Braidy Takes Over Materials Technology Company

By on November 17, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Braidy Industries, Inc. has acquired NanoAl LLC, a world leader in the science of nanocrystallinestrengthening technology applied to sheet aluminum, as a third wholly owned subsidiary. NanoAl will join the Braidy Atlas aluminum-rolling mill and Veloxint in the Braidy Industries company portfolio.

NanoAl came out of the Department of Materials Science at Northwestern University with the purpose of commercializing the science of developing stronger aluminum alloys through control of key structural features at the nanoscale. Braidy believes the technology has the potential to significantly enhance the specific strength of aluminum to be produced by its Braidy Atlas mill in Ashland, Ky., creating a competitive advantage within the automotive and aerospace OEM marketplace.

“We believe NanoAl’s innovative approach will enable sheet aluminum 20-percent stronger than conventional grades, while maintaining lower cost. The technology also applies to powder metallurgy, including 3-D printing applications, allowing additional synergies between the Braidy Atlas mill and Veloxint,” said Veloxint chief executive and chief technology officer of Braidy, Dr. Alan Lund. “This is another exciting step towards our goal of rebuilding Appalachia with cutting-edge technology focused on lightweighting solutions.”

Dr. Nhon Q. Vo, chief executive, chief technology officer and co-founder of NanoAl, said, “Our new partnership with Braidy Industries and Veloxint provides the opportunity to scale our research and development capabilities and become the innovation leader in nano-science technology of light metals.”