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Norman company SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. garners $3M for research

Debbie Blossom, Business Writer Modified: July 8, 2009 at 4:40 am •  Published: July 8, 2009
NORMAN — A local chemical company that produces carbon nanotubes has been granted $3 million from investors to continue research and development in the field.

Privately held SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. will receive the financing through a payment schedule this year from Troy, Mich.-based growth capital fund Insight Technology Capital Partners LP.

Insight will manage the fund which will be used to develop, manufacture and market new products as well as the company’s current single-wall and multiwall nanotube offerings.

Investors rare
In a down economy, investors can be hard to come by, making this financial infusion so important, said Dave Arthur, SouthWest’s chief executive officer.

"Insight is an ideal investment partner for SouthWest NanoTechnologies,” Arthur said, and a much-appreciated partner for a firm that not that long ago was in survival mode.

"We are planning for several new product launches this year, and are hoping to grow the business quite significantly.”

Insight has a successful track record of investing in advanced materials companies, he said.

"We look forward to working together and benefiting from their advice, counsel and contacts,” Arthur said.

Single and multiwall carbon nanotubes consist of a hollow cylinder of carbon with a diameter equal to approximately one nanometer — a billionth of a meter.

About the company
SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. has 15 employees who work at an 18,000-square-foot production facility that was completed last year. The company was founded in 2001 as a product spin-off for nanotube research created at the University of Oklahoma.


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