PROGRAM MANAGER: Nick Kacsandi, M.S.
OPPORTUNITY: Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of concept leading to scale-up to manufacturing, joint development, supplier agreement. Joint development opportunities are of significant interest to the client.
Phase 1 - Initial conversations under NDA (Q3/Q4 2015)
Phase 2 - Proof of concept and Sample testing (12-18 months)
Phase 3 - Commercial scale-up (Feb. 2017)
Funding for contract or joint development is available for top rated respondents. Additional financial arrangements may be negotiable according to the nature and scope of the proposed technology.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Global Leader in Construction Products, invites proposals for ductile polymeric or hybrid coating systems that can offer high durability and adhesion under extreme environmental conditions. Solution providers from across the spectrum of industry, academia and research with the ability to support long-term partnerships with industry are invited to respond.
For decades, steel has been utilized to provide reliable structural support and stability without corrosion or loss of efficiency. Stainless steel can achieve this level of performance, but the high relative cost over alloy steel is often prohibitive. Innovations in coating and surface preparations (polymeric coatings and galvanized treatments) are therefore required to impart steel alloy with the necessary resistance to corrosion, abrasion and other environmental impacts.
Traditionally, flexibility is limited in coated, textured steel. Too much distortion can cause perforation of the coating, pooling or thinning of the coating at bend points, and general loss of integrity due to manipulation. The RFP sponsor seeks potential solutions that can expand upon their current approaches by enhancing the ductility and extensibility of the steel coating in the end application. Novel polymeric solutions must be adaptable to extreme environmental conditions and thermal variances in order to provide long-term abrasion resistance, superior adhesion and chemical / UV stabilities without loss of structural integrity. The ultimate goal is to develop a protective polymer coating that encompasses next generation properties to revolutionize the current market place while improving upon application restrictions.
Anticipated commercial volumes for a successful solution are double the current volume of approximately 200 metric tonnes per annum. This new technology will potentially revolutionize the market industry and anticipated commercial volumes would ideally continue to grow annually based on material performance.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Initial discussions under NDA to determine validity of approach
Phase 2 – Finalization of technical proof of concept against RFP specifications
Phase 3 – Commercial development
The successful technology will:
Additionally, proposals that can provide details regarding material characteristics or evaluations (ASTM or otherwise) based on one or more of the following parameters are of significant interest:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest:
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