Dr Shi Xu
Founder & Executive Chairman
"With our special proprietary advanced materials and nano-fabrication capability, we have repeatedly redrawn material science boundaries with unimaginable possibilities, catalyzing the mass commercialization of mission critical market applications and end-products in multiple industries and markets."
Materials research and product development has been my lifelong work and passion. Leaving behind a comfortable and stable career as an Associate Professor in Nanyang Technological University, I founded Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd in 1999 with a start-up capital of S$300,000, carrying the belief that our proprietary FCVA (Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc) coating technology, which is far superior to conventional technologies, could change the industry and make an impact on our lives.
In the beginning, with virtually no market positioning and limited capital, no one believed we could succeed against competition from the American, European and Japanese giants, and where customers were used to proven conventional technologies and processes. I encountered many crossroads in my life, and each juncture tested my mettle as a researcher, leader and businessman.
We have come a long way, constantly developing our advanced materials and building up our production capabilities and capacities. Against all odds, we overcame numerous fate-defining challenges and went on to revolutionize the material science world as the gold standard in surface solutions and production, exceeding all expectations.
This success was hard-won and worth every single effort. Today, we have over 3,000 employees in companies across Singapore, Japan, China and Vietnam, and are a strategic advanced materials and nano-solution provider, playing a critical role in the supply chain to numerous Fortune 500 companies. With our special proprietary advanced materials and nano-fabrication capability, we have repeatedly redrawn material science boundaries with unimaginable possibilities, catalyzing the mass commercialization of mission critical market applications and end-products in multiple industries and markets.
The recruitment, training and nurturing of talents in multi-disciplinary fields are of paramount importance to constantly innovate and adapt to the ever changing and competitive market to better understand, anticipate and satisfy our customers’ ever complex and stringent requirements. By deepening market access with our established infrastructure, human capital and assets, the Company is well placed in unlocking infinite opportunities and value. The road ahead is still a long one, and as we tread on, Nanofilm has crafted a well-defined strategy to execute a development roadmap to expand and entrench our number one market position.