Two more firms have joined the race to produce carbon nanotubes in commercial quantities at reasonable prices.
Two more firms have joined the race to produce carbon nanotubes in commercial quantities at reasonable prices. These pure carbon tubes are 10,000 times finer than a human hair—1 to 60 nanometers (nm) wide and at least 1000 to 10,000 nm long. They have exciting potential as conductive additives and reinforcements in plastics and composites. One new player is Arkema of France (U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia), which recently launched the first nanotube plant in Europe. This pilot facility can produce up to 11 tons/yr. The product will be officially launched this month at the JEC Composites show in Paris. Also, Raymor Industries, Advanced Powders & Coatings Div., Montreal, plans to launch its first “high-capacity” plant, capable of up to around 3.5 tons/yr, by the end of this month. Tel: (514) 932-8805 • www.raymor.com