DFI

Company Background

Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) is an Irvine, California based company that develops protective coatings for surfaces (1a). DFI began in the 1980’s as the leader of scientific innovation in hydrophobicity (1b). DFI is a global developer and exclusive licensor of patented hydrophobic nanotechnologies. Their focus on perfecting hydrophobic nanotechnology led them to distinction from Kitchen and Bath Business magazine in 1996, as Innovative Product of the Year (1b). DFI has representation and distribution centers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand (6).

Position in the Nanotechnology Value Chain

Protective coatings for glass and tile made fall into the category of coating within the nanoscale intermediates stage.  In DFI’s patented nano-coating process, the chemical treatment creates a water repellent effect which enables ease of cleaning and protection against scratches, abrasion, and environmental elements, therefore considerably reducing the costs of maintenance to the facade. The coating is optically clear, and does not affect the natural reflection of glass exterior (3).

Suppliers and Buyers

DFI offers both professional quality products only available through authorized installers to easy-to-use highly-effective, do-it-yourself products for consumers (2). TBecause their products are developed as a water-repelling protective surface, many buyers are in the kitchen or bath industries. However, there are some companies, such as the Spain based CIRCURSA, which use their products on architectural structures to keep glass shining (1c). Suppliers of the company include labs that develop chemical mixtures to manufacture their technologies. Though they outsource some of their supplies, most products are manufactured at their Irvine facility (1d).

Innovative Technology

In September 2009, DFI was recognized by Glass magazine with the Crystal Achievement Award for the Most Innovative Protective Glazing Product for its product NanoPax (3). The NanoPax product line for business or home-based applications features an innovative process in which a patented protective glaze is applied to new and existing glass to restore, protect and maintain the surface from elements such as hard water stains, leaching, scratches and more. The NanoPax product delivers DFI protective coatings through a hand-applied, pre-portioned towelette, capable of treating silica based surfaces (glass, tile, porcelain and granite surfaces) (2). In August 2010, DFI completed the world’s first all-glass vapor chamber (5). This chamber increases the large-scale production capabilities and efficiency on larger projects (5).In September 2010, DFI launched Diamon-Fusion ULTRA, a protective coating offering significant durability, protection and reduced maintenance of silica-based surfaces, such as glass, granite, tile, porcelain and quartz (4).  

Strategic Partnerships

Diamon-Fusion has fostered several strategic partnerships around the globe, primarily in glass companies such as CURVET Spa, Europe’s leading producer of curved glass (1e).  Other partnerships include DuPont, which distributes DFI products under their own brands, and Blinds Aluminum & Glass Ltd, an Israeli glass and glaze company (1e). DFI also works with SolarTech, a South African solar water heating systems producer (6).  SolarTech focuses on the installation of effective, renewable energy solutions to suit both the public and private sectors, for commercial and residential properties. In partnering with SolarTech™, the patented Diamon-Fusion® coating will be applied as a standard feature to every SolarTech Geyers™ solar water heating system (6). DFI has also been awarded an exclusive contract to apply its nano-coating to the NIKE building world headquarters (7).  In October 2010, DFI and its partner (New York Poly Steel) secured a bid for a large-scale coating project for the original Tiffany + Co. building in New York City. The glass fabricators, Saint-Gobain Glass of France, will utilize the Diamon-Fusion® coating, on more than 700 different-sized insulating glass units, to protect the glass from harmful environmental elements, while helping to reduce the maintenance of the glass over time (3).

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Sources

  1. Diamon-Fusion International (2012). Retrieved on July 10, 2012
    1. www.diamonfusion.com/en/default.aspx
    2. www.diamonfusion.com/en/profile.aspx
    3. www.diamonfusion.com/en/licensing/licensee_testimonials.aspx
    4. www.diamonfusion.com/en/products/faq.aspx#Anchor-18-51721
    5. www.diamonfusion.com/en/strategic_partners.aspx
  2. AZoNano (2009, September 29). “DFI Wins Distinguished Award for its Groundbreaking NanoPax.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=13890
  3. AZoNano (2010, October 8). “Crystal Achievement Award-Winning Building Chooses Diamon-Fusion Nanocoating as Low-Maintenance Feature.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=19920
  4. AZoNano (2010, September 14). “DFI Nanotechnology Launches Industry’s Best Coating Available to Date.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=19468
  5. AZoNano (2010, August 4). “DFI Nanotechnology Completes World’s First All-Glass Vapor Chamber.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=18892
  6. AZoNano (2010, June 17). “Company Applies Diamon-Fusion Nanocoating as Standard Feature on Solar Panels.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=18099
  7. AZoNano (2008, September 18). “DFI Nanotechnology Awarded Contract to Apply Diamon-Fusion Coating to NIKE HQ.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012 www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=7701