7 June 2015
Tekna: 25th Anniversary and an Agreement to Produce Revolutionary Nanotubes
Tekna Plasma Systems is highlighting its 25th anniversary in 2015 with major innovation and expansion projects.
Maher Boulos, Tekna co-founder, Robert Pouliot, substitute mayor of the Ville de Sherbrooke, Luc Dionne, CEO of Tekna, Jerzy Jurewicz, Tekna co-founder, and Sam C. Syvertsen, investments director of AFK and chairman of the board of Tekna
At an anniversary event at its facilities in the Technoparc on June 4, this Sherbrooke company announced that it plans to quadruple its spherical powder production capacity. Tekna took this opportunity to remind those present of its recent agreement with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to produce and market boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).
Boron nitride nanotubes are an advanced material whose properties surpass those of the better known carbon nanotubes. Among the added advantages of boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) are their optical and infrared transparency, greater thermal and chemical stability, neutron shielding, electrical insulation, etc.
With their unique properties, BNNTs are well on the way to revolutionizing materials in numerous sectors – the security, aerospace, biomedical, and automotive fields, and more.
Devised on a Tekna system, the manufacturing process developed by the NRC makes it possible to produce BNNTs in large quantities and at a competitive price. The exclusive 20-year agreement allows Tekna to manufacture and sell BNNTs, as well as to sub-license the right to produce them.
25 years of success
Tekna was founded in 1990 by doctors Maher Boulos and Jerzy Jurewicz, professors at the Université de Sherbrooke, with fundamental research work as its basis.
Today, the group has more than 80 employees, 2 facilities in Sherbrooke, and sales and service centres in France, India, Korea, and Japan.
Tekna Plasma Systems specializes in the development, design, and construction of plasma systems, while Tekna Advanced Materials, created in 2010, produces micropowders and nanopowders.
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