In 2006,the fund I’ve managed since 2003 led Nanocomp’s first VC round. I’ve not stopped talking about it since. Here’s why.
NTI is the only commercial producer of strong, light and conductive sheets, tapes and wires comprised high concentrations of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Applications for these products include, but are not limited to: reinforcing matrices, EMI shielding, conductive wires, resistance heaters, antenna, structural yarns, and coatings-films.
With multi-millimeter long fibers produced at scale, NTI products are thousands of times longer than other commercial CNT suppliers. NTI’s fiber length not only creates outstanding properties, and enables diverse macro scale formats (sheets, wires, etc) but it also makes for the safest CNT known; unlike those of all other CNT producers, the Company’s products can’t be inhaled or immerse through the skin.
By contrast to other CNT, metals, carbon fiber and polymer composites manufacturers, the Company appears to have the least cost manufacturing process as well. With low cost feed stock, inexpensive capital equipment and a labor efficient process, NTI is poised to offer outstanding economics for customers and other stakeholders.
Its performance and form factor place the Company in the company of metals (copper, aluminum and steel), carbon fiber composites, and polymer composites. NTI’s carbon content makes it the material of choice where metals have problems with corrosion, thermal expansion and contraction and breakage. NTI’s products are often stronger, lighter and more conductive than other such materials by a factor of 3 or more. This is nanotechnology living up to its potential.