$3.4 million project to take coating technology from university lab to global market by 2021

A three-year project between Deakin University, Xefco and Proficiency Consulting to scale an advanced coating technology has been announced, and is being supported by a $505,231 Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre grant.

An announcement from Deakin said the university’s Institute for Future Materials and textile technology company Xefco had developed a novel “Atmospheric Plasma Coating System” for simpler, cheaper and better textile application of water-repellent, fire retardant or other coatings. The collaborative project’s planned total budget is given as $3.4 million.
“Thanks to support from our partners and IMCRC, we will now aim to improve and optimise the functional coating process, to get this lab-scale technology ready for production testing at a textile mill and global commercial use by 2021,” said  Dr Weiwei Lei, a Senior Research Fellow in Plasma at IFM.
Proficiency Consulting designs and makes specialised production machinery in Geelong, with a history of “developing new to market, bespoke manufacturing equipment”.

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