12.16.16

Peters Tours XG Sciences, Highlights Legislation Supporting Small and Medium Manufacturers

LANSING, MI – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) today toured XG Sciences in Lansing to highlight bipartisan legislation he introduced, which unanimously passed the Senate, to improve advanced manufacturing by strengthening the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) – a public-private partnership dedicated to providing technical support and services to small and medium-sized manufacturers.

“Michigan manufacturers are pioneering groundbreaking research and developing innovative new products that will dramatically improve our lives,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased the Senate unanimously approved my bipartisan legislation that helps manufacturers and their employees innovate and thrive. Manufacturers like XG Sciences help drive economic growth and hire locally, and I’m proud to support programs like MEP that give Michigan businesses the tools they need to compete and succeed.”

“XG Sciences is a leading supplier of graphene nanoplatelets and value-added products containing graphene nanoplatelets, creating products that can be used in everything from lightweight composite materials to thermal coatings and energy storage,” said Dr. Phillip Rose, CEO of XG Sciences, Inc. “Our company has been honored to work with MMTC to improve our efficiency and streamline our production process so we can focus on making high quality materials for our customers. We were happy to welcome Senator Peters to XG Sciences, and we appreciate his efforts to help small manufacturers access the resources and support they need to grow, innovate and compete.”

Peters, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, is a strong supporter of Michigan’s manufacturing industry. Peters’ bipartisan American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which recently passed unanimously in the Senate, helps expand and strengthen the MEP program to reach more small and medium-sized manufacturers. MEP centers across the country offer resources that enable manufacturers to compete globally, support greater supply chain integration, and provide access to information, training, and technologies that improve efficiency, productivity and profitability. Michigan’s MEP affiliate, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), has provided advice and technical expertise to Michigan businesses like XG Sciences since 1991.

“MMTC is proud to work with businesses like XG Sciences that are keeping Michigan at the forefront of innovation and advanced manufacturing,” said Mike Coast, President and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC). “In just the last year, MMTC’s clients have created or retained more than 2,400 jobs, and Senator Peters’ efforts to strengthen the Manufacturing Extension Partnership will help us continue that work with more businesses across the state. I thank Senator Peters for his efforts to pass this legislation in the Senate so that Michigan manufacturers can continue to improve their performance, create new jobs and succeed on a global scale.” 

Formed in 2006, XG Sciences is a market leader in the design and manufacture of graphene nanoplatelets used in lightweight composite materials, energy storage systems and thermal coatings. Graphene nanoplatelets consist of ultrathin particles of graphite that are short stacks of graphene. Graphene, which was first discovered in 2014, is the thinnest material known, harder than diamonds, stronger and lighter than steel and more conductive than copper.

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