€5m boost for thin film coatings specialist

Finnish coating specialist Picodeon has received a €5million grant from Enso Ventures to accelerate the development and manufacture of its disruptive thin films and thin film deposition tools.

The investment will fund further research into thin-film applications and the development of new thin-film materials, as well as the production of a market-ready range of laser deposition equipment.

Picodeon's patented Coldab coating technology is an advanced Ultra-Short Pulsed Laser Deposition (US PLD) process. The technology enables high quality nanometer scale thin-film coatings, including materials such as metals, composites, oxides and polymers, to be deposited on a range of different substrates.

The process is made possible by Picodeon's patented coating equipment, where a material is vapourised in a laser-ablation process forming a plasma plume which condenses on the substrate to form a thin film.

Applications include hard optical coatings for displays, screens and other transparent products, and may vary from super-hard low-friction thin-films to optical thin-films with anti-finger print properties.

Marko Mylläri, Picodeon's ceo, commented: "Picodeon is investing nearly €2million in the development of new automated thin-film coating equipment which will be up and running by January 2014.

"This is a unique machine to demonstrate the volume manufacturing potential of PLD coatings. It will show that the PLD process is not just a laboratory research concept, but that it is scalable into industrial applications by using Picodeon's innovations."

Laura Hopperton

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