The investment potential of graphene has recently been calculated by a leading financial analyst company. Investing in graphene, according to the financial research firm Technavio, is forecasted to produce a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58.7 per cent from 2015-2020. The report investigates the potential of the material within the semiconductor marketplace, and highlights some of the difficulties that must be bridged before graphene becomes an everyday material. The report is clear in suggesting that graphene sheets are set to replace the use of silicon semiconductors but asserts that the main area of concern currently lies in the high production costs.

The key questions addressed in the report are:

  • Market size in 2020 and rate of growth.
  • Market trends.
  • Market drivers and challenges.
  • Current levels of investment within the industry.
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current vendors in the graphene market.

With the chemical vapour deposition process used to make graphene being far more expensive than the methods used to make silicon semiconductors the graphene market is still very much in its infancy. However the report is unequivocal in identifying graphene as an excellent investment opportunity. With the market still in its early stages and with high levels of investment required to bring the technology to maturity the potential for share offers from smaller companies aiming to float on the stock exchange is tantalising.

Whether an investor chooses to wait and see who emerge as the lead producers in the market or whether they invest early and keep a close eye on share performance with the possibility of moving investments at a later date remains a perennial consideration, however, from the strength of this report it would seem clear that graphene will be a hard to beat investment for the next 10 years.