Hubron in the News – Industry workshops aim to bridge graphene knowledge gap

Business leaders have been getting to grips with Manchester’s ‘wonder material’ in a series of industry workshops to mark Graphene Week.

Held at the £61m National Graphene Institute (NGI) in the city centre around 75 delegates were introduced to the commercial potential of the world’s thinnest material.

The series of lectures and networking opportunities were organised by the Business Growth Hub and University of Manchester to encourage local SMEs to explore the advantages of working with graphene.

Opening the session hub director Richard Jeffery described graphene as a’ huge opportunity for the city and beyond’ and integral to the ‘overall story of what Manchester is all about.’

He said: “The investment that is going on here makes Manchester one of the first places in the world that can take graphene right through the process from early research to commercial use.”

He also encouraged attendees to get the graphene story out to their networks after finding out what it meant for them and their businesses.

Before adding: “Devolution is going to enable us to offer an even more integrated approach to helping more companies.”

The morning session was split into four lectures encompassing electronics, composites, membranes and biomedical functions.

Ivan Buckley, project manager at the NGI described graphene as ‘the material of the future in a revolutionary city’.

This set the scene with presentations on how graphene could potentially be used for everything from roll up mobile phone technology to helping people walk again.

Academics admitted it is still early days for the ‘young’ material and there is a need to set a benchmark in the industry.

While business figures said they were looking for a ‘common language’ between scientists and industry experts to maximise the commercialisation of graphene.

Steve Bennett, a headhunter for Transition Plus in the north west said: “Perhaps the challenge for graphene is to develop mutually understandable language between business and academia.”

He also asked who was going to draw up the priorities for where graphene is going to be applied, as industry will be looking for a real return on the money.

“It is not a criticism but from a business point of view it has to have a return on investment and a clear priority.

“It is great to see the academic enthusiasm here and I think we should do anything we can to encourage that but the real challenge will be that business engagement.”

Dr Ania Servant, a knowledge exchange fellow at the institution said: “We can not determine where the killer application is going to come from, I think the priorities will come from industry rather than from here.”

While business director James Baker said a ‘common language’ is at the forefront of what the NGI is doing by bringing research together with the 42 industry partners at the university.

David Hardman of textile manufacturing company Lantex praised the workshops after attending to ‘learn more about the possible applications of graphene.’

Taking particular interest in the biomedical side, he said there was scope to combine fabrics with graphene-based products to target pain or inflammation in the body.

“Graphene is absolutely revolutionary and it has been a real eye-opener”, he added.

Failsworth masterbatch manufacturer Hubron also believe graphene can enhance their industry.

Business development director Derek Hepburn said they have the technology to put graphene into the process but it is still about finding an end market.

He said: “There is still a bit of skepticism coming from industry but I think everyone can recognise the potential for graphene.

“It is now about differences in cost and yield and whether to use pure graphene.”

Taken from Manchester Evening News, 22nd June 2015 by Lucy Roue

Hubron and Performance Colour Systems – a new force in Africa

Hubron (International) Limited is pleased to announce its new distribution partnership agreement with Performance Colour Systems Pty.

The new partnership becomes effective January 2015. Keith Simms, Managing Director of Hubron visited South Africa in January to meet with the Performance team and explore growth opportunities.

The Performance Colour Systems team hosted technical presentations in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, announcing the partnership between these two Masterbatch giants. Keith led the countywide visit with in-depth discussions about Black Masterbatch and related technologies.

Hubron has a black masterbatch manufacturing capacity of 35,000 tons per annum and has been supplying the South African market since 1997. The link with Performance will further ensure that our customers have additional stock locally available throughout South Africa, combined with excellent technical support.

Hubron has an extensive range based upon many different polymer carriers, which are suitable for a wide variety of applications and processes, including pipe, fibres, film, sheet, compounding and injection moulding.

Chad Francis, who heads up the PCS organisation mentioned just how important it is to stayed ahead of the technology frontier and keep on learning.

“Our suppliers, and the partnerships we create through these relationships are the ultimate differentiator”. Chad goes on to say that new ways of making quality material are a must for PCS to remain leaders in their industry.

The Hubron/Performance partnership is an exciting one, which could be a game changer in the Africa plastics market. The manufacture of granular Masterbatch is a challenging technology and these kinds of relationships are welcomed, and most certainly needed in South Africa.

Conductive Concentrates and Composites – Hubron Present at Masterbatch Asia 2015

Dr Derek Hepburn, Hubron’s Business Development Director presented to an enthusiastic audience in Singapore at the first AMI Masterbatch Asia conference.

The presentation covered the principle considerations needed when designing a polymer composite where conductivity or electromagnetic shielding is required. A full copy of the presentation is available on request using the contact tab on the Hubron website

Graphene Flagship

In 2013, The European Commission launched the EU’s biggest research initiative ever – The Graphene Flagship. A ten year, one billion Euro programme, striving to take graphene from academic laboratories to the market-place. This requires the active involvement of many players, including entrepreneurs and investors. As part of this initiative, a Graphene Connect workshop is taking place Monday 22 June, during Graphene Week in Manchester, UK (June 22 – 26 2015).

Hubron are pleased to be present at the event sharing its experience and knowledge of the use of Graphene, Graphite and Carbon nano tubes (CNT’s) in polymer compounds. Please see us during the event to discuss your needs and how we can offer you solutions for incorporating graphene-based products in polymers.

HUBRON AND BRENNTAG ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR TAIWAN

UNITED KINGDOM (15th May 2015) Hubron (International) Limited is pleased to announce that it has entered an agreement with BRENNTAG CHEMICALS CO. Ltd. appointing it as the sole distributor for their extensive range of Black Masterbatch and Conductive Compounds in Taiwan.

The new partnership with Brenntag in Taiwan, with its network of warehousing and experienced technical and commercial team, will ensure prompt local supply and easy access to a team able to competently advise on the optimal solution for customers requirements.

“With a broad range of complimentary products, a good technical and cultural fit and a strong focus and understanding of our customer’s needs we are extremely excited to be working with Brenntag in the region”, says Keith Simms, Hubron’s Managing Director. “We are confident that the partnership will add considerable value to the solutions we offer to our existing and new clients in Taiwan”

Hubron has a long and valued partnership with Brenntag where they are our distributors in Italy, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal.

HUBRON AND GME ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, INDONESIA AND VIETNAM

Hubron (International) Limited is pleased to announce that it has entered an agreement with GME CHEMICALS (S) PTE LTD for it to become its sole distributor for their extensive range for Black Masterbatch and Conductive Compounds in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
GME was established in 1999 and is the SEA’s leading regional distributor of Speciality Chemicals, Speciality Plastics and Elastomers.
The new partnership with GME, with its network of warehousing throughout the region together with its experienced technical and commercial team, will ensure prompt local supply and easy access to a team able to competently advise on the optimal solution for customers requirements.
“With a broad range of complimentary products, a good technical and cultural fit and a strong focus and understanding of our customer’s needs we are extremely excited to be working with GME in the region”, says Keith Simms, Hubron’s Managing Director. “We are confident that the partnership will add considerable value to the solutions we offer to our existing and new clients in the region”

Hubron and IMCD announce exclusive distribution agreement for Australia and New Zealand

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands (1 September, 2014) – IMCD N.V. is pleased to announce that it has entered an agreement with Hubron (International) Ltd to become the exclusive distributor for their extensive range of Black Masterbatch and Conductive Compounds in Australia and New Zealand.

Hubron is the world’s leading speciality manufacturer of fine dispersion Black Masterbatches, with an annual capacity of 35,000 tonnes and quality accreditation to ISO9001 and ISO 14001.

Hubron’s consistent high quality masterbatches encompass a broad range of base polymers such as PE, PP, PS and SAN, as well as universal grades and engineering grades including PA and PC. The Hubron range has been specifically developed for use within the production of polymer film such as agricultural, horticultural and geomembrane, pressure pipe, cable, sheet, general and engineering compounds, fibre, injection, and blow moulding.

The new partnership with IMCD, with its nationwide warehousing and experienced technical and commercial team, will ensure prompt local supply and easy access to a team able to competently advice customers on the right solution for their specific requirements.

IMCD has warehousing facilities and sales offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

IMCD will begin to manage the distribution of Hubron (International) Ltd products for all deliveries from October 1st 2014.

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It has been brought to our attention that fake job opportunities at Hubron have been advertised and promoted by fraudsters. Please be aware of the scam. If these offers were genuine, our company would NEVER ask you to pay any money upfront (e.g deposit on accommodation, visa administration fee, etc).

Please visit the website below to find out more about this type of fraud and how to report it to the authorities.

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Yours sincerely, Management Team , Hubron International Ltd

Hubron to partner with Color Chemie in France (EN)

We are pleased to announce that with effect from February 1st, 2013, Color Chemie France will act as the Distribution and Commercial Partner for the Hubron (International) Ltd range of black masterbatch in the French market. The move concentrates on strengthening Hubron’s position in France and will focus on making the company’s world-class black masterbatch range more easily available through Color Chemie. Hubron is excited to be able to work with such a focused Business Partner and the partnership arrangement has a significant potential to make both companies more accessible in several key market plastic sectors in France. All product sales will be supported by Hubron’s commercial and technical assistance in the region and both companies look forward to developing a mutually satisfactory and a long term business relationship.

Hubron is one of world’s leading manufacturers of black masterbatch, with ISO 9001 accreditation and a capacity of 35,000 tonnes per annum of which 85% is exported worldwide. Hubron has an extensive range of masterbatches for many applications, details of which can be seen on their website http://international.hubron.com

Color Chemie is a French company specialized since nearly 15 years in the distribution of pigments and dyestuffs for the masterbatches, compounds in plastic market as well as in paint and inks. Color Chemie thanks to their technical approach of the market and proximity to customers is becoming a recognized supplier in the French plastic industry which represents 60% of their annual turnover. The details of the product ranges can be found on the web site www.colorchemie.fr

Hubron (International) Ltd launches its new website

Hubron (International) Ltd, one of the leading black masterbatch and specialist conductive compound manufacturers in Europe, launched a brand new customer-focused website this month. The site, www.hubron.com, is designed to enhance Hubron’s brand and reinforce online communication channels.

Hubron (International) Ltd Managing Director Keith Simms says: “At Hubron we have always taken customer service seriously, talking and listening to our customers and taking their opinions on board. Over the last year we have conducted a research programme and the results have influenced the launch of a new website and its design and content”

With over 75 years experience in compounding Hubron (International) currently exports over 85% of masterbatch production through a world-wide network of Distribution Partners. The new site will help them to communicate with existing and prospective customers. Their annual production capacity is 35,000 tones and they have an extensive masterbatch range based upon a variety of carriers and suitable for a wide range of applications.

“Our Distribution Partners wanted to see online an overview of these applications and use it a sales tool when they visited prospective accounts in their local market”, “Prospective customers abroad need to know who is representing us in their local market in an easy and timely manner ” continues Keith Simms. “We are a successful, growing and strongly reliable company and are continually innovating and improving our products and services. The new website launch was a natural progression and we have incorporated web enabled features which will meet our customers requirements”.

Keith Simms concludes “Hubron will continue to communicate through the new website and via press releases and will also continue to refine our products and services to meet customer needs now and in the future ”

O’Brien Group acquires Whitaker Technical Plastics Ltd

UK-based private manufacturer O’Brien Group (OBG), which already has significant interests in the plastics industry including UK-based black masterbatch producer Hubron (International), has acquired Whitaker Technical Plastics (WTP), a manufacturer of highly specialised technical compounds.

WTP was founded in 1994 by Granville Whitaker who sadly passed away last year. It was established as a manufacturer of proprietary compounds for technically demanding applications in the automotive, electronics, telecommunications and aerospace industries. Traditionally WTP developed and supplied static dissipative and conductive compounds, but expanded its product portfolio into the growing market of natural and additive compounds.

The sales and marketing of the materials and services offered by WTP will be managed by Hubron (International), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of black masterbatch. Executives at Hubron (International) see the range and quality of products offered by WTP as an exciting addition to the company’s existing product range.