MIA member Zircotec increase capacity ten-fold following £2.5M investment
15 September 2020
Posted by: Maddison Sreeves
Automotive and motorsports heat management specialists Zircotec, based near Oxford, is set to grow significantly this year, with a ten-fold increase in capacity. This follows a £2.5 million investment into much larger premises and new equipment. The workforce is also increasing to meet the exceptional demand. This comes after having to overcome some unexpected hurdles over the last 18 months.
The company are experts in plasma-spray processing and thermal barrier solutions. They develop and produce industry leading high-performance surface coatings and finishes and bespoke heat shielding solutions. They work with most F1 teams and many other motorsport formulas, as well as several supercar and other performance car OEMs.
Zircotec now plan to build and grow on business established in other sectors, such as electric and hybrid vehicles, oil and gas, marine, power generation and aerospace, which the company believe offers excellent growth opportunities. These industries have stringent emissions targets and heat management requirements and Zircotec’s technology can provide a solution to manage heat, without adding excessive weight; key characteristics highly sought in these industries.
Graeme Barette, sales director said: “The new and expanded facility means we can actively develop other sectors, where previously we were constrained by our capacity. Our success to date has largely been in automotive and motorsport, however we know our technology is valuable to many other industries too, particularly in the hybrid and electric vehicle markets. We know that lightweighting and heat management are critical issues in this industry and Zircotec has a solution that can solve these heat management issues.”
Zircotec offer a range of industry coatings with different performance characteristics, ideal for many different applications. This includes the plasma applied ceramic coatings, a flexible heat shield material, carbon composite coatings, anti-wear coatings and ceramic fabrications, as well as industry leading heat shielding solutions.
The company have also developed a conductive ceramic battery coating that provides RFI shielding with a weight saving of up to 4kg per m2 compared to aluminum. This enables manufacturers to use carbon or plastic composite battery casings for hybrid and electric vehicles rather than the much heavier aluminum solution.
In July last year (2019), a fire destroyed the previous Zircotec home. A disaster recovery plan was put in place and within days Zircotec were back up and running in a temporary facility nearby. The new permanent home was found, just 300 yards from the old facility. This was a huge 20,000 square feet location, compared to the previous site, which was only 9,000 square feet.
By October (2019), following extensive adaptions, the company re-located to the new building. The facility was fully operational by the end of the year.
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