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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 NanoLub-Forge and NanoLub-Cut were developed.

 

Work team

Director-Founder

Dr. Edgar David Ramón Raygoza

Doctorate in engineering sciences and Master in manufacturing systems received from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Monterrey. Undergraduate in industrial engineering from the Tecnológico Regional de Veracruz. Previously a visiting researcher in the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and Purdue University. Worked as a manufacturing engineer in Vitro Automotriz (Autotemplex plant). Served as professor in the Universidad de Cristóbal Colón. Inventor of two patents, both granted in the United States, and author of published scientific articles. National winner of the pitch contest hosted by the Mexican network of Technology Transfer Offices (2016). Finalist in the RedEmprendia Model to Market (M2M) (2016). Second place in “Business Model Competition, México Nacional” (2016). Participant in I-CORPS México (2015). Winner RedEmprendia “New Entrepreneur” (2013). Presenter in “Global 1,000 Startups Showcase + Conference” in San Mateo, California (2013).

Partner-Consultant

Dr. 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.

Partner-Consultant

Dr. Carlos Iván Rivera Solorio

Mechanical Engineer (Bachelor’s) from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in 1990, Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 1995, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. His areas of interest are focused on nanofluids, applications of solar energy, convective heat transfer, renewable energy, and energy efficiency of buildings. Dr. Rivera has ample experience in developing research projects and development for industry and government agencies. He has published his research in the area of heat transfer in indexed scientific journals and has presented his work in national and international conferences. He received in 2009 the Teaching and Research Award from the Engineering School of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Monterrey. He is currently professor of the School of Engineering and Sciences of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in the Energy & Climate Change research group, and he is a Level 1 member of the National Research System (SNI).

Partner-Consultant

Dr. Enrique Giménez Torres

Industrial Engineering bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), and Doctorate in Engineering from the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón. Has participated in more than 67 scientific publications in high-impact journals, and in more than 25 national and international conferences. Visiting researcher at the University of Wisconsin (2002-2003), the University of Toronto (2010), and the University of Akron (2012). Relevant to technology transfer, he is the author of 7 patents, and cofounder of the technology-based business Nanobiomatters (Valencia), which specializes in the development, production, and commercialisation of nanoclays for use in plastics. Currently teaches and researches as part of the faculty of UPV in the area of material science and mechanical engineering.

His lines of research are centred on (1) Nano compounds: structure-properties relationship in hybrid organic-inorganic polymers, (2) Nanomaterials based in graphene (materials for application in energy, sensors, and aerogels, (3) Electroplated nanofibres and functional materials (shape-memory polymers).