Single-wall carbon nanotubes complete REACH registration

OCSiAl is the world’s first manufacturer of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to complete REACH registration.

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A collaboration between UK research firm Envigo, Intertek Pittsfield (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Luxembourg-based OCSiAl LLC has worked to meet regulatory requirements for its TUBALL single-wall carbon nanotubes. As a result of the collaboration, OCSiAl has opened a new substance in the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation under the number 01-2120130006-75-0000. This registration proves that TUBALL single-wall carbon nanotubes fully comply with REACH regulations. OCSiAl is the world’s first manufacturer of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to complete REACH registration.

Over the course of six months, scientists at OCSiAl, Envigo and Intertek collaborated to conduct extensive research and testing on potentially hazardous properties of SWCNT. These efforts resulted in a technical and highly detailed analysis of SWCNT, their nature and potential risks, as well as in specifications on particular methods of risk management. This in-depth information will support the expansion of mass applications of SWCNT in various industries, including consumable products.

With its REACH registration, OCSiAl currently commercializes 10 tons of single-wall carbon nanotubes in Europe. OCSiAl’s global production capacity of TUBALL will reach 60 tons next year. REACH registration will support OCSiAl’s drive to further scale up its nanotube manufacturing volumes and boost the company’s presence in the European market.

“It’s very exciting for Envigo to be a partner in fostering important innovation – in this instance bringing our skills, expertise and comprehensive REACH testing capabilities to help OCSiAl meet all of the REACH requirements for its TUBALL product. We are therefore delighted to have worked closely with Intertek and OCSiAl to enable the REACH registration of single-wall carbon nanotubes – an industry first,” says Adrian Hardy, CEO of Envigo.