Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb (hexagons or chicken-wire) crystal lattice. Graphene is the world's strongest and most conductive material, and no wonder that researchers and professionals looked into graphene's potential across many applications, including sensors, batteries, conductors, displays, electronics, energy generation, medicine and more.
The commercialization of graphene is just in its infancy, but already dozens of new companies have been established to develop graphene based materials, applications, graphene production processes and other related activities.
There are many companies directly involved with graphene. Most of these companies are either private early stage companies or large companies in which graphene is just one business segment, but some pure-play graphene companies are public. Below we will list some potential graphene stocks for investors that wish to take part in the graphene revolution. For a more in-depth analysis of the possibility of investing in graphene, and a complete public companies listing, 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:
Versarien (AIM:VRS) is an advanced materials group leveraging proprietary technology to create innovative engineering solutions for its clients in a diverse range of industries - focusing on graphene materials.
Haydale (AIM:HAYD) is a UK-based supplier of functionalized graphene and related technologies. Haydale is mostly involved with graphene composite solutions and graphene-based inks. In 2016 Haydale acquired ACMC, a US-based silicon carbide whisker manufacturer.
Applied Graphene Materials (AIM: AGM) 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. AGM mainly targets graphene composites, coatings, lubricants, thermal management solutions and energy storage devices.
G6 Materials (TSX: GGG), formerly known as Graphene 3D Lab, focuses on development of high-performance graphene-enhanced materials.
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).
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The latest graphene stocks investing and financials news:
Australia-based Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) announced that it is undertaking an overnight marketed public offering of units of the Company, for gross proceeds of up to CDN$10 million ($8 million USD).
GMG says that the proceeds will be used to develop a commercial coin cell graphene aluminum-ion battery prototype, front end design and commence building of a battery manufacturing facility (subject to a successful prototype and a final investment decision) and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
Fubon Financial Holding, a Taiwan-based financial services business led by the Tsai family, has led a $64 million investment round in U.S. battery maker Nanotech Energy.
The U.S-based graphene materials supplier and graphene-enhanced batteries developer, Nanotech Energy, will use the new Series D funding to build a graphene battery manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada and open an European headquarters in Amsterdam. The Reno facility is reportedly due to open in the second half of 2022. Nanotech Energy also plans to increase capacity in its current Chico, California factory for graphene itself, graphene-based conductive inks, adhesives, shielding and silver nanowires.
Directa Plus has announced that its subsidiary, Setcar, has been awarded a €1.15 million grant under the EU's Regional Operational Program that supports small and medium-sized enterprises.
The grant will fund the purchase of additional equipment to be used in decontaminating oil and other substance tanks and to provide services for the clean-up of soils contaminated with petroleum products/pollutants.
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has announced the implementation of a key component of its technology roadmap, following a successful grant application supported by the Tees Valley Business Growth Fund (TVBGF), which supports SMEs in the Tees Valley to grow their business, improve productivity and stimulate local growth.
AGM has installed a new paint and coatings spray booth facility, using the funding secured, to facilitate accelerated internal research and customer developments, offer additional specialist training opportunities for staff, and enable AGM to complete projects more efficiently and with a broader scope.
Directa Plus recently announced that it has qualified for a total of €0.7 million in loans under the Italian government's Covid-19 recovery plan. The Company said it took advantage of the low-cost liquidity offered by the Italian Government, to accelerate its strategic program.
It said the funds were being provided in two tranches by Intesa Sanpaolo, being a €0.5 million loan and a €0.2 million leasing loan to fund the acquisition of new machinery for the company's production facility.