Versarien’s Graphene-Wear™ Technology adopted by Umbro
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(VRS ) said the global sportswear brand Umbro will integrate its Graphene-Wear™ technology into its Elite Pro-Training Kit range, initially for the 2023 spring/summer collection.
The advanced engineering materials group has already been working on several projects with Umbro since 2018 and it said this integration is the first step to more products being launched.
As part of Umrbo’s 2023 spring/summer collection, the company’s Graphene-Wear™ ink formula will be printed on the inside of the new Elite Pro-Training Kit garments being sold.
Versarien explained that its Graphene-Wear™ formula features novel properties that will allow wearers “to experience enhanced thermal transmittance, increased moisture management, with improved drying rate, without compromising air or water vapour permeability.” The garments will also have Versarien’s Graphene-Wear™ trademark applied, it told investors.
To date, Versarien has already invested in extensive wearer trials in partnership with The University of Gloucester as part of its efforts to develop the Graphene-Wear™ technology.
This includes product testing to international standards with a recognised testing house and the publication of a white paper, all aimed at giving its partners confidence in the technology.
Colin Lomas, Head of Global Product for Umbro, commented: “As a brand, we are dedicated to constantly pushing the boundaries of our product innovation. In the nearly 100 years since Umbro was founded, we have created many world-firsts, such as the introduction of Sportswool and X-Static on football kits in the early 2000s or more recently the use of ProWeave on football boots. This is another major step forward for us and we are pleased that after a long experimentation phase with Versarien, we can now introduce this innovation.”
Versarien’s Chief Executive Officer, Neill Ricketts, said the company’s “Graphene-Wear™ is “a novel technology with benefits for the wearer in terms of performance and comfort.”
He commented: “This technology was developed in Manchester, which is also the home of Umbro. We are very excited to work with a brand with Umbro’s deep-running experience in performance products and we look forward to the products going on sale to consumers.”
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With Umbro dressing more than 120 football teams globally, players from teams such as West Ham United, Werder Bremen as well as England’s rugby union squad will train in a kit that incorporates technology from Versarien starting from next year as part of this latest project.
Versarien has collaborated with Umbro since 2018, and building on other projects with the retailer, the company said detailed that this is the first to lead to products being launched.
Since founding the company in 2010, Versarien’s leadership team have since established the business as one of the world’s leading developers of commercial uses of graphene. The company has grown rapidly since then, listing on the
London Stock Exchange in 2013. The Gloucestershire-based firm has also since emerged as a European player in Silicon Valley.
Today’s agreement forms part of Versarien’s ongoing efforts to establish joint ventures/ technology licensing agreements to global players as it seeks to drive worldwide sales.
“We’re attracting really big companies who have big aspirations to get this technology into their products. So we can develop great ideas, and then licence them to global companies who have the cash to scale quickly,” CEO Ricketts told Forbes in an interview last month.
Consumers and investors alike can expect to see Versarien’s Graphene-Wear™ technology integrated into Umrbo’s Elite Pro-Training Kit range in their 2023 spring/summer collection.
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