FutureCarbon acquires from Bayer patents for Carbon-Nanotubes and Graphene

Bayreuth, Germany, March 31, 2014 – FutureCarbon GmbH takes on substantial intellectual property from Bayer MaterialScience related to Carbon Nanotube (CNT) and Graphene. The two parties have now signed an agreement to the effect of FutureCarbon acquiring the bulk of Bayer‘s corresponding patents. The financial details of the transfer will not be disclosed.

FutureCarbon GmbH is a leading innovator and provider of novel, carbon-based composites. As a specialist in the manufacture and in particular the refinement of carbon materials FutureCarbon enables the processing industry, to easily utilize the extraordinary properties of carbon materials in their products.

“We enjoy a long-standing development partnership with Bayer. We are pleased that we were able to acquire the Bayer patents for further market realization of the technology. They expand our applications base substantially and open up new possibilities and business segments for us,” said Dr. Walter Schütz, FutureCarbon’s managing director of development.

“We are happy that FutureCarbon, one of the partners from the Inno.CNT development network, will be carrying on our company’s work,” said Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer Material Science. “We are confident that the technology harbors tremendous potential, particularly for a renowned specialist company like FutureCarbon.”

Researchers from Bayer MaterialScience had conducted substantial research and development work in the field of carbon nanotubes in collaboration with external partners over the last 10 years. The intellectual property that has been built-up includes complex issues relating to safe production and methods for scaling up the production processes. Next-generation catalysts and new product grades were also developed.

 „FutureCarbon does further strengthen its unique market position in the application specific utilization of the amazing material effects of CNT’s and graphene’s through this agreement. Exciting pioneering materials such as glass-  and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics will be boosted in terms of weight, strength and efficiency through our solutions “, concludes Klaus Zeyn, managing director Sales & Marketing of FutureCarbon.


About FutureCarbon GmbH

FutureCarbon specializes in the development and manufacture of carbon nanomaterials and their refinement to create what are called carbon supercomposites, primary products for further industrial processing. Carbon supercomposites are combinations of materials that unfold the special characteristics of carbon nano-materials in the macroscopic world of real applications. All of our materials are manufactured on an industrial scale.


About Bayer MaterialScience:

With 2013 sales of EUR 11.2 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2013, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,300 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.