Saturday, October 22, 2011

Global carbon nanotubes market - industry beckons

More than 100 companies around the world today are manufacturing carbon nanotubes and this number is expected to increase to more than 200 within the next five years, while there are more than 1,000 companies and institutions that are actively engaged in CNTs Research and Development (R&D).
Currently, carbon nanotubes account for a 28% market share of overall nanomaterials demand. In terms of production capacity, Asia-Pacific leads, followed by North America and the European Union. Table 1 shows CNTs-enabled applications grouped as present, near term and long term, and as categories related to large volume and limited volume segments and their key attributes.
Summary of CNTs-Enabled Applications
Table 1. Summary of CNTs-Enabled Applications. Adapted from the paper on "Potential Applications of Carbon Nanotubes" by P. M. Ajayan et al.

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