Directa Plus was established in 2005 in Italy to develop innovative nanomaterial production processes. The company developed its own exfoliation process (which they call G+) that can be used to produce super-expanded graphite, pristine GNPs, water-dispersed GNPs and fine nanographite powder (all of them marketed under the G+ brand).
In 2014, the company inaugurated its 30-ton graphene plant in Lomazzo, Como. In April 2015 Directa Plus received a grant of €5.5 million. The company is involved with several projects and is providing its materials for textile makers, 3D printing, bicycle wheels and environmental applications.
Directa Plus is a public company that trades in the UK AIM (DCTA:L).
The latest Directa Plus graphene news:
Directa Plus announces "fantastic achievement" with partner NexTech's graphene-enhanced prototype battery
Directa Plus, which has recently signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with lithium sulphur batteries company NexTech Batteries, has announced that using its G+ pristine graphene nanoplatelets, NexTech managed to achieve more than 400 watt-hours per kilogram in a practical system, "the holy grail" for many battery applications.
NexTech produced several prototypes using its proprietary cathode and electrolyte materials producing 410Wh/kg of specific energy at a weight only slightly below 30 grams. For comparison, standard lithium-ion batteries have an energy density of 100-265 Wh/kg.
Directa Plus signs MoU with NexTech Batteries to supply graphene for lithium sulphur battery production
Italy-based Directa Plus recently signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with NexTech Batteries, a company active in the field of lithium sulphur batteries based in Nevada, US.
Under the terms of the agreement, Directa would supply its G+ graphene nanoplatelets to Nextech Batteries.
Directa Plus recently stated that its revenue has trebled in the first half of 2020, rising from €2.81 million in the six months to the end of June 2020, up from €894,693 in the first half of last year.
This impressive rise in revenue took place despite the constraints imposed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or was perhaps even assisted by it - in case some of this revenue rise took place due to Directa's new Co-mask which has gone from concept to production and sale in just a few months.
Directa Plus has signed a letter of intent with high-end furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau for leather development.
The collaboration will be for an initial two years with the aim of developing a new leather product which will use Directa Plus' graphene technology.
Directa Plus recently signed a technical and commercial agreement with automotive design and engineering firm Italdesign.
The partnership has been signed for an initial nine years to explore, test, and build automotive components that are enhanced by properties of the company's proprietary graphene technology. Applications could include car interiors, paints, and mechanical components.