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Progress in Global Carbon Nanotubes

24 October 2002

According to the report, the global market for nanotubes in 2002 will reach approximately $12 million and this number is expected to grow substantially over the next three years.

Today, there are 16 major producers of carbon nanotubes, half of which are in the United States. Additionally, countries such as Japan, Korea, China and France have all announced industrial-scale nanotube production facilities that should be online within three years. These are some of many findings in Carbon Nanotubes Worldwide Status and Outlook, Applications, Applied Industries, Production, R&D and Commercial Implications, from MRG, Inc. and Fuji-Keizai USA.

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are molecules of carbon related to two other carbon crystal forms, graphite and diamonds. Single-walled nanotubes (SWNT) average 1.2 nm (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) in diameter, which is much smaller in size than the most advanced semiconductor devices. Additionally, their length can be millions of times greater than their tiny diameters, making their structures more like long strands than spheres. They are often described as looking like rolls of graphite chicken wire, but CNTs are actually part of the fullerene* family and are essentially buckyballs expanded from the center into cylinders.

A carbon nanotube market forecast projecting total market size to 2005 is included. The report also identifies future directions in the nanotube R&D, emerging trends and key commercial opportunities.

The report examines the current commercial applications for nanotubes which include conductive polymers, advanced composites, fibers and displays. Industries already utilizing these applications include automotive, electronics, aerospace, household appliances, sporting goods, telecommunications equipment, energy, and medical. The report also includes 2002-2005 sales forecasts for each of these sectors.






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