In 2000 ItN Nanovation AG was founded in Saarbruecken, Germany. Two main business branches evolved as promising candidates for economic success: coatings for industrial applications and water filtration solutions.

Both areas significantly differ in technology and customers, which led to the decision to divide these business fields into two independent organisational units in 2012. ItN Nanovation AG focuses on water filtration, while the coatings unit was transformed into Ceranovis GmbH.