Anaerobic Digester gets the green light to power Thomas Swan site

Renewable energy is coming to the Thomas Swan site in Consett, which the company has occupied since 1926. Plans for a new Anaerobic Digester plant have now been approved, with all parties signed up and work on the project, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK for a chemicals company, already underway.

The new sustainable power plant, will stabilise electricity costs for one of the area’s leading employers and provide a safe, unobtrusive source of energy which uses maize and grass silage produced by farms in the region.

New reliable source of quality Graphene Products announced at Berlin show

This April, Thomas Swan will introduce two new high quality graphene products to the market at Printed Electronics Europe 2014 in Berlin, Germany: Elicarb® Graphene powder, a graphene nanoplatelet powder, and Elicarb® Dispersion (AQ), water/surfactant dispersed graphene nanoplatelets at a concentration of 1g/litre. Elicarb® Graphene products are manufactured via a proprietary graphite exfoliation route which was developed in collaboration with CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. The products are high conductivity graphene nanoplatelets, with average X-Y dimensions of 1000nm and are free from oxidation and catalyst residues.

New Classification for Pepton® Products

As Lead Registrant for Pepton® 22 under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), it is the responsibility of Thomas Swan & Co Ltd to ensure that the dossier is reviewed regularly and updated with new information. As a result of a recent review of new data that is now included in the dossier, it has been decided to change the classification of the registered substance. As a result, Pepton® products will no longer carry the Aquatic Chronic 1 classification – this will be replaced by Aquatic Chronic 4.

Proposed Amendment to Tentative Final Monograph for OTC Topical Antimicrobial Drug Products

The FDA announced in December 2013 that as part of its role in the regulation of the use and production of antimicrobial hand and body soaps and antimicrobial dish wash detergents it will be amending its tentative final monograph (TFM) over the coming months and years. The TFM currently provides the legal framework within which manufacturers of these particular soaps and detergents produce and promote their products in the USA.

Thomas Swan strengthens position as the leading supplier of single wall carbon nanotubes

Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. continues to build on its position as a world leading supplier of high quality Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes with the installation and commissioning of a new carbon nanotube purification plant. The new plant has a capacity of 500 kg/yr and will be used for the manufacture of Elicarb® SW Low Residue carbon nanotubes.

The plant is located at the Thomas Swan, Consett, UK manufacturing site and incorporates leading edge washing and filtration technology to deliver a consistent, high quality product to global customers. The plant was commissioned in September 2013 and is now manufacturing Elicarb® carbon nanotube products.

Secretary of State for Business, the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, visits Thomas Swan

This Monday (21 October 2013), Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. hosted the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, at its Consett site in the North East of England.

Dr Cable, who was making a wider tour of companies in the North East, arrived at Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. at 10am and met with representatives of the company including Tom Swan, the Chairman and Harry Swan, the Managing Director and great grandson of the company’s founder.