Abakan Invests in MesoCoat
December 10, 2009
Abakan Inc. (OTCBB: ABKI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an investment agreement with MesoCoat, Inc., an Ohio based advanced nanocomposite ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings company (“MesoCoat”) and Powdermet, Inc., its majority shareholder.
MesoCoat is building a diversified, patented product platform that consists of environmentally friendly coating compositions and breakthrough methods of applying coatings to large surface areas. MesoCoat was formed in 2007 to develop and commercialize its line of proprietary nanocomposite coating materials, and its fusion application technologies licensed from Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Initially, MesoCoat is focusing on obtaining product certification to introduce its PComP™ nanocomposite cermet chrome replacement materials in the aerospace and oilfield service industries and MesoCoat’s CermaClad™ nanostructured metallurgically-bonded claddings into the oil and gas pipeline market. In the longer term, MesoCoat will introduce CermaClad™ into broader infrastructure and heavy industrial markets. MesoCoat’s products address both the needs of OEM manufacturers and facility owner-operators, as well as maintenance and repair organizations (MROs) in the infrastructure, transportation, oil and gas, construction, mining, utilities, and agricultural markets.
MesoCoat's suite of nano-enabled coating technologies offers vast performance, economic, and
environmental advantages over today’s market-leading cladding and coating solutions to combat wear
and corrosion in the world’s toughest environments. MesoCoat's patented PComP™ nanocomposite
cermet materials offer the combined advantages of higher performance, and greater toughness and
durability at a lower installed cost than competing and emerging alternatives, and are also substantially
less toxic than other options. MesoCoat’s patent pending CermaClad™ large area coatings and claddings
provide metallurgically bonded coatings that can be applied at a fraction of the cost of the roll-bonded or
weld clad products that they replace.
The investment agreement requires a series of investments over time the first of which has caused Abakan to acquire a non-controlling interest in MesoCoat. Additional investment amounts will increase Abakan’s holdings to a controlling interest. MesoCoat has previously benefited from investment by JumpStart Ventures, a Cleveland-based non-profit venture development organization.
The first investment amount will be paid from Abakan’s recently completed private placement of 4.6 million units at $0.50 per unit. Each unit is comprised of one (1) share of common stock and one half (½) share purchase warrant that entitles the holder to purchase one (1) additional common share in exchange for one (1) share purchase warrant for a period of two (2) years at a purchase price of $0.75 per share.
Robert Miller, Abakan’s chief executive officer, stated that “MesoCoat’s suite of products represent the rare combination of a technology that is cheaper to utilize, is longer lasting and environmentally superior to the products that it will replace. We are confident that these technologies will transform the economics of multiple industries while offering substantial social benefit.”
MesoCoat, the new Duracell of the coating industry, is a venture-backed nanotechnology materials science company fast becoming a world leader in metal protection and repair through their revolutionary “long life” coating and “high speed” cladding technologies. The company’s transformational surface engineering technologies have already been the recipient of three prestigious R&D 100 awards, a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) award for ‘100 year life coatings for infrastructure’, and the NorTech Innovation Award for environmentally friendly coatings. Through Partnerships with the Departments of Defense and Energy, and leading Oil and Gas companies; MesoCoat has developed high strength, high toughness ceramic-metallic materials and high speed fusion cladding processes providing unparalleled wear and corrosion resistance; and has verified performance, productivity, and cost benefits with industry leaders in Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Energy Generation, and Maritime industries. MesoCoat is now commercializing several of their products and services that are a direct replacement for hard chrome plating, as well as weld cladding processes to address the needs of both Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Maintenance and Repair Organizations (MRO). MesoCoat, Inc.is a JumpStart, Inc. and Abakan, Inc. Portfolio Company.
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