Powdermet Inc., based in Euclid, Ohio, USA, has won a 2012 NorTech Innovation Award for its MComP™ technology.
The NorTech award finalists are selected annually by a panel of distinguished academic, technical, investment and business leaders from various regional organisations. Nominees compete for awards in one of five key areas: Advanced Energy; Advanced Materials; Biosciences; Flexible Electronics; and Instrumentation, Controls and Electronics.
MComP™ (Micro/Nanocomposite) hierarchically-structured super metals offer high strength-to-weight materials for light-weighting a wide variety of applications where weight reduction is critical and volumetric properties cannot be sacrificed.
By controlling the microstructure at the nano-scale, Powdermet has developed a line of innovative aluminium and magnesium composites whose properties can be catered to specific applications and is ideal for use in stiffness and/or strength-driven designs and has many of the same benefits of beryllium without the negative health and safety problems.
General Manager Brian Doud accepted the award on behalf of Powdermet at the NorTech Innovation Awards ceremony Westlake, Ohio. “Powdermet is honoured to have our breakthrough technology recognised by Northeast Ohio. MComP™ provides the opportunity to change the manufacturing landscape as we know it by replacing steel with lightweight, high strength aluminium or magnesium alloys, in a variety of transportation and infrastructure applications. We’d like to thank NorTech, Crain’s Cleveland Business, Kent State University and the judges who see the value in our MComP™ technology and its economic growth potential.”
Powdermet, Inc. is a world leader in the production of nanoengineered metallic composites. The company develops, matures, and transitions breakthrough materials innovations that enable reduced weight, reduced resource consumption, reduced environmental footprint, reduced life cycle costs, and increase energy efficiency based on value-creation gained through engineered nano-scale features and hierarchically structures of metal and/or ceramic phases in a structure.
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