• A world first in production of fit-for-purpose graphene dispersions for mass manufacturing applications
  • Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre announces $250,000 grant to support development of graphene-enabled smart materials
  • Graphene-coated textiles offer inexpensive sensors for IoT applications
  • Geelong-based operation will drive jobs growth in advanced materials

Craig Laundy, the Federal Assistant Minister for Industry, today formally opened Imagine Intelligent Materials’ new graphene factory in Geelong.

“Imagine IM has demonstrated a capacity to both develop and manufacture highly effective end products which have revolutionary implications for manufacturing industries in Australia,” said Laundy at the launch.

Laundy added that they were, “a great example of a regional manufacturer whose cutting-edge work was having an impact beyond the region.”

In a further show of confidence in Imagine IM and Geelong’s manufacturing capabilities, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre announced a $250,000 grant to co-fund projects commercialising graphene at an industrially-relevant scale.

“I view our commitment as a signal to Australian industry that this new generation of materials is where we can boost our impact in global competitiveness,” said the AMGC’s Managing Director, Dr Jens Goennemann.

“Smart graphene-coated geotextiles that can be used to line dams and report on leaks are already being used in Australia. These are the tip of the iceberg. Imagine how much more competitive the mining industry will become as these smart textiles become part of massive real-time sensing networks, able to report on the structural integrity of a dam wall.”

Imagine IM is a vertically integrated graphene company, undertaking research to create solutions for industry where graphene can help improve efficiency and reduce costs. It employs an approach that involves certification, licensing, manufacturing and data collection.

Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd, Suite 306, 414 Gardeners Road, Rosebery, NSW 2018 Australia , ACN 169 015 847

Chris Gilbey, CEO of Imagine IM said, “We are at an inflection point in the integration of graphene into manufacturing processes. Graphene is a game-changer allowing ‘dumb’ products and materials to become ‘smart’.

“Its integration into products will lead to manufacturers being able to generate larger top line revenues, improved margin contributions and higher return on capital invested. Better still, the IP is being created in Australia, by Australians, for the global market.’”

Imagine IM’s collaborative philosophy helped get the plant up and running so rapidly, said Ross George, Managing Director of Austeng, which assisted in developing the factory’s processes. He praised their approach as “very open”, and said it has been a pleasure to be a part of the company’s journey, which began in 2014.

“To me they represent a great way of how start-ups should work: we weren’t seen as a supplier; we were seen as part of a group. The plant represents all of that great team-building, and we’ve been delighted to help out as part of that team,” said George, adding that Imagine IM would strengthen the population of high-value, high-technology-oriented manufacturers within Geelong’s innovation ecosystem.

Imagine IM’s imgne® X3 graphene coating has been developed for and used on Geofabrics (Australasia)’s bidim C nonwoven geotextiles, producing a superior solution for leak detection in a CSG containment pond before commissioning. Over 10,000 square metres of this were installed in May. This points the way for increasingly sophisticated geotextiles, able to report on the structural health of infrastructure in real time.

Brendan Swifte, CEO, Geofabrics (Australasia), offered that, “Graphene is the magic mechanism by which we can accelerate IoT proliferation. This kind of technology, through all things mobile, with big data and cloud services, wasn’t available five years’ ago and with graphene it is fast becoming a reality.”

The factory opening and the support come during a month where Imagine IM’s progress gained significant momentum. This includes the launch of the three-year Graphene Supply Chain CRC-P program with Swinburne University, and an Innovation Grants Program grant of $100,000 from Transurban to develop a “smart road” solution.

For further information, please contact Chris Gilbey, CEO
Phone +61 (0) 414 223 763

Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd, Suite 306, 414 Gardeners Road, Rosebery, NSW 2018 Australia , ACN 169 015 847

Imagine Intelligent Materials Suite 306, 414 Gardeners Rd, Rosebery NSW 2018 http://www.imgne.com

About graphene:

Graphene’s discoverers were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010. Graphene is the first two-dimensional material and is classed as a “super-material” offering extremely high electrical and thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, strength, and impermeability to all gases.

About Imagine Intelligent Materials:

Imagine IM is a leading Australian developer of graphene-based applications for industrial textiles and fibres. It was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists and engineers led by Chris Gilbey and Phil Aitchison, with a vision to create disruptive products and solutions that leverage the promise of graphene. Imagine IM has an innovative certification and licensing model that ensures customers and licensees can be confident that their products will always perform to the standard necessary. Imagine IM is the first company in the world to develop conductive geosynthetic materials using functionalised graphene.