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 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.
Directa Plus has announced that its G+ graphene-enhanced facemasks, Co-mask, are now available for retail sale at a new, dedicated website.
“Since the dangers of COVID-19 first started to become apparent, Directa Plus has been determined to help with the fight against the disease, and to use the unique properties of graphene and the strength of Directa Plus’s IP portfolio to enhance personal protective equipment. The company redirected effort and resources in its Advanced Development Area, R&D facility, to achieve this,” Directa Plus said in a statement.
Highways contractor Amey and its client Kent County Council will be testing Gipave, an Italian graphene-based asphalt supermodifier said to extend pavement life.
The trial is taking place as part of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) Smart Places Live Labs programme funded by the Department for Transport of the UK.