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Nanocyl to Expand Production of Carbon Nanotubes

08 December 2009

Nanocyl is installing a new reactor with a capacity of 400 metric tons/year for producing its NC 7000 carbon nanotube technologies. The new reactor, scheduled to come online in July 2010, will be located in Sambreville, Belgium.

“We have successfully scaled up our carbon nanotube production technology.” stated Francis Massin, Chief Executive Officer of Nanocyl. “This new unit will complement the existing reactor that we have already up scaled to 60 metric tons/year. Thanks to these capacity increases, we will be able to support the rapidly growing demand of our customers.”

“This new unit will complement the 3000 tons/year extrusion line we installed midyear that is enabling us to offer PLASTICYL™ thermoplastic concentrates for new applications requiring electrical conductivity and protection from electrostatic discharge (ESD),” added Massin.

According to Massin, Nanocyl also added the capability in September to compound high temperature thermoplastics, such as PEEK, to address the demands of the semicon industry for CNTs that requires also resistance to chemicals.

In addition to this, Nanocyl is expanding its global commercial organization, which will incorporate a new global technical service department. “Our goal is to provide more comprehensive assistance in helping customers select, evaluate, and use the best carbon nanotube technologies for their applications,” said Massin. Dr. Michael Claes, who has been with Nanocyl for five years, will lead the new department.