SGE Analytical Science has been awarded a grant from the Victorian State Government to help develop a new diamond-like coating technology. Diamond-like coating technology, or ‘plasma activated high frequency vacuum deposition’ and was originally developed in the US. The coating has low friction and is extremely durable. The grant will assist SGE become the first Australian company to commercialize this enabling technology.
The low friction, highly durable coating will prolong product life and create improved functionality. SGE Chairman Peter Dawes says the technology has wide application across a range of new and future products. He estimates the technology will contribute $7.7million to global company sales and will ultimately create up to 50 new jobs at the company’s Ringwood manufacturing facility.
With the announcement of the grant, development of the Diamond-like Coating enabling technology can now move ahead with installation of necessary equipment early next year with product development and testing expected by July 2011. The technology development is part of SGE’s continued commitment to innovation that that will allow the company to continue to bring new technologies and solutions to the scientific community.