From copper, zinc, lead, and silver recovery in Namibia to converting cellulose to ethanol in the US, AIC is committed to developing and defining electrochemical technologies and engineering practices that support a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable future. With its own research and rapid-prototyping facilities, AIC nurtures applied science technologies, from ideas and lab notes to commercial-ready products and services. Our time to market can be as little as two years – that’s a significant improvement over the seven-plus years commonly associated with the applied-science sector.
AIC streamlines research and development by investing in complementary sets of applied sciences that the company then spins out into dedicated technology companies addressing a range of important markets. Simply put, what AIC learns in one market application it applies to another. With its established laboratories, engineering facilities, and experienced staff, AIC avoids the need to build additional resources for each new business stream.
Protected by a robust IP position, AIC's portfolio of businesses will eventually exit AIC by way of a buy-out, trade sale, or initial public offering with subsequent share sale. Projects are developed initially within AIC’s facilities, using AIC’s labs, engineering skills, and stable of pre-engineered products and equipment. This early “co-location” encourages an ongoing pooling of ideas.
AIC provides basic administrative support for
each technology, including accounting and IT
resources, patent planning, and strategy and
business development. Once each project reaches
the stage where it would benefit from a dedicated
management team, AIC recruits and appoints qualified
team members. The company oversees the development
and commercialization efforts to protect the
IP position of each technology or project and
maintains a solid track record in patenting.