In 2011, the carbon nanotubes market value hit $192 million. In 2012 this amount is expected to grow even further and the market is expected to generate revenues of approximately $239 million.
Over the next five years the carbon nanotube market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.4%, reaching a total value of $527 million by 2016.
Among the numerous categories in the evolving field of newly synthesized nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes are perhaps among the most dynamic and undergoing the most rapid pace of development.
The global market for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) is estimated to rise from $219 million in 2012 to $292 million in 2016, a CAGR of 9.1% between through to 2016.
The global market for few-walled carbon nanotubes (FWNTs) is estimated to reach $1.8 million in 2012 and $120 million in 2016, a CAGR of 131.6% between through to 2016.
Evidence for growth and interest within the carbon nanotube market is being reflected by the emergence of new carbon nanotube producers, now capable of offering carbon nanotubes in commercial-scale quantities, at more affordable and increasingly competitive unit pricing.
Furthermore, over the past five years, there has been extraordinary growth in patent activity. In 2010 alone, the number of issued carbon nanotube-related US patents reached 1,585, an increase of 54% over the previous year. In 2011, this increased more moderately, by 7.7%, but nonetheless reached an annual output record of 1,707.
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