Natrium Capital Logo

All News Entries

Natrium Advises Nanocyl on the Sale of the Business to Birla Carbon

11 Oct 2023

Natrium Capital News

Natrium Capital Limited is delighted to announce it has advised Nanocyl SA (“Nanocyl”) on the sale of the business to Birla Carbon USA, Inc (“Birla Carbon”). Natrium Capital acted as sole financial advisor to Nanocyl.

Alasdair Nisbet, CEO of Natrium Capital added: “It has been a pleasure working with the Nanocyl management during this transaction. I am delighted that we have found a partner in Birla Carbon that will support Nanocyl’s development of Carbon Nanotubes (“CNTs”) for Battery Materials and I am sure that the company is going to continue to flourish”.

Laurent Kosbach, CEO of Nanocyl commented: “Our thanks to the Natrium team, as we could not have achieved this result without their support.”

We congratulate both parties and wish them a fantastic future together.

  • 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, 2023 – Birla 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 Natrium Capital
Natrium Capital is an independent Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm specialising in providing high end strategic and M&A execution advice in the areas of chemicals – including fine chemicals and specialty chemicals – chemical distributionadhesivesengineering materialspaints, inks & coatingsbiotechnology and sustainable technologies (cleantech).

With a headquarters in Central London, European Office in Paris and established international partnerships, Natrium Capital has developed a strong client base in the UK, Europe, the USA and the Far East.

Natrium Capital was set up by Alasdair Nisbet in 2012. Find more information at

“… over $100bn of transactions over the last twenty years”