AMO GmbH specializes in applied research in the area of micro-, nano- and opto-electronics to enable technologies and devices for emerging future applications. The company offers a wide range of graphene products, including graphene flakes, graphene transistors, and custom-made graphene-based solutions. AMO GmbH is a part of the Graphene Flagship pilot project of the EU, a consortium of nearly 600 partners, including 48 companies, set to work on commercialization of graphene. The company is out of the startup phase and may be looking for venture capital or partnerships.
Angstron offers large quantities of ultra-thin, pristine nano-graphene platelets (NGPs), while also focusing on IP development. The nanoplatelets are inexpensive and functional, with applications spanning several industries. Angstron also offers custom solutions, essentially acting as an outsourced research lab. With this potent and flexible mixture of inexpensive standard products, patent ownership, and research lab, Angstron promises to remain a strong player in the graphene market for years to come. Turn to it with venture capital.
Aixtron makes and sells CVD equipment, including that for growth of graphene. Its shares are listed on NASDAQ under the symbol AIXG. The stock has had its ups and downs in the past few years and has been steady since the fall of 2011. Many graphene-producing companies and research groups use Aixtron machines and sales seem to be picking up for Aixtron. Turn to this stock for an investment which is expected to pay off in about 5 years, if the company keeps playing their cards right.
BASF is a large German chemical company. BASF has partnered with Vorbeck to use their graphene in novel BASF products. In September 2012, BASF opened a graphene research institute jointly with the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. BASF is listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange. It is currently one of few large European companies to be investing in graphene research, which puts it in a unique position of advantage. Europe may be investing a fortune in graphene in the coming years through the Graphene Flagship program to try to preserve their competitiveness on the high-tech markets. With Nokia spiraling into the abyss, BASF seems to be the only choice right now for Europe, in terms of large, established companies.
Cheaptubes.com specializes in carbon nanotubes, but also sells graphene in several forms and quality grades. It seems to be a no-frills online shop for graphene, and its reputation in the carbon nanotube market promises to push it far in the graphene market as well. As with all those middle-of-the-graphene-chain companies, CheapTubes is not listed on the stock market and may only be funded through venture capital investment.
CVD Equipment makes and sells, as the name says, CVD equipment, including that for growth of graphene. Its shares are listed on NASDAQ under the symbol CVV. The stock had grown explosively in fall 2011 and has been more or less constant and even in slight decline since then. Together with Aixtron, CVD Equipment sells the most popular graphene manufacturing equipment, and as such the stock promises to be tightly linked to the growth of the industry itself. Turn to this stock for an investment which is expected to pay off in 5-10 years, if the company plays their cards right.
CrayoNano specializes in semiconductor wires grown on graphene. The company, founded in June 2012, is a spin-off of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The startup was funded by the Norwegian government. In September 2012, the company issued a widely reported on press release, promising a wide range of applications, including solar panels, LEDs, and flexible mobile phones. We are almost certain that this release was a call to investors, even if as part of the release the chief scientist Dr. Weman claimed that IBM and Samsung have shown interest in collaborating with CrayoNano. The product seems to have potential, however as a venture capitalist I would wait with investment until there is a more evident partnership with the big technology companies. That being said, given the early stage of CrayoNano, they are probably looking for relatively small investments, which could be attractive to more adventurous investors.
Grafoid is a Canadian graphene research, development and investment company partnered with Focus Graphite Inc., owner of the high grade Lac Knife, Quebec graphite deposit. They invest in, manage, and develop markets for processes that produce economically scalable, pristine graphene for polymer and non-polymer, energy storage and other applications. Focus Graphite holds a 40% stake in Grafoid and is listed on several stock markets (TSX VENTURE:FMS, OTCQX:FCSMF, FRANKFURT:FKC). Both Grafoid and Focus Graphite are young companies, which brings with it a certain risk. However, their ownership of a high grade graphite mine is almost a guarantee for success.
GRAnPH Nanotech makes and sells high-quality graphene oxide.
Graphene Square sells graphene in various forms, including CVD-grown on different substrates, graphene oxide, graphene quantum dots, and graphene exfoliation and transfer kits. The company is based in Korea but sells its products worldwide. The target customer are research labs, which makes for a large customer base.
Graphene Supermarket sells graphene in various forms, including CVD-grown on different substrates, graphene oxide, graphene quantum dots, and graphene exfoliation and transfer kits. The company is based in the USA. Like Graphene Square, Graphene Supermarket targets research lab customers. The company could be interested in expanding its production with the use of venture capital or partnerships.
Graphenea sells CVD graphene on various substrates, as well as graphene oxide. Graphenea is based in Spain, which makes it the European counterpart of Graphene Supermarket and Graphene Square. The company is out of the startup phase and could seek industrial or financial partners to scale up production capacity, mainly for the batteries, solar and electronics industries.
Graphensic AB produces and supplies epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide. They also aim to provide research services. The company is moving from seed phase to an investment phase, and currently seeks investor relations. Established in March 2012, the company is a spin-off of a Swedish university. Graphene on silicon carbide can be used to produce small graphene components of higher quality than those on the standard silica substrate, however the process is far from cheap at the moment.
IBM does not really need an introduction. This titan makes much more than computers, with impact in industries such as health care, smart cities, security, and sustainability. IBM has existed for more than 60 years, and continues to show excellence in research as well as business. Scientists at its 12 research centers worldwide keep leading the world and its stock just seems to keep growing. In graphene, IBM researchers lead the field and we are sure that products are close to the market. Invest in IBM on NASDAQ.
Micron is a leading provider of semiconductor technology, including integrated circuits and computer memory. Its recent patent applications which include graphene make it a serious player in the graphene industry. Micron is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol MU.
Nokia, the portable device giant, is investing in graphene. The Nokia Research Center is part of the team bidding for the EU-funded Graphene Flagship project, which will bring researchers and industry together to commercialize graphene. Nokia is investing heavily in graphene research, accompanied by a few interesting patents. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that any of the applications will make it to the market on time to save Nokia from the consequences of their poor business strategy, and we cannot recommend to invest in Nokia stock right now. Wait until they sell some parts of the company and focus on a graphene-based niche.
The Korean giant is spearheading applied graphene research, with proven results like graphene transistors and flexible displays. With its own final products such as televisions and mobile devices, Samsung has an entire graphene supply chain of its own, excluding the graphite mine. We are certain that Samsung will keep growing together with the graphene industry. Invest in Samsung on NASDAQ.
Sandisk holds the second largest number of graphene patents among companies, after Samsung. The main application of graphene for Sandisk is in computer memory. Sandisk is listed on NASDAQ under symbol SNDK.
Vorbeck is one of those purely graphene companies in the middle of our graphene chain,s specializing in graphene-based compounds. Until now, the main propertis of graphene exploited by Vorbeck are its mechanical strength, flexibility, and electrical conductivity. Vorbeck has developed and sells Vor-X, a graphene additive for enhancing the strength, conductivity, and environmental stability of materials for numerous industries and applications, such as the construction and fabric industries, and Vor-Ink, a conductive graphene-based ink for printing electronic circuits.
This company is almost without a doubt set to make it big. Just visit their people page and you will immediately understand why we think that – a combination of immensely smart people and superb political connections, together with their proven keen sense of business, make this company one to watch out for. As with all other companies in the middle part of the graphene chain, Vorbeck cannot be invested in on the stock market. In fact, given the ability of Vorbeck to access investment funds through their contacts in high places, you may be hard-pressed to be accepted as an investor. That said, it cannot hurt to contact them, if you have a little more than a starting investment fund.
XG Sciences manufactures graphene nanoplatelets for use in advanced materials and energy applications. In January 2011, 19% of XG Sciences was purchased by Hanhwa Chemical, a Korean chemical company which dates back to 1964. Hanhwa expands well beyond Korea into other Asian countries and has rights to sell graphene in India and China. They invest in graphene in the form of carbon nanotubes, for various industrial uses. Hanhwa is listed on the Korean stock exchange under number 009830. Another 20% of XG Sciences is owned by POSCO, one of the world’s largest producers of steel, also a Korean company. POSCO uses graphene from XG Sciences to develop new materials and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the code NYSE: PKX. Investing in any of this stock would be a rather indirect way of investing in graphene.