Nanocyl (Sambreville, Belgium) announced on Nov. 30 that it is installing a new reactor with a capacity of 400 metric tons/year for production of its NC 7000 carbon nanotube technologies. The new reactor, scheduled to come online in July 2010, will be located in Sambreville.
“We have successfully scaled up our carbon nanotube production technology.” stated Francis Massin, CEO 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,” he said.
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 require resistance to chemicals. “The market has recognized that we offer the most conductive carbon nanotubes.”
Nanocyl is also announcing it is expanding its global commercial organization. “This new organization will bring us closer to our customers, and give them more market and technical support,” said Monique Lempereur, global commercial executive director. “It solidifies our global leadership position in providing integrated CNT solutions.”
Newly appointed to the commercial organization are: M. Y. Yun, general manager, Nanocyl Korea; Ralph Lavi, general manager, Nanocyl North America; Dieter Nienhaus, key account senior manager for the automotive industry; Markus Rosenbaum, global business development senior manager for flame retardants and coatings.
According to Lempereur, a new global technical service department is included in the organization. “Our goal is to provide more comprehensive assistance in helping customers select, evaluate, and use the best carbon nanotube technologies for their applications,” she said. Dr. Michael Claes, who has been with Nanocyl for five years, will lead the new department.