First Graphene (ASX:FGR) on the Journey to Start a Plastics Revolution


Typically, when most people think about plastics, their mind likely reverts to their mundane daily uses, such as water bottles, grocery bags, maybe even the exterior framework of their smartphone. However, polymer-based materials offer utility in myriad applications, ranging from the inconsequential to the absolutely critical.

Because of the ever-evolving nature of polymer utilization, tremendous demand exists for boosting the base material’s overall strength, capacity and dexterity. Leading the research and development of performance-enhanced thermoplastic solutions is First Graphene (OTCMKTS:FGPHF) in partnership with the University of Warwick.

A specialist in its namesake material, First Graphene is one of the very few companies fostering its commercial applicability. Only one atom thick, graphene is incredibly small (essentially two dimensional) yet is 200 times stronger than steel. Thus, whoever can harness the full potential of this “wonder” material stands poised to deliver groundbreaking solutions for years if not decades to come.

Regarding thermoplastics, First Graphene’s proprietary PureGRAPH powders demonstrated in early studies with the University of Warwick that they disperse easily “into polymers with good flowability and processability. When added to engineering thermoplastics, PureGRAPH® graphene improves thermal conductivity and mechanical properties.”

While the science is exceptional, the potential commercial application for PureGRAPH could be even more remarkable. With enhanced polymers, manufacturers across the industrial spectrum can not only produce superior products, but they may also avoid unnecessary headaches.

Consider the case of Bayerische Motoren Werke (OTCMKTS:BMWYY), better known as BMW. Verified through a litany of consumer complaints, “thousands of early production N20 engines were manufactured with faulty internal plastic timing chain guides. Evidence indicates that defective polycarbonate compositions were utilized in the manufacturing process for the timing chain guide, and as a result over a very short period of time the rigid plastic guides would break down and deteriorate in the engine with little or no warning.”

Because the N20 engine (and also the N26 engine) went into multiple popular BMW models, angry customers naturally filed a class action lawsuit against the automaker. Really, the company was caught dead to rights, costing BMW significant expenses and perhaps more damagingly, brand tarnishing. However, this theoretically could have been avoided if BMW had access to graphene-reinforced polymer timing chain guides.

This is one of the core reasons why FGPHF stock stands out among the crowd of over-the-counter offerings. Yes, the equity unit is speculative and it may very well take some time for the commercial narrative to fully pan out.

Nevertheless, demand for next-generation materials — that is, compounds that are strong, sustainable and low cost — have surged as traditional solutions struggle to keep pace. Graphene has the real potential to address opportunity gaps in our technological trajectory, and First Graphene above all competitors has the credibility to see this through.

Disclosure: The author owns shares of FGPHF stock.

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