KARACHEV, RUSSIA (Feb. 28, 1:35 p.m. ET) — A company, backed by Rusnano, the Russian state-owned nanotechnology corporation, has launched the production of polymer nanocomposites using nanosilicates for applications including packaging, cable insulation and steel pipeline coating.
Metaclay of Karachev in Russia's Bryansk region plans to raise its plant capacity from an annual capacity of 14,860 metric tons to 50,000 metric tons by 2014. The facility employs 135.
The 48 million euro ($64.4 million) project will produce both nanosilicates and polymer nanocomposites.
Compared with standard composite, Metaclay's materials have greater mechanical stability, provide greater fire protection and offer reduced gas and steam permeability, reports Rusnano.
Metaclay incorporates modified nano sized aluminum silicate particles in its polymer materials that alter their ability to crystallize, “adding another diffusion barrier”, it explained.
The company's product include Metalen PE-1, a black, high density polyethylene, durable in a wide temperature range and resistant to cracking, used as an external coating layer for steel gas pipelines. Its Metalen APE-1 PE-based adhesive, also for pipes, was developed to bond the epoxy anti corrosion and exterior PE layer in 3-layer coatings.
Another Metaclay product is a halogen-free flame resistant polymer composite designed to insulate cables to meet stricter fire safety regulations. New to the Russian market, this does not emit toxic gases in a fire, according to Rusnano.
Metaclay is able to obtain higher performance from the polymer nanocomposites by using European manufactured oscillating extrusion units for mixing resulting in a more homogeneous material.
Last year, the company, a joint venture between Rusnano and the Bryansk regional authorities, started producing thermoplastic elastomers employed in various applications including cushion shock absorbers on railway track.
Rusnano was reorganized as an open joint stock company in March with the aim of developing the Russian nano technology industry through joint venture investment projects.