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Posted: January 28, 2008
Cummins Filtration Enhances Capabilities Through Agreement with Elmarco, a Nanofiber Technology Com(...)
(Nanowerk News) Cummins Filtration (NYSE:CMI), the leader in filtration, exhaust, coolant and chemical technology for all engine-powered systems, announced that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with Elmarco s.r.o, a Czech nanotechnology designer. The strategic objective of the agreement is to develop innovative solutions in nanofiber media technologies to allow Cummins Filtration to better serve global application needs in motor vehicle and related filtration systems.
Pamela Carter, President of Cummins Filtration, stated, “We are very excited and pleased to launch this cooperation with Elmarco because it allows us to bring innovative products more quickly to market. This agreement ensures that Cummins Filtration is well-positioned to exceed our customers’ requirements and establish a global leadership position in motor vehicle filtration.”
Ladislav Mares, Elmarco’s CEO, added, “We are delighted to be able to combine our advanced NanospiderTM technology and know-how with Cummins Filtration’s expertise and market leadership.”
Elmarco, in close cooperation with the Technical University of Liberec - Czech Republic, has developed the exclusive NanospiderTM technology. Their patented NanospiderTM technology is capable of producing a consistent web of nanofibers with diameters 50-300 nanometers, approximately 1,000 times smaller than a human hair. The extremely fine fibers provide enormously high surface area, approximately 150 times greater than that of commonly used spun-bond (or cellulose) fibers. Filter media with this increased surface area collect a significantly greater number of particulates, which results in superior filter efficiency.
“The capability for high particle removal in motor vehicle filtration is a critical factor to protect the environment and to increase motor vehicle durability,” Carter explained. “The use of such advanced technology, in conjunction with Cummins’ patented reduced-volume filter designs, enables the production of smaller, more efficient filters with greater design flexibility.”
Mares explained that nanofibers can be applied onto a substrate of cellulose or other material and can be combined in multiple layers of varying fiber diameters. Motor vehicle nanofiber filtration focuses on continuous fibers with diameters in the range of 100 - 500 nanometers that are applied to a pleatable substrate. Such advanced multi-layer nanofiber filter media can deliver high filter efficiency at low initial pressure drop, or high permeability, which offers superior benefits to the motor vehicle end-user customer.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 Company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $715 million on sales of $11.4 billion in 2006. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com.
About Cummins Filtration
Cummins Filtration Inc. is a wholly owned business unit of Cummins Inc. and the world's leading designer and manufacturer of air, fuel, hydraulic and lube filtration, chemicals and exhaust system technology products for all engine-powered equipment. Cummins Filtration cares about maintaining a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment. Going beyond compliance, Cummins Filtration proactively seeks improvements to products and processes and offers environmentally friendlier product choices for all major engine systems. The company's homepage can be found at cumminsfiltration.com. In North America, customers can call Cummins Filtration Customer Assistance at 1-800-22FILTER (1-800-223-4583) for more information.
Elmarco s.r.o. (www.elmarco.com) is a dynamic R&D-focused manufacturing company of customized nanofiber technology solutions for the medical, energy, hygiene, and industrial filtration markets. Established in 2000, their current annual turnover is approximately $ US 23.3 MM. The recipient of multiple national and international Design and Innovation awards, Elmarco was named one of the “Best Czech 100” companies for the last three years and won the Design Managerial Deed Prize in 2007. Elmarco’s award-winning material, Nanospider AntimicrobeWeb™, has been recognized at the NASA Tech Briefs National Nano Engineering Conference in Boston in the competition of Nanotech Briefs, Nano'50. The success of Elmarco is also supported by its strategic partnership with prestigious universities, e.g. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and North Carolina State University (NCSU). This nanofiber technology company is headquartered in Liberec, Czech Republic.