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.

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.

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Haydale says its FY2018 revenues will be 15-20% higher than FY2017, lower than what it expected earlier

Haydale announced that the company's revenues for FY2018 (which will end on June 2018) are expected to be around 15-20% higher the revenues generated in FY2017 (£3.0 million). This excludes grant income of around £0.85 million in FY2018.

This is lower than what the company expected earlier, and the company's loss will be about the same as in FY2017. At the end of May 2018, Haydale had £5.6 million in cash and equivalents.

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ZincNyx to receive grant to study use of graphene-based materials in its zinc-air energy storage technology

MGX Minerals' energy storage subsidiary ZincNyx Energy Solutions will be looking at the use of graphene-based materials to incorporate in its battery technology. ZincNyx and its research partners have secured a grant of CAD$580,000 (around $446,000 USD) from Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) over the next three years to develop 'nanostructured material' for the next generation of Zinc-air energy storage.

ZincNyx has developed a modular storage system using zinc and air to store energy, which has none of the traditional high cost battery commodities such as lithium, vanadium or cobalt. ''Graphene is getting a lot of attention for many applications, but is particularly promising for electrochemical reactions since it can perform on par with traditionally used platinum'' said project lead Professor Jeff Gostick of the University of Waterloo, Calgary, Canada.

Paragraf closes second tranche of seed funding round

Paragraf logo imageParagraf, a Cambridge University graphene spin-out that focuses on the production of graphene and other 2D materials and the development of devices based on these materials, has announced the closure of a second tranche ‎within its seed funding round.

In September 2017, Paragraf closed a £2.64 million seed round to support the development of its first major products. The round was led by Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialization arm of the University of Cambridge, with the participation of Parkwalk Advisors, Amadeus Capital Partners, IQ Capital Partners, Martlet, the investment arm of Marshall of Cambridge Group, and a small group of angel investors. Now, a second tranche was closed, raising an additional sum of £260,000.

Directa Plus reports its financial results for 2017, with revenues up more than 50%

Directa Plus reported its financial results for 2017. Revenues were €1.23 million, up more than 50% from €0.82 million in 2016. Revenues from graphene products and services increased 29% (to €0.95 million). The company lost €3.16 million in 2017 (down from €3.67 million in 2016). At the end of 2017, Directa Plus had €6.9 million in cash and equivalents.

Directa Plus completes successful Grafysorber field test with OMV Petrom image

Directa says that in 2017 its customer list more then doubled to 35 active customers (up from 16 in 2016). Looking ahead to 2018, the company expects to increase its revenues from existing clients - and to have new customers that order commercial materials.

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