In this new role, Lemke will lead the commercialisation of NanoSteel’s alloys into the powder metallurgy industry. Lemke will focus on end users requiring high hardness, wear and yield strength along with the ductility traditionally served by specialty and hard materials. Initial target industries for the company’s PM business will be oil and gas, power generation and mining.

In previous roles, Lemke has worked with advanced materials including metals, ceramics, plastics and composites. He most recently served as the global vice president of materials marketing at the $650 million coatings division of Sulzer-Metco and business development manager for Kennametal’s advanced materials division.

“There is significant opportunity to leverage our breakthrough in nano-structured sheet steel into the cladding and near-net shape parts businesses of powder metallurgy,” said David Paratore, president and CEO. “Harald’s proven leadership in growing a number of advanced materials categories makes him the ideal choice to build this business.”

Lemke added: "With NanoSteel’s broad portfolio of products, we have the opportunity to extend steel’s footprint outside of traditional metal performance boundaries into new markets and applications."