Zarechny, Russia – State owned Russian nuclear enterprise, Rosatom is involved in a joint venture to produce polyurethane composites with carbon nanoparticles.
C-plus is owned jointly by Niigrafit, part of Rosatom’s scientific division and polyurethane and polyamide firm Nanopolymer.
The firm’s main activities will include development and production of polymers with special properties based on polyurethane and polyamide 6. In addition, C-plus will design and manufacture composite materials, along with modified binders.
C-plus will produce several polymers modified with fullerenes C60 and C70 but, initially the venture is manufacturing hard-wearing components for the mining and automotive industries and consumer goods. Early tests show the prospect of significantly improved and new properties, according to C-plus.
Eventually, C-plus plans to produce a broad range of polymers with special-purpose properties including PU foam, elastomers and systems.
“The launch of a production line to produce new generation composite materials is based on implementation of latest achievements of science in production, which introduce innovations into our life” said Vyacheslav Pershukov, Rosatom’s deputy chief executive.
The new plant was set up in buildings acquired by Niigrafit as part of Rosatom’s strategy of selling off assets which do not fit its strategy. This is to concentrate on nuclear weapons.
C-plus, formed at the end of 2015, is the first joint venture state-run Rosatom has established with a private company.