• Strategic Partnership will aid in expanding DFI operations in Italy within the nanotech sector and solidify its positioning in the EU market.
Diamon-Fusion International, Inc. (DFI Nanotechnology), global developer and exclusive licensor of patented hydrophobic nanotechnologies, announced on May 16, 2008 the execution of an exclusive license agreement and strategic partnership with Italian nanotech company Aktarus Group SRL, a reputable nanotech firm based in Milan.
Aktarus Group, an innovative nanotech group with a far-reaching sales network throughout Europe, is fully dedicated to nanotechnology research and development as well as the sales and distribution of the most innovative nano coatings for the Construction, Automotive, Marine and Industrial markets. The company has associations with several EU nanotech forums including a strong collaboration with the most prestigious Italian Architects, Engineers and Designers. In addition, Aktarus Group offers consultation services in the nanotech industry and participates in presentations, seminars, and dissertations to promote nanotechnology within the most respected nanotech centers in Europe. With a strong R&D base involving academia and industry, Aktarus Group has a solid collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic Institute of Milan) which is currently ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design, and in many disciplines is regarded as a leading research institution worldwide.
Nanotechnology has recently and rapidly flourished in Italy. The Italian Trade Commission, a Platinum Sponsor of Nanotech 2008, identified over 185 private companies, institutes, and research centers responsible for Italy’s nanotechnology research and development, according to a the Second Nanotech IT Census of Nanotechnology in Italy, conducted in 2006 by AIRI/Nanotec IT, the arm of the Italian Association for Industrial Research (AIRI). National funding dedicated to nanotechnology development was estimated to have reached €70 million for 2007 alone. A number of nanotechnology ‘Centers of Excellence’ have been created by Italy’s Ministry for University and Research (MUR) at several universities.
With an international market for nanotech products and applications projected to grow in the next decade to over $600 billion annually, Italy’s growing efforts are to position the country to assume its customary place as innovator in the world of science and industry.
“We’ve had an immediate interest and great acceptance of the DFI nanotech products within multiple nanotech sectors here in Italy so we are confident our strategic partnership with DFI will bring solid results for both companies, not only short term but many years to come as well ”, said Paolo Spinelli, Managing Director of Aktarus Group SRL.
Guillermo Seta, Executive Director of DFI Global Operations, explained, “The Italian nanotech sector, and all the industries that it reaches, constitutes a significant portion of our EU market, therefore, this partnership with Aktarus is not only substantial in its strategic nature but essential to our EU market share and positioning”.
DFI Nanotechnology multi-functional characteristics include: water and oil repellency (hydrophobic and oleophobic,), impact and scratch resistance, protection against graffiti, dirt and stains, finger print protection, UV stability, additional electrical insulation, protection against calcium and sodium deposits and increased brilliance and lubricity. DFI’s nanocoating works at nanoscale levels to change the molecular composition of any silica-based surface. Diamon-Fusion® provides, in chemical terms, a ‘cross-linked’, ‘branched’ and ‘capped’ optically clear nano-film along with a strong and durable covalent bond.
For more information about DFI and Aktarus Group you may visit their respective websites: www.DFInanotechnology.com; www.aktarusgroup.com