Newark area company one of two winners in international competition

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A collaboration with AkzoNobel hasopened doors for SAS Nanotechnologies LLC, Newark.

The Paint the Future Award went to SAS Nanotechnologies and Jacksonville, FL-based Apellix during part of an international five-month-long challenge.

SAS Nanotechnologies worked with AkzoNobel on sustainable business opportunities through a joint collaboration agreement involving the company’s microcapsules as anti-corrosive pigment. The microcapsules go to work when corrosion begins.

AkzoNobel’s worked with Apellix through a joint collaboration agreement regarding its autonomous drone that cleans and coats surfaces.

“We’re very excited to continue our collaborative journey with the recipients of the Paint the Future awards, including Apellix and SAS Nanotechnologies,” says Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s chief technology officer and chairman of the Paint the Future jury. “Together, we’re going to drive innovation in paints and coatings beyond expectation, imagination and generations. With the power of an entire ecosystem behind us, big things are on the horizon.”

“We’ve been working on this for close to three years now, and partnering with a company like AkzoNobel will only accelerate our success,” says Dr. Sumadh Surwade, founder and CEO of SAS Nanotechnologies. “The conversations we’ve had and the input on our technology, it’s fantastic.”

The challenge, run in partnership with KPMG, received 160 total submissions from around the world. Of those, 21 startups were invited to Amsterdam in the Netherlands to accelerate their solutions before making their final pitch to the jury. All challenge participants gained access to industry knowledge, expertise and contacts that will help them further their ideas, a release stated.

AkzoNobel has a portfolio of painting and coating brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens, and Interpon. The company is active in over 150 countries and employs about 34,500.

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