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Advancing Adhesives: Structural Solution

Carbon nanotube-reinforced epoxy outperforms current adhesive industry competitors.

Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. (APNT) recently introduced CNTstix™, an ultra-strong carbon nanotube-reinforced adhesive for structural applications. With the global market for adhesives projected to reach $38 billion by 2017, the two-part carbon nanotube-reinforced epoxy adhesive reportedly performs much better than similar products on the market. Tested by a leading independent laboratory in North America, the adhesion tear strength of CNTstix is 60% higher than that of a popular adhesive manufactured by a leading industry competitor.

“Our CNTstix adhesive outperforms conventional adhesives because of our patented carbon nanotube technology, which is also being used by Yonex Corp. for sporting goods,” said Dongsheng Mao, Ph.D., vice president of Engineering and director of the Nanocomposite Division at APNT subsidiary Applied Nanotech Inc. “Carbon nanotubes possess unique mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. They are the strongest material known in the world to date.”

Using its proprietary functionalization and dispersion technologies, Applied Nanotech is reportedly able to significantly improve the properties of adhesives using carbon nanotubes, particularly for bonding materials to each other. The improvements realized with CNTstix have industrial and commercial applications such as packaging, sporting goods, automotive, electronics, footwear, construction repair and remodeling, textiles, consumer goods, and shipbuilding, among others.

“The potential market for CNTstix is very large,” said Zvi Yaniv, Ph.D., president and CEO of Applied Nanotech Inc. “After we sent samples to numerous potential customers from different industries, such as composite assemblies for automotive applications and carbon fiber tubing assembly for racing bicycles, responses have been very positive due to the performance and characteristics of this new adhesive for their applications.”

Building on its success in developing nanocomposites for Yonex (high-performance golf club shafts and badminton racquets), Applied Nanotech has started to gain traction for its nanocomposite materials in additional commercial applications with very large market potential.

“In late 2011, we embarked on an aggressive direct sales program to increase our high-margin revenues,” said Doug Baker, CEO of APNT. “We are pleased to have CNTstix join our award-winning thermal management material CarbAl as the latest product to be sold direct to users. In addition, our growth plan will also result in other products coming on the market in 2012.”

Applied Nanotech is currently capable of providing CNTstix in a variety of quantities, starting at 1 oz. Its special burst pouch packaging ensures a 100% accurate proper mixing of the CNT reinforced epoxy and compatible hardener.

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