Ion Coat was founded in 1982. Initially its main role was to act as a source of support for companies active in the field of plasma-assisted coating and treatment processes. Thus it has provided production coating equipment service back-up to companies using such processes in leading-edge technology sectors. It also undertakes design and development of coating test equipment. It works closely with associate companies involved in producing process control and deposition equipment.
Ion Coat has always been a research-led company, having (for example) been a recipient of a DTI SMART award to investigate novel coatings for packaging applications. It has itself been an active supporter of research, having sponsored several PhD students and provided equipment and support staff for university research.
Recently, Ion Coat has moved location to Sheffield, and has installed its own large production coating facilities, based primarily on the arc evaporation process.