The founders and key managers of EPM have combined experiences exceeding
100 years in a variety of research, manufacturing, product design/development
and service industries.
The strength of the EPM management team stems from
the combined expertise in both management and technical areas. These well
developed skills have produced outstanding results over the past 20 ~
50 years, including many patents, application of new technologies in production,
and successful new business start-ups.
Engineered Performance Materials has numerous significant
and practical patents and patents pending for the processing of sub-micron
and nano materials by severe plastic deformation (SPD). EPM’s Chief
Technical Officer is Sc.D., Professor Vladimir Segal. Dr. V. Segal was
the first to start this pioneering research on SPD more than 30 years
ago. He is the inventor of ECAE, shear-extrusion process and other innovative
techniques protected by more than 50 Invention Certificates of the USSR
and 10 US Patents. He introduced the basic processing, design and application
concepts. Even more important is his unique, hands-on-experience on the
industrial implementation of the technology. Dr. V. Segal has produced
intellectual property, know-how and production information on equipment,
apparatus, tooling and processing of different materials, which are crucial
Technology developed by Dr. Segal has already been
practically applied. In 1996, Honeywell Electronic Materials (formerly
Johnson Matthey Electronics) licensed his patents on ECAE for the specific
use in the fabrication of sputtering targets with superior properties.
In 2000, this first commercialization of large-scale SPD was completed;
products that today are the only sub-micron grained material available
on the market.
These creative contributions, achievements, knowledge
and multifarious experiences present exceptional opportunity for successful
business on other applications of SPD with minimum financial risk.