Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd
Swansea University academics, Dr Paddy Dodds and Professor Geraint Williams have developed an alternative to hexavalent chromate, the commonly used corrosion inhibitor facing an EU ban in 2019. The patented technology developed by the team creates a smart release coating which outperforms coatings made with current inhibitor pigments. The new product is of significant interest to the coiled coated steel market, potentially worth £3bn per annum in Europe alone. The technology has been assigned to Swansea University spin-out, Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd, who are currently trialling these formulations with a number of well-known paint manufacturers and are working closely with their strategic partner, Tata Steel UK.