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Zircotec's Coatings for Composite Technology Selected as One of the Finalists for SMMT Award

Published on 2013-10-04. Author : SpecialChem

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has recently announced the shortlisted entries for its Award for Automotive Innovation 2013 and Zircotec is nominated for its Coating for Composites technology.

The SMMT Award showcases the UK's capabilities in automotive design and engineering by identifying exceptional innovations that have the potential to transform the industry. Zircotec's project to enable lightweight composites to be used where previously this was not possible was submitted to the judging panel following its first application on a road car, the Aston Martin One-77.

Zircotec has been selected as a finalist alongside five other technologies from leading automotive organizations including McLaren and Ford. "Zircotec is delighted that the judging panel has selected our technology as a finalist for these awards that the automotive industry truly respects," says Managing Director Terry Graham. "Our coating has the opportunity to assist vehicle engineers achieve weight, performance and efficiency targets through the use of lightweight materials protected by robust coatings. Our project with Aston Martin has demonstrated we can take this technology from the racetrack to the road."

The results will be released at the SMMT dinner on the 26th November 2013.

About Zircotec

Formally part of the Atomic Energy Authority, Zircotec's high temperature coating and heat barrier processes and technologies were originally developed for the nuclear industry. Zircotec's involvement in motorsport stretches back to 1994 when the thermal barrier coating was applied to the exhausts and manifold of Subaru rally cars to lower in-cabin temperatures. Since then the high temperature coating has been applied to vehicles from F1 cars to trucks together with an increasing number of applications for prestigious sports car manufacturers looking for thermal management and heat barrier solutions to manage heat from high performance engines.

Source: Zircotec

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