Rolls-Royce alliance wins U.S. Navy research contract

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Walpole, MA. A strategic alliance between Rolls-Royce, the market leader in marine applications, and UCT Coatings Inc. is bringing new technology to the marine market and is about to start work on a $7m U.S. Navy research contract.

The contract, placed with Rolls-Royce, will evaluate UCT's patented UltraCemä nickel boron coatings on naval propulsion systems such as propellers and waterjets.

These coatings have the capability to change the hydrodynamic performance, cavitation characteristics and sea-growth fouling of propellers and waterjets.

Performance, reliability and time between repair of marine equipment can also be increased by reduced friction and wear.

UCT has granted Rolls-Royce a long-term exclusive license to use this technology for a wide range of commercial and naval marine equipment.

Andy Marsh, President of Rolls-Royce US naval operations, said: “This research contract will allow us to improve many current products and develop several new product concepts. We also intend to work closely with our customers to apply this technology on non-Rolls-Royce equipment. UltraCemTM is a very exciting and versatile emerging marine coating technology."

Tom Dyer, President and COO of UCT Coatings, Inc. said: “The global reach of Rolls-Royce and its leadership role in the marine marketplace is a perfect match for our business strategy. We have jointly begun testing and product application development and hope to capitalize on this effort in the near term.”

Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy - over the last 10 years. As a global company, Rolls-Royce is accessing long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people around the world.


Its knowledge, expertise and technology have enabled the Group to develop and continually improve competitive, high-value products and services for its customers. Rolls-Royce invests £700 million a year in Research and Development, two-thirds of which is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its products.

Rolls-Royce delivers innovative, reliable and environmentally sensitive marine solutions to both the commercial and naval markets. From gas turbines and diesel engines to electrical generators and shiplifts, Rolls-Royce is the market leader for marine applications, providing a range of gas turbines and diesels. More than 400 U.S. Government vessels (Navy, USCG, SOCOM) in service have Rolls-Royce marine equipment.

Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, including 42 of the world's top 50.4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and energy customers in 120 countries. There are 54,000 gas turbines in service worldwide and Rolls-Royce seeks to add value for its customers with aftermarket services that will enhance the performance and reliability of all its products.

UCT Coatings, Inc., headquartered in Stuart, FL has developed and patented a family of performance coatings under the trade name of UltraCemTM that can be applied to most metal surfaces including lighter weight metals like aluminum and titanium. UltraCemTM coating technology is successfully used in aerospace, armaments, performance auto and boat racing, oil & gas, food processing, and other industries.

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