Nanomaterials supplier named Boeing's supplier of the year

Cincinnati-based General Nano manufactures carbon fiber nanotubes (CNT) in sheet form for use in shielding, lightning strike, deicing and other applications.

Nanomaterials supplier General Nano (Cincinnati, OH, US) received, on April 13, The Boeing Co.'s (Chicago, IL, US) Supplier of the Year, Technology Category.

General Nano manufacturers Veelo, a new class of lightweight, conductive, multifunctional carbon nanotube materials (CNTs). General Nano was one of 12 companies honored for distinguished performance in working with Boeing during 2015.

“At a time when we are asking more of our suppliers than ever before, Supplier of the Year winners reflect an unrelenting dedication and commitment to Boeing and its global customers,” says Pat Shanahan, Boeing senior vice president, supply chain and operations. “They are among the best aerospace suppliers the world has to offer and, with their help, we will continue to lead the market with affordable, innovative and technologically advanced products and services through the next 100 years.”

Joe Sprengard, president and CEO of General Nano LLC, says, “General Nano | Veelo is thrilled and humbled to accept Supplier of the Year in the Technology Category by The Boeing Co. Receiving this global accolade further validates that our partnership with The Boeing Co. is rooted in technological solutions that will improve the future of aviation. It also reinforces the significance of our growing company’s mission and purpose, which is to develop next-generation materials that drive sustainability, improve science, and impact 21st Century priorities. On behalf of General Nano| Veelo’s employees and stakeholders, thank you to the The Boeing Co. for our trusted partnership. We are honored and excited about our future together.” 

Sprengard told CompositesWorld that General Nano manufactures Veelo CNTs in sheet form that can be applied in composite parts in structures for use as shielding, lightning strike protection, deicing and tailored reinforcement, although he would not specify how Boeing was using Veelo. Veelo CNT sheets from General Nano, says Sprengard, are supplied in continuous form with no seams and no defects, with tailorable thickness. General Nano will present a paper on its CNT technology at SAMPE Long Beach, May 23-26.