Haydale recently declared the planned acquisition of Innophene, a Thailand-based graphene-enhanced conductive ink and composites manufacturer, in an all-share deal for approximately Â£311,665. The acquisition marks a significant step in UK-based Haydale Graphene Industriesâ expansion into the Asian market, since Innopheneâs access to The Thailand Science Park in Bangkok, with its extensive analytical and processing capabilities, provides a platform for it to become the Groupâs Far East Centre of Excellence.
Innophene, founded in 2011, has developed (in conjunction with the Thailand National Science & Technology Development Agency) a one-stage exfoliation/dispersion process to create a range of graphene-enhanced transparent conductive inks for inkjet and other printing platforms. They have also now developed a graphene enhanced PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid) resin (commonly used in medical devices and 3D printing).In August 2016, Haydale announced the launch of graphene-enhanced poly lactic acid (PLA) filaments for 3D printing. A month before that, In July 2016, Haydale unveiled a vehicle made with graphene in its bodywork, made by Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), in an exhibition to highlight the future of graphene technology.