Many people visit this site with the hope of finding a way to invest in the wonderful new material graphene. There is a thorough investment guide on the website, but I’ve decided to write a post dedicated solely to small-time investors seeking to buy stock in order to increase the value of their money.
There are two ways to invest in graphene on the stock market. The first is to buy shares of a graphite mining company, one which focuses on high quality graphite (>99% purity flake graphite). There are a few options out there, including Focus Graphite, Lomiko Metals, and Northern Graphite. All three companies are based in Canada, and all three aim to provide graphite of a high grade. Focus participates in Grafoid, an Ottawa based company that does research, investing, and consulting in the business of graphene. Focus has recently announced a very positive economic assessment of its Quebec mining project, with a payback period of less than 3 years. This brings the company closer to the goal of actually producing and marketing the graphite. Northern Graphite has recently announced some good news as well, when they submitted the paperwork which will allow it to get licensed by the Ontario government to proceed with digging. Northern is probably the closest to production, with the possibility to start as early as Q2 of 2014. Lomiko has partnered with Graphene Laboratories, an agile materials company, to produce graphene from its high-quality graphite. All three companies are listed on the Toronto stock exchange, and now would be a good time to invest in them.
The second way to invest in graphene is at the other end of the production chain, in companies that make high-end electronic devices with graphene. There are two obvious candidates here: Samsung and IBM. Both have been investing heavily in graphene research and have filed many a patent application to use graphene in modern devices. Samsung focuses mainly on graphene based flexible displays for mobile phones, while IBM focuses on other kinds of consumer electronic devices, and ultrafast computer chips. While Samsung stock has had its ups and downs in the past few years, it is obvious that the rise of the smartphone has made the company stronger. IBM stock has been going up steadily for at least 5 years and there is no reason to think it will not keep doing so for the next five years as well. Finally, a quiet but potentially strong player in the graphene market is BASF, the German chemical company. Although BASF operates in a vast market space, just recently it has opened a joint graphene research institute with the German Max Planck Society, known for its scientific excellence. With this move, BASF has pretty much secured its position as one of the leaders in future of graphene innovation.
Finally, a very recent and interesting option is to invest in Graphene NanoChem, who recently announced a comeback to the London Stock Exchange and a devotion to graphene. This company offers what is probably the most direct way of investing in graphene on the stock market. The stock ticker is GRPH on London Stock Exchange.
To those readers with venture capital, or those who wish to learn the bigger picture of the graphene marketplace, I recommend reading my graphene investment guide, and browsing through the graphene business directory.