METACLAY

Nanosilicates and Polymer Nanocomposites

Operating Factories

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, Management Company METACLAY

Industry Sector 
Nanomaterials

Production Location 
Karachev, Bryansk Oblast
Jobs created: 210

Investment Started:  2010

Total Budget

2.06  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
1.10  bln rubles

Production of modified layered nanosilicates, masterbatches, and polymer nanocomposites

By 2014 about 80 percent of the portfolio company’s products will be polymer nanocomposites from a moldable polymer base (matrix) and filler.

Compared with ordinary composites, the materials produced by METACLAY have new characteristics, including higher mechanical durability and fire safety and greater barriers to water and gas penetration. They are being used to protect oil and gas pipes from corrosion and to manufacture cushion blocks for railway fastenings, flexible packaging for FMCGs, and noncombustible cable insulation. Most of the products have been certified by customers and tested at their production lines.

METACLAY’s technology is based on developments by scientists at Russia’s leading R&D centers. To stay upfront, METACLAY has opened a high-end R&D center to execute the full cycle of scientific development. It can move from an idea, through studies of the materials, to manufacturing test batches for its own needs or on client’s demand.

Areas of application

  • Oil and gas
  • Cable industry
  • Packaging
  • Automotive construction
  • Construction

Market

  • Customers in heavy industry and FMCG: pipes, cables, railway components and rolling stock, automotive components, and building materials as well as packaging for FMCG

Competitive advantages

  • Superior characteristics over competing products at lower production costs

METACLAY produces modified nanosilicates that it uses as base material for manufacturing polymer nanocomposites.

Innovative features of METACLAY’s nanocomposites due to the nanosized particles in the silicate fillers.

The silicate (aluminum silicate) particles introduced into the polymer materials change their ability to crystallize, adding another diffusion barrier.

Polymer composite based on nanoclay

Polymer base (matrix) and filler—a modified-organic nanoclay (montmorillonite). The structure of the  onolayer of polymer nanocomposite and variations of organized microcomposites are illusstrated below.

Polymer composite based on nanoclay

Nanostructures, formed in polymer composites, imbue final products with new qualities:

  • Greater impact resistance
  • Lower gas permeability
  • Lower combustibility, as low as zero
  • Longer exploitation terms
  • Smaller number of materials used
  • Improved imperviousness of materials to fractures or cracks
  • Lower fluidity of materials
  • More even coating applications
  • Better resistance to ultraviolet rays.

Silicate particles in the polymer matrix

Silicate particles in the polymer matrix

METACLAY is manufacturing polymer nanocomposites using modern European oscillating extrusion units that raise the performance of the finished material by mixing components into a homogeneous state.