By Cameron Chai
ItN Nanovation, a portfolio company of Nanostart, has announced that its nanocoating product dubbed Nanocomp Metcast has successfully passed field trials conducted by IRKAZ, RUSAL’s aluminum smelter located in Irkutsk, and experts at the Engineering and Technology Center of RUSAL.
Nanocomp Metcast are advanced nanoceramic coatings custom-developed for the casting machinery. The novel nanocoatings extend the maintenance intervals of casting conveyors and increase the operating life of molds, which in turn improves the efficiency of the casting process in a more economical way.
At present, experts at RUSAL and ItN Nanovation are exploring the possibilities of the industrial-scale use of Nanocomp Metcast, the aluminium smelters of RUSAL, making RUSAL to become the first company in Russia to utilize the nanocoatings of ItN Nanovation.
RUSAL can also become a part of an important list of international metallurgy companies including AMAG Casting based in Austria, Konzelmann Metallschmelzwerke based in Germany, EMAL based in United Arab Emirates, Talum based in Slovenia, Hydro based in Norway, Qatalum based in Qatar, and Nordural based in Iceland.
UC RUSAL is the largest manufacturer of aluminum in the world, representing roughly 10% of the worldwide production of alumina and 10% of aluminum in the fiscal year 2010. ItN Nanovation is the Germany-based nanotechnology company developing advanced ceramic products, including coatings and filter systems for industrial customers. The company’s nanoceramic coatings find applications as catalytic and protective coatings in a broad array of industries, including coal-fired power stations, aluminum foundries and ovens.