Versarien – the story so far

Developing new materials
Developing new materials

Versarien is an advanced engineering materials business, focused on developing valuable new materials and innovative new engineering solutions. SME caught up with CEO Neill Ricketts to find out more…

Tell me about your company – where did the idea come from? How did you get started?

Versarien’s story began in 2011, when Will Battrick (our co-founder & CTO) and I left our jobs in engineering to set up our own business in my garage. We decided to start the business out of frustration for how other businesses were being run, we wanted to manage ourselves and we knew, if we didn’t take the chance, there was a great opportunity that was going to be lost.

We have one hundred employees across four sites in Cheltenham, Oxford, Liverpool, and Manchester – the home of graphene, the world's first 2D material and a key component of our solution.

In addition to our four UK sites, we also operate widely overseas, in Korea, Singapore, China, San Francisco and a number of European countries.

Could you tell me a bit about your product/services range?

Versarien is an advanced engineering materials business, focused on developing valuable new materials and innovative new engineering solutions.

Our organisation comprises three operating companies: Versarien Technologies, which delivers thermal management solutions; Total Carbide, which supplies the oil and gas industry; and, 2-D Tech, which specialises in the supply of graphene products.

Our work in that latter field is particularly exciting, as we’re working with a hugely important scientific discovery which has potential use cases in numerous different devices. We are leading the commercialisation of graphene for the next generation of batteries, carbon-fibre composites and plastics.