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Biomed company Bayer expects nanotubes to explode in popularity

Bayer has opened a new Euro 22 million research facility that will be responsible for manufacturing new carbon nanotubes, according to a news report published on the Bayer News Channel.

Specifically, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) will develop "Baytubes," a new multi-wall carbon nanotube technology.

"Current forecasts predict an annual growth rate of 25 percent for carbon nanotubes" said Dr. Joachim Wolff, BMS Executive Committee member, said in a statement.  "We are also expecting nanotechnology to create a total of 100,000 new jobs in the German industry in the medium term."

The new facility is expected to produce 200 metric tons of nanotubes each year.  

There aren't many CNT production facilities in the world, able to meet industrial-scale CNTs -- and this plant will specialize in Baytubes.

Baytubes are different because the modified carbon  is able to be added as a filler to help improve the mechanical strength to metal systems.  BMS offered an example of Baytubes being used in coatings for ships, offering higher abrasion resistance to help reduce wear over time.

The new Baytubes could also be used in skis, surfboards, hockey sticks, bicycle components and similar products. 

Baytubes could be used in numerous ways in a wide variety of industries, with BSN using "thermoplastic and thermoset systems and coatings."

Nanocyl, a Belgian biotech company specializing in nanotubes, is installing a reactor that will be used in nanotube production -- overall product capacity would be up to 400 tons per year.

Traditional multi-wall nanotubes are comprised of rolled layers of graphite, with a small number of carbon nanotube suppliers available.  For the expected growth nanotubes should receive in the coming years, there still aren't a lot of manufacturers available.   

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RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By jiminmpls on 2/2/2010 10:05:44 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, let's adopt German tax rates - and their health insurance system, too. That would signicantly reduce the deficit and make US business much more competitive.

Germany individual income tax rates ,2009

Tax % Tax Base (EUR)
0 Up to 7,834
14% 7,835-52,552
42% 52,553-250,400
45% 250,401 and over

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By clovell on 2/2/10, Rating: 0
RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By Oregonian2 on 2/2/2010 1:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
Here in Oregon, about a week or so ago our voters just increased both personal income taxes "for the rich" and increased corporate taxes. Purpose was to give the legislature more revenues (which are down for some reason). But then our unemployment rate is only about 11%.

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By steven975 on 2/2/2010 4:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
If that 42% means I don't have to worry about my health, I'm all for it.

Of course, if that 42% had SS/Medicare plus a bunch of other stuff added on, not so much.

Really, to be a functional society with any measure of sustainability, the average person would need to pay more than they do now. Included in this average are those that pay nothing and those for which taxes are a source of income (about 25% of our country pays 0% or below net taxes, and 50% pay no (or less) federal income tax).

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By TechIsGr8 on 2/2/2010 1:00:32 PM , Rating: 1
Works for me. At least Germany gives a crap about their people, unlike the USA's predatory capitalism, which would barbecue grill a live human baby on a stick if it could make money on it.

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By porkpie on 2/2/10, Rating: 0
RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By menace on 2/4/2010 6:10:44 PM , Rating: 2
Define "predatory capitalism". Getting people to buy stuff they don't need? How is that accomplished, by hypnotism? Is the example you quoted intended to imply US corporations are free to violate any laws even to commit the most horrific criminal offenses such as murder or are you saying this is an example of something that actually had happened? Can you give one concrete example of what you really mean or are you just spouting vitriol because you don't have the intelligence to make your point with reason?

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By CBeck113 on 2/3/2010 4:49:16 AM , Rating: 2
Actually it's a bit more complex than that - no, alot more complex. The German tax system "rewards" marriage & families, and lets singles pick up these missing costs. Basically, I fit in your 42% bracket with my income, but I actually pay 16% income tax. HOWEVER, then you add health insurance, social insurance, unification "tax", church tax (for us catholics, a WW2 relic that just won't go away...), retirement insurance and unemployment insurance, with then makes about 63% in the bank at the end of the month. A single person would get around 40% out of his salary. Oh, and to put the tax reduction in real numbers: I have €30 more now. That equals six packs of cigarettes if I would smoke, or 26 liters of diesel for my Opel Corsa.

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