 2.5 billion tires by 2022. Gratomic looks to penetrate and disrupt the traditional means of tire production by providing graphene enabled GUET tires. To date, the global tire market has recognized that employing graphenes within tire treads, walls and the inner linings can make tires lighter, provide better grip and reduce rolling resistance to an extent that is not possible with existing tire compounds. On average, this would require 20 to 25 grams of graphene per tire. However, for the Industry, specification consistency and scaleability of supply have been limiting factors and to date have been the biggest constraints in commercializing Graphene.

Attributed to the right combination of geology at the mine and our processing partner, Gratomic strongly believes it can satisfy the supply demand of quality graphenes required for what the Company believes is the growing market demand for a new age economy tire. Gratomic is confident in its ability to deliver consistent quality and quantities of Graphenes to end users.

Gratomic has been able to achieve this through a unique collaboration agreement with its development partner Perpetuus Carbon Technologies who currently supplies substantial quantities of surface modified graphenes on a monthly basis to the tire industry through its Patented Plasma Process.

Ian Walters Director - Perpetuus Carbon Technologies Limited stated:

"Perpetuus' investigative analysis and characterization has concluded that the Graphenes derived from the Gratomic mine are highly friable, more so than any other graphite tested for purpose by the Perpetuus Labs. The liberated graphenes when functionalized have demonstrated excellent processability. Initial application in a host of end uses has demonstrated excellent suitability for a range of products. Most noteworthy are the excellent results generated when the Hybrid Graphenes are included in elastomers for tire construction. Perpetuus looks forward to working with Gratomic to launch probably the first range of Graphene enabled ultra fuel efficient tires."

Employing its dedicated facility for the patented Perpetuus plasma method Gratomic post plasma processing produces graphenes (less than 10 layers) of a high purity (CK 99.10%) derived from its Graphite Mine in Namibia.

Tags:  Automotive tyres  Graphene  Gratomic  Perpetuus  Tires 

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