Nanokote Pty Ltd specialises in the engineering, manufacturing and sales of specific nano coating materials for glass, metals, plastics, concrete and textiles. Nanokote was set established in 2005 as a marketing and distribution company within Micronisers Pty Ltd but has since expanded into being a manufacturer in its own right and is quickly developing a reputation as one of the very few nanotechnology companies successfully commercialising products on a global scale.
“Our globally patented coatings are all manufactured in Dandenong, Melbourne Australia and Dallas, Texas USA,” informed Simon King, Nanokote’s Technical Director and CEO. “We also have distribution partners in the US, EU, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Nanokote products with hydrophobic coatings for glass and oleophobic functions are available for many surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, plastic, mineral undercoats, textiles and leather and ensure surfaces maintain their clear and clean appearance longer and allow superior glass visibility and presentation of other surfaces. The enhanced surfaces can also be effortlessly cleaned with less and more environmentally friendly cleaning products.
“Our latest innovation from our Melbourne plant is PrimoGuard Texture, a new concrete coating that can be applied using all traditional methods: roller,” said Simon. “We’ve been working with government road, rail, power and water authorities globally for eight years supplying our standard PrimoGuard Flat which was primarily developed for application on highly stressed concrete surfaces for prevention of concrete cancer. PrimoGuard= is an organometallic coating, that is, it has both organic and inorganic components. Compared with traditional coatings that are inherently organic, such as polyurethane, acrylic, or styrene acrylic, our hybrid coatings have some exceptional properties.”
PrimoGuard Texture is a modified polysiloxane hybrid for the decorative protection of concrete. PrimoGuard provides excellent protection from concrete cancer combined with permanent anti-graffiti and easy to clean/self-cleaning functionalities. It has outstanding resistance to corrosion, better weatherability than aliphatic polyurethanes and acrylic paint technology and is available in a range of profiles and colours. Normally only requiring one and no more than two coats, PrimoGuard can be applied directly to dry or damp concrete. This replaces typical competitor systems of a standard four coat system, primer, two separate coats of roll on acrylic 24 hours apart, followed seven days later by two pack polyurethane anti-graffiti top coat.
“Typical competitor systems cannot offer a warranty on textured surfaces due to the topography of the surface,” added Simon. “ProGuard™ has a ten year warranty and is approved by the German, Swiss, Australian and US Governments. It’s certified for VicRoads Sec.685 and WA Main Roads for anti-graffiti. It also meets all Green Star rating requirements with a low VOC content of 63g/litre.”
PrimoGuard Texture is suitable for a wide variety of civil and community projects including hospitals, sports stadiums, shopping centres, apartment buildings, aquatic centres and car parks. It is being applied to the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital currently under construction on the QEII Medical Centre site in Nedlands and due to open to the public in late 2016.
Nanokotes R&D staff in Dandenong have been working hard to expand their coating range and a single coat for mild steel, meaning no priming is necessary, will be released early in 2016.
“Our manufacturing plant in Dallas, Texas USA opened earlier in 2015 after a successful tunnel project in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado,” continued Simon. “Our coatings fill a gap in the market, having the flexibility to apply a single coat to concrete, damp or dry, in a wide range of weather conditions, from temperatures as low as 2°C and 95% high humidity is a real advantage and one that our customers are welcoming with open arms.”