P2i’s Aridion technology works by applying a nanometer-thin polymer layer over the entire surface of a product. Using an ionized gas (plasma) this layer is molecularly bound to the surface and becomes inseparable from it. The process confers oil and water repellency by reducing the surface energy to ultra-low levels – down to one third that of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). On contact with the coating, liquids bead up and roll off, leaving the look and feel of the material unchanged. Tests show that P2i’s nano-coating can be used to enhance a wide range of products and materials in both consumer and industrial applications.
Simon Kellard, P2i’s group operations director said: “Our business has recently gained considerable momentum, with a three-fold increase in technology license revenues and a £5.5 million ($8 million) fund raising; the technology is also being used in a range of high volume products by well-known brands around the world. As much of our customers’ manufacturing is undertaken across the Asia Pacific region, managing this growth on the ground in Singapore is an important part of our strategy – allowing us to offer ‘real time’ support to this fast-paced and dynamic market, whilst also developing new relationships.”