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Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb (hexagons or chicken-wire) crystal lattice. Researchers started to study Graphene in 2004, and since then they have found dozens of potential applications and exciting properties of this wonder material. Graphene is set to revolutionize a lot of industries, including sensors, batteries, conductors, displays, electronics, energy generation, medicine and more.

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Graphene is the strongest material ever developed - 200 times stronger than steel and tougher than a diamond. It's also the world's thinnest material, and it is flexible and transparent. Graphene is also the best heat and electricity conductor. As can be expected, the research community is very excited about this material, and the business world follows suit. The commercialization of graphene is just in its infancy, but already dozens of new companies have been established to develop graphene based material, graphene production processes and other related activities.

There are over a hundred companies directly involved with graphene. Many of these companies are private start-ups in early-stages, but some pure-play graphene companies are public. The following sections will list some of those companies, and also some other investment ideas. For a more in-depth analysis of the possibility of investing in graphene, and a complete public companies listing (there are over 15 of those as of early 2016), see our Graphene Investment Guide.

Pure-play graphene companies

In the past few years several graphene producers and graphene application developers started trading in stock exchanges around the world - mostly in Australia, Canada and the UK. Here we'll list some of those companies:

Haydale logoHaydale (AIM:HAYD) develops and markets carbon materials under the HDPlas brand. The company is currently focused on graphene composite solutions, and the company also developed and supplies metal-free graphene-based inks.

In October 2013 we posted an article explaining Haydale's business and technology.

Applied Graphene Materials logoApplied Graphene Materials was established in 2010 as a spin-off from Durham University to develop a new graphene synthesis method and produce graphene materials. AGM's technology is a unique patented scalable 'bottom-up' CVD approach to produce graphene. AGM is a public company that lists in the UK's AIM stock exchange (AIM:AGM).

AGM mainly targets graphene composites, coatings, lubricants, thermal management solutions and energy storage devices. In FY2015, AGM reported revenues of £41,000 (up from £4,000 pounds in FY2014) and a pretax loss of £4 million. AGM reported a significantly-broadened collaboration opportunity pipeline and provided over 120 evaluation samples to customers in more than 20 countries, and has plans to raise over £10 million.

Graphene 3D Labs logoGraphene 3D Labs (TSX:GGG) is focusing on development of high-performance graphene-enhanced materials for 3D printing. The company was spun-off Graphene Labs with support from Lomiko Metals (who holds 15% of the company). In August 2014 graphene 3D Lab went public after a reverse merger with Matnic Resources.

Other graphene investment options

Several large and public companies (such as Samsung, Intel, Nokia, IBM and Sony) are involved in graphene research. These companies may be on the forefront of graphene research - especially in high-end fields such as electronics and photonics - but graphene, even if successful, will probably represent a small portion of their business.

Another option is to invest in graphene production equipment. Aixtron AG, for example, is a provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry who offers the BM Pro systems (previously called Black Magic systems) that can be used to deposit graphene using both chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Aixtron trades in the NASDAQ (ticker:AIXG), but was recently acquired by Chinese fund. US-based CVD Equipment Corporation also offers graphene R&D and production equipment. CVD Equipment trades in the NASDAQ (ticker: CVV).

Another popular alternative is to invest in graphite miners. Some these companies are also eyeing graphene - planning to start graphene production or investing in graphene related companies. Interesting companies in this industry include Mason Graphite, Lomiko Metals and Elcora Resources. Most graphite miners are based in Australia and Canada.

Interested in graphene investing? our graphene investment guide includes detailed information on over a dozen public graphene companies.

Graphene investment discussion board

Graphene-Info hosts a discussion board focused on graphene investment. This is a great place to share knowledge and tips, learn of new investment options and news. Successful investment is all about knowledge!

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Latest graphene investing and financials news

Joint VC fund set up by China, GE and Samsung to support graphene-related startups

Oct 26, 2016

Shanghai’s Baoshan district government, in conjunction with General Electric, Samsung and Sabic, recently launched a 400 million yuan (US$59 million) venture capital fund to support startup companies set up by expats. The fund will invest in the development and applications of new materials, with a special focus on graphene.

The fund will aim to draw global professionals and the world’s leading graphene-related projects to Baoshan to create a major research hub to develop the graphene-enhanced products. Baoshan aims to lure at least 10,000 innovative and startup firms by the end of the year to set up in an area along seven stations of Metro Line 1 between Gongkang and Fujin stations.

Graphenea to take part in an ESPRC project on 2D materials for medical applications

Oct 26, 2016

Graphenea logoGraphenea recently announced its participation in a new project funded by EPSRC (the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences). The project 2D Materials for Next Generation Healthcare Technologies (2D-Health) started on October 1 st and will utilize £5.2 million of funding over the next 5 years.

The project will aim to explore how 2D materials can assist in tackling major health challenges, such as cancer, diabetes and dementia. 2D-Health is one of four major research grants awarded as part of the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies scheme, totaling £17.7 million, that will develop new technologies to address the health issues of an aging UK population.

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Grafoid enters agreement to sell its share in Braille Batteries

Oct 19, 2016

Grafoid logoMincom Capital has announced it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Grafoid to acquire Grafoid's 75% interest in Braille Holdings which owns Braille Battery. The proposed purchase price is $2 million USD, of which $1 million USD will be paid in cash and $1 million USD will be paid in shares issued to Grafoid from the treasury of Mincom. To fund this acquisition, Mincom plans to raise around $3 million USD.

Grafoid stated that "We see future market opportunities for high performing next generation batteries in the bus and truck manufacturing sectors and we see trends emerging in marine, aviation and medical equipment and other industrial sectors that might benefit from graphene-based energy solutions".

Haydale successfully raised £500,000 to finalize the ACMC deal

Oct 12, 2016

Haydale recently announced that it raised around £2 million to finance an acquisition, and that it intends to raise a further £500,000. Haydale now announced that the 2nd raise was heavily over-subscribed and it successfully raise those £500,000.

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Haydale is set to acquire ACMC, a US-based silicon carbide whisker manufacturer, for $7 million in a cash and shares deal, and to finance the deal Haydale raised the £2.6 million. Haydale believes that acquiring a complementary business offering significant growth potential and synergistic products is the best way to secure US business.

Graphene-Info's graphene investment forums - join the discussion!

Oct 04, 2016

Interest in graphene investment grows up, and our graphene investment guide, which lists over 15 public pure-play graphene companies, is a popular report. While our impartial graphene investment advice may be helpful - we wanted to remind everyone that we also host a graphene investment discussion board.

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The forum is open for everyone - to join the discussion simply contact us and we will provide a user name so you can comment and launch new discussions. The key to successful investing is knowledge - and we hope to create a community that shares tips, opinions and news - all focused on graphene investing of course.