EY - Singapore winner

Dr. Shi Xu

Founder and Executive Chairman

Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd

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Academic-turned-entrepreneur Dr. Shi Xu is passionate about new technologies. As a researcher and lecturer at Nanyang Technological University, he spent years publishing papers and filing patents. When he hit upon a cutting-edge invention, he decided to turn it into a business.

His research and patent on filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technology became the breakthrough he needed to start his company, Nanofilm, in 1999. Its coating technologies have achieved groundbreaking results across a variety of industries.

Xu has since turned Nanofilm into a multinational technology and manufacturing group with more than 1,500 employees and seven subsidiaries across Asia. Its clients include large international corporations in the Fortune Global 500 and many leading Chinese companies.

He hopes to be a motivating force for other budding researchers looking to commercialize their technology innovations. He wants to show them that “technology, adaptiveness, perseverance and teamwork are keys to winning the race in the face of the ever-faster changing world.”