Everyday new materials are being discovered and utilized in different applications. Recently a new super-material called Graphene has been created and is touted by Science Daily as ” the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material, and has the potential to revolutionize a huge number of diverse applications; from smartphones and ultra-fast broadband to drug delivery and computer chips.”
At this point, patents are being developed on this material and has yet to be mass produced nor have there been any determined processes or applications put in place for the material. But will it eventually become a household material? Will graphene find its way into cell phones, medical applications, and widely-popular products? Will rolls of this material find their way into production and converting facilities across the globe?
Nanowerk.com projects that,” It is expected that the market for graphene would grow by leaps and bounds in the coming decade. According to the latest report “Graphene: Technologies, Applications and Markets” released by BCC the global graphene market is projected to grow to $67 million in 2015 and $675.1 by 2020 at a Compound Average Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 58.7% within a period of 5 years. Another report entitled “world market for graphene to 2017″ by the future markets, Inc. 2011 estimates that the production volume of graphene in 2010 was 28 tonnes and is projected to grow to 573 Tonnes by 2017.”
Pinnacle Converting Equipment has been a part of developing slitting and sheeting machinery to assist in the manufacturing of products that utilize new and innovative materials such as Graphene. Our machines are currently in operation in clean room manufacturing environments and are assisting in the production of solar power products, medical devices, lithium-ion batteries, and other high tech industries. Our custom design and manufacturing team is confident that if and when graphene becomes more widespread in the marketplace that it will be able to design a machine that can transform the material into the necessary state for the next steps of product manufacturing. It still remains to be seen…Will Graphene slitting become commonplace in the converting industry? Time will tell.