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February 11th, 2009
Showa Denko plans to build a plant with a capacity of 400 tonne of carbon nanotubes for use in plastics in Japan for start-up in 2010.
The VGCFTM-X grade of carbon nanotubes has been developed using SDK's catalyst and synthesis technologies. According to company sources, the grade has high electrical conductivity and dispersibility, and even a small amount is able to give stable conductivity to plastics.
Applications are expected in static-free plastic cases for the carriage of semi-conductor/hard disk media parts - finer structure semi-conductors and hard disk media with higher density impose higher anti-static demands on plastic cases to prevent contamination and ensure cleanliness of the air in a cleanroom.
Showa Denko has concluded a patent cross-license and a supply agreement with the US-based Hypedrion Catalysis International, which owns many key patents relating to materials and applications in the area of carbon nanotubes, including for plastics composites. Hyperion has been selling its Fibril carbon nanotubes since 1983. The two companies are also pursuing possible joint R&D programmes.
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