Itac has completed the purchase of Delvemade Limited, a business that we have supplied with Silicones and Polyurethanes for over two decades.
Delvemade, founded in 1991 by Susan and Tony Condron, provides a range of branded, patented, products for roof repair and recoating. Since inception, the company has enjoyed sustained growth, which last year alone saw a twenty percent increase in sales.
Following the purchase, Delvemade has become a subsidiary of Itac. For a period of time, to facilitate a smooth hand-over, both founding directors will continue in their familiar roles within the business. The business has already been relocated the short distance from Swinton to our head office and manufacturing facility in Radcliffe, Manchester.
Itac had its sights set on Delvemade for quite some time. It’s a well-established growing business, with an excellent reputation. It services a niche sector of the construction industry, which is one of our core markets. Over the years Itac has worked in partnership with the roofing specialist to develop a unique system and accompanying product range. The production system, manufacture and most importantly the product quality will remain unchanged.
It is our intention to develop Delvemade further by bringing new products to market and improving the business through new initiatives and the benefits of our research, marketing, manufacturing skills and facilities.
Find out more – www.delvemade.com
It’s a decade since Andrei Geim and Kostya Novoselov, made an amazing discovery. It was a Friday afternoon, at Manchester University, in a building less than twenty minutes drive from Itac’s factory. The two eminent scientists – who in 2010 won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work – realised that they could form layers of an amazingly strong material, just one molecule thick, by simply peeling back adhesive tape that they had pressed into flakes of Graphite – a material that forms part of many Itac coatings.
They had discovered Graphene – a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. It is the thinnest material known and also one of the strongest. Graphene is transparent and extremely stretchable, what’s more it conducts electricity with the same efficiency as copper. It promises to become the most significant material of our age, with research teams around the world busy finding new ways it can be used to exploit its vast potential.
In a new development Professor Kostrya Novoselov, and colleagues at the University of Singapore have found that if they combine layers of Graphene with other single one atom thick layers of transition metal dichalcogenides, which react to light, they can generate electricity. This innovative material could help create a new generation of mobile phones and other devices, which will be powered by the sun. The same team are now developing paints using their new material. It is anticipated that this may eventually lead to houses and other buildings being coated on the exterior to generate the power to operate lights and run appliances inside the property.