Mitsui opens nanotube plant in Japan

Oct. 22, 2002 — Mitsui & Co. said it has launched trial operations of its carbon nanotube plant near Tokyo, according to Jiji Press.

The new plant can produce 120 tons of 20- nanometer tubes a year, helping the company lower its price per kilogram. Mitsui’s wholly owned unit, Carbon Nanotech Research Institute (CNRI), has developed technologies to mass-produce nanotubes and has applied for patents covering new materials, according to the report.

CNRI, founded July 2001 with $8 million in capital, conducts research for commercial production and applications of carbon-based nanomaterials.


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