Graphite was first mined in the Lake District fells of Northern England.
Scientists at The University of Manchester isolate graphene from graphite.
The Nobel Prize is awarded to the scientists for their ground-breaking experiments with graphene.
inov-8 launch the first-ever sports footwear to utilise graphene, delivering the world’s toughest grip.
One atom thick carbon sheet
200 x stronger than steel
Thin, light, flexible, with limitless potential
inov-8 COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL GRAPHENE INSTITUTE
Previously athletes had to choose between a sticky rubber that works well in wet or sweaty conditions but wears down quicker, and a harder rubber that is more durable but not quite as grippy. Through intensive research, hundreds of prototypes and thousands of hours of testing in both the field and laboratory, athletes now no longer need to compromise. The new rubber we have developed with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester allows us to smash the limits of grip
The G-SERIES range is made up of three different shoes, each meticulously designed to meet the needs of athletes. Each includes graphene-enhanced rubber outsoles that deliver the world’s toughest grip and Kevlar – a material used in bulletproof vests – on the uppers.