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Sundsvall 2019-04-02

2D fab has closed a new share issue of SEK 6 million.


The issue, which was oversubscribed, was not offered to the public, but only to those investors who received the offer directly from the executive management.
Among the larger investors are E14 Invest and ALMI Invest Mitt. Through the issue, the company has 16 new owners. The largest owner is Sven Forsberg, the company's CEO and founder.

The capital will primarily be used to expand the production capacity and to intensify the relationship with potential volume customers. Parts of the capital will also be used for continued process and product development.

"Among the new, larger owners, we especially welcome ALMI Invest Mitt and E14 Invest and its investor network, which together sign up for just over 3.5 MSEK. Getting ALMI as an owner is very beneficial, because it is an owner which both supports and sets operational targets It is also a quality mark for us to become one of their carefully selected investments. E14 Invest is a perfect complement, as they enter this with a great commitment, a lot of energy and a network of knowledge and experience," says Björn Forsberg, 2D fabs CFO.

For more information contact Björn Forsberg by mail bjorn.forsberg (at) 2dfab.se

About Almi Invest
Almi Invest is Sweden's most active investor in startups - a venture capital company that invests throughout Sweden via 8 regional venture capital companies and a national venture capital company. With the help of some 40 Investment Managers, about 50 new investments are made per year.

About E14 Invest
E14 Invest, founded in 2018, is a co-investment company with about 30 shareholders who together invested 12 million. The base is in Åre and investments are mainly made in scalable growth companies that are located along the E14 highway from Sundsvall to Trondheim.


Sundsvall 2019-03-09

2D fab sees great potential in doped graphene - update of ongoing projects


At 2D fab, we work actively to improve our processes, something that applies to both raw material and products. A very interesting track that we follow is "doping" the graphene (intercalation). Between the graphene layers of graphite or multi-layer graphene, it is possible to get different chemical compounds to diffuse. This can give both graphite and graphene new properties and provide us with the opportunity to customize our products. Our target is to offer our customers the best possible price / performance ratio.

We have two projects that focus on doping. In the first, sponsored by EIT Raw Material, graphite is intercalated. It provides a graphite that is easier to exfoliate into graphene, but which also provides better electrical conductivity. This will be of great benefit when we expand our production.

In the second project, the graphene is doped, with the goal of increasing electrical conductivity, but also with the hope of increasing the thermal conductivity. Even here we see improved electrical properties, but unfortunately they diminish over time. We are now actively working to extend the life of the doped graphene.


Sundsvall 2018-11-29

2D fab meets increased demand on graphene
– The collaboration with SaltX enters new phase. Ahlstrom-Munksjö to scale up testing.


2D fab is a strategic partner in a collaboration project between the energy storage company SaltX Technology (SALT:B) and the industri leader Ahlstrom-Munksjö, which manufactures fibre based products. This project now enters a new phase where production tests will be done in larger scale.

In the project, that started in March 2018 and runs over two years, SaltX and Ahlstrom-Munksjö develops and tests an industrial process for large scale manufacturing of graphene coated paper with added nano coated salt. 2D fab is supplier of graphene and of technical knowledge in the project.

Graphene increases the heat conductivity capacity in the SaltX material up to five time which implies a potential cost cut of 80% in the SaltX energy storage material.

"To meet the expected increase in graphene demand from these production tests and coming, forecasted commercial volumes in this collaboration, but also from other collaborations, we now need to expand our production capacity dramtically. That graphene coating of paper works technically and that we now are closer to commercial market volumes of graphene is exciting," says Sven Forsberg, CEO of 2D fab.


Sundsvall 2018-11-28

2D fab expands production capacity
- In order to meet increased demand, capacity is increased to 10 tpa in 2019.


The existing production equipment of 2D factory has no longer sufficient capacity to meet the needs of the market, which is still in its infancy but clearly growing. The Board has decided to effect the increase to 10 tons per annum (tpa).

2D fab's hydromechanical process, which technically is uncomplicated to expand, is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Extended quality control and higher degree of automation are two areas that at the same time will gain focus.

In support of the establishment of the plant, 2Dfab receives approximately 1.7 million SEK from Vinnova's strategic innovation program Grafen, which aims to increase the use of graphene in the Swedish industry. The money from the project "10 ton" will be used to develop a new exfoliator and implement it in an industrial process. The produced graphene is to be tested in a semi-finished product, which is then used as the input in an end product that is industrially manufactured by another actor participating in the project.

"10 tpa is a good start in building a new Swedish industry, which has a very large global market," says Sven Forsberg, 2D fab's CEO.

In the project "10 ton", which lasts over 18 months and will be finalized in June 2020, 2D fab is the project coordinator. Estimated funds are distributed over time and under different conditions, including compliance with the project plan.

"With large volumes, factors other than today will determine the production cost of graphene, not least the cost of energy. As we have an extremely energy efficient manufacturing method, we will be able to deliver the graphene at really attractive prices. We are on the market to be a leader and this project is a leap in that direction, " concludes Sven Forsberg.


Sundsvall 2018-05-17

For nearly 10 years Ny Teknik and Affärsvärlden – two leading journals in Sweden - have been awarding new, innovative tech companies. May 16th they presented this years list – with 2D fab as one of the companies.


The 33-list (”33-listan”), awarding the most promising companies, is one of the most prestigious contests for startup companies within the Swedish tech industry. To get selected to the list, the jury requires the companies to be innovative and to have an international potential.

Companies, which during their early years, have been on the 33-list include international successes as Spotify, Truecaller and Izettle. We are therefore very proud to announce that 2D fab qualified for this years list.

CEO Sven Forsberg is pleased to see 2D fab on ”33-listan”.
– It is the most recognized list of promising tech companies, so it menas a lot. It is also important for us to be seen by customers and investors.

Read more about 2D fab and "33-listan" (in Swedish)

Vinnande grafenbolag: ”Vi ska bli störst i Europa” (link)
2D Fab siktar på att bli störst i Europa (link)


Umeå 2018-04-26

2D fab nominated to pitch for a place on 33-list of young tech start-ups in Sweden


Today’s pitch competition in Umeå will select one company for direct qualification to the list of the 33 hottest young technology start-ups in Sweden.

The tour for nomination of the top 33 hottest young start-ups in Sweden has reached Umeå, where CEO and founder Sven Forsberg from 2D fab AB will pitch. Three selected companies are invited to pitch at the event in Umeå today, and the winner will have direct qualification to the 33-list. The 33-list has become a yearly highlight for entrepreneurial technology start-ups since its inception in year 2008, created by NyTeknik and Affärsvärlden to showcase the new young technology companies of tomorrow. During past years companies like Skype and Spotify have enforced the position of Sweden as an innovative country. But who are the start-ups that have the potential to become the giants in the future?


2018-01-03

2D fab enters collaboration agreement with technology leader in the energy storage market segment

2D fab AB produces graphene and develops customer products using graphene. Our focus is on products that best utilize the inherent mechanical strength of graphene, such as bulletproof plastics, and/or its unique conductivity, both thermal and electrical conductivity. We see very large future volumes of graphene in both of these areas, and we have already had good cooperation within the polymer area. It is therefore very pleasing that we have now found an innovative industrial partner in thermal conductivity.

The collaboration agreement is well in line with our ambition to become one of Europe's largest manufacturers of graphene. As part of the agreement, we will also evaluate different strategies for production and delivery scale up. The agreement also gives us the opportunity to build relationships with an important and potentially very large customer, and we see it as a stepping stone to the market for products with extreme conductivity capabilities. The agreement is ongoing, with customs tollgates every 6 months and we anticipate reporting of the first positive results within six months.


2017-11-02

2d fab takes graphene to higher altitudes

Together with SAAB and Blackwing Sweden, 2D fab will develop new components to the aviation industry. It is the combination of the strength and the electrical conductivity which makes graphene very interesting for the aviation industry. Graphene will contribute to lighter components that will withstand lightning better and thereby reduce the maintenance need.
"We realize that the same type of composite properties are of great interest for the automotive industry as well, although that is a longer term goal. The potential in these markets is huge when we see it taking off.” says 2D fabs CEO Sven Forsberg.


2017-10-27

2D fab in joint project to improve cancer treatment

Scandidos, Akzo Nobel, Acreo and 2D fab will together develop a new technology to manufacture Anisotropic Conductive Adhesives (ACA) utilizing graphene to improve accuracy in radiation measurement during cancer treatment.
Electronics components are today often mounted with ACA. Metal is included to get electrical conductivity in the adhesive, but that causes problems in many applications. Scandidos has products measuring radiation during cancer treatments. Metals interact with the radiation and make the measurements less accurate, and metal free ACA using graphene.


2017-07-18

2D fab develops innovative materials for 3D printers

Sweden's Innovations Agency, VINNOVA, has granted 2D fab funds from the 2017 program ”Innovative startups".  The 3D manufacturing market develops very rapidly and there is a pronounced demand to be able to print electrically conducting materials. 2D fab is developing a value chain in close customer collaboration, to take the material to the market. This project is well in line with other customer collaborations to develop graphene polymer composites, in this case electrically conducting materials.


2017-07-18

Graphene can be the solution to many bacteria problems

Wellspect HealthCare, has together with researchers from Chalmers developed and anti bacterial surface with graphene as active component. Wellspect has applied for a patent for the surface and nu the work begins to commercialise the idea, and Wellspect have chosen 2D fab as a collaboration partner.
Health and medic-care are very interesting market segments for graphene applications, as they can carry more costs than many other. 2D fab will contribute with tailor made graphene and knowledge of manufacturing of graphene/polymer composites.


2017-02-15

2D fab develops next generation composites

2D fab and Saintpro AB has initiated a collaboration to develop the next generation of composites. Saintpro manufactures protective equipment with extreme demands on materials. The goal is to further increase the performance of Saintpro´s products using graphene. "Saintpro AB, which manufactures protective equipment and 2D fab AB will conduct a feasibility study with the aim to introduce graphene in Saintpro´s products. The project, which runs until April 2017 is financially supported by Vinnova by 500 000 SEK. "Bringing graphene into the composite market is an important step for 2D fab," says Sven Forsberg. It is also pleasing to greet Sören Halvarsson welcome as a new employee of 2D fab. Soren will participate in the project, and is a specialist/expert in polymer composites and hold a PdD on the subject.

2016-05-02

Production of Swedish graphene flakes starting up


The production of graphene flakes from Swedish raw materials has commenced in the start-up company 2D Fab AB. Now, collaboration with customers to customize the properties of the material into various products is ongoing.

2D Fab AB, a spin-off from Mid Sweden University, has developed a unique process in which the company produces graphene flakes from graphite. The company is working intensively on developing the process that exfoliates graphite by fluid mechanical exfoliation. The method is particularly suited in preventing damage to the graphite when it is decomposed into graphene flakes. There are many different types of graphite, but most mines around the world do not have the advantages of graphite from Swedish Woxna Graphite AB owned mine - Kringelgruvan - in Edsbyn. The mine has an unusually high grade of graphite with so-called "jumbo flakes", graphite with very large grains. The graphite decomposes until it is just one layer of carbon atoms thick. Woxnas graphite gives an advantage, when exfoliated, in that it results in very large graphene flakes. The first Swedish flakes from Woxna have now been produced with 2D Fab’s unique process.
"The large grain size has given us challenges because it becomes more difficult to separate graphene layers, but it also offers great opportunities to work with such a unique material." says Sven Forsberg, who leads both industrial production and business development at 2D Fab.

The grain size is important for – among other things – the electrical conductivity if a thin film of graphene is to be used on a surface, for example in transparent conductive materials for connectors. Electrical conductivity decreases when the flakes are small due to power loss when electrons move from flake to flake. The size of the flakes is also important for the barrier properties of protective coatings. Graphene is well known for preventing molecules to pass through the material and having large flakes results in a better barrier protection.

"We want to adapt the material properties together with customers. Graphene development is currently at such an early stage that it is difficult to predict for both producers and consumers which properties are required for different products. These questions must be solved in collaboration with customers, " says Sven Forsberg about the company's development.

2D Fab and Woxna Graphite is working together in a project, which is part of the strategic innovation program SIO Graphene, and which objective is to develop a production chain from graphite to customized graphene. Woxna Graphite is owned by the Canadian company Flinders Resources.

Blair Way, CEO & President of Flinders has summarized the co-operation in a press release from Flinders. "Flinders is very pleased with the progress made to date working with our Swedish associates at 2D Fab AB. To actually see Woxna graphene is a very satisfying achievement. We have the necessary components to investigate the commercialisation of graphene, from Woxna concentrate, for high technology applications.

"Flinders Resources has also recently announced that they have a high purity product of graphite from Woxna Graphite for battery applications. Batteries become a highly interesting area also for 2D Fab's graphene materials. There is a great need for better battery features, and the market for batteries is expected to grow substantially.

"The properties of our material serves many interesting application areas, from batteries to composites and barrier protection. During this year we are investigating different markets and will select the most important applications to focus on" says Sven Forsberg.

2016-01-09

2D fab wins innovation contest

2D fabs wins SIO Grafen’s innovation contest on the idea to dope graphene to further increase the electrical conductivity and to use the doped graphene in electrically conductive printing inks.

”The prize provides 2D fab with 100 000 SEK, but more importantly it shows that our development ideas are considered both exciting and viable”, says Sven Forsberg. The money will be used to further develop the concept and bring it closer to the market.

2015-11-02

Miun Venture AB invests in 2D fab.

Miun holding AB invests, via its subsidiary Miun Venture AB, in 2D fab AB. ”It is a good feeling to be able to support research ideas from the Mid Sweden University and help take them to the market” says Mats Tinnsten, CEO of Miun Venture AB.

”Even though the Mid Sweden University has limited resources to make this kind of investment, they give a strong signal that we have their support. It is also very well needed money in this early, and economically difficult, stage of the company development” point Björn Forsberg out, chairman of the board of 2D fab.

2015-10-19

New process equipment has arrived.

A completely new designed process equipment to cost efficiently produce graphene has arrived in Sundsvall. ”This is one more step in cutting the product development strings with the Mid Sweden University, however we will continue to have very strong research connections. Now we have a few impatient weeks of waiting before we get access to functional premises for the process equipment, says CEO Sven Forsberg.

2015-10-01

New premises.

2D fab AB now moves into new premises and thereby becomes even more independent of the Mid Sweden University. The premises will hold laboratory and and offices, later process equipment will be included. We will be fully installed in the end of November.

2015-09-21

2D fab in collaboration with Woxna Graphite for production of Swedish graphene.

The purpose and objective of the joint project Svensk Grafen ("Swedish Graphene") is to produce graphene from Swedish graphite, to identify the most appropriate applications, and to build value chains to the industrial use of the graphene.

2D fab, leading the project, will in addition to processing graphite into graphene also contribute with an academic network and state-of-the-art research knowledge. Woxna Graphite will prepare and pretreat the material and provide expert knowledge in the graphite area. Together with external partners, the material will be tested in e.g. electrically conductive inks.

"We are with confidence looking forward to implementing the project. The number of participants and the short geographical distance makes the project management part relatively simple. The expected project outcome has great potential," says Sven Forsberg, CEO of 2D fab.

The project is funded by Vinnova as part of the Swedish national innovation program SIO Graphene, which ambition is to strengthen cross-border cooperation within the graphene area.

Woxna Graphites graphite mine, located near Edsbyn in Sweden, is one of the largest mines of its kind in Europe. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Flinders Resources. Here you find the corresponding press release from Flinders Resources.