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ABOUT US

Vision

Be the first company in the world to make the next technological leap in additive lubricants based in nanotechnology.

Be a globally leading company in the development, production and commercialisation of additive lubricants that are highly efficient and environmentally friendly.

Antecedents 

Global Nano Additives SAPI de CV is a spin-off of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Its origins go back to 2008 with the creation of the research group in nanomaterials, which has as one nanofluids as one of its lines of research. In 2010, as part of its commitment to the entrepreneurial formation of its students and professors, Tecnológico de Monterrey formed the Incubation Cells program. Through this program, technical and business experts selected the university’s research projects with greatest commercial potential, among them was a project for “Development and commercialisation of nanofluids”.


An alliance with the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia was created in 2011. Through this alliance, with a focus on the business environment, the lubricants sector was detected as a potential target market. Development was begun on a motor lubricant with nanoadditives, which presented significant improvements in tribological, rheological and thermal properties. This work was translated into a Mexican patent request.


The first business model of the “nanofluids” research project was developed in 2013. It was oriented toward the development, production and commercialisation of nanolubricants for the automotive sector.

Next came two important honours, the first was a selection as one of the 50 companies to present its business plan in the Global 1,000: Startups Showcase + Conference 2013 in San Mateo, California. The second was the RedEmprendia “New Entrepreneur” award, which included a two-month immersion oriented toward forming management competencies in a technology park in Valencia, Spain.


Later, in 2015, the “Nanofluids” project participated in the I-CORPS Mexico program, sponsored by CONACYT (Mexico) and the National Science Foundation (USA). A market validation process of 86 interviews in 35 industrial plants with potential clients led to the creation of a new business model. Focus was shifted from the automotive industry to a different segment of the market, industrial lubrication, especially in the areas of cutting and forging metals.


Finally, at the beginning of 2016, the company Global Nanoadditives S.A.P.I. de C.V. was constituted and the first ATOM LUB FORGE and ATOM LUB CUT were developed.

Partners

Stephen Newbury

Stephen hold an engineering degree from Bristol and is currently a Visiting Professor in Future Materials Technology and Business at the University of Oxford.

Rafael Eduardo Alcaraz Rodríguez

Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration awarded by the Deusto Business School of the Universidad de Deusto, Spain. Master of Science awarded by Colorado State University. Master in Education awarded by the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, México. Bachelor’s in Agricultural Engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Monterrey. Full professor and Director of the Family Entrepreneurship Centre of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Noteworthy among his publications is his book The Entrepreneur of Success (El Emprendedor de Éxito), published by McGraw-Hill, which received recognition from the publisher as a best seller in the subject of business. Business Coach certified by the Newfield Consulting Group. Certified as a Family Business Consultant by the Business Families Foundation (BFF) of Canada, by the Family Firm Institute (FFI) of the USA, and by CONOCER of México.