Backer emerges for diamond coating system: Gillette signs 25,000 pounds contract to be first member of research group

Ernest Nagy, the inventor who has found a simple way to coat surfaces with diamond, has found the first major industrial backer for his research group.

His technique has baffled scientists. Diamond is a remarkable material, most useful to industry if laid down in thin layers. But a search for a cheap, reliable way to do this has eluded industry. Mr Nagy's process uses a 'mop' impregnanted with diamond dust, then spun at high speed to brush a coating onto a surface.

Yesterday, at the first public demonstration of Mr Nagy's technique, Professor Geoffrey Allen, who is co-ordinating industrial liaison for Mr Nagy, said that Gillette had signed a pounds 25,000 contract to become the first member of the Nagy Diamond Film Group, at Bristol University.

He was speaking during a meeting at the university attended by 100 industrialists. Many of the delegates were from companies that have spent millions of pounds seeking diamond coating techniques.

Dr John Terry, group manager for wet shaving for Gillette in the UK, said he believed the company, which has two-thirds of the world market for razor blades and shavers, had sent a letter of intent to the university but had yet to sign a contract.

A diamond coating on razor blades would make them tougher and more durable. Dr Terry said Gillette was looking into many coating processes. 'There is interest in the company and we shall assess it and see what we shall do,' he said.

Delegates from a broad range of industries included representatives from Pilkington Technology, Westland Helicopters, British Telecom laboratories, Xerox Corporation, British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce.

Dr David Dingley, of Bristol University, who helped set up Mr Nagy's research group, said: 'The industrial interest has been very large. Some of this is very supportive and some is sceptical. This technique is controversial in that it's incredible to believe that such a simple process works at all.'

Dr David Tunnicliffe, from the corporate research division of British Aerospace, said his company was trying to find a way to get involved with Mr Nagy's project, but he added that smaller component suppliers ought to be the ones to develop the technology. 'We might be able to encourage that, perhaps by sharing costs.'

Crofton Brierley, from GEC Marconi, said applications for diamond coatings in the defence world, such as diamond windows for aircraft and missile heads, transparent to infra-red, were immense. 'In GEC Marconi alone, sales of diamond coated infra-red products would be pounds 20m by 1996,' he said.

Mr Nagy has pledged to give away his technology to anyone who wants to exploit it after putting aside his rights following failed attempts to negotiate an exclusive deal with a multi- national conglomerate. He says he will grant anyone a licence to use the technique for a specific purpose, say coating skis with a virtually friction-free layer.

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
News
news
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Sport
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
i100
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
News
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
people
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Research Manager - Quantitative/Qualitative

£32000 - £42000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam