The Graphene Flagship management panel announced today (26th July 2016) that the GLADIATOR project – Graphene Layers: Production, Characterizaion and Integration – is now formally a Partnering Project of the Graphene Flagship. This means in practice that the manufacturing partners in GLADIATOR now have associate member status within the Graphene flagship, and that the project has a voice within the flagship. The flagship will seek to further optimise cooperation both between itself and the partner projects, and amongst the partner projects (funded either regionally, nationally or at European level). The benefits of associate member or partnering project status are listed by the Graphene Flagship here.