Universal Matter UK Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Matter Inc., has agreed to acquire all shares of Applied Graphene Materials UK Limited (“AGM UK”) and Applied Graphene Materials LLC (“AGM US”), the main operating subsidiaries of Applied Graphene Materials plc for a total consideration of US$1.3M. With the sale and purchase agreements relating to this transaction having been signed on February 21, 2023, the anticipated completion of the transaction is conditional on AGM shareholder approval and UK NSI Act approval.

Universal Matter Inc. (UMI), a privately held Canadian Corporation, was formed in July 2019.  UMI is a high-tech advanced materials company seeking to create strong circular economies by upcycling a range of carbon-based materials, including waste streams, to manufacture and supply high quality and sustainable turbostratic graphene (TG). 

UMI’s proprietary Flash Joule Heating (FJH) process can uniquely transform a wide variety of carbon-containing feedstocks into high value graphene materials using its highly efficient and low-cost manufacturing process. UMI’s unique pathway for producing graphene is strongly protected by background IP and trade secrets that the company has built up during the last three years. UMI operates its Innovation Centers in Mississauga ON and Houston TX; the company has recently acquired a 18,000 square foot building in Burlington ON for housing its Demonstration Plant. The Demonstration Plant is expected to be operational in the 3rd quarter of 2023 with a nameplate capacity of ~1t/day at full utilization. The combination of feedstock flexibility and the FJH process technology can produce tuneable graphene products with a wide range of physical properties. This is instrumental in providing performance benefits across diverse end-use applications. 

John van Leeuwen, CEO of Universal Matter, noted, “our proposed acquisition of AGM fits exceptionally well with UMI’s growth strategy by significantly enhancing our dispersion and application capabilities for advanced paints and coatings.  Moreover, it will provide UMI with an important European footprint for strengthening our growth potential through AGM’s established distributor network.”

AGM’s market leading product technologies have been designed to deliver next generation performance requirements for protective industrial coatings and other applications. This includes graphene dispersion technologies, application and formulating know-how, and compelling test results to support market adoption in coatings, composites and beyond. In addition, the AGM dispersion solutions are easy to use, safe to use in industrial settings, and have appropriate regulatory approvals for volume deployment. AGM’s platform dispersion technology will be further leveraged to enable the deployment of graphene materials into many of the strategic market segments that UMI is pursuing. AGM’s strong pipeline of ongoing customer engagements for evaluating its products and technologies will significantly accelerate UMI’s overall product/market adoption strategies.

The combined capabilities enabled by this acquisition will provide an outstanding opportunity for accelerating the growth of novel graphene-based solutions by utilizing UMI’s proprietary graphene capabilities and AGM’s dispersion platform technologies. This synergistic combination will also help create a compelling value proposition for many industries by further capitalizing on UMI’s unique FJH process for upcycling carbon waste into high-performance, sustainable graphene solutions.

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In November 2022, the Company announced the initiation of a strategic review, including consideration of the options available to maximise value for the Company’s shareholders and other stakeholders.

On December 28th 2022, the Board issues an update confirming that various non-binding indicative proposals have now been received from interested parties for the sale of the Group’s trade and assets or of the shares in the Group’s main operating subsidiary.

The full announcement can be found here

AGM has launched a ground-breaking new range of eco-friendly graphene nanoplatelet dispersions that will enable paints, coatings and composite materials customers to improve the sustainability of their product formulations in response to growing market pressures.

Materials suppliers are being driven to invest in biobased innovation as customers and their end consumers become increasingly aware of the safety and environmental impact of the raw materials they use. Growing pressure to comply with stringent health and safety legislation and demonstrate a reduced environmental impact is forcing manufacturers to progressively introduce bioderived alternatives to traditional chemicals.

All ten of the top ten coatings companies by global sales now offer eco-friendly products with low-VOC emissions, and the reduction or replacement of traditional solvents is now a high priority.

AGM’s Genable 1700 series of eco-friendly graphene nanoplatelet dispersions are based on the Company’s well-established Genable graphene dispersion technology, which is already proven to deliver significant performance uplifts such as chemical resistance, barrier and anti-corrosion properties. 

The new Genable 1700 series of dispersions are integrated with a selection of certified, fully biobased solvents and resins available in the market, including Cyrene™ (dihydrolevoglucosenone), an award-winning biorenewable solvent, and industry-leading renewable resins Entropy Resin One and Entropy Resin CCR, a solvent-free liquid epoxy resin and a solvent-free hydroxy functional polyester.

The Genable 1700 series product range is now available for sampling evaluation by customers for use in a wide range of liquid coatings and composite materials formulating applications.

For more information click HERE

Applied Graphene Materials is pleased to announce that trading in the Company’s Ordinary Shares will begin today on the OTCQX Best Market, in the United States, under the ticker symbol “APGMF”.

Trading on OTCQX Best Market is an important step for AGM. In addition to the Company’s AIM listing, it provides the Company with exposure to a wider audience of potential investors by easing cross-border trading for US investors.

Further information can be found at www.otcmarkets.com/learn/market-101. This listing is not a capital raise and AGM will continue to trade on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “AGM”.

“I am delighted that AGM has satisfied the criteria to trade on the OTCQX Best Market, the highest tier of the OTC Markets Group. By trading on OTCQX Best, we look forward to providing greater access to our shares to institutional and retail investors in the USA, an important commercial region for AGM, where we continue to develop a growing number of opportunities with innovative local and global customers.”

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive of Applied Graphene Materials,

Applied Graphene Materials plc (AIM: AGM), the producer of speciality graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, confirms that, further to its announcements of 26 January 2021 and 27 January 2021, it has posted a circular to Shareholders setting out details of the Fundraising.

The Circular includes a notice of a general meeting to be held in connection with the Second Placing, to be held at 11:00 a.m. on 12 February 2021 at Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP.

A copy of the Circular is available to download here or at https://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com/investors/.

Unless otherwise defined, all capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement shall have the meaning given to them in the Circular.

On January 26th 2021, AGM announced the launch of a fundraise, the details are:

Applied Graphene – Proposed Placing to raise £5.5 million

Applied Graphene – PrimaryBid.com Offer

Applied Graphene – Close of Accelerated Bookbuild & PrimaryBid Offer

Applied Graphene – Result of Fundraise

The Approval represents a major milestone for the adoption and use of graphene in the EU

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE: AGM), is delighted to announce that approval has been granted by ECHA, the European Chemical Agency, for a volume threshold of 1 to 10 tonnes of powder usage per annum of graphene products supplied by individual members of the Graphene REACH registration consortium, of which AGM is a founding member.

Following a rigorous evaluation of the range of graphene materials which each consortium member offers, and completion of the final submission documents to ECHA towards the end of 2020, the successful outcome represents a major milestone for the graphene industry and enables consortium members such as AGM to supply quantities of graphene materials in volume. The tonnage band registration of 1 to 10 tonnes p.a. provides confidence in the potential for volume quantity use of graphene materials in the range of applications which consortium members including AGM are pursuing. 

“I am delighted to announce the successful REACH registration for this volume tonnage band, which represents the culmination of almost four years of work. Strategically, we identified the critical importance of regulatory registration to the long-term success of our business and have committed significant resources to achieve this result today. This registration underpins the effective and safe use of AGM’s graphene materials at higher volumes.  AGM continues to demonstrate the excellent utility of our graphene products with our customer engagements, and this registration will ensure we can meet our ambitions for larger volume orders as our commercial pipeline continues to develop.

I would like to recognise the tireless efforts of our Technical team as members of the graphene consortium who have pursued the substantial workload that is represented in this registration announcement.”

Adrian Potts, CEO of AGM 

For more information on the REACH regulations and the European Chemical Agency click here

If you would like to discuss how you can benefit from Graphene, please contact AGM here

Applied Graphene Materials, the producer of speciality graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is delighted to announce that its customer, Halo Autocare Limited, a leading innovator in car care products, has launched Graphene Alloy Wheel Wax as part of its EZ Car Care range of products. This is the second graphene-enhanced wax polish product launched by Halo Autocare as part of its Graphene Innovation Programme, which uses AGM’s Genable® graphene dispersion technology.

The microcrystalline wax-based polish is the result of the continued partnership and a rigorous testing programme delivered by Halo Autocare. This has produced a new product that delivers extended performance benefits, including improved thermal and chemical resistance to enhance coating durability further for demanding wheel and exhaust applications. The temperature resistance made possible through the new graphene nanoplatelet formulation helps with durability when alloy wheels heat up from consistent brake use. Combining these attributes with excellent barrier performance means that water spotting is also less likely to occur.

Graphene Alloy Wheel Wax, which is enhanced with AGM’s industry-leading Genable® graphene dispersion technology, is available online at https://www.ezcarcare.co.uk/ and represents a further milestone for both companies in bringing graphene nanoplatelet-based products to the wider market.

It is a great pleasure to see yet another product enhanced with AGM’s graphene dispersions coming to market, thanks to our ongoing customer collaboration and AGM’s easily applicable materials that can deliver transformational performance. Our graphene products have demonstrated exceptional performance in an increasingly broad range of applications and our focus on delivering graphene nanoplatelets in a format that makes them easy to adopt in practical applications is supporting continued product momentum.

Our strategy at this stage in our growth cycle has been to demonstrate the practical utility of graphene-based dispersions at innovative businesses that see the value of new technology opportunities. Halo fits this category well, as natural innovators in their field, with a focus on the commercialization of differentiated products. The development of our relationship with Halo Autocare is exciting and I look forward to seeing the commercial results of their current and future cutting-edge product launches.”

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM

Halo Autocare and our sister company Innovation Chem have been working to incorporate Graphene technology into our product ranges via our brand EZ Car Care. We are extremely proud to announce that we have successfully dispersed AGM’s ground breaking Genable® graphene dispersion into wax-based systems, a quick detailing spray and a cream sealant. 

We released our Graphene carnauba wax in October 2020 and we have had phenomenal feedback from our customers. The results have been excellent & during our vigorous R&D period testing has shown a great improvement with the addition of the Graphene dispersion. 

I hope that this is just the beginning for Graphene technology in the automotive sector and we will continue to push innovation within our field.

Darren Fleury, Managing Director of Halo Autocare Ltd

For more information about the success EZ Car Care visit our Customer Success Story

If you would like to discuss how you can benefit from Graphene, please contact AGM here

Applied Graphene Materials signs distribution agreement with Manho Polymers Co. Ltd., South Korea.

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), the producer of speciality graphene additives, is pleased to announce that it has signed a distribution agreement with Manho Polymers Co. Ltd. The agreement further extends AGM’s commercial focus directly into the coatings and polymers sectors across South Korea.

Manho Polymers is a leading chemicals distributor in South Korea with a history of delivering innovative products to the coatings and polymers market. The agreement enables AGM to access the fourth largest coatings market in the Asia region, estimated in 2018 to be producing in excess of 900 million litres of paint annually, with a market value of over USD4.6billion per year.

AGM and Manho Polymers have an exclusive agreement that will see the two companies collaborate on customer opportunities and introduce AGM’s proprietary Genable® graphene dispersions technology into the South Korean coatings and broader liquid resins markets.

“The agreement with ManHo Polymers in South Korea represents further major progress in the development of our global network of specialist distributors to our key customer market sectors. AGM’s strategy is to partner with outstanding, skilled, distribution companies with the right technical understanding and capability to effectively support customer engagement around our innovative graphene nanoplatelet technology. We look forward to working closely with ManHo Polymers to ensure their success in the significant South Korean market as they create opportunities for our products in the high-performance coatings and polymers spaces.”

Adrian Potts, CEO of AGM

“We are very glad to start cooperation with AGM. AGM is one of the leading innovators in graphene materials, with high potential and vision to change the future.

We are excited to introduce AGM’s graphene solution into South Korea, which is one the of biggest coating markets in Asia. Furthermore, we will do our best to contribute to AGM’s business by expanding its applications to new industries, such as batteries, semi-conductors, and electronics, which have a strong presence in our country. We look forward to developing our cooperation and to joint successes in South Korea.”

Min-Haeng Lee, CEO of Manho Polymer.

For more information please contact AGM here

OTC Virtual Investor Conference

Date: Thursday, December 3rd 2020

AGM’s CEO, Adrian Potts, had the pleasure of taking part at the recent OTC Innovation Investor Conference on Thursday, December 3rd.

To download Adrian’s presentation click on the image below:

Strong Progress with Market Leading Graphene Nanoplatelet Dispersion and Application Technology, Adrian Potts, 2020.

Applications & Industries

Our graphene and graphene dispersions are ideal for use across a number of applications and industries.

They can enhance existing products and enable higher performance across paints and coatings, batteries and energy storage, polymer composites and lubricants, waxes and polishes.

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