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High-tech insulation firm expanding ABQ operation 
Albuquerque Journal • September 21, 2018

Thermal insulation company Kevothermal is investing $4 million to expand its Albuquerque manufacturing operations, boosted by $300,000 in Local Economic Development Act funding.

The company is moving from its current 17,000-square-foot facility near the Albuquerque International Sunport to a 36,000-square-foot space at the Mesa del Sol planned development community in south Albuquerque, said Mark Connell, Kevothermal technical director of temperature assurance. The expansion will create 20 new jobs.

The company makes vacuum insulation panels for a range of uses, including packaging, stationary refrigeration, refrigerated transportation, electronics and more. It’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Carolina-based packaging solutions company Sealed Air Corp., a global firm with $4.5 billion in sales in 2017.

Kevothermal, a wholly owned entity of Sealed Air, has been in the Albuquerque area since 2007 and we are pleased to continue our growth and further intrench our roots here.

The company’s technology was originally developed at the University of New Mexico and brought to market by NanoPore Insulation, a local startup that launched in 1993. Sealed Air formed a joint venture with NanoPore in 2007 to market thermal insulation products, and then acquired the Albuquerque startup in 2012, Connell said.

NanoPore, Incorporated was founded in 1993 by former UNM Professor and Alumnus of Chemical Engineering, Doug Smith with the purpose of commercializing high porosity/high surface area materials for a wide range of applications including adsorption, gas separation, advanced thermal insulation, low-K dielectrics, and optics. The core technology has been further developed and led to new companies such as NanoCool and Kevothermal.   

NanoPore Inc. continues to operate independently, applying its thermal insulation technology to other products in different markets.