China Pushes Forward In Graphene Race.

According to a news report from China the world’s largest graphene production plant is now operational. Referring to the developments at Ningbo Morsh Technology, the report states:

China is leading the world in the mass production of graphene films used in production of cell phone and computer touch screens as a new production line began operation on Wednesday.

The production line is in a graphene industrial park in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. It can produce tens of millions of graphene films every year.

A state-level graphene industrialization base with sales revenue of 100 billion yuan (16.35 billion U.S. dollars) is expected to be completed within 5 years, according to an executive with the industrial park.

Graphene is a relatively new material with outstanding electrical, chemical and mechanical properties that make it attractive as flexible conductors used in gadgets such as touch screens.

“China is leading the world in the industrialization of graphene as it has begun mass production,” said Shi Haofei, a researcher with the Chongqing Research Institute with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Offering further background to the story, Nanotechnology Now adds that,

Investment in Ningo Morsh’s production line exceeded 100 million yuan ($16 million). Ningbo Morsh Technology are supplying graphene to Chongqing Morsh Technology, who’s building a production line in Chongqing that will be used to produce 15″ single-layer graphene films that will be used to produce graphene transparent touch panel conductive films. Chongqing Morsh original plan was to start production by March 2014 and they already signed an agreement with Guangdong Zhengyang, an OGS maker to produce 10 million graphene based transparent conducting films (TCFs) in a year for the next five years.