Thomas Swan looks to new markets

Thomas Swan looks to new markets

Family-run chemicals business Thomas Swan is looking to break into new markets after forming a unique partnership with Northumbria University’s Newcastle Business School.

The County Durham-based firm wants to improve its understanding of potential new markets for a new range of advanced materials which include graphene; which is 200 times stronger than steel, thinner than a sheet of paper, and more conductive than copper.

Scientists are only just beginning to explore the many possible uses of graphene; which includes the ultra-fast charging of batteries, faster flash memory, bendable batteries and bionic devices that can connect directly to your body’s neurons.

Today the graphene industry is recognised as having large potential but no well-developed markets. This new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) will help Thomas Swan take advantage of these opportunities with a talented graduate working alongside the firm.

The manufacturer intends to create wealth through innovation and has chosen to work with Newcastle Business School, at Northumbria University, for the first time to transfer these new technologies into the marketplace.

Andy Goodwin, commercial director advanced materials at Thomas Swan, said: “This is a great opportunity for both Thomas Swan and the research associate to jointly develop our strategic marketing skills for the commercialisation of new materials such as graphene with the fully engaged support of a leading UK business school.”

The project is supported by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, which is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  

It works with people, companies and partner organisations to develop and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.


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