Graphene product developer OCSiAl has opened a European R&D and technical support center in Luxembourg to develop next-gen materials with graphene nanotubes.
The company states its decision to open the center is related to the fact that Europe is at the forefront of developments in material engineering solutions, including the ongoing auto industry revolution. The use of graphene for the production of energy efficient tires and lightweight car bodies, will be the main focus for its European engineering team.
The new center covers an area of 350m2 and developments will be targeted toward elastomers and thermoplastic composites, enhanced with graphene nanotubes.
“OCSiAl’s product line is constantly growing. We have developed high-performance solutions for Li-ion batteries and various polymers, many of which have already been accepted as an industry standard. And in fact, one of the best demonstrators and drivers of most nanotube developments is auto industry. Graphene nanotubes significantly enhance and even grant new properties to all the materials that are being used in cars. We make it possible to make safer, lighter, smarter and more eco-friendly vehicles,” explained Konstantin Notman, OCSiAl senior vice president, OCSiAl Europe CEO.
The company also plans to open the world’s largest graphene nanotube synthesizing facility in Luxembourg in 2023.