To bring a revolution in the coating industry, Qlayers, a TU Delft startup, has raised an initial capital of €300,000 from UNIIQ. The investment was announced by the Delft alderman, Bas Vollebregt, during the Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague event 2018. The seed money will enable Qlayers to develop a printhead for coating large, industrial surfaces such as oil and gas terminals, ships, bridges and windmills. Notably, Qlayers was founded in 2017 by TU Delft engineers – Ruben Geutjens and Josefien Groot.
This technological initiative by Qlayers is enabling the users to apply coatings fully automatically and in a controlled manner, without the application of mist paint. As of now, there is no system in the market that can automatically apply paint without creating harmful mist. The coating of large industrial objects (such as storage tanks, wind turbines and aircraft) is still majorly done by hand, with brushes, rollers and spray equipment. Further, the current coating process is regarded as extremely chemical, energy-intensive, unsafe and inefficient, both in production and during repair.