PowerMetal Technologies

Company Background

PowerMetal Technologies was established in 2005 in Carlsbad, California. The company uses nanostructured metals and alloys to produce coatings and composites for sporting goods and consumer products industries (1a). They work with these companies to develop components that enhance the performance of products (1a). In 2006, Lux Research ranked PowerMetal in the top 50 nanotechnology start-up companies with the top position for a nanotechnology firm specializing in sporting goods (4).

Often times, sports products are enhanced with nanoscale materials applied as coatings that repel water, reduce weight, and improve strength. PowerMetal's nanometals come in the form of thin coatings, structural shells, metals foams, among other design options (1d).

Suppliers and Buyers

Buyers of the company include sports companies such as the Union Force Binding Company, which creates snowboard binding. Other buyers include golf companies such as PING and Grafalloy and H20 Paddles (1b; 1c). PowerMetal’s ultra-strong nanometals and alloys enable unprecedented design flexibility and cost-effective volume production for their customers (4).

The Grafalloy Epic golf shaft is an example of a final product enabled by PowerMetal's nanoscale materials. Epic’s patented Nanofuse® construction offers advantages of both steel and graphite without any of the inherent limitations associated with each. Through extensive robotic and player test data, Epic has shown to produce not only increased distance off the tee, but also delivers a 35% improvement in shot dispersion when compared to graphite shafts on the market today (5).

Strategic Partnerships

PowerMetal Technologies has partners with many end product sporting goods producers as well as composite manufacturers and other chemical and material producers. One of their main partnerships is with Dupont Engineering Polymers. The alliance is a strategic initiative to integrate its existing alloys with the realm of polymer engineering and to develop more sophisticated products (2). In 2007, DuPont announced an alliance with Morph Technologies, Integran Technologies, and PowerMetal Technologies to develop and commercialize a nanocrystalline metal/polymer hybrid technology that will be used to manufacture extremely lightweight components with the strength and stiffness of metal and the design flexibility and lightweight benefits of high-performance thermoplastics (3). The new offering - MetaFuse(TM) nanometal/polymer hybrids - uses a proprietary process that precisely applies ultra high-strength nanometal to components made of DuPont engineering polymers.  This creates lightweight components in myriad, complex shapes with the stiffness of magnesium or aluminum and higher strength. Initial developments will focus on selected applications in the automotive, consumer electronics and sporting goods markets that offer the maximum benefits that the technology can deliver (3).

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Sources

  1. PowerMetal Technologies (2012). Retrieved on July 12, 2012
    1. www.powermetalinc.com/about.htm
    2. www.powermetalinc.com/news_products.htm
    3. www.powermetalinc.com/ab_partnerslogos.htm
    4. www.powermetalinc.com/powermetal.htm
  2. AZoNano (2008, September 11). “Powermetal Signs Exclusive Alliance with Dupont Engineering Polymers.” Retrieved on July 17, 2012 from www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=7568
  3. AZoNano (2007, October 26). “Nanotechnology Alliance to Combine Best of Metals with Best of Polymers.” Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=5194
  4. “Lux Research Names Powermetal Technologies as the Nation’s Top Ranked Nanotechnology Start-up Company Specializing in Sporting Goods.”  (2007, January 10). Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.powermetalinc.com/pdf/PM_PR010707.pdf
  5. “The Grafalloy Epic Shaft Claims First Professional Victory.” (2007, May 21). Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.powermetalinc.com/pdf/PR_052107.pdf