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Duralar Technologies Establishes U.S. Headquarters in Arizona
Global nanotechnology company offers leading-edge ultra-hard coatings
TUCSON, Ariz.—Duralar Technologies, a global nanotechnology company and developer of the DuralarTM family of ultra-hard coatings, recently announced that it has established its U.S. headquarters in the Tucson, Arizona region. The company has leased a 5,000 square-foot building at 7620 North Hartman Lane and plans a $6 million capital investment.
Duralar coatings incorporate proprietary diamond-based nanotechnology that is reported to provide "unprecedented" hardness for numerous applications in industries such as oil and gas, automotive, pulp and paper, and aerospace. Duralar Technologies was cofounded by P&P Holding and Andrew Tudhope, a Silicon Valley engineer and entrepreneur with a number of successful high-technology ventures to his credit. P&P Holding is also the parent of two other coating companies, Protec Surface Technologies and ProtimLafer, both of Italy.
Duralar Technologies' European headquarters are located in Bedizzole, Italy, which is also home to the company's research and development and equipment manufacturing operations. The company has additional facilities and offices in Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.
Duralar's new U.S. headquarters plans to hire 30 new positions over the next year. The jobs at the facility will be a mix of material science, chemical and electrical engineering positions, technicians, and management positions.
"We believe the Tucson region is an emerging technology hub," said Andrew Tudhope, president of Duralar North America, in a press release. "We chose this market for several reasons, including access to technology at The University of Arizona, an attractive cost of living, and strong regional support. The process was smooth from start to finish."
The company worked with a variety of partners through TREO (Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc.), including the Town of Marana, Pima County, Arizona Commerce Authority, and CBRE.
"We're thrilled to welcome Duralar Technologies, who joins more than 30 headquarters who call Southern Arizona home," said Joe Snell, TREO president and CEO, in a statement. "Our technology strengths continue to be an attractive asset for economic development success."
Duralar Technologies (www.duralar.com) is a global nanotechnology company and developer of the Duralar family of ultra-hard coatings. The diamond-based next-generation products are designed to replace hard chrome plating, thermal spray, and other previous generations of hard coatings in a broad range of industries. The company sells and supports Duralar technology, as well as the systems, precursors, and materials used in the Duralar coating process. In addition, Duralar Technologies provides Duralar coating services for selected customers.
Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (now Sun Corridor, www.suncorridorinc.com) offers a comprehensive approach of programs and services to facilitate the creation of high-wage jobs, through the attraction of new primary companies, the retention/expansion of existing primary companies, and increased business creation/entrepreneurship strength within the region.
Duralar is a trademark of Duralar Technologies.
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