Advanced materials company, First Graphene Limited (“FGR” or “the Company”) (ASX: FGR) is pleased to advise it has received the Assessment Certificate for PureGRAPH®, which has been assessed under the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).
With the Department of the Environment and Energy sign off the issue of this certificate completes the registration process in Australia and places FGR in the unique position of being the only entity with regulatory approval to manufacture and sell graphene powders in Australia.
When combined with the previously granted REACH registration FGR is the only entity in the world with regulatory approval for the sale of up to 10 tonnes per annum of graphene powders in the UK and Europe and to sell out our capacity of graphene powders in Australia.
It is necessary for all producers, or potential producers and importers of graphene to complete the NICNAS application to notify the chemical/graphene. This involved providing items such as chemical characterisation, toxicology and environmental information, all of which required considerable research. An advantage of being a first mover is that once the new chemical is approved, it is kept confidential (not on the public or confidential inventory lists) for the first 5 years – this is called the ‘non-listing period’ and means First Graphene can import or manufacture the new chemical under this registration.
Craig McGuckin, Managing Director said “This completes the approval of our graphene materials in Australia. In conjunction with FGR’s REACH registration, it demonstrates our position as the leading ethical supplier of tonnage quantities of high-quality graphene products.”
About First Graphene Ltd (ASX: FGR)
First Graphene Ltd. is the leading supplier of high-performing, graphene products. The company has a robust manufacturing platform based upon captive supply of high-purity raw materials and an established 100 tonne/year graphene production
capacity. Commercial applications are now being progressed in composites, elastomers, fire retardancy, construction and energy storage. First Graphene Ltd. is publicly listed in Australia (ASX: FGR) and has a primary manufacturing base in Henderson, near Perth, WA. The company was recently incorporated in the UK as First Graphene (UK) Ltd. and is a Tier 1 partner at the
Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC), Manchester, UK.