Azerbaijan Investment Company and Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park Sign MOU with SouthWest NanoTechnologies for a Major Carbon Nanotube Project in Republic of Azerbaijan

16 December 2014

Azerbaijan Investment Company and Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park Sign MOU with SouthWest NanoTechnologies for a Major Carbon Nanotube Project in Republic of Azerbaijan

AIC says it and SWeNT will be partners in the project, located at the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park, approximately 20 miles from the capital city of Baku.

According to AIC, initial production scale is expected to be 1,000 tonnes (1 million kg.) per year of carbon nanotubes beginning in 2016.

“We are pleased to begin our collaboration with SWeNT and SCIP, and are optimistic about the implementation of this project in the Azerbaijan Republic,” said Rovshan Najaf, Executive Director of AIC.

“The market for carbon nanotubes is expected to grow very rapidly over the next decade,” said David Arthur, CEO of SWeNT. "A state-of-the-art production facility at Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park will greatly expand our capacity to deliver SWeNT carbon nanotube products to customers worldwide.” 

“SWeNT is a leader in high quality carbon nanotubes manufacturing and applications,” said Nazim Talibov, Acting Director of SCIP. "We are excited about the opportunity to establish a world class carbon nanotube production operation at Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park.” 

AIC explains that carbon nanotubes are advanced nanomaterials that can enable ground breaking new applications in many industries including plastics, elastomers, textiles, coatings, construction materials, batteries, supercapacitors, printed electronics, sensors, memory devices and medical applications. Carbon nanotubes are extremely stable materials and are considered one of the strongest materials known. They self-assemble into robust networks that maintain electrical conductivity even after significant stretching. Carbon nanotubes conduct electricity and heat better than copper and are superior semiconductors than silicon at nanoscale.

SWeNT, established in 2001 as a spin-off of the University of Oklahoma, US and NASA, says it has become a leading developer and manufacturer of single-wall, few-wall and multi-wall carbon nanotubes. SWeNT carbon nanotubes are used by more than 1,000 customers worldwide in industries ranging from consumer electronics to energy storage and composite manufacturing.

The combination of SWeNT’s patented CoMoCAT catalyst technology and its Catalytic Chemical Vapour Deposition (CCVD) / fluidised bed reactor platform results in the world’s most selective and scalable synthesis for carbon nanotubes.

According to SWeNT, its investors currently include Insight Technology Capital Partners, Panasonic Ventures, Itochu Plastics, Counter Point Ventures, Berwind Private Equity, Novus Capital and SOS Ventures of Dublin, Ireland.

AIC is a state-owned equity investment firm established in 2006 to support development in the non-oil sector of the national economy via termed-equity injections in partnership with local and foreign investors. AIC manages quite a diverse portfolio of non-hydrocarbon projects with the overall value currently standing at over $1.1 billion. 

Integration of new technologies and know-how and promotion of modernisation, innovation, and competitiveness are among the priority objectives of AIC, as well as contributing to the development of the capital markets, and identifying investment opportunities for foreign and local investors.

SCIP was established in 2011 to serve a very specific task of development of a competitive industrial production facility based on advanced technologies to become a major chemical industrial centre for the region at large.

Occupying a thoroughly developed territory of 730 acres (296 hectares), SCIP says it will be offering turn-key facilities for production and manufacturing, laboratories and office blocks, a vocational training school, exhibition and conference centres, a logistics centre and other facilities, which will be operated on a one-stop-shop basis. Businesses operating within SCIP will benefit from a seven-year tax exemption applied to their property, land, corporate income and VAT on imported equipment.

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