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Aberdeen firm launches revolutionary interior coating
Article Type: New materials and equipment From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 55, Issue 4
Aberdeen-based coating specialists Advanced Coatings Initiative Ltd (ACI) has launched a revolutionary high-performance interior coating for the oil and gas industry. The only product of its kind in Europe, InnerArmor®, has the potential to more than double the life expectancy of a wide range of equipment, such as pumps, valves and drilling equipment, used globally in the oil and gas industry.
The novel coating technology has been developed after an extensive research and development programme led by ITI Energy, the Aberdeen-based new energy technology institute (www.itienergy.com). It is licensed from California-based materials science specialists, Sub-One Technology, who developed the innovative surface coating concept along with the involvement of University of the West of Scotland, formerly Paisley University.
ACI is the first company in Europe to offer the InnerArmor® coating technology to the market. Potential savings through increased operating life cycles, improved productivity, and decreased maintenance costs could represent several hundred million pounds of savings to the global oil and gas industry on an annual basis. ACI has installed two coating machines in their facilities at Portlethen, Aberdeen, which represents a six figure investment for the firm and a strong commitment to the revolutionary technology.
Jim Davidson, Managing Director of ACI, said: “ACI has built its reputation from producing high performance coatings for a wide range of industries, including the oil and gas sector, and this new technology represents a major breakthrough by having the ability to provide substantial protection to the internal surfaces and very often complex geometry’s of industrial components. InnerArmor® will have a significant, positive impact on the finances of many of our existing and future clients and it highlights our commitment to bringing innovative new technology and solutions to our customer base.”
Dr Mark J. Gore, Sub-One President in Europe, said: “The support of ITI Energy, and University of the West of Scotland, enabled us to develop a truly unique, world class coating technology. We are very excited to have ACI now representing the technology as the first European licensee, I am sure we will see a significant amount of new business being generated which will create further investment and employment opportunities across Scotland.”
Roger Gill, Commercial Director with ITI Energy, added: “We are delighted that the R&D Programme helped enable the development of this important new technology, and that Scotland, through ACI, is poised to become the leading player in this innovative coating application.”
InnerArmor® promises to transform the lifespan and return of investment from high-wearing components operating in harsh environments by applying a diamond-hard carbon film. It will deliver greater resistance to corrosion and erosion together with improved flow dynamics.
More information is available from www.acilimited.co.uk