Integrated Graphene to invest £8M in 3D graphene foam
Integrated Graphene has announced plans to invest up to £8M in scaling up its revolutionary 3D Graphene foam, Gii, manufacturing process to meet surging global demand from the human diagnostics and energy markets.
Founded in 2016, Integrated Graphene has developed the world’s only commercially viable graphene manufacturing process that is currently scaled to high volumes. This novel process eliminates the scale-up challenges associated with CVD graphene and graphene powder. As well as direct manufacturing, Integrated Graphene is designing manufacturing processes for blue-chip companies to effectively bolt-on to existing lines, and it also has a team dedicated to supporting organisations to adapt graphene technologies for their products.
The company’s investment plan will focus on scaling-up the manufacturing of its market-ready graphene enhanced electrodes and super capacitors which are currently being piloted by global blue-chips in human diagnostics point of care testing and smart label asset tracking applications.
These printable electronic products include the Gii-Sens, which offers a better and more-effective sensor material for the human diagnostics market and Gii-Cap® which targets 10% of $500B battery market, with the potential to remove 60 million batteries from being thrown away every year.
Since coming out of “stealth mode” in 2020, Integrated Graphene has quickly established its reputation in the market, winning several commercial contracts and dramatically increasing its intellectual property portfolio.
As part of its growth plans, the company intends to double its existing footprint in Stirling and treble its headcount to 100 over the next three years, hiring a significant number of market leading development and commercial experts in the UK, Europe and North America. The company will also increase capital expenditure in its next generation pilot line to allow rapid market expansion of Gii-Sens and Gii-Cap. For Gii-Sens, that includes wearables, animal diagnostics, companion diagnostics, environmental diagnostics. With Gii-Cap, expansion markets include Drones, e-mobility, space, satellites, and wearables.
The investment comes on the back of a significantly oversubscribed Series A + funding round for an undisclosed sum led by existing investors, Par Equity and Archangels.
Following graphene’s discovery in 2004, it has been hailed as a wonder material for its potential across a number of industries and applications, from quantum computing to healthcare. Most products under development continue to use a powder version of graphene, which is notoriously difficult to scale and, in most cases, performance is shy of expectations hence commercial adoption being slow.
Integrated Graphene has developed a unique breakthrough process to produce a pure 3D Graphene Foam (Gii) onto a range of substances at ambient room temperature. The company believes that its revolutionary Gii manufacturing process addresses the key requirements of the graphene industry of producing high quality, cost effective and production scale graphene, which has not been achieved by any company to date.
The addressable market for graphene enabled products is potentially more than $25B based on reasonable levels of penetration across all markets, and volume demand for graphene across key application markets is thought to have the potential to reach $1T by 2030.
Graphene Market- Growth, trends, and forecast (2020-2025), Mordor Intelligence