The Global Market for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes 2021

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Published May 2021 | 96 pages, 61 tables, 17 figures | Table of contents

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. Owing to their unique structure, they exhibit excellent electronic, thermal, and mechanical properties including: 

  • 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. And this can be achieved using a very low concentration of SWCNTs – starting from 0.01% of the total weight of the material. 

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. This has recently charge due to improvements in manufacturing and capacity increases and they are finding wider application in thin-film transistors, fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, rubber, composites, coatings and more. 

Report contents include:

  • Properties of SWCNTs.
  • Assessment of economic prospects of the market for SWCNTs
  • Market trends impacting the market for SWCNTs
  • Main applications and markets for SWCNTs. Markets covered include composites, coatings, rubber additives, batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, construction materials, thermal interphase materials (TIM),  plastics, electronics, power cables, adhesives and lubricants.
  • Demand for SWCNTs by market
  • SWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030
  • Annual production capacity of the key SWCNT producers
  • In-depth SWCNT producer profiles. Producers profiled include Chasm Advanced Materials, Meijo Nano Carbon, Nanointegris, Nano-C, OCSiAl , Thomas Swan and Zeon Nano Technology.

 

 

 

1              INTRODUCTION 10

  • 1.1          Unique properties           10
  • 1.2          Advantages of SWCNTs over other carbon-based materials as conductive additives            14
  • 1.3          Other types of carbon nanotubes and related materials  15
  • 1.4          Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) gaining market traction            19

 

2              THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES             20

  • 2.1          Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) market          20
    • 2.1.1      Global MWCNT market consumption      20
    • 2.1.2      Production capacities in 2021      21
    • 2.1.3      Applications       22
  • 2.2          Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) market           27
    • 2.2.1      Global SWCNT market consumption        27
    • 2.2.2      Production capacities     28

 

3              SWCNT PRICING               29

 

4              MARKETS FOR SWCNTS 30

  • 4.1          COMPOSITES     30
    • 4.1.1      Market overview             31
    • 4.1.2      Fiber-based polymer composite parts     32
      • 4.1.2.1   Market assessment        32
      • 4.1.2.2   Market demand for SWCNTs in thermosets and thermoplastics   33
    • 4.1.3      Metal-matrix composites             34
      • 4.1.3.1   Market assessment        34
      • 4.1.3.2   Market demand for SWCNTs in metal-matrix composites               36
  • 4.2          COATINGS          37
    • 4.2.1      Market overview             37
    • 4.2.2      Market assessment        38
    • 4.2.3      Market demand for SWCNTs in coatings 39
  • 4.3          RUBBER ADDITIVES         40
    • 4.3.1      Tyres     40
      • 4.3.1.1   Market overview             40
      • 4.3.1.2   Market assessment        40
      • 4.3.1.3   Market demand for SWCNTs in tyres       41
    • 4.3.2      Rubber technical goods 42
      • 4.3.2.1   Market overview             42
      • 4.3.2.2   Market demand for SWCNTs in rubber technical goods   43
  • 4.4          FUEL CELLS          44
    • 4.4.1      Market overview             44
    • 4.4.2      Market assessment        45
    • 4.4.3      Market demand for SWCNTs in rubber technical goods   46
  • 4.5          CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS       48
    • 4.5.1      Cement 48
      • 4.5.1.1   Market overview             48
      • 4.5.1.2   Market assessment        48
      • 4.5.1.3   Market demand for SWCNTs in cement  49
  • 4.6          ANTI-STATIC PLASTICS   51
    • 4.6.1      Market overview             51
    • 4.6.2      Market assessment        51
    • 4.6.3      Market demand for SWCNTs in anti-static plastics              52
  • 4.7          TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE FILMS         54
    • 4.7.1      Market overview             54
    • 4.7.2      Market assessment        54
    • 4.7.3      Market demand for SWCNTs in transparent conductive films        55
  • 4.8          POWER CABLES 56
    • 4.8.1      Market overview             56
    • 4.8.2      Market assessment        56
    • 4.8.3      Market demand for SWCNTs in power cables       57
  • 4.9          ADHESIVES         58
    • 4.9.1      Market overview             59
    • 4.9.2      Market assessment        59
    • 4.9.3      Market demand for SWCNTs in adhesives             60
  • 4.10        LUBRICANTS      61
    • 4.10.1    Market overview             62
    • 4.10.2    Market assessment        62
    • 4.10.3    Market demand for SWCNTs in lubricants              63
  • 4.11        BATTERIES           65
    • 4.11.1    Market overview             65
    • 4.11.2    Market assessment        67
    • 4.11.3    Market demand for SWCNTs in batteries               68
  • 4.12        THERMAL INTERFACE MATERIALS             69
    • 4.12.1    Market overview             69
  • 4.13        SUPERCAPACITORS         70
    • 4.13.1    Market overview             70

 

5              SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES COMPANY PROFILES        71 (14 COMPANY PROFILES)

 

6              RESEARCH METHODOLOGY         92

 

7              REFERENCES       93

 

Tables

  • Table 1. Typical properties of SWCNT and MWCNT.          11
  • Table 2. Markets, benefits and applications of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. 12
  • Table 3. Comparison between single-walled carbon nanotubes and multi-walled carbon nanotubes.          14
  • Table 4. Comparison of carbon-based additives in terms of the main parameters influencing their value proposition as a conductive additive.    15
  • Table 5. Other types of carbon nanotubes.           15
  • Table 6. MWCNT market consumption (metric tons), 2018-2031. 20
  • Table 7. Annual production capacity of the key MWCNT producers in 2021 (MT). 22
  • Table 8. Applications of MWCNTs.            22
  • Table 9. SWCNT market demand forecast (metric tons), 2018-2031.           27
  • Table 10. Annual production capacity of SWCNT producers in 2021 (KG). 28
  • Table 11. SWCNTs pricing.            29
  • Table 12. Markets and applications for SWCNTs. 30
  • Table 13. Advanced composites, properties and materials.            30
  • Table 14. Market overview for SWCNTs in composites.    31
  • Table 15. Market and applications for SWCNTs in fiber-based composite parts.    32
  • Table 16. Potential market for SWCNT based products in thermosets based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030.  33
  • Table 17. Potential market for SWCNT based products in thermoplastics based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons.      34
  • Table 18. Market and applications for SWCNTs in metal matrix composites.           34
  • Table 19. Potential market for SWCNT based products in metal-matrix composites based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons.              36
  • Table 20. Market overview for SWCNTs in coatings.          37
  • Table 21. Market and applications for SWCNTs in coatings.            38
  • Table 22. Potential market for SWCNT based products in coatings based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons.                39
  • Table 23. Market overview for SWCNTs in tyres. 40
  • Table 24. Market and applications for carbon nanotubes in tyres.               40
  • Table 25. Potential market for SWCNT based products in tyres based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons.   41
  • Table 26. Market and applications for SWCNTs in rubber technical goods.              42
  • Table 27. Potential market for SWCNT based products in rubber technical goods based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons.         43
  • Table 28. Electrical conductivity of different catalyst supports compared to carbon nanotubes.    44
  • Table 29. Market overview for SWCNTs in fuel cells           44
  • Table 30. Market and applications for SWCNTs in fuel cells.           45
  • Table 31. SWCNT market demand in fuel cells.    46
  • Table 32. Market and applications for carbon nanotubes in cement.         48
  • Table 33. Carbon nanotubes for cement.               49
  • Table 34. SWCNT market demand in cement.      49
  • Table 35. Market overview for SWCNTs in anti-static plastics.       51
  • Table 36. Market and applications for SWCNTs in anti-static plastics          51
  • Table 37. SWCNT market demand in anti-static plastics.  52
  • Table 38. Market overview for SWCNTs in transparent conductive films.  54
  • Table 39. Market and applications for SWCNTs in transparent conductive films.   54
  • Table 40. SWCNT market demand in transparent conductive films.            55
  • Table 41. Market overview for SWCNTs in power cables. 56
  • Table 42. Market and applications for SWCNTs in power cables.  56
  • Table 43. Potential market for SWCNTs conductive additives in power cables based on penetration forecasts 2017- 2030, tons.         57
  • Table 44. Applications and benefits of SWCTNs in adhesives.        58
  • Table 45. Market overview for SWCNTs in adhesives        59
  • Table 46. Market and applications for SWCNTs in adhesives.        59
  • Table 47. Potential market for SWCNTs in adhesives based on penetration forecasts 2017- 2030, tons.      60
  • Table 48. Nanomaterial lubricant products.          61
  • Table 49. Market overview for SWCNTs in lubricants.       62
  • Table 50. Market and applications for SWCNTs in lubricants.         62
  • Table 51. Potential market for SWCNTs in lubricants based on penetration forecasts 2017- 2030, tons.      64
  • Table 52. Market overview for SWCNTs in batteries.         65
  • Table 53. Market and applications for SWCNTs in batteries.          67
  • Table 54. Potential market for SWCNTs in batteries based on penetration forecasts 2017- 2030, tons.       68
  • Table 55. Application of SWCNTs in thermal interface materials. 69
  • Table 56. Application of SWCNTs in supercapacitors.        70
  • Table 57. Chasm SWCNT products.           71
  • Table 58.  MEIJO eDIPS product. 78
  • Table 59. Thomas Swan SWCNT production.         85
  • Table 60. Ex-producers of SWCNTs.          90
  • Table 61. SWCNTs distributors.  90

 

Figures

  • Figure 1. Types of single-walled carbon nanotubes.          12
  • Figure 2. Double-walled carbon nanotube bundle cross-section micrograph and model.   16
  • Figure 3. TEM image of FWNTs. 16
  • Figure 4. Schematic representation of carbon nanohorns.              17
  • Figure 5. TEM image of carbon onion.     18
  • Figure 6. Schematic of Boron Nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). Alternating B and N atoms are shown in blue and red.   19
  • Figure 7. MWCNT market demand forecast (metric tons), 2018-2030.        21
  • Figure 8. Demand for MWCNT by application in 2020.      26
  • Figure 9. SWCNT market demand forecast (metric tons), 2018-2031.          27
  • Figure 10. Comparison of nanofillers with supplementary cementitious materials and aggregates in concrete.       48
  • Figure 11. Electrochemical performance of nanomaterials in LIBs.              65
  • Figure 12. Schematic of a fluidized bed reactor which is able to scale up the generation of SWNTs using the CoMoCAT process.               72
  • Figure 13. Carbon nanotube paint product.           77
  • Figure 14. HiPCO® Reactor.          81
  • Figure 15. Smell iX16 multi-channel gas detector chip.     83
  • Figure 16. The Smell Inspector.  84
  • Figure 17. Toray CNF printed RFID.           87

 

 

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