- First Graphene and Steel Blue to commence product development on graphene enhanced safety boot components.
- Steel Blue is Australia’s leading supplier of safety work boots.
Advanced materials company, First Graphene Limited (“FGR” or “the Company”) (ASX: FGR) is pleased to announce it has joined with Steel Blue for product development of graphene enhanced safety boots.
First Graphene and Steel Blue have begun jointly working on incorporating Graphene into existing and new materials of Steel Blue footwear to enhance performance and provide wearers with the latest in advanced materials benefits in safety foot wear.
In the oil and gas industries the toe cap is made of a composite to eliminate spark potential from steel caps. The addition of graphene to the composite toe cap may enhance the strength characteristics of the toe cap and provide further user benefits.
Enhancement of other boot components with the introduction of PureGRAPH™ will follow initial trials.
Background to Graphene in Footwear
Graphene products have been used successfully in commercial footwear products launched in the UK and Europe in 2018, giving the product improvements that come with graphene such as better strength, improved grip and reduced wear. Product lines include running shoes and bushwalking boots, with good customer acceptance. Thus, there is a commercial precedent for this application of graphene products. First Graphene believes its high quality PureGRAPH™ will prove to be an excellent additive in the product development with Steel Blue, leading to commercial scale sales of PureGRAPH™ in 2019.
FGR is delighted to be working with Australia’s leading supplier of work boots like FGR, Steel Blue is an Australian company and the world leader in its field of safety boots systems. We look forward to developing products which continue to enhance the reputations of both companies.
Craig McGuckin, Managing Director First Graphene Ltd.