World's Largest Nanotube Production Facility in Luxembourg
The Ministry of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and OCSiAl, the world’s largest manufacturer of single wall carbon nanotubes, have agreed to collaborate with regard to the construction of a nanotube production facility that will have an annual capacity of 250 tonnes. OCSiAl’s investment will total about EUR 80 to 100 million and the project is expected to generate up to 200 highly qualified jobs in R&D, manufacturing, sales and marketing, maintenance and support services.
The Luxembourg government intends to grant OCSiAl a surface right on industrial land for the construction of the synthesis facility and an R&D center for the development of nanotube industrial applications. Indeed, OCSiAl has already chosen a plot of land in Differdange proposed by the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, as the site where this ambitious project will be realized.
In addition to the synthesis facility, OCSiAl intends to construct a centre for applied nanotechnology focused on industrial solutions for composite, elastomer and thermoplastic materials that will be based on the most cutting-edge nanotechnology achievements. The company is continuing to contribute to applied science and is in close cooperation with more than 20 scientific centres in many countries, including the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in Luxembourg, the Fraunhofer Society, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK) and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in Germany, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Korea, the Moscow State University in Russia, Bar-Ilan University and Ariel University in Israel, and Rice University in the USA.
So far, OCSiAl is the only company that is allowed to produce and commercialise single wall carbon nanotubes in industrial volumes in Europe. In September 2016, its core product, Tuball single wall carbon nanotubes, became the first in that category to be registered under the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations, thus taking the lead in raising the transparency of nanotube management worldwide and boosting their application in a wide range of industries.
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