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Japans Daikin buys into Siberian graphene nanotubes manufacturer

30 Jul '21
The Japanese company, the world leader in the production of air conditioners, heating and ventilation systems, Daikin Industries, has become a shareholder of the Novosibirsk graphene nanotube manufacturer OCSiAl. The company is part of the Rusnano portfolio.

After the deal with Daikin, OCSiAl was valued at $2 billion. In 2019, the company was valued at $ 1 billion. The parties will jointly develop, produce and market solutions based on graphene nanotubes for next-generation lithium-ion batteries and fluoropolymers. In the past three years, the companies have been jointly developing.

Boris Podolskiy, executive director of the Rusnano Management Company, calls the carbon nanotubes produced by OCSiAl a magic modifier that, if used correctly, can improve the properties of many base materials.

These nanotubes can improve the performance of plastics, rubber, composites, paints and coatings, and lithium-ion batteries. According to the company itself, OCSiAl accounts for 97% of the world production of single-walled carbon nanotubes. The production capacity in 2020 was 80 tons.

The founders of OCSiAl (head office in Luxembourg) are physicist Mikhail Predtechensky and entrepreneurs Yuri Koropachinsky, Yuri Zelvensky and Oleg Kirillov. OCSiAl is the only company that owns a scalable technology for the industrial synthesis of graphene nanotubes.

Rusnano acquired a stake in the company in 2014. According to Forbes, it was 17.3%.
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