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 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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Latest graphene investing and financials news

NanoXplore and Martinrea to co-develop graphene-enhanced automotive products

Nov 16, 2017

NanoXplore recently reported that Martinrea International has made an investment in the Company and has become a shareholder of NanoXplore following participation in the equity financing which closed on August 2nd, 2017. Both companies have been working on product development since.

NanoXplore graphene composites

Martinrea is an international auto parts manufacturer with more than 14,000 employees at over 50 manufacturing and engineering facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Martinrea produces parts and assemblies, modules, fluid-management systems and offers lightweighting solutions, primarily for the automotive sector.

Raymor secures over $2 million to develop graphene-enhanced li-ion batteries

Nov 13, 2017

Raymor Industries recently reported that it secured a $2.3 million (2.9 million CAD) grant from the Canadian government to integrate graphene into lithium-ion batteries. Raymor also manufactures carbon nanotubes for the electronics industry, and its subsidiary NanoIntegris last year launched PureWave Graphene, a substrate-free graphene grown in a plasma reactor, whose specifications are said to approach those of CVD single-layer graphene.

The $2.3 million in Sustainable Development Technology Canada funding will help the company accelerate its research and development efforts on the project, which has the potential to create batteries that perform better and last longer.

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Versarien successfully completes latest fundraising

Nov 07, 2017

Versarien recently announced a fundraising to raise approximately £1.2 million, Now, the Company stated that it has successfully completed the fundraising, which "received a very strong response and was oversubscribed".

Given the demand, Versarien decided to increase the size of the fundraising, which will result in gross proceeds, before expenses, of £2,906,047. The Company will use the proceeds of the fundraising to purchase capital equipment and provide working capital to enable the various existing and prospective graphene related collaborations with global OEMs to be progressed. The intended capital equipment purchases are designed to enable the Company to increase the production capacity of its proprietary Nanene few layer graphene nano-platelets by a factor of approximately ten.

Versarien reports on potential collaborations to further Nanene development and gets set to raise £1.2 Million

Nov 05, 2017

Versarien LogoAdvanced material solutions company Versarien updated that it is currently in advanced negotiations with two of the world's "largest consumer groups" and expects to receive a first purchase order "imminently". The collaboration with these companies would involve research and development and testing of the company's Nanene few layer graphene nano-platelets in polymer structures.

Versarien also reported "record levels of interest in its graphene products" and also, said that it is set to raise £1.2 million before expenses by issuing new shares in the company. Proceeds will be used to purchase capital equipment and provide working capital to enable current graphene collaborations to continue.

Applied Graphene Materials announces a fundraising of £9 million and reports financial results

Oct 11, 2017

Applied Graphene Materials logoApplied Graphene Materials reported a fundraising of £9 million under a placing of shares. The company said the funds would be used to support its "joint development activity" with customers, development of its Structural Ink program and to provide working capital for scaling up production capacity.

The company also reported its financial results for the year ended July 31, with a loss that narrowed modestly to £4.3 million from £4.5 million the year prior. Revenue was £97,000 (up from £75,000 the year before). Cash on hand fell to £4.7 million at the end of July from £7.7 million the year before.

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