Birla Carbon Acquires Nanocyl to Drive Growth In Battery Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

  • Expanding material portfolio for key markets
  • Establish leadership position in material critical to LiB performance
  • Leveraging innovation to drive growth beyond Carbon Black

 Mumbai, India & Marietta, USA – October 11, 2023Birla Carbon, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality carbon solutions, completed the acquisition of Nanocyl SA, a worldwide leader in multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT’s) based in Sambreville, Belgium. The acquisition expands Birla Carbon’s presence in the Energy Systems market, creating a leadership position in material critical to Lithium Ion battery performance along with other conductive applications.

Speaking about the acquisition, Dr. Santrupt Misra, Group Director, Birla Carbon; Director, Chemicals & Director, Group H.R., Aditya Birla Group, said, “Birla Carbon has been nurturing a number of innovation opportunities in its effort to realize its multi-prong sustainability agenda. The acquisition of Nanocyl is a clear step towards executing its strategy in that direction. We hope that this partnership will enable Birla Carbon to be a significant player in the emerging energy systems space. He further added, “Aditya Birla Group has been concentrating on investing in sustainability and circularity-driven initiatives led by innovation in order to be future-ready. The same is in line with our Purpose: to enrich lives by building dynamic and responsible Businesses that “inspire” trust.”

Sharing his thoughts on the acquisition, John Loudermilk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Nanocyl into the Birla Carbon family.  Laurent and his experienced team have been pioneers in the field of carbon nanotubes that provide unique performance characteristics for a wide range of applications, most notably energy systems such as lithium-ion batteries.” He further shared, “Birla Carbon’s commitment to driving growth through innovation in sustainability aligns well with the potential for MWCNTs to enable the electrification of the transportation industry, deliver enormous environmental benefits, and prevent climate change.  We are committed to partnering with our growing family of customers to create unprecedented value with the expanded carbon portfolio of products and technologies.”

 Laurent Kosbach, Chief Executive Officer, Nanocyl, stated, “We are proud of our journey to develop and commercialize MWCNT’s successfully over the past 20 years as an entrepreneurial start-up, with the support of our current partners and investors. However, with growing needs for our products, the time has come to join a Global industry leader in order to maximize the synergies and the potential of these materials across many end uses.” Mr. Kosbach continues, “Birla Carbon’s R&D expertise, portfolio of products, and market experience will enable Nanocyl and our products to reach their full growth potential”

 Along with the Conductex™ family of conductive carbon black additives and active anode materials, the inclusion of Nanocyl’s advanced MWCNTs provides Birla Carbon with a remarkable range of solutions for conductive applications.

About Nanocyl SA

Founded in 2002 in Belgium. Nanocyl is one of the pioneers in the manufacturing of industrial multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). Worldwide industry leader in the development, manufacturing, and sales of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and MWCNT based formulated products. The company’s industrial strategy focuses on the current challenges of the Energy, Transport, and Electronic markets while developing novel sustainable solutions for the Rubber market.

About Birla Carbon

Birla Carbon is one of the leading global suppliers of carbon black. As one of the flagship businesses of the leading Indian multinational conglomerate, the Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon provides innovative, sustainable carbon black solutions that enhance the performance of paints and coatings, inks and toners, plastics, adhesives, sealants, textile fibers, mechanical rubber goods, and tires, Energy Systems, and Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials. The company’s footprint extends across 12 countries, with 16 manufacturing facilities and two state-of-the-art technology centers in Marietta (USA) and Taloja (India), providing industry-leading innovation. Its Sustainability Strategy – Share the Future, focuses on employee safety, environmental stewardship, efficient use of carbon sources, and operating in a socially and ethically responsible manner.

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