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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 TechIsGr8 on 2/2/2010 12:56:40 PM , Rating: 3
US business taxes are some of the lowest in the developed world, due to all the deductions allowed. The Reich wing loves that talking point about high business taxes, but it's simply not true. Most aren't smart enough to research the claim, so when idiots say it, it's as good as true. For those who then say that's why business move offshore, wrong again. Corporations move offshore to avoid ALL taxes. They contribute nothing to the infrastructure that they utilize in order to make profits, including the US highways, airways, communication systems, clean air, clean water, court/justice system, etc. There is no such thing as a "free market". Why do you think corporations aren't lobbying for a "flat tax", or a "fair tax"? Because they know they would actually start having to pay real taxes for a change.

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By porkpie on 2/2/2010 2:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
"US business taxes are some of the lowest in the developed world"

You really shouldn't discuss things you know nothing about. Currently the US has the second highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world. In 24 of our 50 states, counting the state income tax level makes it the HIGHEST rate in the developed world.

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By steven975 on 2/2/2010 5:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
yea, funny how people break numbers into components and use one component to compare to the entire amount somewhere else, isn't it?

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By B on 2/2/2010 7:39:20 PM , Rating: 2
Most aren't smart enough to research the claim, so when idiots say it, it's as good as true.

Your research skills could be improved too. Moving offshore does not end taxation for a foreign or multinational corporation. Foreign corporations are taxed on their U.S. source income. When a corporation has nexus with the U.S., regardless of where it is chartered, the corporation is subjected to U.S. tax.

Corporations move offshore to avoid ALL taxes.
This statement is false.

For further reading please refer to Subchapter N, Subpart B(Foreign Corporations), §882 Tax (on income of foreign corporations connected with United States business) of the Internal Revenue Code. As a little teaser for you, the first words of this section are "imposition of tax".

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