Company founders Torsten Rosell and Henrik Ljungcrantz started Impact Coatings in 1997, as a spin off from Linköping University.
The basic idea was to develop PVD as a replacement to traditional wet plating. An upcoming need was identified for coating technology that is more cost-efficient and environment-friendly than the traditional methods. Based on the vision “in every man’s pocket”, the company has since then developed deposition systems and deposition processes for mass-produced parts.
A selection of milestones achieved:
|1997||Founded by Torsten Rosell and Henrik Ljungcrantz|
|2002||First InlineCoater™ shipment|
|2004||IPO (listed at Nasdaq-OMX Stockholm, First North)|
|2007||First InlineCoater™ 300 delivered|
|2008||Technical approval of PVD coatings for fuel cells|
|2009||First InlineCoater™ 500 delivered|
|2009||Development agreement with mobile phone company around MaxPhase™ contact coatings|
|2010||First PlastiCoater™ 200 and PlastiCoater™ 400 delivered|
|2011||International launch of Silver MaxPhase™ replacement of gold|
|2012||Ceramic MaxPhase™ introduced as the best cost/performance solution for bipolar plates for fuel cells|
|2014||Lean PVD™ plastic metallization established in automotive industry for decorative trim parts|
|2015||Ceramic MaxPhase™ selected for first production fuel cell for cars, and first connector with Silver MaxPhase™ launched|
|2016||First order of an InlineCoater™ 500 FC for the Chinese Fuel Cells market.|