Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd
Swansea University academics, Dr Patrick Dodds and Professor Geraint Williams developed an alternative to hexavalent chromate, a commonly used corrosion inhibitor, banned in the EU in 2019. The patented technology developed by the team creates a smart release coating that outperforms current coatings, made with traditional inhibitors, by over 10x. The product is of considerable interest to the global protective coatings market, one segment of which is the Coil Coated Steel Market in Europe, this is worth £ 3bn a year. The technology was assigned to Swansea University’s Spin-out company, Hexigone Inhibitors LTD, which piloted these formulations with a number of well-known global paint manufacturers.