NMC Members & Community Partner News

Congratulations to Element 119, Small Business Administration New England Region's 2023 Exporter of the Year

We'd like to send a HUGE congratulations to NMC Member Element 119 on their achievement of being recognized at the Small Business Administration's New England Region 2023 Exporter of the Year. Element 119 has been an active member with the NMC since last April. We've enjoyed getting to know them and learn more about what they are doing. 

Element 119 produces the industry-leading System X® line of ceramic-composite nano coatings, primarily for the automotive, aerospace, and marine markets. Thin, durable, and ultra-slick, our coatings offer outstanding protection against corrosion, erosion, UV rays, moisture, dirt, abrasion, and more. They bond on a molecular level with the paintwork of your vehicle. In addition to quality off-the-shelf products, Element 119 creates custom solutions for clients large and small, including Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. military. In fact, the company got its start in 2010 by solving a difficult problem for Sikorsky Aircraft.

Founder and head formulator Andrew Zeppa developed a groundbreaking coating that withstands temperatures to 1000ºF to prevent paint fouling around helicopter exhaust ports. Where competitors’ solutions melted off during the first flight, Zeppa’s coating exceeded expectations. It became the foundation of the System X line that is known and respected throughout the industry to this day.

Read the SBA's press release here.

Watch this video overviewing their System X ceramic coating. 


Become a CT Manufacturing Ambassador Today!

CT Manufacturing Ambassador

The future of manufacturing is now! From circuit boards to space suits, candy to chocolate, life-saving defibrillators to personal care used each and every day—the best things are made right here in Connecticut. Our great state is home to some of the top manufacturers not only in the United States, but the entire world! And you have the opportunity to be a voice for them and this growing industry!

When you become a CT Manufacturing Ambassador, you get access to resources right from the start, including:

  • Monthly webinars
  • Supports and resources
  • Connection and networking

Apply now to become a CT Manufacturing Ambassador!

Apply today.

Calling All CT Manufacturers: Register in CONNEX Connecticut by March 31 for Free National Access

CONNEX Connecticut—the manufacturing supply chain portal is officially open for registration

Sign-up for FREE and use Promo Code "CTFF" to receive lifetime access to the national database.*

CONNEX—designed to strengthen Connecticut’s manufacturing ecosystem—connects U.S. manufacturers and suppliers into a single platform.

Through CONNEX, manufacturers, suppliers, and buyers can post and respond to needs, visualize supply chain risk, and search for qualified manufacturers.

CONNEX also makes it easy to find new contract opportunities and will notify you of new jobs for which you are uniquely qualified and have a good chance of being considered.

*The Connecticut database is funded by the Manufacturing Innovation Fund from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and offered at no cost to CT manufacturers.

This launch also comes with a special offer for lifetime access to the national database—worth $500 a year. Sign up and use promo code “CTFF” by March 31, 2023, for free lifetime access to the national database.

Register today.

CONNEX Connecticut Notice


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What Members Are Saying About Us

Sometimes it's difficult to decide which associations to join and which to pass by. If you need some help deciding whether to join the NMC, our staff is here to talk with you and let you know if we think you are a good fit. We do this by learning what your goals are and what you expect from your membership with us. Then, we provide you with realistic feedback about what we will be able to help you with as well as what you will be expected to do yourself as a member to reach those goals.

The Naval & Maritime Consortium is a professional networking organization (association) designed to strengthen and grow the blue tech supply chain, specifically in areas of undersea vehicles, manufacturing technology, and offshore wind. We have members across the industry, including OEMs, primes, suppliers, and support services. 


Register Today So You Don't Miss Out On These July & August NMC Events

 If you'd like to join us this Summer for our scheduled events, stop by and register! 


CTNext's July SBIR/STTR Office Hours with Michael Invernale, PhD

July 5, 2022, via email from Michael Invernale, PhD

Michael A. Invernale, PhD, an entrepreneur and SBIR/STTR expert, will hold monthly office hours to advise small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking SBIR/STTR resources, training and assistance. This is a complimentary service, sponsored by CTNext, an organization that develops programs and funding to help businesses grow in Connecticut.

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