Imerys Expands Synthetic Graphite Capacity

Imerys SA of France has announced that it will expand its synthetic graphite production capacity to face growing demand for its specialty products with specific focus on lithium-ion batteries. The company will invest €35 million (US$41 million) at its plant in Bodio, Switzerland, where it will expand the production of high-purity graphite materials in order to supply growing demand from battery manufacturers in Asia, Europe and North-America, who are rapidly increasing their output.

The investment is the first of a series of capacity expansion projects the Group envisages to support and accompany the expected strong growth of the electric vehicle market worldwide. With a unique portfolio of natural and synthetic graphite powders, conductive carbon blacks and tailor-made dispersions, Imerys will continue to develop innovative materials for safer and higher-performing batteries in close cooperation with the leading lithium-ion battery producers in the world.

NanoXplore Inc of Montreal, QC has announced that its wholly-owned subsidairy, RMC Advanced Technologies Inc, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Continental Structural Plastics’ operations in Newton, NC for US$3.5 million. Included in the deal are the land and building, equipment and machinery, inventory and customer contracts. The business specializes in the production of composite components made with dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) resin.

Soroush Nazarpour, NanoXplore’s CEO, commented, “This acquisition gives us a footprint in the United States and provides us with an opportunity to expand our graphene sales and marketing efforts. Potential graphene-enhanced composite products could be produced at the Newton facility for the transportation market and this facility could also house a future US-based graphene production plant.”

Rocco Marinaccio, NanoXplore’s COO, commented, “The acquisition of the facility and business in Newton will allow our Composite Business Unit to better serve its expanding group of valued customers in the United States. The location of the plant in central North Carolina is ideal due to its proximity to many of our current and future customers. This is an excellent opportunity for NanoXplore to continue serving customers with processes that have become critical for the transportation, trucking, automotive and construction industries, just to name a few.”

ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd of Thunder Bay, ON has announced that the University of Guelph has filed a provisional patent regarding an electrochemical exfoliation process to produce graphene oxide from its Albany Pure graphite deposit in Ontario.

Volume 34, Issue 19

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