During the International Fastener Expo, Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. (TAI) and Modumetal, Inc. announced an agreement of a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a joint venture to deploy Modumetal’s patented nanolaminated alloy product NanoGalv® globally for industrial fastener and bolting applications. Final legal documentation is expected to be completed in 30-45 days.
“We are very pleased to partner with Modumetal to bring its nanolaminated alloy technology to industrial markets,” says Arthur Harrison, Senior Vice President and leader of the Metals Division of TAI. “Toyota Tsusho Group has a long history and exceptional track record of quality and scale in our manufacturing ventures. We look forward to working with Modumetal to bring our manufacturing and distribution principles to the growth of this unique and revolutionary technology.”
The joint-venture company, to be known as ModuTAI, plans a new production facility in Houston, Texas. The Houston production facility will extend the existing NanoGalv® capacity in the market over ten times, bringing over one hundred (100) tonnes per month of capacity into the market upon start-up.
“Our joint venture with TAI brings together the innovation of Modumetal’s patented, nanolaminate manufacturing technology with the scale of a global industrial partner,” adds Modumetal Founder and CEO, Christina Lomasney. “With several recent, corrosion-related automotive recalls over the past twelve months, our NanoGalv coatings are enabling a breakthrough in safety at a critical time for the market. The ModuTAI joint venture will mean that we will be in a position to bring NanoGalv to major markets swiftly, while maintaining attention to quality and scale.”
The ModuTAI joint venture would initially serve existing customers of the NanoGalv® products in the energy sector, with plans to expand quickly into further industrial segments, including construction, marine and transportation markets. In addition to building production capacity, Modumetal and TAI have plans to extend Modumetal’s existing licensing strategy across industrial markets. Currently, Modumetal has deployed licenses for NanoGalv® production to existing oil and gas fastener suppliers in Houston, Texas, Singapore and Aberdeen, Scotland.