Supporting Industry with Graphene Enhanced Face Masks

Graphene Enhanced Face Mask FFP2 R

This year, COVID-19 has interrupted the lives of us all. With countries enforcing lockdowns upon society, most businesses have been severely disrupted.

Towards the end of 2020, many businesses found ways to keep their workforce going with new social distancing rules in place, however a second wave once again inflicts trouble upon society and world economies. We have repeatedly heard stories from our business contacts about employees having to stay home in isolation due to a friend or family member either contracting COVID themselves, or simply due to a location they have visited. This is frustrating and a huge hindrance to those businesses and families involved and reinforces the need for us to protect our families and colleagues the best that we can.

We wanted to do something to support our customers and help fight coronavirus whilst governments around the world work with pharmaceutical companies and scientists to produce a safe vaccine.

Introducing Graphene Enhanced Face Masks!

We have been in discussions with Versarien PLC about a new range of Graphene Enhanced Face Masks that are better than a simple face covering. Engineered in the lab to meet FFP2 R ratings and enhanced with Graphene to help fight the spread of COVID-19, their products greatly reduce the risk of transmission and infection when compared to a simple face covering. To add to their filtration benefits, they are also one of the only FFP2 R reusable masks which offer an environmental benefit too.

We have set up a separate website to make the supply of these masks easy for anyone who wishes to purchase one or two for themselves, their family or friends. We are also working with them to produce large volumes of these masks for the workforce of large corporations where they wish to have their brand added to the mask!

Visit for more information and you will be able to order from the ONLINE SHOP for direct delivery to your door!

Let’s hope this will be over soon!



COVID-19 – An update from our Managing Director

As we supply our materials into a some key manufacturing sectors, we have gone the extra mile to remain open and continue supporting our clients without compromising the wellbeing of any staff. With our staff home office arrangements and as things currently stand in the UK, we are still able to maintain full social distancing practices and continue fulfilling orders throughout this period.

Please let us know if we can help you and take care during these challenging times.

ISO 9001:2015 Certification – Transition Audit Success

Industrial Abrasives Ltd is committed to to a strict set of procedures and systems laid out within our ISO9001 Quality Management System that meet the required standard and are audited annually by UKAS certified auditors URS.  In 2018 the 2008 version of the system expired and was replaced with the new 2015 version of the standard meaning a complete review and update to the QMS was required.

We are pleased to announce that following a successful audit, we are now certified to the new ISO9001:2015 standard meeting all of the requirements with no non-conformances found during our transition audit.

This QMS is a valued part of our business process and something our staff are committed to for the benefit of not only our customers but also suppliers and service providers.

Single use plastic reduction – Internal Review

In 2018 we carried out a review of single use plastics being used within our business, particularly in our packing and shipping department. With ongoing concern for the environment and with increased awareness of the unbelievable levels of plastic found in our oceans, we felt it was time to do something.

Following an internal review in November 2018 we introduced new types of packaging and packing fillers to replace bubblewrap and other plastic materials as far as possible as a first step within this process.

At the end of March following a review of this change so far, we estimate that we have reduced our use of single use plastics by 50% as a first step. New waste disposal procedures have also been introduced which have increased the amount of our waste that is now recycled.

In 2019 we plan to review this process even further and replace plastic for other alternative materials as far as is possible.

We would encourage all of our customers and suppliers or anyone reading this to take steps to support this global effort to clean-up and protect our environment for future generations.

Update 23/12/2019 – Since uploading this post we were contacted by Amy at SLO Active who shared a very interesting and in-depth article about plastic pollution. It’s very interesting and helps us better understand just how important this issue is. Take a look at the article ‘Plastic Pollution by Slo Active‘ at this link. Please note that we have no affiliation with SLO Active and the provided link is simply a reference to an online article that increases awareness of the issue of plastic pollution and the oceans. Facts and information on their website should be verified independently and decided upon by the reader.


indab- ‘Drill-Tip’ PCD (commonly referred to as Sandwich PCD)

Ongoing development of our ‘Drill-Tip’ PCD Grade (Commonly referred to as Sandwich PCD) has now produced some very positive results!

PCD Diamond Drill Tips







The processes involved in manufacturing this Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) material have been further improved in recent months and this is now paying off. Now with improved adhesion of the carbide to both sides of the central diamond layer, tool producers are seeing good results during the final grinding of the PCD cutting edge.

With the ongoing development of new composite materials for aerospace and other industries, tool producers face new challenges to develop tooling that offers fast and accurate performance with good tool-life for cutting and machining these complex materials. This is where our ‘Drill Tip’ PCD  can be advantageous especially in applications utilising such materials.

If you are a diamond tool manufacturer, please visit our webpage dedicated to the indab-PCD (Polycrystalline Diamond) product range.

Please feel free to contact us if you need more technical information.

Laser Cut Diamonds – Addition to our product range

Laser cut rounds 300x300

There has been a great advance in cutting technology over the last decade which now increases the possibilities to the diamond tool maker no end.  With the ability to now accurately cut natural diamonds to a close tolerance using laser technology, we can do things that were not easily possible in the past. As laser cutting machines have developed and become more widely used it has now become more affordable.

By using this technology to cut a mixture of natural and synthetic diamonds, we can now increase the range of products and services offered and work even more closely with our clients.

This month we have launched a new page on our website to include these laser cut industrial diamonds to demonstrate to our clients that we can efficiently offer this service and we look forward to supplying the industry with more of what it really needs in the coming months and years ahead.