Graphene nanotube supplier OCSiAl has opened a new R&D and technical support centre designed to develop next generation materials with graphene nanotubes. The company’s current R&D and technical support centers are located in Asia and Eastern Europe. This new centre is in Luxembourg.
A European centre was will allow the company to take advantage of Europe’s position in the vanguard of developments in material engineering solutions, particularly in the automotive industry. Light-weight and smart car bodies, energy efficient and safe tires, are among the main focuses of OCSiAl’s European team of experts in nanotechnology and materials engineering.
The new centre spans some 350 sq m and hasmore than 50 items of high-end equipment. The major part of all developments will be targeted towards elastomers and thermoplastic composites enhanced with graphene nanotubes that will be widely applied in the cars of the future.
“We make it possible to make safer, lighter, smarter and more eco-friendly vehicles,” said Konstantin Notman, OCSiAl senior vice president, OCSiAl Europe CEO.
“Graphene nanotubes significantly enhance and even grant new properties to all the materials that are being used in cars.”
The company plans to launch the world’s largest graphene nanotube production facility in Luxembourg in 2023.