First Graphene joins forces with iconic Aussie work boots company to boost footwear safety
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Special Report: Advanced materials company First Graphene (ASX:FGR) is working in collaboration with iconic Aussie safety work boots maker Steel Blue to make graphene-enhanced safety boots.
Graphene is the world’s strongest material and First Graphene is one of very few listed ASX companies dedicated to commercialising the material.
It told investors today that it had begun working with Australian work boot manufacturer Steel Blue on incorporating graphene into existing and new materials of Steel Blue’s footwear products to enhance performance and provide wearers with increased peace of mind when it comes to safety.
Making a stronger, safer boot
Most work boots feature steel caps at the tip of the shoe to prevent workers from having their toes crushed. In the oil and gas industries, the cap is made of a composite to prevent spark potential from those made solely of steel.
First Graphene and Steel Blue are investigating whether the addition of graphene to the composite toe cap will enhance the strength of the cap and provide added safety and user benefits.
Initial trials will be followed by enhancement of other boot materials with First Graphene’s PureGRAPH product range.
Improving safety for Australian workers
It’s the latest project First Graphene has undertaken in strengthening products for Australian workers.
It has been working with mining and industry solution provider newGen to improve the protective polymer layer linings of critical mining equipment.
Graphene also has a history of use in strengthening footwear, giving First Graphene hope the Steel Blue partnership will lead to commercial-scale sales this year.
“We’re delighted to be working with Australia’s leading supplier of work boots,” FGR chief Craig McGuckin said.
“Like us, 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.”