THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are one-atom-thick rolled-up graphene sheets, typically with diameters between 0.6 and 2.0 nm and lengths up to 500 mm. The most remarkable properties of nanotubes are found in SWCNTs:

  • Incredible strength (they are 100 times stronger than steel at one sixth the weight);
  • Electrical conductivity as high as copper, but five times lighter;
  • Thermal conductivity as high as diamond (up to 1000oC);
  • Huge surface area;
  • Highest length-to-diameter ratio;
  • Flexibility;
  • Thermal stability;
  • Lightweight;
  • Chemical inertness (SWCNTs are compatible with almost all materials).

Due to these unique properties, SWCNTs have great potential for utilisation as a multi-functional additive and as the basis for creating new products with previously unattainable properties. They allow to improve the specific features of most known materials. And this can be achieved using a very low concentration of SWCNTs – starting from 0.01% of the total weight of the material.

Single-walled carbon nanotubes are vastly superior to multiwall ones in terms of their specific properties. While a SWCNT is a rolled-up graphene sheet, a MWCNT is a rolled-up graphite sheet. Their properties and impact on materials differ just as graphene properties differ from graphite properties. MWCNTs only become efficient at concentrations which are 20 to 100 higher than the concentrations of SWCNTs. MWCNTs cannot be used in applications where colour or transparency are important.

However, SWCNTs have not been used in industry until recently owing to the absence of technology for their mass production and, as a consequence, their high price.

Report contents include:

  • Properties of SWCNTs
  • Patent analysis
  • Assessment of economic prospects of the market for SWCNTs
  • Market trends impacting the market for SWCNTs
  • Main applications for SWCNTs
  • Demand for SWCNTs by market
  • Competitive landscape for carbon-based additives
  • Market segmentation by producer
  • SWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030
  • Annual production capacity of the key SWCNT producers
  • In-depth SWCNT producer profiles

Content: 62 pages | Published March 2019 Table of contents

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1          Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10

  • 1.1.     Single-walled carbon nanotubes and their properties……………………………………………………………………. 10
  • 1.2.     Single-walled carbon nanotubes patents…………………………………………………………………………………….. 2

2          The global market for Single-walled carbon nanotubes…………………………………………………………………. 3

  • 2.1      Multi-walled carbon nanotubes market……………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  • 2.2      Single-walled carbon nanotubes market……………………………………………………………………………………… 5

3          Single-walled carbon nanotubes market players…………………………………………………………………………. 13

  • 3.1      Single-walled carbon nanotubes key market players…………………………………………………………………….. 13
  • 3.2      OCSiAl Group……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 13
  • 3.3      Zeon Nano Technology Co. Ltd., Japan…………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
  • 3.4      Nano-C, Inc., USA……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 16
  • 3.5      NanoIntegris Technologies Inc. c/o Raymor Industries Inc., Canada………………………………………………… 17
  • 3.6      Meijo Nano Carbon Co. Ltd., Japan………………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
  • 3.7      Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd., United Kindom………………………………………………………………………………….. 19
  • 3.8      Chasm Advanced Materials, Inc., USA……………………………………………………………………………………… 20
  • 3.9      Key players competitive analysis……………………………………………………………………………………………… 21
  • 3.10          Other players in the Single-walled carbon nanotubes market……………………………………………………… 28
    • 3.10.1       Other producers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 28
    • 3.10.2       Ex-producers………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 29
    • 3.10.3       Distributors…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 29

4          Competitive landscape for carbon-based additives……………………………………………………………………… 31

  • 4.1      MWCNT…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 32
    • 4.1.1         Brief description…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 32
    • 4.1.2         Volumes, values and growth…………………………………………………………………………………………… 32
    • 4.1.3         Key Trends…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
    • 4.1.4         Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 33
  • 4.2      Graphene…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 33
    • 4.2.1         Brief description…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 33
    • 4.2.2         Volumes, values and growth…………………………………………………………………………………………… 36
    • 4.2.3         Key Trends…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
    • 4.2.4         Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 37
  • 4.3      Carbon fibers………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
    • 4.3.1         Brief description…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 37
    • 4.3.2         Volumes, values and growth…………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
    • 4.3.3         Key Trends…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
    • 4.3.4         Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
  • 4.4      Carbon black………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
    • 4.4.1         Brief description…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
    • 4.4.2         Volumes, values and growth…………………………………………………………………………………………… 39
    • 4.4.3         Key Trends…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
    • 4.4.4         Growth………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42

5          SWCNT current and potential applications…………………………………………………………………………………. 43

  • 5.1      High-volume consuming SWCNT applications…………………………………………………………………………….. 43
    • 5.1.1         Fiber-based polymer composite parts……………………………………………………………………………….. 43
    • 5.1.2         Industrial coatings………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 44
    • 5.1.3         Tyres………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 45
    • 5.1.4         Materials for electrochemical power sources………………………………………………………………………. 45
      • 5.1.4.1     Batteries………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 45
      • 5.1.4.2     Fuel cells……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
      • 5.1.4.3     Supercapacitors………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
    • 5.1.5         Rubber technical goods…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
    • 5.1.6         Construction materials………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 47
      • 5.1.6.1     Cement…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 47
      • 5.1.6.2     Asphalt bitumen………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 47
      • 5.1.6.3     Ultra-high-performance concrete…………………………………………………………………………………. 48
  • 5.2      Moderate-volume consuming SWCNT applications……………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 5.2.1         Thermal interphase materials (TIM)………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
    • 5.2.2         Anti-static plastic parts………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 49
    • 5.2.3         Transparent conductive films………………………………………………………………………………………….. 49
    • 5.2.4         Power cable……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 50
    • 5.2.5         Metal-matrix composite parts………………………………………………………………………………………….. 50
  • 5.3      Global SWCNT demand by application……………………………………………………………………………………… 51

6          References…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 52

Tables

  • Table 1. Typical properties of SWCNT and MWCNT…………………………………………………………………………………. 10
  • Table 2. Main SWCNT patent assignees…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
  • Table 3. Location of SWCNT patent filings 2008-2018………………………………………………………………………………… 2
  • Table 4. MWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030………………………………………………………………………. 3
  • Table 5. Annual production capacity of the key MWCNT producers in 2018…………………………………………………….. 4
  • Table 6. SWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030.*…………………………………………………………………….. 5
  • Table 7. Annual production capacity of the key SWCNT producers in 2018……………………………………………………… 5
  • Table 8. Market trends impacting the market for SWCNTs…………………………………………………………………………… 6
  • Table 9. OCSiAl Group, company description-SWCNT production history, SWCNT capacity 2018, SWCNT and SWCNT-based products and prices, SWCNT sales, 2018, SWCNT sales territory, SWCNT production method, Current SWCNT applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 13
  • Table 10. Zeon Nano Technology Co. Ltd., company description-SWCNT production history, SWCNT capacity 2018, SWCNT and SWCNT-based products and prices, SWCNT sales, 2018, SWCNT sales territory, SWCNT production method, Current SWCNT applications…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
  • Table 11. Nano-C, Inc., company description-SWCNT production history, SWCNT capacity 2018, SWCNT and SWCNT-based products and prices, SWCNT sales, 2018, SWCNT sales territory, SWCNT production method, Current SWCNT applications…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16
  • Table 12. NanoIntegris Technologies Inc. c/o Raymor Industries Inc., company description-SWCNT production history, SWCNT capacity 2018, SWCNT and SWCNT-based products and prices, SWCNT sales, 2018, SWCNT sales territory, SWCNT production method, Current SWCNT applications……………………………………………………….. 17
  • Table 13. Meijo Nano Carbon Co. Ltd., company description-SWCNT production history, SWCNT capacity 2018, SWCNT and SWCNT-based products and prices, SWCNT sales, 2018, SWCNT sales territory, SWCNT production method, Current SWCNT applications…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
  • Table 14. Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd., company description-SWCNT production history, SWCNT capacity 2018, SWCNT and SWCNT-based products and prices, SWCNT sales, 2018, SWCNT sales territory, SWCNT production method, Current SWCNT applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 19
  • Table 15. Chasm Advanced Materials, Inc., company description-SWCNT production history, SWCNT capacity 2018, SWCNT and SWCNT-based products and prices, SWCNT sales, 2018, SWCNT sales territory, SWCNT production method, Current SWCNT applications…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
  • Table 16. The most remarkable SWCNT producers summary…………………………………………………………………….. 23
  • Table 17. Comparative analysis of SWCNT key producers…………………………………………………………………………. 28
  • Table 18. Comparison of carbon-based additives in terms of the main parameters influencing their value proposition as a conductive additive…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31
  • Table 19. Key MWCNT producers………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 32
  • Table 20. Main applications for MWCNTs, volumes, potential for SWCNT to gain market share…………………………. 33
  • Table 21. Key graphene producers……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 33
  • Table 22. Graphene oxide production capacity in tons per year, 2010-2018…………………………………………………… 34
  • Table 23. Graphene nanoplatelets capacity in tons per year, 2010-2018……………………………………………………….. 35
  • Table 24. CVD graphene film capacity in tons per year, 2010-2018 (000s m2)……………………………………………….. 35
  • Table 25. Main applications for graphene, volumes, potential for SWCNT to gain market share………………………….. 37
  • Table 26. Key players in carbon fibers…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
  • Table 27. Main applications for carbon fibers, volumes, potential for SWCNT to gain market share…………………….. 38
  • Table 28. Carbon black capacity by company…………………………………………………………………………………………. 39
  • Table 29. Specialty carbon black market volume, 2015-2025……………………………………………………………………… 40
  • Table 30. Main applications for carbon black potential for SWCNT to gain market share…………………………………… 42
  • Table 31. Classification of Single-walled carbon nanotubes applications by type of industrial product ranged in terms of their potential of SWCNT consumption…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 43
  • Table 32. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for fiber-based composite parts. Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………….. 43
  • Table 33. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for industrial coatings-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………………………… 44
  • Table 34. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for tyres application-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration………………………………………. 45
  • Table 35. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for materials for batteries-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………………………… 45
  • Table 36. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for materials for fuel cell-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………………………… 45
  • Table 37. Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration.. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for materials for supercapacitors……………. 46
  • Table 38. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for rubber technical goods-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………………………… 46
  • Table 39. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for cement-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………………………………………………. 47
  • Table 40. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for asphalt bitumen-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration………………………………………. 47
  • Table 41. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for ultra-high-performance concrete-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………….. 48
  • Table 42. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for TIM-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………………………………………………. 48
  • Table 43. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for anti-static plastic parts-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………………………… 49
  • Table 44. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for transparent conductive films-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………….. 49
  • Table 45. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for power cables-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration………………………………………. 50
  • Table 46. Single-walled carbon nanotubes for metal-matrix composite parts-Application, key benefits, competing materials, SWCNT working concentration, global market demand, potential for SWCNT penetration…………….. 50
  • Table 47. Global SWCNT demand by application. Estimates based on 2017 global market……………………………….. 51

 

Figures

  • Figure 1. SWCNT patent applications 2001-2018.Source : WIPO………………………………………………………………….. 2
  • Figure 2. Demand for MWCNT by application in 2018………………………………………………………………………………… 4
  • Figure 3. SWCNT production capacity by producer in 2018 (tons)……………………………………………………………….. 26
  • Figure 4. Calculated SWCNT sales volume by producer in 2018 (kg)……………………………………………………………. 26
  • Figure 5. Global market for carbon black in 2016, by end user market.Source: Future Markets, Inc…………………….. 40
  • Figure 6. Demand for carbon black, by market, 2014-2025, million metric tons.Source: Future Markets, Inc………….. 41
  • Figure 7. Specialty carbon black market volume, 2015-2025………………………………………………………………………. 41