May 25, 2005 – Plastics processor Takiron Co. announced yesterday that it has begun marketing a newly developed plastic sheet that has antistatic properties and remains transparent even when bent into shapes like trays, reports the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
The company will sell the material to the semiconductor industry. In addition to using the material to make trays for carrying electronic components, the plastic can also be used for the outer walls of cleanrooms.
Takiron makes the material by processing the surface of the plastic sheet with carbon nanotubes. A special technology keeps these nanotubes from tangling so that each individual nanotube elongates when the sheet is bent into shapes. As a result, the plastic stays clear and no fractures develop that would diminish its anti-static properties.
The company is selling versions of the new antistatic plastic made from polycarbonate and PET resin and plans to introduce a version made from PVC resin. It expects this business to generate sales of 1 billion yen in FY06.