Investors who are interested in gaining exposure to the graphene market should consider buying into companies exploring the potential of the material, suggests The Motley Fool. These firms include Samsung, IBM and SanDisk. However, due to the underdeveloped nature of the industry as of 2015 and the consequent large potential downside, investors should exercise extreme caution when contemplating such investments.
As of 2015, some of the companies holding patents relating to graphene include Samsung, which possesses 210, SanDisk, which has 36, and IBM, which owns 64, reports The Motley Fool. Other companies with similar licenses include Apple, which has two, and Foxconn Electronics, which holds 35. SanDisk, Apple and Samsung are listed on Nasdaq.
Two firms based in the United Kingdom, Viscount Resources and Graphene Trade, offer an alternative way of investing in the graphene market, according to the IEEE Spectrum, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Essentially, the two firms offer to acquire graphene for interested investors, store it and then resell it for a profit in three years. Unfortunately, this plan may lead to significant losses if supply increases, as experts anticipate, and prices fall.
The graphene market was worth about $24 million in 2015, explains The Motley Fool. However, experts expect the market to grow at an accelerated pace in the coming years.