Nanogate AG: production facilities for N-Metals Chrome technology platform opened
Nanogate AG, a leading international integrated systems provider for high-performance surfaces, today officially commenced operation of its production facility for the new N-Metals Chrome technology platform in Neunkirchen. With applications for multifunctional surfaces with a chrome look, the Group is targeting an attractive market with a volume in the three-figure million range. N-Metals Chrome is a globally leading technology and one that is in urgent demand from numerous customers as an alternative to traditional processes. The first projects are expected to begin 2017.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Premier of the State of Saarland: “The opening of Nanogate AG’s new centre of excellence for metal surfaces in Neunkirchen is a clear example of a Saarland success story, which began in 1999 with a small spin-off of the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken. Nanogate AG’s impressive development, with its promising, innovative products, underlines the future viability of this industry. With this investment, the company is making a clear commitment to the Saarland.”
Nanogate AG’s CEO, Ralf Zastrau, commented: “The launch of the centre of excellence for our N-Metals Chrome technology platform in Neunkirchen is a milestone for the Group: Nanogate is providing its customers with new design worlds for plastic surfaces with a chrome look, thereby offering a globally leading technology. We therefore expect significant sales potential for our new applications. Establishment of the site and of the new platform as part of our Phase5 growth strategy represents one of the largest technology investments in our company’s history. We anticipate a significant boost in sales and earnings over the medium term. The new technology puts Nanogate in an outstanding position when it comes to multifunctional surfaces of the highest optical quality both in plastics and metals.”
Diverse areas of application for N-Metals Chrome
High-quality and multifunctional metal coatings with a chrome look are in demand for numerous products, in particular those relating to car manufacturing, white goods, sanitary products as well as design elements of all kinds. N-Metals Chrome is more cost effective, more environmentally friendly and offers new application possibilities over existing electroplating applications. Enhancement by Nanogate allows for numerous additional functions, including radar transparency, touch sensitivity (capacitive) and translucency, for example.
The technology also makes no use of environmentally damaging materials such as chromium trioxide, and therefore meets the latest environmental guidelines in line with the European REACH regulation. Nanogate is therefore providing the alternative, which is in strong demand from the market, to conventional chrome coating processes. Coatings with N-Metals Chrome are also corrosion-resistant and shatterproof, which offers significant safety advantages, particularly in car manufacturing.
The new technology allows Nanogate to equip various substrates – above all plastics – with high-quality, multifunctional surfaces with a chrome-like look and in perfect optical quality. The new coating method is based on the combination of environmentally friendly PVD thin-film technology and UV-based wet-chemical coatings. Nanogate has invested more than EUR 10 million in the site and the new technology.
Official inauguration of the centre of excellence
The production line for N-Metals Chrome was opened in Neunkirchen today in the presence of numerous guests, customers and business partners of the Group. Guests of honour included Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Premier of the State of Saarland, and Jürgen Fried, Mayor of the town of Neunkirchen.
Nanogate has located its new centre of excellence at the Neunkirchen (Saarland) site, not far from the Group’s headquarters in Göttelborn. A total of 3,100 square metres of hall and production area, as well as 1,000 square metres for offices and a development centre have been created over the past eighteen months on the site previously occupied by a haulage company. In the process, an existing hall was modernised and a new hall constructed. The premises of up to 66,000 square metres offer space for further expansion.
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About Nanogate AG
Nanogate (ISIN DE000A0JKHC9) is a leading international integrated systems provider for high-performance surfaces. The Group, which is based in Göttelborn (Saarland), enables the programming and integration of additional properties - such as non-stick, scratchproof and anti-corrosive - into materials and surfaces as well as enhanced plastic components. True to its slogan 'A world of new surfaces', Nanogate opens up the diverse possibilities of multifunctional surfaces based on new materials for companies in a wide range of industries.
Nanogate provides its customers with technologically and optically high-quality systems. To do so, the company uses its extensive expertise in innovative materials. The aim is to improve customers' products and processes by means of high-performance surfaces while achieving environmental benefits. The Group concentrates on attractive sectors such as automotive/transport, mechanical/plant engineering, buildings/interiors and sport/leisure as well as on the strategic growth areas of advanced polymers and advanced metals. Nanogate has a unique combination of extensive materials expertise paired with comprehensive, first-class process and production know-how. As a systems provider, Nanogate offers services throughout the entire value chain, from the purchase of raw materials, to the synthesis and formulation of the material systems, right through to the enhancement and production of the finished surfaces. The Group focuses primarily on optically high-quality plastic and metal coatings for all surface types. Its value drivers are the opening up of new, international markets, the development of new applications for the strategic growth areas of advanced polymers (innovative plastics, e.g. glazing) and advanced metals (innovative metal enhancements) as well as external growth.
The Nanogate Group has first-class references (e.g. Airbus, Audi, August Brötje, BMW, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte, Daimler, FILA, Jaguar, Junkers, Porsche, Volkswagen). Several hundred projects have already gone into mass production. The company also has strategic partnerships with many international corporations. Nanogate comprises Eurogard B.V., GfO Gesellschaft für Oberflächentechnik AG, Nanogate Industrial Solutions GmbH, Nanogate Textile & Care Systems GmbH, Nanogate Glazing Systems B.V. and Vogler GmbH, as well as majority stakes in Plastic-Design GmbH and Walter Goletz GmbH. There are also subsidiaries in the US and in Turkey.