OH - Pyrograf Products, Inc. (PPI) of Cedarville,
Ohio, USA, has signed an agreement with the Electrovac
Group, establishing the Austrian firm as the sole
distributor of PPI’s PyrografÒ-III carbon nanofibers
“This agreement represents
a true win-win for both firms,” said PPI General Manager
Tom Hughes. “For PPI, this represents an opportunity
to expand our international client base and increase
customer support and interaction in the European market.
For Electrovac, this represents an opportunity to
enhance their current product line with the addition
of our carbon nanofibers,” he said.
Electrovac also heralded
the trans-Atlantic distribution agreement.
“We are extremely
proud of our relationship with Pyrograf Products,”
said Electrovac Technical Vice President Ernst Hammel.
“Pyrograf Products is at the leading edge of carbon
nanofiber production. They produce the most advanced
and commercially-viable material of its kind in the
world. We believe the partnership between Electrovac
and Pyrograf Products will lead to a stronger future
for both firms and enhanced products for our client
Along with distributing
PPI’s carbon nanofibers, Electrovac has added the
multifunctional materials to polymer master batches
to produce engineered plastics with improved electrical
conductivity and mechanical properties.
itself in forging strong partnerships with innovative
firms throughout the world,” said Hammel. “Our strong
partnerships with our supplies and our customers enable
us to deliver sophisticated thermal management solutions
to demanding, high-performance customer base world
represents the second international distribution agreement
for PPI. PPI, one of world’s leading producers of
carbon nanofibers, also has a distribution agreement
with GSI Creos Corp. (GSI) of Tokyo, Japan, which
covers the Asian market. (For more information on
GSI Creos Corp., see: www.gsi.co.jp).
PPI holds the exclusive
license to manufacture, sell and distribute PyrografÒ-III,
a carbon nanofiber developed by Applied Sciences,
Inc. (ASI), also of Cedarville, OH. The two firms
are affiliated, with ASI focusing on research and
development of innovative carbon-based materials and
PPI focusing on scaleable, low-cost techniques to
produce high-quality carbon nanomaterials.
About the Companies
Inc. (PPI) is one of the world’s leading producers
of carbon nanomaterials. PPI has the worldwide exclusive
license to produce and sell one form of carbon nanofibers
- Pyrograf-III – originally developed by Applied Sciences.
Inc. (ASI), PPI's research affiliate, develops innovative
carbon nanomaterials and their applications. Materials
currently under development include vapor-grown carbon
fibers, diamond thin films, and engineered polymers
and composites derived there from. In addition to
superior thermal, electrical and mechanical performance,
these materials possess various other desirable properties,
including low cost. (For more information, see: www.apsci.com).
The Electrovac Group
specializes in providing innovative thermal management
products customers in the space exploration, medical
equipment, electronics, telecommunications and automotive
industries. Founded in Vienna, Austria in 1947, the
privately-held firm has annual sales of $100 million.
(For more information, see: http://www.electrovac.com).
Background on Nanotechnology
considered one of the hottest technologies with near-term
growth and investment opportunities. Worldwide spending
in nanotechnology R&D is estimated to be about
$8.6 billion a year. (Source “R&D’s Hot Technologies
for 2005,” p.28 R&D Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 12,
the study of materials, structures and devices that
have novel properties because of their small size
– generally at the 1 to 100 nanometer range. (A nanometer
is 1 billion times smaller than a meter). PPI’s carbon
nanofibers are about 100 nanometers in diameter –
approximately 1,000 times smaller than a human hair.
When added to existing materials, such as plastics,
PPI’s carbon nanofibers improve the materials’ strength
and its thermal and electrical conductivity. Potential
products from nano-enhanced materials include: longer-wearing
automotive tires, electrically conductive body panels,
aircraft polymers with improved lightning strike protection,
high-performance fuel cells, more durable consumer
electronics and longer-lasting concrete roads.
One of the major hurdles
facing nanomaterials is the challenge of producing
large quantities of material at affordable prices.
PPI’s niche is the ability to produce high quality,
carbon nanofibers using inexpensive precursors – metal
catalysts and industrial gases. PPI has also demonstrated
a process for using high sulfur coal to produce carbon
For more information
on Pyrograf Products, Inc. or Applied Sciences, Inc.,
contact John Mackay, Director of Marketing and Communications
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 937.766.2020 (ext.
Pyrograf is a registered
trademark of Applied Sciences, Inc.
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