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Deloitte Features NanoMech in its 2017 Exponentials Watch List for Science and Technology Innovations

 NanoMech Industries  Deloitte

Tech Trends 2017
Mark White, Tom Nassim, Jeff Carbeck, Asif Dhar
February 07, 2017

FOCUS: NANO-ENGINEERED MATERIALS

The word nano is often used to describe something unusually small. For example, Tata Motors developed a compact automobile primarily for the Indian market it calls the Nano. But beyond its diminutive descriptive usage in product marketing, nano has a much more precise definition. Using one meter as a measuring stick, a nanometer is defined as one billionth of a meter (that’s 1/1,000,000,000). If this is hard to imagine, try using a single carbon atom as a measuring stick. A single nanometer is about the size of three carbon atoms placed side by side. In comparison, a single human hair is 80,000 to 100,000 nanometers wide.

Nano-manufacturing—the process of making things at nano-scale—represents an important emerging capability. To create things smaller than 10 nanometers, we typically turn to advanced chemistry; to some degree, one can attribute the pharmaceutical industry’s achievements to its ability to create precise molecules at these length scales. More traditional manufacturing technologies, such as machining, can get down to features that are close to the size of a human hair, but that leaves a thousand-fold gap in length scales from making molecules to machining. Nano-manufacturing is a set of technologies and techniques that enables making things at this range of size.

The drive to develop nano-manufacturing capabilities comes from a variety of different challenges and opportunities that emerge at this scale. Perhaps the most visible driver has been the demand for cheaper and higher-performing computers. Moore’s law, the periodic doubling of transistor density—the number of transistors that can fit on a chip—is a direct result of the development of machines that can create everfiner patterns of semiconductors. In 2014, Intel shipped chips with 14-nanometer resolution. The smallest features on these chips were spanned by fewer than 50 silicon atoms.

Medicine also drives demand for nano-manufacturing. Life emerges at nano-scale through a complex set of molecular “machines” that copy DNA and synthesize proteins; the molecules that carry out these processes are 10–100 nanometers in size. Nano-manufacturing could be used to make objects that either mimic this process—for example, to manufacture proteins that can then be used as drugs—or inhibit it directly to treat disease.

A third area driving the development of nano-manufacturing is the role of nanostructures on surfaces, in the form of coatings, lubricants, and adhesives. Nanostructures can prevent water from wetting a surface, making water-resistant fabrics and mirrors and windows that don’t fog. In a similar way, nanostructured surfaces can prevent the formation of ice—for example, on the wings of an airplane, making it much safer to fly and eliminating the need for the repeated application of liquid de-icing agents. An important business application today addresses wear and friction. These physical factors, as well as adhesion, are a product of the interaction between surfaces at the nano-scale.

Reality check

So what are some current examples of nano-engineered products that are likely to impact businesses today or in the near future?

In addition to integrated circuits, examples of products made through nano-manufacturing include nanoparticles of silver that kill bacteria and are integrated into clothing and medical devices to prevent infection; nanoparticles of titanium that block UV light and when integrated into a lotion or spray and applied to the skin prevent sunburn; and nanoparticles of pigment that make brighter paints and coatings that prevent corrosion.

Manufacturing asperities—imperfections remaining on surfaces after modern milling and machining techniques—are commonly at micron scale, but lubricant molecules are still larger than that. By changing the surface features at nano-scale, or by introducing nanostructured materials between surfaces, friction can be reduced to provide super-lubrication or can be enhanced to provide super-adhesion. NanoMech makes a nanostructured lubricant designed to mitigate these effects for critical mechanical components such as gears, bearings, valves, and chassis points. It is designed to address issues like performance under extreme pressure, anti-wear, anti-friction, corrosion protection, and extreme temperature stability in order to enable extension of service life and reduce maintenance cost of mechanical systems. Beyond the fact that the lubricant or coating is engineered and manufactured for specific business use cases, rather than inventing wholly new ways to make nanostructured materials, the company uses off-the-shelf manufacturing technology and includes both top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly in its process.

However science-fiction-like nanotechnology’s capabilities might sound, applications are becoming evident today. For example, NanoMech’s AtomOil and AtomLube are self-replenishing, which means as friction rubs the nano-manufactured lubricant molecules apart, additional molecules are drawn into the interface. Applications may include equipment for oil and gas production; engines and other machines used in the marine, agriculture, and mining sectors; and macro-manufacturing techniques, including die casting and machining.

MY TAKE
JIM PHILLIPS, CHAIRMAN AND CEO NANOMECH

At NanoMech, we consider ourselves pioneers in nano-mechanics. We design and engineer products at nano-scale while continuing to produce them at macro scale. Our company slogan is, “We make atoms work harder.”

In the world of industrial lubricants, there’s an old saying: The best maintenance is low maintenance. Nano-engineered lubricants and coatings help our clients in the manufacturing, energy, automotive, and defense sectors increase mechanical performance, efficiency, and durability while reducing downtime. These designs also support sustainability: At nano-scale, we can eliminate materials traditionally used in lubricants such as chrome and petroleum products.

If all of the problems in mechanical systems and manufacturing are at nano-scale, then it follows that the solutions must be at nano-scale too. Our solutions are made possible by a powerful mechanical systems lens through which we view both present needs and future opportunities. Consider the potential market for these products: By some estimates, each day every human on earth uses an average of 10 machines. As the population grows, so will the number of machines in operation, all requiring products like ours. The ability to engineer at nano-scale is helping us meet this demand. Over the course of six years, NanoMech has grown from one product offering to 80. Moreover, we’ve been able to drive these levels of growth using off-the-shelf components. As a practice, we take machines designed and utilized for other purposes and adapt them for use in making nano-engineered and nano-manufactured products. We occasionally see companies approach nano-engineering by building the machines they need from the ground up. Working in nano-scale doesn’t require that you reinvent the wheel; doing so is, in my opinion, a waste of time and money.

Expect to see nanotechnology take off in the next two to three years with the expansion of robotics, which represents an intersection of the mechanical and electronic worlds. Longer term, we will likely see a proliferation of nanotechnology solutions in niche markets. For example, the pharmaceutical industry is already engineering new molecules at nano-scale. And more will likely follow. As we journey into the future, materials science can be that catalyst for realizing new possibilities.

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Nanomech – First Nanomanufacturing Company to Earn ISO 9001:2015 Certification

NanoMech Industries

Springdale, AR – NanoMech, Inc., a leading nano-engineering and manufacturing company based in Northwest Arkansas has earned ISO 9001 certification. An important accomplishment for any company, ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard that specifies requirements for a formal quality management system.

ISO 9001 Certified Company“The approval of ISO 9001 is one of the major milestones in the history of our corporation,” said NanoMech’s Chairman and CEO, James Phillips. Most importantly, this certification is a signifier that NanoMech Industries has a robust QMS that can ensure customer satisfaction is maintained and continually improved as we continue to rapidly expand our product portfolios and volumes.”

CTO and Founder Dr. Ajay P. Malshe added, “This is the world’s first ISO approval for a true nanomanufacturing factory where multiple divisions co-exist with the converging theme of providing superior productivity to mechanical applications using nanoscale materials science and engineering, making world-class products for our customers.”

NanoMech’s quality management system affects every operation of the company, requiring the devoted participation of all its employees to qualify for ISO 9001:2015 certification. The company is looking to the future with many previously inaccessible avenues of advancement now open to them.

Deborah Wince Smith, CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and a NanoMech Director, said “Earning ISO 9001:2015 certification guarantees that customers will receive the very best in service and product quality, cementing NanoMech’s place as industry leaders in nanotechnology.”

With the ISO 9001:2015 certification, NanoMech is looking once more to the future, for producing the highest quality innovative breakthrough products that increase American competitiveness and increasing quality of life everywhere.

About NanoMech Industries
NanoMech is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the highest quality world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production. NanoMech, Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nanoengineered and nanomanufactured product development. Serving many iconic industry leaders, they are recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. NanoMech breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nanoengineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in high-level energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles, as well as consumer products, oil & gas, marine, racing, HD Trucking, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles and strategic military applications.

For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com

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NanoMech reveals retail product launch, partnership with Pace Industries and Tesla

Ajay Malshe, (far left) chief technology officer at NanoMech, and CEO Jim Phillips stand beside auto racer Juan Pablo Montoya after he won the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske in 2015. The company’s nano-engineered lubricant was used in Montoya’s car.

Ajay Malshe, (far left) chief technology officer at NanoMech, and CEO Jim Phillips stand beside auto racer Juan Pablo Montoya after he won the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske in 2015. The company’s nano-engineered lubricant was used in Montoya’s car.

NanoMech of Springdale has used its nanotechnology experience to develop custom industrial lubricant for Fayetteville-based die-casting company Pace Industries. The partnership is among several moves in the works in the last couple of years that NanoMech is now taking public.

The companies kept their two-year partnership in “stealth mode” until now, according to the company. NanoMech CEO and Chairman Jim Phillips said Pace Industries has had a competitive edge through the use of NanoMech’s industrial lubricant within its manufacturing process, and, now, Pace Industries can use its involvement with NanoMech as a selling point.

For NanoMech, the partnership has allowed it to delve into its applications in the die-casting industry “with a recognized leader serving many of the largest and most iconic manufacturers deploying the very best innovations that increase performance and competitiveness,” according to a press release.

Pace is one of the largest aluminum, zinc and magnesium die casting companies in the world, operating 21 facilities across the U.S. and Mexico. It provides prototyping services, tool-making, precision machining and makes metal parts for the manufacturing of a number of industries, including automotive, lighting and electrical and medical devices. Pace makes parts for cars and trucks made by General Motors, Ford and parts for motorcycles made by Harley Davidson.

According to NanoMech, its nano-engineering technology has been used to harden and protect manufacturing tools used within Pace Industries’ production, provided more manufacturing productivity and efficiency. Scott Bull, CEO of Pace Industries, said the use of NanoMech’s products represented “quality breakthrough innovation directly benefitting our customer base.”

Nanotechnology involves manipulating matter on a microscopic scale. Commercially, it is a developing market that can be applied within a vast array of industries, and NanoMech is frequently recognized on a short list of key global leaders in the realm by market researchers. NanoMech’s patented and patent-pending lubricants, coatings, paints and sealants can be used in a wide range of material goods production categories. If you ask Phillips, nanotechnology is “changing the world” because of its implications on machines of all sizes and types.

ON A GROWTH PATH
The company now has offices in Dallas and Houston, and there are plans to open a Silicon Valley office, due to the volume of business NanoMech has in that region, Phillips said. The team regularly works with many in the automobile manufacturing industry in Detroit, he said, but many of the relationships are subject to non-disclosure agreements.

The company now has an annual production capacity of 10 million pounds for its industrial lubricant, said Ajay Malshe, founder and chief technology officer. The production capacity does not include other products being made by NanoMech, including its coatings, paints and sealants.

NanoMech also is working with some of the country’s largest and most innovative companies, including Tesla, SpaceX and General Electric. Tesla is a client with which NanoMech has worked over the last two years. Its nanotechnology is being used in the San Francisco-based electric vehicle company’s Model S and Model X cars, Malshe said.

Also, the company is planning to launch a retail line in big-box stores and other retailers in the near future, Phillips said. More details about the launch will be released later this month, but the products will include the automobile lubricant AtomOil. Phillips said the lubricant was used in the vehicles of the last two Indianapolis 500 race winners, and NanoMech’s products are also used by trucking companies, including J.B. Hunt Transport, and their original equipment manufacturers like Navistar, based in Illinois. Agriculture vehicle maker John Deere, also based in Illinois, is another NanoMech client, Phillips said.

QUIET WORK
Phillips said the company has stayed quiet on a lot of the work its doing, partly because a lot of its customers, many of which are Fortune 500 companies, have the NanoMech team sign nondisclosure agreements.

“Secrecy is everything in technology,” Malshe said.

There were a couple of times this past year, however, when the company made headlines. In August, NanoMech announced a $10 million investment from the world’s largest oil company, Saudi Arabia-based Saudi Aramco, tied to the technologies applications in the oil and gas realm.

In September, it was announced that NanoMech was contracted to use its patented nGuard technology on textiles, which shields against bacteria and pathogens, in U.S. Army uniforms. NanoMech has developed a wide range of coatings, many of which are waterproof and/or fireproof, for textiles and other materials like electrical equipment.
NanoMech breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nanoengineered lubricants and coatings.

In 2013, NanoMech won the R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine. Its products received Edison Awards in 2016 and 2014


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Collaboration Between Two Arkansas Based Companies Boosts Manufacturing Productivity and Performance

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NanoMech-logo-2017 Pace Industries

NanoMech, Inc. and Pace Industries, both based in Northwest Arkansas, have come together as an example of Arkansas’ collaborative ingenuity in manufacturing. Because of the partnership, Pace has achieved unsurpassed quality control, repeatability, and scalability in producing some of the best components and products. NanoMech has proven once again their ability to innovate lubricants that enhance manufacturing productivity, quality, efficiency and competitiveness. The teamwork between Pace and NanoMech supplies years of validation and customer acceptance to this success and improvement.

Working together in stealth mode for two years on a highly-advanced lubricant, NanoMech’s patented and patents pending technology offers tremendous value to Pace Industries’ business. NanoMech’s lubricant innovation provides longevity for specific manufacturing equipment at Pace Industries.

“Pace Industries and NanoMech’s continued commitment to produce world-class products and inventions is a testament to Arkansas’ entrepreneurial spirit,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “The global reputation of the companies, their talented workforces, strong connections to industry leaders, and partnerships with the University of Arkansas make the sky the limit for NanoMech and Pace Industries!”

The success of the teamwork between Pace and NanoMech is an example of the real world implementation of breakthrough nano-manufacturing to enhance competitiveness and the supremacy of American manufacturing.

“This partnership with Pace Industries has enabled NanoMech to accelerate our core nano-engineered technology of advanced lubricants into the critical manufacturing platform of die-casting with a recognized leader serving many of the largest and most iconic manufacturers deploying the very best innovations that increase performance and competitiveness,” said Jim Phillips, Chairman and CEO of NanoMech Inc.

The American manufacturing industry is a giant in terms of job creation and dollars contributed to the nation’s economy. With increasingly efficient manufacturing processes, more products can be produced in less time. This opens the door for new or larger jobs and people needed to manage the workload.

Mr. Scott Bull, Chief Executive Officer of Pace Industries said, “The successful collaboration between Pace and NanoMech represents a positive impact throughout the manufacturing chain and is a shining example of Pace Industries’ commitment to industry leadership in quality breakthrough innovation directly benefitting our customer base.”

Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, CTO and Founder added, “As we worked hand in hand with Pace Industries’ technology and operations teams it became obvious that they are a true innovator consumed in continual quality and performance enhancements for their customers using science to achieve top machine performance like never before to deliver significant competitive advantage and customer loyalty!”

About NanoMech
NanoMech is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NanoMech, Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nanoengineered and nanomanufactured product development. Serving many iconic industry leaders, they are recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. NanoMech breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nanoengineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in high-level energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles, as well as consumer products, oil & gas, marine, racing, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles and strategic military applications. NanoMech recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. They are members of The White House Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI), and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, based in Washington, DC.

For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com

About Pace Industries
Pace Industries is North America’s largest full-service aluminum, zinc and magnesium die casting company. Pace is a solution provider, offering a wide array of capabilities and services including advanced engineering, tool making, prototyping, precision machining, assembly, finishing and painting. Headquartered in Fayetteville, Ark., Pace operates 12 divisions and 21 facilities across the U.S. and Mexico. More information can be found at paceind.com

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NanoMech – Wyatt Watkins
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Nanotechnology – Disrupting Military, Energy, Aerospace, Medicine, and More

Listen now, as Sarah Westall, host of the national radio show, “Business Game Changers” interviews NanoMech CEO, Jim Phillips.

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Nanotechnology is changing the world in ways that 20 years ago we thought were impossible. It’s transforming many industries and creating new ones. Largely because of nanotechnology, many believe the world will have more new inventions in the next 5 years than we have had over the last 100 years. The progress and innovation that we will see is likely only comparable to perhaps the wheel, the industrial age brought on by the printing press, or maybe even the Internet.


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Springdale Company Partners with U.S. Army to Offer New Armour

 

NanoMech was featured on FOX 24 for their new contract with the U.S. Army. NanoMech will be partnering with the armed forces to create new chemical warfare suits to better protect American GIs that are under attack from chemical agents. The new uniform will incorporate nanotechnology to reduce weight and protect against extreme temperatures, diseases, toxins, and insects. They can also repel water and eliminate odors.

 

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NanoMech Wins Contract from U.S. Army To Develop Next- Generation Combat Uniforms

nGuard® Nanoengineered Versatile Material System to Protect Soldiers

Springdale, AR NanoMech is proud to announce it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army (Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment) to develop and evaluate advanced multi-functional textiles using NanoMech’s proprietary and patent pending technology platform, nGuard®. If successful, the new technology could be used for next generation Army Combat Uniform (ACU) and other Army individual equipment and clothing items.

nGuard

“I applaud the Army’s decision to award NanoMech this ground-breaking contract, which demonstrates the innovation and advanced technologies developed in Northwest Arkansas,” said U.S. Senator Tom Cotton. “I’ve seen firsthand the tremendous operation NanoMech has built over the last several years. They are a leader in the tech community and are attracting top engineering and scientific talent to Arkansas. Through their partnership with the University of Arkansas, NanoMech is growing Arkansas’ high tech workforce and research capabilities, and will help make the state a destination for high tech manufacturing long into the future.”

This multi-functional nanoengineered chemical finish will deliver substantial improvements to ACU textiles including very advanced vector protection to shield (or safeguard) soldiers against vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika, etc. and anti-attractant against other infected arthropod species insects while maintaining low toxicity and increased safety for the soldier. Through novel material science improvements, the new generation combat uniforms will resist a broad range of flash flame and thermal threats while lightning the auxiliary load carried by the soldier, improving wearable comfort, and increasing fabric durability and breathability capabilities. In addition to yielding effective vector and flame protection, nGuard® has superior antimicrobial activity to improve immunity of soldiers against infectious bacteria/microbes and inhibiting human odor-causing bacteria to resist odor discomfort, distraction, and natural attractant for mosquitoes.

nGuard® is a cost-effective coating finish and additive for a wide variety of textile fabricscotton, nylon, polyester, and synthetic blends. In particular, nGuard® is highly adaptive for various modern fabrics and materials. NanoMech has created a unique nano-engineered composite functional delivery system that combines proven metal-mineral complexes that are environment-friendly. This composite delivery vehicle provides high efficacy for antimicrobial, vector protection, and fire-resistant functionalities. Various application specific chemistries of nGuard® platform are engineered using unique convergent assembly processes. nGuard® is a tested and durable product that can endure many wash cycles to continue offering high-performance.

James M. Phillips, Chairman and CEO of NanoMech said, “As a veteran, I am proud to be associated with being selected in this innovative effort to protect America’s soldiers! The $235,000.00 contract will be most helpful along with NanoMech’s very significant financial investment to help create the most advanced military apparel in the world.”

Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, CTO & founder of NanoMech added that, “Given its excellent multifunctional performance, the nGuard® platform can be utilized in a variety of military, civilian, sports, recreation, clothing, and industrial applications. This extreme innovation will provide the U.S. Army better combat uniforms to tackle their most challenging environmental encounters.”

About NanoMech

NanoMech is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NanoMech Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nanoengineered and nanomanufactured product development. NanoMech is recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. Their breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nano-engineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in very advanced energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles as well as consumer products, and strategic military applications. NanoMech has recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, both based in Washington, DC. For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com.

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Bran Ferren Joins NanoMech Advisory Board of Directors

Bran Ferren

Bran Ferren

Springdale, Arkansas-NanoMech today announced that Bran Ferren, one of our Country’s leading inventors, technology businessmen and creative thought leaders has become a significant investor and member of our distinguished Board of Advisors.

One of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Bran Ferren is a master of the arts and sciences. Equal parts artist/designer and scientist/engineer, he is an expert on leveraging curiosity and creativity to inspire innovation. His 2014 TED Talk entitled “To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering” has been translated into 24 languages and viewed nearly 1,000,000 times.

Bran is co-founder, co-chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds, a company that for the last 15 years has provided advanced technology, creative design, and consulting services to government and commercial clients. Previous to Applied Minds, Bran held various leadership positions, including president of R&D for the Walt Disney Company, and president of Creative
Technology for Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, Disney’s creative design and engineering division. In his role as president, he advised the CEO and senior leadership on emerging creative and technology opportunities and led the development of key enabling innovations for divisions such as ABC Television. Prior to that, Bran was president of and Creative Lead for Associates & Ferren, a company acquired by Disney.

“Bran is the true multi-gifted Renaissance Man, a pioneer in many of the leading technology, entertainment and design breakthroughs of the last century, and is a perfect fit for lending his novel thinking and direction to help NanoMech achieve our mission in providing the most advanced material science based products that dramatically increase performance, efficiency and sustainability in key manufacturing, energy, military, and vehicular industry segments,” said Jim Phillips, Chairman & CEO of NanoMech. Phillips added, “We believe Bran’s strong experience, pragmatic imagination and company building successes across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as NanoMech continues to grow around the world.”

“I admire NanoMech for its innovative products and dynamic leadership team, and I’m honored to be joining their Advisory board,” said Ferren. “I am personally familiar with their innovative breakthrough products, and novel approach to product development, and have tremendous respect for Jim, Ajay and the other board members, and I look forward to working with them.”

Applied Minds past and current clients include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Sony, Herman Miller, Intel Corporation, United States European Command, Air Force Research Lab, The Smithsonian, Genworth, L-3 Communications, the Department of Defense (all services), and The Library of Congress. Bran has been a senior advisory board member or consultant for science, advanced technology, and innovation to over a dozen U.S. government and military agencies, the FCC, SEC, and the U.S. Senate.

Bran is a prolific inventor with over 500 awarded and pending patents. He developed numerous successful designs, technologies, experiences, and innovations for theme parks, arena concerts, film and television productions, building architecture, command centers, exhibits, and special- purpose vehicles. His creative design and art work has been widely shown, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His photography is part of the contemporary art collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.

His latest vehicle project, the KiraVan, has appeared in Wired Magazine and hundreds of international publications and websites. It was featured in a one hour special on the Travel Channel and at last year’s SEMA convention in Las Vegas in November. He recently led the design team that successfully won the design competition for the new 5-year exhibit for the Renwick Galleries of the Smithsonian, opposite the White House Old Office Building.

Bran is an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Technical Achievement and Science and Engineering Award winner, whose work has appeared in films such as Altered States, Little Shop of Horrors, The Manhattan Project, Star Trek V, and Places in the Heart.

Major theater credits include award-winning special effects, lighting, and sound design for Broadway shows including Evita, Cats, Frankenstein, and the Lion King. Bran has pioneered technologies for music legends ranging from Emerson Lake & Palmer, R.E.M. and Depeche Mode to Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Paul McCartney.

He has received numerous awards and nominations for his projects and career accomplishments including the New York Drama Desk award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award, Maharam Foundation Award, the Wally Russell Lifetime achievement award for lighting design, the Kilby International Award for extraordinary contributions to society, and the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion in 2014.

Despite his wide and varied successes across industries, Bran considers his daughter Kira, his most important accomplishment and, by far, his best work to date.

About NanoMech

NanoMech is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NanoMech Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nano- engineered and nanomanufactured product development. NanoMech is recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. Their breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nano-engineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in very advanced energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles as well as consumer products, and strategic military applications. NanoMech has recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, both based in Washington, DC. For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com.

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NanoMech – Faye Keller
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Chancellor (Emeritus) Dr. John A. White Joins NanoMech Advisory Board of Directors

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Chancellor John A. White Jr.

Springdale, Arkansas-NanoMech today announced that Dr. John White one of our Country’s most renown engineering scholars and technology business leaders has become a significant investor and member of our distinguished Board of Advisors. Among many outstanding leadership positions in science, academia and business, Dr. White served 11 years as Chancellor of the University of Arkansas and 6 years as Georgia Tech’s Dean of Engineering.

Chancellor White said, “I am delighted to accept a role with NanoMech on their NanoMech Advisory Board along with several well known and creative American technology, innovation, media, and manufacturing leaders. I have personally been associated with Dr. Ajay Malshe for many years appreciating his rare counter- intuitive intellect and combination of academic and creative leadership excellence along with his relentless drive as an expert science and engineering practitioner. The combination of Ajay with Jim Phillips’ demonstrated skill-sets in technology entrepreneurship bodes well for continuing to build out a world class material science company with breakthrough products making America more competitive.”

White has served on several boards of directors for publicly traded corporations, including Eastman Chemical Company (1994-2004); J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (1998-2016); Logility, Inc. (1997-2009); Motorola, Inc. (1995-2011); Motorola Solutions, Inc. (2011-2014), and Russell Corporation (1992-2006). His industrial experience includes employment with Eastman Chemical Company, Ethyl Corporation, and Rockwell, Inc. He has served as a consultant to AT&T, Briggs & Stratton, Burlington, Coca-Cola, Corning, DuPont, Federal Reserve Bank, Ford, IBM, L. L. Bean, Tektronix, Texas Instruments, U.S. Navy, Westinghouse, and Xerox, among others. In 1977, he founded a logistics consulting firm, SysteCon, Inc., and served as its chairman until its acquisition by Coopers & Lybrand in 1984; he served as an Executive Consultant for Coopers & Lybrand until 1993.

Jim Phillips, Chairman & CEO of NanoMech Inc., stated, “Dr. White is truly a national treasure in science and engineering leadership, including his excellent reputation for advancing innovation, tech transfer and commercialization on both a federal and state level at the very best institutions in America.”

White noted, “Any and all proceeds from my investment in NanoMech will go to the University of Arkansas. Research performed at the University of Arkansas by Dr. Malshe and his students led to NanoMech’s creation. As chancellor, one of my goals was for research performed by our faculty to spawn high-tech companies and lead to economic development. NanoMech is a shining example of a research university being an economic engine for a region and state.”

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, White served two six-year terms on the National Science Board. In addition, he served as: president and director of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE); chairman of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES); and president of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM).

Dr. Ajay Malshe, the CTO and founder of NanoMech said, “It is humbling to receive strong endorsement from Dr. White, who is one of the world’s top Industrial Engineers, and welcome him and Mary Lib to the NanoMech family. We appreciate their trust for the world-class NanoMech team, as NanoMech is making history for the state, in tech-transfer and commercialization, and for the nation in the field of Nanomanufacturing. NanoMech is the country’s top leading nanomanufacturing company, and experienced engineering business advise from Dr. White will be a treasure for continuing to achieve global leadership. Since the first NNI bill was passed in early 2000, nanotechnology has been touted as the next big revolution for the 21st Century, which NanoMech is successfully bringing to the Fortune 100 and 500 companies across the world.”

White’s awards include: NSF’s Distinguished Service Award; ASEE’s National Engineering Economy Teaching Excellence Award, Donald E. Marlowe Distinguished Education Administration Award, and its John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award; the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers; AAES’s Kenneth Andrew Roe Award; IIE’s highest award, the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award; IIE’s David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award; IIE’s Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award; IIE’s Outstanding Publication Award; IIE’s Book of the Year Award (three times); IIE’s Wellington Award; Virginia Tech’s Academy of Engineering Excellence; University of Florida’s Gator Engineer Award; Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Arkansas; and Georgia Tech’s Teacher of the Year, among others.

A native Arkansan, John A. White, Jr., is a 1962 BSIE graduate of the University of Arkansas. White is married to Mary Elizabeth Quarles White; they have a daughter, a son, three granddaughters, and a grandson.

About NanoMech

NanoMech is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NanoMech Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nano- engineered and nanomanufactured product development. NanoMech is recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. Their breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nano-engineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in very advanced energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles as well as consumer products, and strategic military applications. NanoMech has recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, both based in Washington, DC. For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com.

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NanoMech receives $10 Million investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

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April 13, 2016

 

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NanoMech receives $10 Million investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

 

Springdale, Ark. – NanoMech announced today that it has secured $10 million for leading its Series C Financing round from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venturing subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s national oil company.

 

“NanoMech is honored to achieve this recognition and investment by the world’s largest energy company,” said NanoMech Chairman and CEO Jim Phillips. “Building on current momentum, NanoMech will use this financing and relationship to expand our global reach, invest in additional sales and marketing resources. We will also increase investment in our market-leading nanotechnology platforms, nGlide, GuardX, TuffTek, and nGuard.”

 

This capital infusion and relationship will significantly improve NanoMech’s manufacturing, sales and product development. Today’s announcement represents NanoMech’s most significant milestone in the continued validation and authentication of its unique technology.

 

“Response to NanoMech’s technology at Saudi Aramco and several of our major suppliers has been very positive,” said Cory Steffek, Managing Director, North America for SAEV. “A platform technology like NanoMech’s has significant potential to bring innovation, not only to the energy sector, but also to many other critical industries.”

 

NanoMech uses nanotechnology to develop advanced products for industrial and mechanical applications such as lubricants, coatings and specialty chemicals. These products have increased performance, efficiency and reliability in multiple industries such as energy, transportation, aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, agricultural equipment and the military.

 

“Aramco’s strategic investment in NanoMech will transform the productivity paradigm for sustainable global energy production,” said Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and NanoMech board member. “It will accelerate NanoMech’s position as the global leader in advanced nanotechnology.”

 

NanoMech has validated and commercialized its innovations to iconic world-leading businesses and has completed an upgrade of its smart factory and labs. Several Fortune 100 and emerging companies have incorporated NanoMech’s nano-engineered solutions to create high-performance products.

 

“After more than a decade of extensive research and development, and recent large-scale commercialization successes,” said Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, CTO and Founder of NanoMech. “Our industry is leading disruptive nanoscience and is light years ahead of the competition. We are transforming entire industries.

 

“Our patented multi-functional solutions increase performance, durability and reliability, while achieving top-machine performance like never before. We are ecstatic to be working closely with a company of the size and stature of Saudi Aramco and their highly-regarded venture subsidiary.”

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About NanoMech

 

NanoMech is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation, with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

 

NanoMech Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nano-engineered and nano-manufactured product development. NanoMech is recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. Their breakthroughs in nano-materials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools, and advanced nano-engineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in very advanced energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles as well as consumer products, and strategic military applications. NanoMech has recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, both based in Washington, DC. For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com.

 

About Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures LLC (SAEV):

 

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures is the corporate venturing subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), the world’s leading fully integrated energy and petrochemical enterprise. Headquartered in Dhahran, with offices in North America and Europe, SAEV’s mission is to invest globally in startups and high growth companies with technologies of strategic importance to its parent, Saudi Aramco. For more information about SAEV visit www.aramcoventures.com.

 

 

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