Nano Z-Tech Ltd. is working on a new breakthrough in nanocoatings, using technology that protects fabrics, from couch covers to jeans, from spills. The technology prevents the liquid from penetrating the fabric, and eanbles it to simply drip off through the application of a spray.
A similar product by the company makes it possible to spray a building, preventing dampness in the exterior walls, so that the water will not be absorbed by the stone, and raindrops simply slide off, preserving the building's exterior. In future, the company plans to offer its coating for glasses to render wiping them every time it rains unnecessary. Nano Z-Tech is already in talks with a leading glasses supplier in Israel.
Meanwhile, Nano Z-Tech has launched a product for vehicles - the Nano-Car XX-1 - which is sprayed on the body to prevent mud and other grime from sticking. The company claims that, when it is sprayed on the windshield, there is no need to use the wipers at speeds of up to 60 km/h, because the raindrops simply bounce off.
The kit for a car cost NIS 600, with the price of a 900-milliter bottle of Nano-Car XX-1 costing NIS 200.
"Our nanomaterial is a millionth of a meter in size, 100,000 times smaller than a hair," says managing director Ofer Levy. "Our material is natural, with no chemical component."
Another interesting market Nano-Z-Tech plans to target is the haredi (ultra-orthodox) community. "Our material is suitable for a streimel made from rabbit fur. These hats are sensitive to rain, and our material means that haredi men won't have to wear a plastic bag in winter, as they do today," says Levy.
Nano-Z-Tech was founded in 2011 and has five employees at its offices in Tel Aviv's Ramat Hahayal. It imports the raw materials from Germany and the US to which it adds its proprietary technology that is produced in Israel.
Last year, Nano-Z-Tech began exporting its products to Panama and Chile. The next target is Turkey. "Our development took about a year, and we're constantly working on our progress. Our material can be applied on fabric, metal, and glass."
Levy says that NASA is interested in the company's product. "Our material can control the entry of sunrays into roofs and windows. The great beauty of the product is that light is allowed in while infrared (heat) is blocked. This is a very green product, and NASA is now examining it," he says.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on May 18, 2014
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