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18.03.2019, Frankenthal, Germany, and Uppsala, Sweden. Abacus alpha is leading an investment round alongside the existing investors BASF Venture Capital and Fouriertransform AB in the Swedish high-tech company Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS).

ANS headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden, offers unique surface treatment technologies on various steel and cast iron surfaces to reduce friction and wear in industrial and automotive applications.

ANS will use the investment proceeds to support its customers with adoption and implementation of the technologies in series production. Key application areas are automotive engine components such as valve train parts, cylinder liners, crankshafts and connecting rods as well as industrial applications such as hydraulic motors, rock drills, pumps, chains, gears and compressors. ANS will also continue to advance the partnerships established with Bodycote, the world’s largest supplier of heat treatment services, as well as with leading machine suppliers that support the implementation of the ANS’ processes.

Frank Hüther, Managing Director of Abacus alpha: “We are convinced of the management team and the offering of ANS. Based on the evident value proposition we see a global potential for the company in diverse industrial applications.  ANS is an exciting enrichment of our Investment cluster “Materials and Additive Manufacturing”. We are looking forward to joint successes with ANS Team and our co-investors.”

Maciej Pasternak, Investment Manager at Abacus alpha: “ANS is one of the very few players on the market that can bring the deep knowledge of tribology into industrial application.  The proprietary technology portfolio offers a very competitive solution for friction and wear reduction.“

Christian Kolar, CEO and Co-founder of ANS: “Minimizing energy losses, lower CO2 emissions and increase component life are prioritized areas for many of our customers today. The funds raised, with Abacus Alpha as lead investor, together with funding from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument phase 2 program that we were recently awarded, will enable us to fully tap into these opportunities. We have now an exciting period in front of us where we will bring in our cost-efficient technologies in full scale for a range of different application areas.”

About Abacus alpha GmbH

Abacus alpha is a Frankenthal-based investment company centred around a multinational listed company rich in tradition. Abacus alpha goal is to develop a business group with a balanced structure of young and established companies. The company invests in Industrial IoT, Materials and Additive Manufacturing, CleanTech / GreenTech and Business and Industrial Services.

Further information is present at: www.ab-alpha.de.

About Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB

Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS) offers innovative solutions for friction and wear reduction. The technologies have a favourable cost-performance profile and are easily implemented in existing production lines. ANS has three core offerings: ANS Triboconditioning®, ANS Tricolit® and ANS TriboNite®. ANS Triboconditioning® is a mechanochemical surface treatment method that is used to reduce friction losses for components made of steel and cast iron. ANS Tricolit® is a series of low friction coatings applicable to components of various materials and shapes. ANS TriboNite® is an advanced heat treatment and coating process that gives the component a hard and durable surface with low friction capabilities. ANS has more than 70 ongoing projects with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers from the automotive industry as well as with customers in various industrial applications where friction reduction and increased durability is a major topic.

Further information is present at: www.appliednanosurfaces.com.

Further Information / Contact:

Christian Kolar

Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB

Knivstagatan 12, 753 23 Uppsala, Sweden

Phone: +46 70 738 48 49, E-Mail: christian.kolar@appliednanosurfaces.com

This year Sweden is the designated partner country to Hannover Messe and ANS is proud to be one of the exhibiting Swedish companies.

We will showcase our latest developments within our three core technologies for friction and wear reduction: Triboconditioning®, TriboNite® and Tricolit®.

Looking forward to seeing you in Hannover!
The Hannover Messe is the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology with more than 5000 exhibitors from more than 75 countries. 

Get your own ticket to the fair by clicking on the following link: https://www.hannovermesse.de/ticketregistration?5mte8

To know more about Sweden as a partner country press on the following link:  https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/supporting-program/partner-country-sweden/

We are proud to announce that we have signed a license agreement with one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies. ANS will closely cooperate with this Fortune 500 company in order to implement our solutions, Triboconditioning® and TriboNite®, for key components within our customer’s machines, which will help boosting performance and enhance durability. Together, we are looking forward to unlocking the great potential of our technologies.

ANS, for the first time will be displaying at IMTS, the premier manufacturing technology show in the Northern Hemisphere. Our latest cutting edge friction and wear reduction surface treatments Triboconditioning®, TriboNite®, and Tricolit® will be on display.

Visit our booth 122011 in the East Hall of McCormack place and learn how the wide range of treatments and material solutions developed by ANS can add value to your manufactured products.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago.

We are recruiting a Production Engineer and a Development Engineer
To support our development work within customer programs and the ongoing technology commissioning activities, we are seeking to hire an Experienced Production Engineer and a Development Engineer to our office in Uppsala, Sweden.

If you want to work in a dynamic and dedicated team, with front-line technology development, together with global leaders in the industry, to shape our industrial processes that minimize friction and wear, then this is your opportunity!

Experienced Production Engineer
For the Production Engineering position, we are looking for candidates that have a production engineering background with a solid experience in CNC machining and hardware, as well as related QA aspects, with a focus on new technology adoption. You should be able to identify and freely communicate technical issues with peer engineers internally and externally and provide customized solutions when necessary.

Development Engineer Material science/Engineering
For the Development Engineer position, we are looking for candidates with a material science and/or engineering background (MSc/BSc) that could actively support the development of our unique technologies together with our customers. Primary work will be to manage customer development projects, work with process development and industrialization as well as process quality control systems.

To learn more, visit http://appliednanosurfaces.com/join-ans
or contact Jonas Lundmark, COO, 070-358 35 84
(mail: jonas.lundmark@appliednanosurfaces.com)
or Christian Kolar, CEO, 070-738 48 49
(mail: christian.kolar@appliednanosurfaces.com)

ANS will exhibit at the Hannover Messe April 23-27 in hall 004, stand E40. Come and talk to us over some freshly brewed coffee and baked cinnamon buns.

We will showcase our latest developments within our three core technologies for friction and wear reduction: Triboconditioning®, TriboNite® and Tricolit®.

Looking forward to seeing you in Hannover!
The Hannover Messe is the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology with more than 5000 exhibitors from more than 75 countries. 

Get your own ticket to the fair by clicking on the following link: https://www.hannovermesse.de/ticketregistration?qbzrg

On 8 November 2017, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal setting new CO2 emission standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) in the European Union for the period after 2020.

The proposed targets are set for the EU-wide average emissions of new cars and vans in a given calendar year from 2025 on, with stricter targets applying from 2030.
The proposal also includes a mechanism to incentivize the uptake of zero- and low-emission vehicles, in a technology-neutral way.
The proposed framework builds on the current Regulations setting CO2 emission standards for cars and vans which will be repealed on 1 January 2020.

Average emissions of the EU fleet of new cars in 2030 will have to be 30% lower than in 2021. For the EU fleet of new vans in 2030, the reduction also amounts to 30%.
For 2025, targets for cars and vans are 15% lower than in 2021, so as to ensure that emission reductions occur as early as possible.
In order to provide for the transition from the current to the future framework, the proposal also includes the already established EU fleet wide targets for 2020/2021 of 95 g CO2/km for passenger cars and 147 g CO2/km for light commercial vehicles, both of which are based on the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) test procedure.
Starting from 2021, the emission targets will be based on the new emissions test procedure, the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which was introduced on 1 September 2017.“
Read more: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport/vehicles/proposal_en

ANS, as a provider of technologies to reduce friction, e.g. for internal combustion engines, transmissions and drivelines, and can help OEM’s and the parts manufacturers to achieve these ambitious targets.

ANS is exhibiting at the 6th ATZ conference on tribology – meet us to learn more

“Friction Minimization in the Powertrain 2017”, see
https://www.atzlive.de/en/events/friction-minimization-in-the-powertrain/.
The technologies such as Triboconditioning®, TriboNite® and Tricolit® help engineers to achieve the tight requirements to minimize fuel consumption of vehicles by reducing friction losses, which provide the biggest leverage effect compared to other strategies like weight reduction or hybridization. Approaching tribology as a system, ANS technologies are also an enabler to make best use of other measures like introduction of low viscosity oils both in engines and gearboxes. We would like to welcome you on our booth at the accompanying exhibition to the conference.

ANS will present TriboNite

Applied Nano Surfaces will present TriboNite® during the annual Tribodays at Vattenfall R&D AB November 28-29 in Älvkarleby, Sweden.

ANS are pleased to announce that Johan Blomkvist together with Fredrik Lindberg, Ovako, will present an advanced thermal processing and coating technology for enhanced friction and wear behaviour applied on a new type of hybrid steel with unique in-process mechanical strengthening properties at the conference.

In a joint cooperation between ANS, Ovako and Bodycote, the TriboNite® process has been tested using a new type of hybrid steel from Ovako as substrate material. The tests have revealed unique in-process mechanical strengthening properties in combination with superior friction and wear behaviour compared to nitrided equivalents.

The Tribodays are held every autumn and bring together people from industry, institutes and academia who have interest in tribology and tribology R&D. Meet us at the Tribodays and learn more about TriboNite® and how the technology can be beneficial in your application.

Learn more at: https://kunskapsformedlingen.se/en/seminars/tribology-days-2017-2/

Meet ANS during Elmia and Tribodays, Sweden, and get the opportunity to discuss TriboNite® and learn more about the unique properties, combining TriboNite® and a new type of hybrid steel

Want to improve performance, efficiency and profit? Find out how we can help!

ANS will exhibit at the Elmia Subcontractor fair November 14-17 together with Bodycote. To learn more about the advantages of our surface treatment technologies, please visit us in Hall B, Booth B07:48.

ANS will showcase TriboNite®, an advanced thermal processing technology that, compared to conventional nitriding, has enhanced friction, wear and corrosion performance. TriboNite® is developed in collaboration with Bodycote, global provider of heat treatment and surface technology solutions.

The Elmia Subcontractor fair is the leading trade show for the manufacturing industry´s suppliers and customers in northern Europe.

Learn more at www.elmia.se/en/subcontractor/

Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Uppsala, Sweden, September 20, 2017 — BASF Venture Capital GmbH is leading an investment round in the Swedish high-tech company Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS), headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden. ANS offers unique surface treatment technologies to reduce friction and wear in industrial and automotive applications. The investment is co-led by the existing investor Fouriertransform AB.

“ANS has advanced its proprietary surface treatment technologies to meet the market demand for low-cost, high-performance friction and wear reduction technologies,” said Markus Solibieda, Managing Director at BASF Venture Capital. “This is confirmed by the impressive list of applications under development with key customers. We are confident that ANS’s management will translate this into significant value for its shareholders.”

ANS will use the investment proceeds to put its ongoing customer projects into high-volume series production, initially in automotive applications such as valve train components, cylinder liners and connecting rods. In addition, the funds will be used to further expand business development activities in other industrial application areas as well, such as hydraulic motors, rock drills, pumps, chains, gears and compressors, where friction and wear are highly relevant topics.

“This financing through BASF Venture Capital allows us to mature our customer projects to high-volume serial production applications,” said Christian Kolar, CEO and Co-founder of ANS. “The demand for solutions to improve energy efficiency is strong not only in the automotive sector, but increasingly also in industrial applications. Once we have established production for key applications, we will be able to expand and fully exploit the great potential with our highly scalable processes.”

 

“ANS has developed friction reduction technologies with a very favorable cost-performance profile,” said Michael Nettersheim, Investment Manager at BASF Venture Capital. “Ease of implementation should support broad market adoption. Currently, late-stage tests at well-known OEMs from the automotive industry are underway. We expect that the exciting results from prior tests will be validated.”

About BASF Venture Capital

BASF Venture Capital GmbH was established in 2001 as a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH, Ludwigshafen, Germany, with the aim of exploring new growth potentials based on investments in startup companies and funds. More information is available at: www.basf-vc.com.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at: www.basf.com.

About Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB

Applied Nano Surfaces AB (ANS) offers innovative solutions for friction and wear reduction. The technologies have a favorable cost-performance profile and are easily implemented in existing production lines. ANS has three core offerings: ANS Triboconditioning®, ANS Tricolit® and ANS TriboNite®. ANS Triboconditioning® is a mechanochemical surface treatment method that is used to reduce friction losses for components made of steel and cast iron. ANS Tricolit® is a series of low friction coatings applicable to components of various materials and shapes. ANS TriboNite® is an advanced heat treatment and coating process that gives the component a hard and durable surface with low friction capabilities. ANS has more than 50 development projects with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers from the automotive industry as well as over 20 customer projects in various industrial applications where friction reduction is a major topic.