EDMONTON, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Ursataur Capital Management L.P. and BASF Venture Capital GmbH have invested $6 million in Quantiam Technologies Inc. Quantiam develops and commercializes disruptive, world-first new products based on advanced materials, catalysts, coatings and surfaces for extreme-operating environments and energy-related applications.
Quantiam has developed three key coating families for surfaces of complex shapes that are applied (i) to petrochemical furnace coils to reduce carbon (coke) formation by catalyzed gasification during hydrocarbon steam pyrolysis for olefins production, resulting in increased operating profitability through reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and increased operating online time and plant efficiency (this technology is known as Catalyzed-Assisted Manufacture of Olefins or "CAMOL"), (ii) to oil & gas extraction and processing industry equipment to extend the useful life of high value parts reducing their service, overhaul and replacement frequency by enhancing wear and corrosion resistance, and (iii) to protect critical equipment in defence applications subject to extreme operating environments. Quantiam's customers include several of the petrochemical industry's leading olefins producers, leaders in the oil and gas industry, and the United States Department of Defense. The CAMOL technology development was funded in part with a contribution from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and an investment from Industry Canada's Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC Program). Development of Quantiam's wear and corrosion coatings was funded in part by the National Research Council of Canada - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
Quantiam will use the proceeds of the investment and further investment from its existing shareholder base to finance its growth, including a manufacturing expansion that will more than triple its capacity.
"We are thrilled to have the support of Ursataur Capital Management and BASF Venture Capital as we commercialize our disruptive coatings through mutually rewarding customer partnerships supported by our capacity expansion. Our investment partners' experience in supporting the growth of businesses, their technical and commercial expertise, and their industry knowledge will add value to Quantiam from day one and we look forward to their perspectives and involvement in growing Quantiam as both shareholders and members of our Board of Directors", noted Steve Petrone, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Quantiam Technologies Inc.
About Quantiam Technologies Inc.
Quantiam Technologies Inc. was founded in 1998 by Dr. Steve Petrone to develop and commercialize disruptive, world-first new products based on advanced materials, catalysts, coatings and surfaces for extreme-operating environments and energy-related applications. Quantiam provides the most advanced high-performance coatings in the world for internal-surfaces of complex shapes such as tubulars with a coating capacity growing from 1 million-in(2)/yr to 3 million-in(2)/yr (6 to 19 million-cm(2)/yr) and tube-lengths of up to 20 feet (6 metres) in late 2010. Additional information about Quantiam, its technologies, products and services is available at www.quantiam.com.
About Ursataur Capital Management L.P.
Ursataur Capital Management L.P. is a private investment fund that seeks superior risk adjusted returns in the context of macroeconomic trends over an explicit investing horizon. Ursataur invests capital in businesses that have, or can attain, attractive positions in their industries or that can capitalize on industry discontinuities and provides active support to its portfolio companies. Further information about Ursataur is available at www.ursataur.com.
About BASF Venture Capital GmbH
BASF Venture Capital GmbH was established in 2001 as a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF Future Business GmbH, Ludwigshafen, Germany, with the aim of exploring new growth potentials based on investment in startup companies and funds. BASF Venture Capital GmbH's financial commitment per company is in the range of one to five million euros, with active support provided for young start-ups. BASF Venture Capital GmbH selects businesses for investment whose success factors include innovative chemistry-based solutions and which are of strategic interest for BASF. More information about BASF Venture Capital GmbH is available at www.basf-vc.de.
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For further information: For further information: Dr. Steve Petrone, Quantiam Technologies Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org, (780) 465-6670.