Puruvi Poddar, Business & Project Development, Tirupati Graphite (TGR.L) Interview

REACH Certification to Supply Graphite into EU/EEA

Tirupati Graphite plc, the fully integrated, revenue generative, specialist graphite producer and graphene developer with operations in Madagascar and India, is pleased to announce that its group company Tirupati Speciality Graphite Private Limited (‘TSG’), has been accorded REACH certification for its range of expandable graphite products for marketing and sales into the European Union/ European Economic Area (‘EU/EEA’).


·The European Chemicals Agency (‘ECHA’) has approved the Company’s REACH registration for its expandable graphite products, which includes its branded CarboflameX® and trademark pending GrafEN45545 product range.

· REACH Certification enables sale of its entire range of expandable graphite products into the EU/EEA and is a recognised international standard for these products globally.

·Commencing sales and bulk supplies to several large consumers of its expandable graphite products across the EU/EEA, having successfully completed pilot trials and qualifications.

·Increased demand for the Company’s expandable graphite products as users look to source products outside of China.

· REACH Certification also opens the doors for the Company to market and sell across the EU/EEA its newly developed foam manufacturing technology and product GrafEN45545, a product compliant with European Standard EN 45545 – Fire Protection on Railway Vehicles to Hazard Level 3. (see RNS dated 17 December 2020)

Shishir Poddar, CEO of Tirupati Graphite, said, “We are delighted that the ECHA has approved our REACH registration for our range of expandable graphite products, which have various applications like flame retardancy in construction, automobile and aerospace industries, gaskets and sealings, thermal management, flame retardant coatings and many more niche areas. Having already marketed and completed several pilot trials, this opens access for us to capitalise on the fast-growing appetite for these products in Europe where we anticipate ramping up sales, and into those countries globally that have adopted the REACH standard.

“Notably, the Company’s unique GrafEN45545 product is compliant with one of the most stringent flame retardancy and toxicity standards further adding value to our range of expandable graphite products. This bodes well given the upcoming UK Fire Safety Bill, which is targeted to address issues to ensure fire safety in all buildings. The registration will open more doors for us, in addition to qualifications already achieved and we expect additional successes from our foam technology collaborations.”

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