Hans von Kantzow

Hans von Kantzow (9 June 1887 – 12 April 1979) was a mountain engineer[1] and industry man, managing director and CEO at Bultfabriks AB in Hallstahammar 1918–1957. Von Kantzow is known to have invented the steel alloy Kanthal.[3] In 1931 AB Kanthal was founded for the exploitation of the invention.[4]

Hans von Kantzow
Kantzow in 1951
Born(1887-06-09)9 June 1887
Alkvetterns herrgård, Bjurtjärns församling, Storfors Municipality[1]
Died12 April 1979(1979-04-12) (aged 91)
Alma materRoyal Institute of Technology
EmployerAB Kanthal


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