Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. (OTC-BB: APNT), a “pure play” nanotechnology company facilitating product development in important high-growth industries of cleantech, healthcare, defense and more, whose technologies are in the same market as companies like Dupont (NYSE: DD) and Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE). Applied Nanotech is entering a period of accelerated growth resulting from the introduction of a number of breakthrough products powered by its technology.
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Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. (OTC-BB: APNT) is focused on solving technical challenges at the molecular level and rapidly transforming nanotechnology innovations into market-leading products covering a wide range of industries. The company’s three-pronged business model is focused on R&D services, IP licensing and subsidiary or joint venture relationships to commercialize products using its technology – a phase it is just now starting to enter.
Nano Inks Reduce Costs, Improve Margins
Applied Nanotech has developed unique metallic inks that can be printed onto circuit boards in order to save money and boost margins for electronics manufacturers. Instead of using molds and etching metals onto circuit boards, the company’s inks can be rapidly and accurately printed using inkjet or aerosol printers onto a variety of different materials, including those that are very fragile.
The program to develop these metallic inks initially stemmed from Ishihara Chemical in Japan for the development of inkjettable copper inks for use in the PCB industry, where it will receive 4% of Ishihara’s revenues from the sale of inks as royalties when it is rolled out. Now, the company is under contract with several other parties to build similar technologies for other applications. For instance, the Department of Energy (DOE) is interested in using aluminum inks for use in making cheaper solar wafers and recently awarded APNT a $1.6 million grant to establish a pilot manufacturing plant for alumimum inks to be used in solar cell production.
Nano Materials Enhance Sporting Good Technology
Applied Nanotech has also developed unique nano materials that will be used in products ranging from tennis rackets to golf clubs. Using carbon nanotube (CNT) technology, the company has created composite material that results in extremely strong tennis rackets and golf clubs that use 20% less material, resulting in a weight reduction. As a result, sporting good product manufacturers can realize lower costs and higher margins on their product lines, while providing products with improved performance characteristics.
Other applications for this technology are apparent in aerospace and any other industry that demands lighter materials which are still extremely robust. For instance, the firm currently has a contract with the U.S. government to develop this material for ballistics applications, while the same technology could also be used to enhance government buildings essentially rendering them bulletproof.
Enormous Markets Could Generate Near-term Revenues
The market for conductive inks and reinforced CNT material is enormous and growing as consumer electronics and materials continue to grow in popularity. Applied Nanotech is poised for rapid revenue growth with several near-term product launches.
The company expects its partnership with Ishihara to begin producing royalty revenues in early 2011, when Ishihara introduces its copper inks. In addition, its sporting goods partner is expected to also introduce products that will generate royalties for APNT in 2011. Meanwhile, the completed technology can then be taken into new billion dollar markets through joint ventures and other partnerships. As a result, this is one stock that growth investors will want to watch closely over the coming months…