global leader graphene company with offices in Spain and Boston (USA) focuses on research and innovation in CVD Graphene films, Graphene Field-Effect-Transistors chips (GFETs), Graphene Foundry Services (GFAB) and Graphene Oxides.
Graphenea”s customer base is a wide range of sectors and in more than 60 countries in the world.
“Through research and innovation, we support our customers with our portfolio consisting of CVD Graphene films, Graphene Field-Effect-Transistors chips (GFETs), Graphene Foundry Services (GFAB) and Graphene Oxides. Graphenea’s facilities are located in Spain (San Sebastián) and USA (Boston),” said CEO Jesus de la Fuente.
The National Graphene2D Association asked Fuente questions about the company and its business focus.
NGA2D: Your blog mentions two new products for 2019. Can you discuss the implications seen in these products.?
The main product launch is our Graphene Foundry service. We offer Graphene chip fabrication including all the manufacturing steps: graphene synthesis, transfer, lithography, testing, dicing, etc. according to the customer’s design. This is an innovative service that reduces the development time and cost for new graphene-based chips.
NGA2D: You are part of Flagship, how important has this relationship and their financial support been to the growth and development of Graphenea?
The Graphene Flagship is a 10 years project launched in 2013 by the European Union with a 1 billion € budget. More than 150 companies are involved and several graphene applications are being developed there. Graphenea is a core partner of the Graphene Flagship since its foundation. This kind of R&D project is speeding up graphene technology industrial adoption and increases the demand for tailor-made graphene materials and services.
NGA2D: Our country is far behind Europe and China in graphene development, I wonder if you and your colleagues realize this and see the enormous potential for Graphenea in the US market?
In spite of the fact that there is not a Flagship-like project in the USA, this country is the global leader in graphene applications Research & Development. That is the reason that we opened a US company and office at Cambridge, MA (MIT campus) in 2015. We see a large potential of American large enterprises and startups introducing graphene applications into the market.
NGA2D: What is the current and expected impact of the COVID-19 on Graphenea?
COVID-19 is a global health and economic crisis. All sectors will be impacted. We are anticipating “bumpy” demand (whiplash effect) and logistics and operational issues. From a startup point of view, we anticipate lower funding investments, lower valuations and back to “cash is king” business management basis. Startups that are too far away from being profitably and rely on additional equity rounds will suffer. The global downturn that COVID-19 is generating will reduce R&D spending and could impact some new technology and product launches but a lot of new opportunities are arising. Graphenea has joined the global fight against COVID-19 offering free materials to research institutions and companies working in the diagnosis and treatment of the virus. We have received very interesting requests so far that could increase demand in the future.
In 2013 Graphenea, a partner in Graphene Flagship, received an investment from Repsol to boost its technological capacity, support its growth as a business and enable it to maintain its international lead within the emerging graphene production sector.
Repsol is an integrated oil and gas company with a presence in more than thirty countries, employing over 23,000 people. It is involved in the entire value chain, including exploration, production, refining, transport, chemicals, service stations, and new energy.
The main aim of the New Energy unit is to identify opportunities, promote projects and carry out business initiatives in spheres such as biofuels, renewable generation, and sustainable transport. It also supports the development of high-tech companies through corporate venture capital investments.
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