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Directa Plus pioneers graphene use as sector evolves

Snapshot

  • Italy-based firm floated on AIM in 2016
  • Incorporating graphene into textiles, pollution treatments, road surfaces and tyres
  • The "miracle material" is 200-times stronger than steel, transparent and can conduct heat and electricity
  • US billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has taken a 28.9% stake
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Quick facts: Directa Plus PLC

Price: 82 GBX

AIM:DCTA
Market: AIM
Market Cap: £50.02 m
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What it does

Textiles

Directa Plus PLC (LON:DCTA) has signed deals with consumer brands Oakley and Bioracer, which used the company’s Graphene Plus (G+) to launch a cycling jersey in early July.

Alfredo Grassi, another customer, is one of Italy’s largest workwear suppliers while G+ will also be used to treat a range of jeans made by Arvind, one of India’s top textile groups. 

Directa Plus is also part of a €1mln EU-sponsored initiative to develop a digital printing method for textiles using graphene.

Transport, oil and gas

Directa is working with Marangoni – one of Italy’s leading re-tread companies – to produce better performing tyres for commercial buses and lorries.

Cycle tyre maker Vittoria was the first manufacturer to use Directa’s products, firstly in a carbon fibre wheel, and then in “intelligent” bicycle tyres.

Grafysorber 

In the oil and gas sector, the firm has joined forces with Italian firm Sartec to develop a commercial-scale industrial system using its graphene-based Grafysorber product for treating oil-contaminated produced water.

In September, Directa bought a majority stake in oil services partner, Romanian firm Setcar.

It is buying Setcar jointly with GVC, a company whose owner supplies offshore oil rigs in Romania, Turkey, Greece and Mexico.

In February 2020, Setccar won a €5mln contract for Grafysorber with GSP Offshore, part of the Romanian oil services group GSP and worth €5mln over a seven-year period.

How it's doing

In a trading update in March, the company trading in the first quarter of 2020 has been robust.

Revenues are expected to clock in at around €1.52mln, slightly more than triple the level they were in the same quarter of 2019.

This significant improvement has been primarily driven by the strengthening performance of Setcar, Directa Plus’s environmental division.

The order book to date is in line with management expectations for 2020 with confirmed orders of €5.85mln, while discussions over other significant contracts are taking place.

What the boss says: Giulio Cesareo, CEO

"The strategy we are pursuing to gain traction and capture more value in our key vertical markets is succeeding. We hope that this will help insulate us from the worldwide economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus”.

Inflexion points

  • In late April, the company was granted a EU-wide patent for its Grafysorber technology
  • Directa has signed an agreement to supply a special grade of its G+ graphene product, known as ITC1, to its partner, Iterchimica
  • In late-March, the firm said its Italian operations remain active despite the country's lockdown and highlighted that its graphene could be used in the production of medical devices to ensure better prevention properties

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Inflexion points

  • Directa has been awarded US patent for its non-chemical graphene process
  • A solution for a new type of shoe sole is also being tested 
  • Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has taken a 28.9% stake

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Directa Plus to add graphene enhancement G+ to range of jeans

Giulio Cesareo, chief executive of Directa Plus Plc (LON:DCTA), tells Proactive Investors they're to add their graphene enhancement G+ to a range of jeans made by Arvind - one of India’s top textile groups. Arvind makes six million pairs of jeans every year using 100mln metres of fabric...

on 15/5/18

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