Brian Norton, managing director of the Birmingham-based company, attended as a guest speaker, highlighting the importance of innovation and growth amongst SMEs to a virtual audience of 70 drawn from disciplines that included industry bodies, academics, and Members of Parliament.
“It was an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the importance of research, innovation and a commitment to working closely with customers worldwide to address specific coating challenges,” said Norton. “Engineering and technology, of course, never stand still, so coating performance is always in the spotlight as it is relevant in so many sectors – indeed, it perhaps demands more attention today than ever before,” he added. “From corrosion and heat resistance to environmental impact – as demonstrated by our current focus on finding alternatives to chrome-based products – the role played by performance coatings is extensive and I hope I was able to emphasise the significance of this to the audience.”
Brian Norton draws attention to examples that underline this point. The company’s involvement in naval coatings, its work with the National Physical Laboratory and a range of collaborative coating initiatives are all good examples.
For more than 40 years Indestructible Paint has been at the forefront of its industry, with a proven track record in some of the most demanding and challenging sectors. It cites aerospace in this context where it has achieved multiple approvals from a vast range of leading and specialist manufacturers.
“In this and other fields we never lose sight of the diverse range of needs that customers have – from performance and methods of use to storage, delivery and, of course, cost,” continued Norton. He adds that the organisation looks to blend research and development, manufacturing, and stockholding capability with both technical and commercial support to optimise the solutions to each individual customer’s coating needs.
Brian Norton’s presentation to the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee builds on similar involvement some two years ago when he helped to launch the Advanced Training for Coating Engineering initiative in conjunction with the Surface Engineering Advanced Coatings (SEAC) body at the House of Lords.