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Electrochemical coating company using nanotechnology to deposit fine films

Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) : 27 September, 2012  (Application Story)
Datum Developments, one of the members of the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), has secured over £50,000 of sales from attending one of its events.
Electrochemical coating company using nanotechnology to deposit fine films

Datum Developments attended the joint NanoKTN, British Coatings Federation (BCF) and the Paint Research Association (PRA) event in November last year, using its speaking slot as a promotional platform for Polcoat, a polyimide coating process.

Polcoat is a new coating process for the deposition of fine polyimide films directly on to any conductive surface. The resulting film has similar properties to other high performance polyimide products such as Kapton P84 and Norton TH, but without the process limitations associated with conventional film or liquid coatings.

Polcoat has two primary advantages over existing products: the ability to coat complex geometries and variable topographies and the capability to coat variable thicknesses from under a micron to 50 microns with the same product and process set up. These features are enabling new designs to be realised and significant cost saving to be achieved in existing products. Early stage clients in a broad range of industries from electronics to aerospace and medical devices have validated the benefits of Polcoat. The majority of applications benefit from a fine coating in the commercial target range between 1-20 microns, where adhesive and sheet films won’t deliver and CVD is not economically scalable. Visual display clients have seen significant benefit from the excellent conformal coating uniformity.

The “Nanotechnology and the Coatings Industry” conference, an annual conference organised by the NanoKTN in partnership with BCF and PRA, provided Datum Developments with a platform. CEO Peter Jefferies believes that the contacts made at the event, which have since led to sales estimated at over £50,000, would not have been secured without the opportunities provided by this conference.

“This event has provided us with a means of demonstrating our technology to a relevant and receptive audience. We presented at the Nanotechnology and the Coatings Industry event and by doing so, made a number of valuable contacts in our target markets of aerospace, automotive, natural resources, communications and medical. There’s no doubt that without attending this event, these contacts which have turned into sales leads, would not have been made,” explains Peter Jefferies.  “Working with the NanoKTN has been fantastic and I would recommend that other companies and start-ups register for free membership and get involved. These events have given us excellent visibility within the market, helping us to meet potential partners and customers to grow our business.”

The NanoKTN’s Coatings focus group brings people together to support a competitive nano-coatings industry in the UK. The Coatings focus group works with BCF and PRA to discuss the benefits, opportunities and challenges provided to the Coatings Industry by Nanotechnologies. The group’s annual conference demonstrates the benefits and potential use of nanomaterials in raw materials, inks and many coatings applications.  

“We’re delighted to see one of our members doing so well, using our events as promotional platforms for their solutions and meeting partners to help further commercialise their products to an international audience. We look forward to hearing more about Datum Development as its Polcoat technology adds to the growing portfolio of successful UK pioneering technologies and innovations,” adds Dr Barry Park, Theme Manager at the NanoKTN.

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