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Now leading the new Tata Steel Technology Centre at Swansea University, Byron Tucker has 25 years’ experience in the steel industry. Coatings have been an important topic throughout this time. Metallic coatings for differentiated product development in the automotive sector and organic coating systems for a market leading building envelope product portfolio for instance.
Coatings and coating processes will remain an important focus for the steel industry and the many supply chains that this important foundation industry serves. From the rolls which influence the surface texture of the products we produce to legislation driving improvements in the sustainability of the coating systems we use, the industry needs to work with academia to drive product development, process improvement and develop the future generations of steel technologists.