Potential Markets

The global metal finishing market is estimated at $106 billion. The overwhelming majority of metal finishing is provided through numerous metal finishing and coating subcontractors. The equipment required for most surface finishing and coating operations is very intensive, with high operating costs and narrow margins.

With B4Cs new technology, our diffusion process can be integrated directly into your manufacturing process, utilizing much of your own existing materials and parts.

B4C will be expanding production capabilities, and we can support licensees with pre-production orders, to develop select products. However, we are also offering the technology directly to the OEM market, to integrate our technology directly into your manufacturing process.

We will provide the necessary consumable chemicals, to allow the technology to be used in your specific application. This technology can deliver such dramatic improvements in wear life, and in reductions to system life cycle costs, that it will provide you with a distinct advantage in the global marketplace.

Also in development are several new products for the automotive and performance racing markets, including universal joints, rings and pinion gears, valve and valve guides.

Some of the manufactured items that would drastically benefit from B4Cs technology include:

• Gun barrels
• Drill bits
• Pistons
• Armor for bullet proof vests
• Extended life gun barrels
• Government/military applications(military armor, HUMVees, IFDs)
• OEM car manufacture (improves friction of engines)
• Manufacturing plants
• Textile conveyor belts
• Oil shipping, anything with heavy metals

We are also combining this breakthrough technology with equally dramatic improvements in chemical and mechanical engineering, to create value added products for global vertical markets, overcoming many of today’s continuous problems with adhesion and plating non-conformities.

The markets for which we anticipate the highest demand for the B4C process are:
• Those that are associated with high-wear, high-load components for the:
o Industrial (Friction Management),
o Automotive and
o Performance Racing Markets, as well as
• Production of semi-automatic and automatic weapon barrels &
o Armor plating and ammunition manufacturing.

All previous efforts by other existing coating technology companies to improve barrel life have failed, leaving hard chrome as the sole remaining barrel bore coating employed by military and commercial OEMs as the industry standard.

However, the U.S. military and virtually all OEMs are actively seeking a replacement for this environmentally hazardous material, which is a known carcinogen. Most recent test results have confirmed that B4C is a viable replacement due to the hardness of the B4C technology, its high temperature resistance, and full diffusion into the substrate material.

B4C’s process can enhance the wear and abrasion resistance characteristics of tooling in high-wear environments such as:
• Injection Molds,
• Stamping and Forging Dies,
• Oil Well Drill Bits,
• Cutting Tools,
• High Pressure Liquid Systems,
• Commercial Printing,
• Paper Manufacturing.

Today these markets are serviced by legacy surface treatment systems such as heat treating, hard chrome, hard facing, and electroplating.

Another market that can benefit substantially is the specialty metals industry, since weight reduction and abrasion resistance will provide significant cost and performance enhancement.

Typical applications include:
• Military and Commercial Vehicles,
• Aerospace,
• Recreational Equipment,
• Marine, and Commercial Security Systems.

In general, any applications in which weight reductions are typically associated with a loss in structural strength could benefit substantially from B4C’s technology.

In addition, the future of the B4C process is far reaching, with potential large-scale uses in the technology for medical devices and surgical supplies, as well as food processing machinery.