Graphene based, biocide-free marine coating first of its kind to be manufactured in Canada
May 11, 2023 (Halifax, Canada) — Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT) is moving to a new carbon neutral facility in Dartmouth. The company, which is focused on producing sustainable products for the maritime transportation sector, has outgrown its current 4,000 square foot space and is moving to a new 17,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility at 499 Wilkinson Avenue in Dartmouth. The additional space will allow GIT to create new eco-friendly production technologies, as well as expand further into Europe, Middle Eastern and Asian markets. Improvements are expected be completed by Fall 2023.
The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is contributing $950,000 (repayable) to help GIT establish operations in the new facility. This investment will also allow GIT to enhance production of its eco-friendly products – supporting the decarbonization goals of shipping and marine-focused organizations around the world.
“Companies in Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, like GIT, are developing ground-breaking clean technologies, and our government is here to support their efforts, every step of the way. We are committed to making strategic investments in Atlantic Canada’s cleantech sector to protect the environment, increase access to international markets, and lay the groundwork for future economic success,” said Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.
GIT offers a full range of easy-to-apply, smart, graphene-based marine coatings that deliver fuel efficiency, drive decarbonization and reduce underwater noise emissions. The line-up of XGIT branded biocide free coatings can also be applied and cleaned quickly to support operational efficiencies. GIT, which has a presence in Canada and Europe, and distribution centres in key areas around the globe, is well positioned to supply its coatings to the international marine transportation sector.
GIT was co-founded in 2017 by CEO Mo AlGermozi and CTO Dr. Marciel Gaier. The company now has 22 staff and plans to add another 15 by the end of 2023. From the start of the company, the ‘Made in Canada’ message has been key to their success. The founders feel Halifax is an ideal city to manufacture and ship their product to distribution centres around the world.
Mo AlGermozi, CEO at GIT stated, “We are grateful for this investment and the federal government’s continuous efforts to making greener shipping possible. We are very aligned on the need to decarbonize the shipping and marine sector, specifically in and around Canadian waters. This investment will directly go into our state-of-the-art carbon neutral production facility. We need to keep up with demand that is in part being driven by environmental restrictions and regulations going into place worldwide. We are putting Canada on the map as an environmentally friendly coatings provider.”
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