Vorbeck Media Coverage
Vorbeck-Reliance agreement to develop rubber products covered by Rubber & Plastics News
November 9, 2016
Rubber & Plastics News covers Vorbeck agreement with Reliance to develop rubber products.
Vorbeck produces graphene products for applications in antennas, RFID, wearables, next-generation battery development, composites and conductive inks. The firm was born out of a Princeton Research Lab. Its headquarters and manufacturing plant are located in Jessup, just south of Baltimore.
Its research and development is still housed in Princeton, N.J. The firm employs about 100.
Reliance said the partnership opens the door to many potential applications. The firm's strong presence in Asia and India was attractive to Vorbeck. Production will take place in both India and the U.S.
“In looking at the rubber industry, we had a number of interesting developments,” Vorbeck CEO John Lettow said. “It's an industry where scale is important and Reliance is a major manufacturer of synthetic rubber and plastics. In partnering with them it allows us to bring a scale to the products that, as a smaller company, we wouldn't have otherwise. They also have been aggressive about innovation. So there's a nice match in terms of their drive to innovate and add value to the products that they make along with Vorbeck's history of grapheme-enhanced products.”
The tire industry is one where Lettow believes graphene will have a significant impact, but the executive stressed the partnership is not limited to any one industry as he believes Vorbeck's graphene can impact a number of different areas throughout rubber.
“One of the key things we have found is providing grapheme-based products rather than graphene as a raw material,” Lettow said. “The potential for graphene-based products is over $10 billion in terms of the industries that it could impact when you look at the potential impact it could have in tires, hoses, seals and gaskets, and also in wearable electronics and the defense industry. It's a material with enormous market potential.”
Vorbeck already has developed the first product in its new family of graphene-enhanced engineered elastomer products, Vor-flex 50, which is an HNBR rubber modified with Vorbeck's Vor-x graphene. The firm said the graphene provides Vor-flex 50 with extreme strength at low deformation and the ability to withstand temperature spikes up to 200°F.
The new product has a nominal tensile strength of 3,500 psi and a Shore A hardness of 88. The firm said Vorflex is ideal for making custom gaskets designed for severe applications because the material provides a tough seal and is resistant to chemicals and fuels.
Read more: Vorbeck, Reliance to develop graphene rubber products (registration required)
Vorbeck fibers and fabrics featured in Smart Manufacturing
July 11, 2016
Smart Manufacturing covers Vorbeck's use of its graphene-based technology in such disparate applications as:
- Flexible conformal antenna systems for aerospace applications.
- Communications antennas that can be concealed backpacks used by military members in the field.
- Wearable sensors and devices, such as those that measure heart rate and temperature through the wearer's shirt.
- RFID antennas that can be used in defense and commercial logistics operations.
- Reducing the rolling resistance of tires.
Read more: The Global Yarns Race Is On
Vorbeck and Bluewater Defence introduce wearable antennas at AUSA
October 14, 2015
Soldier Systems reports on the wearable antennas introduced by Bluewater Defense and Vorbeck at the AUSA Annual Meeting.
"The technology is a printed graphene broadband antenna on a thin substrate that can be encapsulated between pieces of fabric for concealment into clothing or equipment. Testing indicates it doubles the range of a cell phone."
Vorbeck featured in a Voice of America segment on graphene
March 22, 2015
Voice of America video features Vorbeck and its products, including conductive inks, printed electronics, antennas, RFIDs, wearables, and microphones.
Read more: Graphene: The Material of the 21st Century
Vorbeck quoted in a Chemical and Engineering News article on the use of graphene in supercapacitors
February 2, 2015
"Graphene maker Vorbeck is hoping that the time is coming for its materials in supercapacitors, according to President John Lettow. The firm licensed its graphene technology from Princeton University and is now working with the school on supercapacitor development."
Read more: Supercapacitor Makers Charge Ahead: Materials research advances promise to make the energy storage device a complement to batteries
Washington Post article highlights Vorbeck's wearable technology
January 1, 2015
The Washington Post highlights Vorbeck's wearable technology products on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, including mass produced apparel and full-body suits for racecar drivers.
"The company’s president, John Lettow, declined to share the names of Vorbeck’s business customers, but he said the company has been working with wearable technology for two to three years. “We’ve really been working to refine technology for true mass production in the apparel industry,” he said. Instead of a “T-shirt that can monitor all kinds of things but costs $300,” Vorbeck aims to help businesses reduce the price to, say, $30 or $40."
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin visits Vorbeck Materials on "Made in Maryland" Jobs tour
July 18, 2014
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) visited Vorbeck as part of his "Made in Maryland" jobs tour.
“'Vorbeck Materials is at the forefront of turning science fiction into a reality while creating quality jobs for Marylanders. Through innovation and a strong commitment to their employees, Vorbeck is a part of the reason why Maryland is a national hub for high-tech jobs. I want to ensure that the federal government continues to be a partner, not an obstacle, to their growth,' said Senator Cardin."
Vorbeck and Vor-ink™ featured in Printed Electronics World article on using graphene for printed electronics
February 17, 2014
"Less than two years ago, the only mention of using graphene for printing anything was in scientific and patent literature. But then, Vorbeck came out with their Vor-Ink series, and for the first time one could order a bucket of conductive graphene paint online. Vorbeck also patented graphene for use in conductive inks. Vorbeck's president appeared on BBC news, causing a graphene investment spree in the UK."
Read more: Graphene for printed electronics
Vorbeck's president, John Lettow, is interviewed by Globo News, Brazil's leading news program
October 22, 2013
CNN Money/Fortune video discusses Vorbeck's graphene battery technology
March 4, 2013
Watch here: The secret to making better batteries
Vorbeck wins Daily Record Innovator of the Year award
June 20, 2012
The Daily Record has recognized Vorbeck with its Innovator of the Year award as a Maryland company that has "created a product, service or process that has had a positive effect on [its] business, industry or community."