Directa Plus awarded patent for G+ Elastomeric Composition for Tyres

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Graphene Plus simultaneously reduces resistance and increases grip in automobile, motorcycle and bicycle tyres

Directa Plus plc (AIM: DCTA), a producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in consumer
and industrial markets, announces that the Ufficio Brevetti e Marchi (Italian Patent and Trademark Office)
has granted the Company a patent for the product and application of its new graphene-based solution for
enhancing the performance of tyres. Specifically, the patent covers Directa Plus’ ‘elastomeric composition
comprising graphene and tyre components comprising said composition’.

The incorporation of Graphene Plus (G+) in tyres produces the joint effect of simultaneously reducing
rolling resistance and increasing grip. The result is a tyre that is both faster in motion and safer in turning
under braking or in extreme weather conditions. In addition, the effectiveness of G+ reduces fuel
consumption as overcoming resisting forces accounts for a significant proportion of a vehicle’s fuel usage
as well as increasing the lifespan of the tyre due to reduced wear. As a result, the application of G+ offers
economic efficiency as well as environmental sustainability.

The benefits of incorporating G+ into tyres have been demonstrated by the Company’s longstanding
relationship with Vittoria group, a leading manufacturer of bicycle tyres. Vittoria has launched multiple
award-winning G+ bicycle tyres for on-road and off-road use. The Company is also conducting ongoing
tests with other automotive and potential industrial partners of its G+ elastomeric composition for tyres.

Giulio Cesareo, Chief Executive Officer of Directa Plus, said: “The push for fuel efficiency from
consumers and environmental groups means there is a growing demand for eco-friendly tyres. Offering
tyres that are both sustainable and performance-enhancing reflects the core values of Directa Plus, and is
bringing real innovation to an established and expanding industry. The unique qualities of G+ have been
validated in bicycle tyres through our commercial partnership with Vittoria. The receipt of this latest
patent means we are now well positioned to expand the rollout of G+ tyres to the global automobile and
motorcycle industries.”

The Company now has a portfolio of 17 patents granted and 15 pending.

Enquiries
Directa Plus plc
Giulio Cesareo, CEO
Marco Ferrari, CFO

+39 02 36714458

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Nominated Adviser and Broker)
Marc Milmo, David Foreman (Corporate Finance)
Alex Pollen (Sales)

+44 20 7894 7000

Luther Pendragon (Financial PR)
Harry Chathli, Claire Norbury, Alexis Gore +44 20 7618 9100

About Directa Plus

Directa Plus is one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products for use in consumer
and industrial markets worldwide. By incorporating Directa Plus’ unique graphene blends, identified by
the G+ brand, its customers can enhance the performance of their end products without significantly
increasing their cost. Directa Plus graphene-based products are natural, chemical-free, sustainably
produced and tailored to specific customer requirements for commercial applications such as smart
textiles, tyres, composite materials and environmental solutions.

Established in 2005, the Company has a patented technology process and a scalable and exportable
manufacturing model. It produces graphene-based products at its own factory in Lomazzo, Italy, and can
set up additional production at customer locations to reduce transport costs, waste and time-to- utilisation.
Directa Plus partners with customers to enable them to offer the high-performance benefits of graphene in
their own products.

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