Nanotechnology: What it is, and how corporations are using it : 4. Which companies are involved in nanotech?

…just as biotech came to dominate the life sciences over the past two decades, … nano-scale convergence will become the operative strategy for corporate control of commercial food, agriculture and health in the 21st century

ETC Group, The Big Down


Big companies

Virtually all of the Fortune Global 500 companies are investing in nanotechnology research. Unlike with the development of biotechnology, big companies have been involved with nanotechnology from the start. They are both developing nanotechnologies for their own products and are using technologies developed by each other and by smaller nano-specialist companies.

Major corporate nano-developers or users include:

computers/electronics: IBM, NEC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Phillips, Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Motorola, Mitsubishi, General Electric, Microsoft

food: Kraft/Altria, Unilever, Nestle, Heinz, Sara Lee

drugs/healthcare: GlaxoSmithKline, Smith and Nephew, Merck

oil: BP, Exxon, Chevron/Texaco, Shell, Halliburton

clothing: Burlington Industries, Nike, Gap

defence/aerospace: Sandia/Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Qinetiq, Raytheon

cosmetics: L’Oreal, Body Shop, Boots

chemicals: Dupont, Degussa, Dow, Henkel, ICI

agriculture: Syngenta, Monsanto, Bayer

cars/automotive: BMW, Renault, General Motors, Ford, Caterpillar

Small Companies

Nanotechnology has also spawned hundreds of small nano-specialist companies. These are often spin-out companies commercialising the results of university research. Smaller more nano- focused companies include Veeco, Nanosys, Nanophase, Altair, Nanomix, Flamel, Nanogate, Carbon Nano- Technologies, Quantum Dot Corp, Nanoproducts, Nanotex. UK based nano- companies include Oxonica, Thomas Swan and Co, Skyepharma, JR Nanotech .and QinetiQ Nanomaterials.