NanoMech chairman and CEO Jim Phillips said the two companies have worked together in secret for the last two years through a Department of Defense grant. Apparently, the two are ready to make their courtship public.
KDH is a prominent defense contractor based in North Carolina. NanoMech is a UA startup, Virtual Incubation portfolio firm and of course, an IA client.
The link above takes you to the story in Arkansas Business, but here’s this morning’s official press release:
NANOMECH AND KDH DEFENSE SYSTEMS ANNOUNCE PARTNERNSHIP IN ADVANCED BODY ARMOR
nGuard® provides safety breakthrough for Soldiers and Law Enforcement
Springdale, Ark. October 4, 2012 –NanoMech, an international material science company and leader in nanotechnology innovation, is pleased to announce a partnership with KDH Defense Systems, Inc. to deploy technology that will keep soldiers and law enforcement professionals healthier and more comfortable through KDH’s award winning body armor.
“We are very excited to announce our partnership with a U.S. Defense manufacturer of the caliber and reputation of KDH Defense Systems,” said Jim Phillips, Chairman and CEO of NanoMech. “Our companies have worked together secretly for the last two years, backed by a Department of Defense grant award, to develop innovative strategic solutions for our soldiers.”
Jim Phillips added, “NanoMech is also working with KDH to finalize the development of an advanced structured coating specifically engineered for hard military armors significantly reducing premature damages to hard plates from handling and transportation in the supply chain. These novel coatings will have thousands of applications.”
KDH Defense Systems CEO, Dave Herbener, said, “We pride our company not only on exceptional design expertise, but also on continuous process improvement. NanoMech’s nGuard is the best bacteria resistant shield we have ever tested, and it is a perfect fit for our product portfolio. We remain steadfastly focused on our mission to engineer and manufacture superior life-saving products. Utilizing the highest standards of quality control, nGuard integrates perfectly into our mission of excellence and superior products combined with unparalleled customer service.”
“nGuard delivers unsurpassed performance such as elimination of bacteria, fungus, and odor, while retaining color fastness, extending the efficacy and life of the product,” said Dr. Ajay Malshe, NanoMech’s CTO and founder. “Our patent-pending technology is inspired by unique but simple phenomena in nature. nGuard is bio-inspired, providing the most effective and safe method for bacteria removal.”
NanoMech Inc., (www.NanoMech.com), was founded in 2002 and creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nano-inspired and nano-manufactured product development. NanoMech is a pioneer in applying breakthrough nano-engineered innovations to robust areas of national interest including machining and manufacturing, lubrication and energy, and strategic military applications. NanoMech brings ideas from innovation to implementation, commercializing nanomanufactured products at record speed in the market. NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, a public / private collaboration with the aim of doubling the speed and reducing the cost of discovering, developing, and deploying new advanced materials. NanoMech is also a member of the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, (www.Compete.org) both based in Washington, DC.
About KDH Defense Systems:
KDH Defense Systems, Inc. (www.kdhdefensesystems.com) is a leading manufacturer of American-made custom body armor solutions for military, law enforcement and federal agencies. Headquartered in Eden, North Carolina, a region with a rich history in the U.S. textile industry, KDH Defense Systems’ ISO 9001 certified manufacturing facility currently consists of 139,000 square feet of armor cutting, sewing and ballistic design operations, as well as product development, sales and administration. The Eden facility resides in Rockingham County.
The nGuard technology platform is a proprietary and patent-pending multi-component additive for sustainable product applications in a variety of industry sectors. nGuard is a cost-effective coating and additive to fabric, polymer and wood materials. In particular, nGuard®-F is highly adaptive and a drop-in solution for various modern fabrics used in body armor vests and carriers, as well as many other manufactured materials. NanoMech has created a unique bacteria-resistant composite functional delivery system that combines proven metal-mineral complexes. This composite delivery vehicle provides high efficacy for bacteria elimination. Various application specific chemistries of the nGuard technology platform are nano-engineered using unique nano-manufacturing processes. The final product is micron-scale using advanced conversion assembly.