The company's polymer-based nanofibre is already being used in a variety of products and there is great potential for many other applications, including cosmetics, wound dressings and other bio-medical uses, facemasks, acoustic devices, and electronic parts.
Iain Hosie says the company’s ongoing growth and innovation has been made possible through the support of research and development (R&D) specialists at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
They have helped the company successfully apply for three R&D grants from government agency Callaghan Innovation to help it grow capability and develop its products. The company has also recently been able to invest in a Masters student at Waikato University to test and prove the performance of nanofibre in composites as a result of further government funding.
Iain has high praise for ATEED West R&D specialist Grant Hemmings: “Grant has been very supportive and working with him has been fantastic.“
Revolution Fibres’ most recent R&D project grant led to the development of a new product range – Nanodream Pillow Liners. The filtration system, similar to that used in the next generation HRV filter systems, has now been applied to pillow liners.
Iain says New Zealand homes have the highest dust mite populations, and the second highest asthma rate, in the world. Revolution Fibres has been able to apply its technology to create a natural barrier from dust mites and allergens in pillows, and has put manuka extracts in the fibres, creating a natural antibacterial layer without using chemicals – an ideal situation for allergy sufferers.
The team is passionate about this new product for its functionality as a high-tech innovation in a low-tech application. “It is yet another example of the versatility and market potential of nanofibre in many sectors,” says Iain.
The funding Revolution Fibres has received has meant that the company is still privately owned, which is unique – many high-tech start-ups have to sell equity to seed investment firms to get going.
Iain Hosie explains: “Receiving funding was the catalyst for Revolution Fibres and we definitely would not have got to where are today without the funding.”