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TBA Protective Solutions leads the way in the advancement and manufacture of premium quality electrostatic discharge protection (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding products.

TBA Protective Solutions


Manufacturer of composites and EMI products.

Date engaged

April 2019


What does TBA do?

TBA Protective Solutions manufacture and distribute speciality materials and products for electrostatic protection, EMI Shielding, magnetic detection, thermal conductivity, thermal insulation, fire protection and friction.  

Who are your typical customers?

Blue chip electronics manufacturers, military electronics, petrochemicals and explosives companies, thermal insulation manufacturers, food manufacturers.

How did you discover the GEIC?

We were introduced by Matthew Kershaw from Tameside Council who suggested we make contact.

The challenge ...
Why did you initially engage with the GEIC?

We were interested in working with the team to research the use of nanotech based fire barriers and conductive thermoplastics.

What are you looking to improve in the product?

We are researching how the use of graphene can improve heat dissipation and performance characteristics of fire-barrier materials.

What do you hope graphene will deliver for your business?

Improving the heat dissipation of our products will allow them to act as fire barriers for longer and manage heat flow with better control.  

“The GEIC has provided TBA with a deeper insight and understanding of our novel fire-barrier development products and we look forward to developing our partnership as we engineer advances in this life-saving product, reducing the risks of future disasters.”

The engagement ...
How did the company engage with the GEIC?

We initially engaged through one of the GEIC breakfast events and soon began our project with Paul Wiper and Lisa Scullion from GEIC.

What exploratory work and testing was completed?

This phase largely involved several meetings and visits from both TBA and GEIC members to understand our products and capabilities and move towards a prototype.

Describe any prototypes that were created

We were able to create fire barrier samples of a size large enough to support a live-fire simulation, which allowed us to really understand how the material would perform.

The outcome ...
As a result of the phase 1 work, what was produced?

The teams completed their testing and a full characterisation and analysis report was produced, illustrating where we could see potential product improvements.

What findings were discovered from the project?

A full characterisation of the fire-barrier product was conducted to gain a deeper understanding of how graphene can help increase the tolerance to fire and heat in a real-world environment.

How will these finding help commercialise the product?

The data and images from the initial piece of work will be used to market the existing product and educate customers.

Next steps ...
What steps are required to take this to a commercial product?

We are now moving to a phase 2 with the GEIC team to perform large-scale accreditation tests, which will provide confidence and proof of performance.

How will the findings help commercialise the product?

It will allow us to scientifically demonstrate technological superiority over competition and help us evidence performance to our customers.

What are the timescales to get to a commercial product?

We are confident we can bring a product to market within the next 12-18 months.