NanoKTN Helps UK SME Secure EPSRC Funding and Research Collaboration with the University of Surrey
Indestructible Paint sees benefits from NanoKTN membership
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce details of an EPSRC funded research collaboration between a UK SME (Indestructible Paint) and the University of Surrey.
The Engineering Doctorate in Micro - and NanoMaterials and Technologies, hosted by the University of Surrey, has been launched to provide companies with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, with additional input and support from the University’s world-renowned academics. With significant funding provided by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Engineering Doctorate is a cost-effective way for companies to benefit from research. By offering this opportunity, the University of Surrey hopes to bridge gaps between academia and industry, helping companies to develop new solutions that will shape the future of applied materials science.
The NanoKTN’s primary aim is to support organisations and encourage collaboration between academic institutions and UK companies, with the aim of achieving growth in the UK nanotechnology sector. Indestructible Paint, the high performance coatings manufacturer, has confirmed that the support and professional advice provided by the NanoKTN has been an essential part of the successful funding application.
“We have worked with the NanoKTN for a number of years now and Martin Kemp, Engineering Applications Theme Manager at the NanoKTN has continuously encouraged us to apply for funding, helping us understand the processes and assisting our applications. The continued support and direction from Martin put us in the position where we were able to confidently apply for the EPSRC funding that has now led us to this fantastic collaboration with the University of Surrey,” explains Brian Norton, CEO of Indestructible Paint.
Norton continues, “Future research with the University of Surrey will allow us to focus our attention on nanotechnology and how it can help us grow the company and further develop our products. In the past, we have seen problems with the use of nanoparticles and we hope this research project will give us the opportunity to learn how nanotechnology can help us develop stronger and more resistant paints.”
As well as support and advice, Indestructible Paint has also seen other benefits from its NanoKTN membership, including access to relevant NanoKTN events. Attending and speaking at events has enabled the company to learn about the needs of the market and its potential customers, as well as maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant developments in technology and legislation.
Martin Kemp, Theme Manager at the NanoKTN adds, “It has been a pleasure working with Indestructible Paint, watching the Company grow and offering them advice along the way. Building partnerships is crucial to companies, particularly those in the early stages of development. It allows companies to establish business contacts and make a name within a competitive industry. The NanoKTN’s events are particularly targeted at start-ups and speciality companies looking for exposure and I would recommend them to any UK SMEs looking to network and raise their company profile.”
Further information about the NanoKTN can be found on the website at www.nanoktn.com.
Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.
The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are:
KTNs have been set up by government, industry and academia to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and the science base. They bring together diverse organisations and provide activities and initiatives that promote the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation in these communities. The first KTNs were set up in 2005 and the network continues to grow. They are active in sectors, technologies and market-based areas and they interact strongly with the government’s Technology Programme and overall technology strategy. Aerospace & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) was established by One NorthEast as a UK wide resource to stimulate and drive innovation within the Process Industry. Working with global industry partners and leading research universities CPI is committed to delivering world-class, groundbreaking applied research and development.
The Technology Strategy Board www.innovateuk.org is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life.
If you are interested in exploring the possibilities of using nano technology in high performance coatings and paint please do contact our R & D department here at Indestructible Paint.
Please bring your coating problems to us for a solution.