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Posted: February 26, 2010
Nanocyl and 3B-Fibreglass to Jointly Develop CNT-Sized Glass Fibres for New Thermoplastic and Structural Composites
(Nanowerk News) Nanocyl announced today it has reached an agreement with 3B-Fibreglass for the joint development of innovative CNT glass fibres for the growing thermoplastic and structural composite markets.
In the agreement, 3B-Fibreglass, one of the leading manufacturers of fibreglass products for the reinforcement of thermoplastics and thermosets, is producing glass fibres which have sizing integrated with SIZICYL, Nanocyl's versatile CNT-sizing agent. SIZICYL is designed to improve the mechanical and electrical properties of composite materials.
The new CNT glass fibers will provide both the electrical conductivity and the improved shear, impact and de-lamination properties OEMs must have for developing the next generation of composite materials, such as 100% recyclable automobile parts and the blades used in wind turbines.
"We look forward to creating an exciting new technology with 3B," said Francis Massin, Chief Executive Officer of Nanocyl. "3B is a dynamic company, and has a unique technical expertise in developing fibreglass reinforcement products that are truly innovative."
"Nanocyl leads the CNT industry with the most conductive carbon nanotubes," said Hugues Jacquemin, Chief Executive Officer of 3B. "We believe the new CNT glass fibres will help OEMs produce new composite materials that perform better at a lower total cost."
Nanocyl S.A., established in 2002, is a leading global manufacturer of specialty and industrial carbon nanotubes. Nanocyl is headquartered in Belgium, and has a division in the U.S., and is opening Nanocyl Korea. The Asia-Pacific market is covered through a network of partners in South Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and China. Nanocyl's products fully meet the requirements of clients active in producing synthetic materials and manufacturing equipment for the automotive and electronic industries. As a worldwide leader in the production of carbon nanotubes, Nanocyl is focused on providing complete and value-added solutions to its customers.
3B-Fibreglass is a leading developer and supplier of fibreglass products and technologies for the reinforcement of thermoplastics and thermosets. The company has two state-of-the-art fibreglass manufacturing facilities in Battice, Belgium and in Birkeland, Norway, and is committed to technological innovation and excellence with an emphasis on environmental responsibility.
The company has two unique glass technologies, Advantex®, an eco-responsible Boron-Free E glass and HiPer-tex™, a high performance glass fibre. Both products are used in a wide range of industrial applications, including transportation (automotive and mass transit), energy (renewable wind and marine energy generation), infrastructure and defense.