The University of Manchester’s recently finished £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) has agreed to establish the first in a series of industrial partnerships. The center intends to use the industrial partnerships to accelerate the commercialization of graphene in Manchester.
First Graphene Ltd, Haydale Graphene Industries, and Versarien PLC have each agreed to partner with the GEIC in hopes of developing and commercializing graphene products and applications. The Masdar building near Manchester city center houses the GEIC. The center was recently handed over to University ownership from contractors ahead of an official opening later in the year.
James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester commented, “First Graphene, Haydale, and Versarien are the first companies to sign-up with the GEIC as a ‘Tier One’ partners. We anticipate that Tier One partners are likely to be larger SMEs and multinationals with interests that span multiple application domains.”
Tier One partnership benefits include access to world-leading expertise and experience along with specialist equipment within the GEIC to aid projects which will accelerate product and process development and market entry.
The University of Manchester is also in negotiations with several other companies for both Tier One and Tier Two partnerships. The Tier Two has been developed for engagement with smaller businesses as well as those businesses wanting to explore how graphene can benefit their business or product range.
“This initiative is attracting national and international collaboration partners to a world-renowned Graphene and nanomaterials research and development facility. We are looking forward to adding real value to potential and existing business partners looking for application-specific uplifts in improving performance across a range of products,” Baker said.