Directa Plus has developed a new waterproof textile membrane featuring the company's G+ graphene nanoplatelets, contained in a polyurethane film. The new membrane will be marketed under the names Grafytherm and Grafyshield. The company has already secured an Italian patent, and is in the process of extending it internationally. According to Directa Plus, the use of graphene provides thermal and electrical conductivity, infrared absorption and anti-bacterial functionality. The membrane, developed in conjunction with Novaresin, is also said to offer water protection and breathability. The product will be initially targeted at the apparel market, while future uses are also expected to include smart textile and electronic applications.