NexTech Materials Signs Global Agreement with Therm-O-Disc to Commercialize Next-Generation Hydrogen Sensors

NexTech Materials Signs Global Agreement with Therm-O-Disc to Commercialize Next-Generation Hydrogen Sensors

LEWIS CENTER, OHIO, September 29, 2010 – NexTech Materials, Ltd., a leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative products for energy and environmental markets, has signed an agreement to jointly develop, manufacture and market a new-technology hydrogen sensor worldwide with Therm-O-Disc, Inc. of Mansfield, Ohio, a subsidiary of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and leading supplier of temperature sensors and controls. 

A new chemi-resistive ceramic hydrogen sensor, recently introduced by NexTech, is highly sensitive, selective and exhibits rapid response to the presence of hydrogen in ambient air and rapid recovery when hydrogen is no longer present.  The new sensor reliably measures hydrogen concentration levels over a wide range of temperature, humidity and flow rates.  It is ideal for a range of transportation, commercial manufacturing, process controls, battery monitoring and hydrogen fuel cell applications.

The agreement between the two companies will leverage NexTech’s patent pending hydrogen sensor technology with the manufacturing, packaging technology and market access of Therm-O-Disc and its parent company Emerson.  As a result, both companies will be able to greatly expand their technological reach in wide ranging markets by offering next generation hydrogen sensors that are cost effective for a variety of applications.

“We are very pleased to be working with the team at Therm-O-Disc, who are world leaders in temperature sensors in many industries that are targeted for hydrogen sensors,” said William Dawson, CEO, NexTech Materials, Ltd. “This announcement provides further evidence of the growing sensor technology and infrastructure in the State of Ohio, providing cutting edge technology on the world www.” 

“Leveraging Therm-O-Disc’s design and manufacturing competencies with NexTech’s advanced hydrogen sensor technologies gives us a tremendous strategic advantage in serving our customers,” said John Rhodes, president, Therm-O-Disc. “Emerson’s broad marketing reach for this new sensor technology allows for expansion into new markets that greatly benefits both companies.”


About NexTech Materials, Ltd
NexTech is a leading developer and supplier of materials, components and services for the fuel cell and related industries and is dedicated to reducing the manufacturing and operating costs of fuel cells and other electrochemical devices.   NexTech has more than 500 customers located in over 50 countries and include leading researchers, developers and manufacturers throughout the world.

NexTech Materials, Ltd. was founded as a privately held company in 1994 and has grown into one of Ohio’s leading technology companies. NexTech Materials is still 100% management owned and has enjoyed 15 straight years of business growth and profitability.  NexTech’s vision is to be a global leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative products for energy and environmental markets. NexTech recently expanded its manufacturing and R&D facilities located in Lewis Center Ohio. NexTech has many products in the pipeline including fuel cell stacks for military and residential power applications, sensors for gas detection and control systems, catalysts for energy conversion systems, and membranes for gas separation devices.

About Therm-O-Disc, Inc.
Therm-O-Disc is headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio. A subsidiary of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), Therm-O-Disc is a leading global producer of temperature controls, sensors, switches, for appliance, automotive, heating, and air conditioning industries.          Therm-O-Disc offers a wide array of general and special-purpose products including advanced sensors for emerging energy and environmental markets.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses.  Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion.  For more information, visit


For more information about Next-Tech Materials, Ltd. and Therm-O-Disc, Inc., contact:
Fujio Hayashi      
Director of Business Development   
NexTech Materials, Ltd.     

William Stevenson
Business Development Leader
Therm-O-Disc, Inc.