Teer Coatings Limited (TCL), Miba Coating Group TCL employs 56 staff in Droitwich, UK. Founded in 1985 TCL was taken over by Miba AG in April, 2010 and is now an integral part of the Miba Coating Group. In total Miba is a >€500M turnover, 4200 employee, international company, headquartered in Austria. TCL’s main activity is advanced Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) surface coatings for many applications, deposited primarily, but not exclusively, by magnetron sputtering. Its quality system is ISO 9001:2008 certified. Around 1/3 of TCL’s resources are devoted to R&D, 1/3 to the provision of a production coatings service and 1/3 to the design, development & supply of advanced coating & related test equipment. TCL’s strategy is continual investment in modern equipment and R&D, maintaining a worldwide lead in thin film coating technology, which is then exploited commercially. TCL pioneered Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Sputter Ion Plating (CFUBMSIP) technology and its key intellectual property, covering both technology & coatings, is protected by patents. TCL has a proven track record of innovation & successful industrial production at the cutting edge of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) technology. For Hydrogen and Fuel Cell applications, TCL offers a proven ability to deposit relevant thin film coatings, including electrically conductive, corrosion resistant films, catalytic materials, etc. onto a variety of substrates and components, from bipolar plates to particulate catalyst supports. TCL is also engaged in collaborative R&D including high temperature abrasion and erosion resistant coatings for steel strip mill rolls (RFSR-CT-2010-00009 LPROLLCOAT), as well as its more traditional development of low friction and wear resistant coatings for engineering surfaces. TCL has over 14 PVD batch coating machines to supply its contract coating to customers. A further 16 coating units are dedicated to coating development and research. In 2010 TCL acquired an industrial PVD, load-locked in line coating system under Phase I of the UK DECC/TSB FC & Hdemonstrator programme (ref TP AE209D 200089) as part of its contribution to the future Low Carbon Economy industrial supply chain, which will allow the company to investigate semicontinuous, air-to-air processing. TCL has a well-equipped Testing Laboratory, able to characterisethe deposited coatings, particularly in respect of their physical attributes, tribological properties, etc. In additional to conventional hardness testing and optical microscopy, TCL has a Nano Test instrument for nano indentation and nano hardness measurements, and a SEM equipped with EDX for chemical composition analysis.
Role in consortium and relevant experience: TCL will develop and optimise protective coatings for the steel interconnector components, based on its industrial CFUBMSIP technology. It will perform preliminary characterisation of the coatings (thickness, adhesion, hardness, wear/abrasion resistance, etc.) at room temperature, in its existing Tribological Testing Laboratory. TCL will assist in the economic assessment of the coating of the interconnector components, including future scale-up and process capability, with particular relevance to its magnetron sputtering technology. TCL has thirty years experience of the development of industrial, magnetron sputtering based processes and equipment. The Company has also engaged widely in collaborative research activities, both in the UK and EC. It is a partner in two FCH JU JTI projects starting in 2012, as well as an existing RFCS project and two UK multi-partner collaborations, and lead another UK national project that commenced later in 2012.
Main scientific contact persons:
Dr Joanne Hampshire (Special Coatings Manager) has extensive experience of developing novel PVD coatings, including noble metals, complex alloys and graded materials.
Dr Xiaoling Zhang (Senior Researcher) has been working in the field of material and surface engineering (PVD andPACVD processes) for more than 20 years. She joined the R&D Department of Teer Coatings in2003 and has been responsible for three EC projects, and many UK projects.
Dr Shicai Yang Designed a 3 fold rotation system for the uniform application of CFUBMSIP and multilayer hardcoatings (Patent Application GB2385062) for machining tools. He also developed a coating process for highly polished coin die forming tools in minting industry and hard coatings for high temperature applications, including CrN based hard coating process for massive industrial coating products for machining tools.
Dr Kevin Cooke (R&D Technology Centre Manager) will facilitate compliance with reporting requirements and will address future scale-up and commercial/exploitation issues. He has over 30 years’ experience in applied thin film research and development and is responsible for TCL’s collaborative research portfolio (which currently includes3 EC projects and 3 UK projects) and numerous University interactions, including 2 supported PhDstudentships (one of which is hosted by the Doctoral Training Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells at the University of Birmingham).