We are very proud to announce that our CEO Josefien Groot, had been nominated as one of the twenty-one most talented and inspiring women entrepreneurs in Europe. On the 23rd of September, we received the great news that Josefien won the Rising Innovator title that recognizes excellent female entrepreneurs under the age of 35 which comes with a 50,000 Euro award.
The EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020 highlights and celebrates the outstanding achievements of female entrepreneurs running innovative companies and was funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation.
Josefien started the company with CO-Founder Ruben based on a dream to make a change in the way we think about coatings and to improve the world with material science. Ruben and Josefien combined their passion of technology and sustainability with the vision to eventually make every surface functional.
Qlayers company was founded in August 2017 and has managed to increase their sizes since then. This young and passionate start-up is situated in Delft, the Netherlands, and envisions to automate coating processes worldwide, by delivering functional surfaces.
Qlayers put years of development into the latest 10Q robot which uses a state of art technology that transforms the traditional method of coating application on large-scale industrial surfaces such as storage tanks.
This new technology changes the current inefficient and unsafe painting process into a fully automated, faster, safer and more reliable process, with almost zero emission.
10Q™ coats storage tanks faster, safer, more reliable, with almost zero emission and more consistent quality.
Qlayers’ team is growing and we are more than happy to rely on such an amazing team who is able to automate the coating industry and eliminate the overspray responsible of many environmental problems in the industry.
Qlayers’ team members are diverse and multicultural. Even though Qlayers is a Dutch company, almost half of the team is international (India, Belgium, Spain, Greece and Poland). The global incentive is to work in an environmentally friendly company, with the vision of making every surface functional, reducing CO2 emissions and increasing energy efficiency.
Our company values are: technical excellence, honesty, transparency and equality, safety work and sustainable efficiency.
Are you someone with hands-on mentality and purpose-driven? Take a look at our jobs page and maybe you'll be part of the qfamily soon!
We're proud to be featured as one of the 200 startups featured in the bid book: It's time to #FundRight. With #FundRight, a large group of concerned and committed investors have taken the stance to address equal access to finance and opportunities for all founders, regardless of their background or gender. To counter the pipeline argument, this bid book is produced by TechLeap.NL.
You can download the book here: https://buff.ly/2ARDbHH
Last week, Simon (our Project Engineer) went to the festive kick-off where the AIRTuB project (Automatic Inspection and Repair of Turbine Blades) was presented. RVO Nederland Top Sector Energy has awarded a first project subsidy to Fieldlab Zephyros for the smart maintenance innovation. 14 parties will work together using state-of-the-art solutions to detect and repair the damage on wind turbine blades.
The following parties are participating, along with Qlayers, in this project: DronesforWork, Demcon, Stork AMT, Eneco Wind, Dutch TeraHertz, LM Wind Power, TNO-ECN, NLR, TU Delft, HZ University of Applied Sciences / Scalda, InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Hanze University of Applied Sciences , Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Development Center for Maintenance of Composites.
Happy to announce our participation in the AIRTuB innovation project to automate and repair the inspection of wind turbines.
Together with LM Wind Power, we will develop a “state-of-the-art” solution. We will print smooth leading edge with chamfered surface over a wind tunnel model and verify the aerodynamic properties.
The AIRTuB objectives are:
• Develop a fully tested prototype of an autonomous UAV, including sensor payload, which can detect structural and surface damage and transfer it in the form of data.
• Develop models for structural defects and leaf erosion yield impact for asset management and operational decisions
• Technology for develop automated application of sheet coatings.
• Design software for automatically classifying leaf damage and generating automatic repair 'recipes'.
Ultimate goal of the project: no unnecessary downtime and no need for on-site maintenance of the offshore wind energy system.
More information about the project can be found here: https://www.worldclassmaintenance.com/rvo-projectsubsidie-fieldlab-zephyros/
The festive kick-off of this project is planned for mid-September in Vlissingen.
We will keep you posted!
Our new creativity room looks pretty thanks to our team.
This was a great opportunity to spend time together while we were painting abstract art using this technique. Check the pictures and behind-the-scenes video.
Last month our CEO Josefien Groot pitched about our company at the Meet the Startups Event at Yes!Delft. Our envision is to apply the coatings of the future optimizing, controlling and automating them.
We can save up to 50% of painting with no overspray. After the pitch, we celebrated with the Global Innovation Director of Akzonobel the business agreement that we won on the Akzonobel Accelerator program.
Feel free to contact us if you want to know more about our high tech or about new ways of coating.
Bekijk deze video om meer te ontdekken over ons bedrijf en onze CEO Josefien Groot. Hartelijk dank Laura Ponticorvo en de KVK voor dit leuke interview!
The Qlayers team is looking for a new, enthusiastic team member to aid us in supplying the market with new, innovative technology!
Our high-tech start-up develops an automated printing process to add functionality to industrial surfaces. Just like nature does, only better! Our printable sharkskin microstructure is to be printed on wind turbine blades, aircraft, ships, trains and many more. This sharkskin microstructure directly reduces surface friction saving fuel for most transport and increase the energy efficiency of wind turbines.
Next to that, our automated coating system aims to make manual paint labour completely redundant. This system aims to provide a safe, labour-free and clean alternative current conventional spray painting processes.
Your job will be to perform testing on our automated spray painting system, the Slash, which aims to produce consistent extremely uniform paint coatings on any industrial surface while minimizing overspray! You will define the maximum operating limits of the system and find optimal working conditions. You will to process any experimental data resulting from these tests and communicate the results with the design team in order to optimize the Slash system such that the system can operate effectively in a (very) wide range of conditions. The tests that you will perform will be done in both our testing facility and on site with the clients.
During testing it is expected to encounter some new (mostly) mechanical and software challenges, which are preferably to be solved by you. This requires a fair amount of independency and communicative abilities should the problem require more thinking minds to be overcome. Any experience in mechanical engineering and software is therefore required.
- Creating experimental plans
- Planning of aforementioned tests
- Maintaining and improving our test facility
- Processing experimental test data and reporting
- Communicate problems in the system to the responsible people
Must have skills:
- Background in mechanics
- Practical hands-on experience with machines
- CAD skills
- Experience in 3D printing
Are you someone that is practical with a hands-on mentality? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will soon get in touch with you.
Great news! Qlayers is one of the 21 startups around the world chosen to take part in the Paint The Future event. The AkzoNobel startup challenge will be held in Amsterdam from May 14 to 16, and it consists of a 3-day accelerator program where startups can accelerate, test, launch and scale early stage tech company innovations. Our solution: an automated printing head to coat large surfaces in any weather. We will have the chance to collaborate with industry experts and further scale up our innovation. Let’s change the world of paints and coatings!
Sergio García, our Spanish physicist, is currently working on the automation of the 'sharkskin' microstructures printing technology to make each surface functional. He works together with Nikolas and Ruben in doing so.
Sergio finished his bachelor’s in Physics and he finished his Masters in 'New Electronic and Photon Technologies' with a specialization in mechatronics, lasers and metrology.
Are you wondering what the SME Instrument is about?
The SME Instrument is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot that supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. We are now participating in Phase 1 and our project will receive not only coaching and business acceleration services but also a lump-sum of €50.000 to investigate the potential of our microstructures coating application method for wind turbine blades in order to reduce their air resistance.
Worthy of special mention is Giovanni Pazienza, who helped us with this amazing achievement.
You can read more about the EIC pilot here and find out interesting proposals.
Today we had an important visit at Qbase. Members from RVO Netherlands came to see our progress regarding E-paint. We are working on a feasibility study to apply our thermoelectric paint in and around the waterways of the Netherlands.
This week we were very happy to welcome Mas, a student who came to Qlayers to have his first experience in the labour market. He decided to contact us, totally enthusiastic about our drag reducing 'sharkskin' coating. It was a pleasure to have him here! Keep reading to discover his own experience.
We continue to grow!
Yesterday we received €15.000 from the Rabobank Innovation Fund. Our printing technology is in continuous development and thanks to this grant we can move forward and work harder to take microstructures to another level. Every day we are closer to achieving our goals, which won’t be possible without our amazing co-founders and our team. Let’s keep sharing to the world what we are capable of!
We are happy to announce that we are nominated for the #RailTech2019 Innovation awards and are also in the running for the audience award!
You can help us win by voting here: https://events.railtech.com/europe2019/awards/
The RailTech Europe 2019 will take place on 26-28 March 2019. If you want to know more about the event you can watch the video below.
The result of her research was a recommendation for Qlayers how to penetrate the aircraft market, including a generic strategy, a pricing policy and launch tactics. Birgit was supervised by Qlayers' CEO Josefien Groot, who is, of course, super proud. Not only did Birgit's research add value to Qlayers' company growth strategy, but it also contributes to research in general. Next to her thesis, Birgit executed a competitive analysis for Qlayers' printing technology in the aircraft industry. When she had extra time, Birgit worked on Qlayers' marketing and communications.
Birgit, the Qteam can't thank you enough for all your hard work and wishes you all the best in your future endeavors!
The picture below shows all the price winners at the VU New years gala, Birgit is standing on the right. She was so excited that she forgot how to properly hold her price. ;)
Last week, Qlayers got the opportunity to pitch a the final of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018 during the Offshore Wind Q-meeting of Siemens and Van Oord.
Unfortunately, Qlayers did not win the award. However, we still got very positive feedback of the jury. According to the jury, the innovation of Qlayers addresses an essential issue to make coating of blades in serial production more efficient. The jury particularly appreciated the well-developed business model and regards the basic principle of reducing coating use under controlled conditions with smart feedback data, very promising.
We wish the other two finalists, TWD and Fistuca, all the best with their future endeavors. Also, as the deserved winner of the competition, we wish Fistuca very good luck with launching their Blue Wedge connection into the market!
A while ago, Qlayers took part in the KLM Innovation fair. We pitched and spoke to a lot of interested people and learned a lot. Many of these people were employee’s of KLM whom work in the hangars as a mechanic. The fair actually took place in their everyday work spot, the Engineering & Maintenance hangar! It was a great day with a magnificent view.
We are super happy to tell you that Qlayers made it to the national final of Chivas Venture 2019!
Every year, the Chivas Venture gives away $1 million in no-strings funding to social entrepreneurs, who blend profit with purpose to have a positive impact on the world.
Qlayers is selected as one of the three finalists of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018!
Fistuca, Qlayers and TWD will compete for the award for the most appealing innovation in offshore wind.
A jury of experts reviewed the applications on innovativeness, social and economic impact and entrepreneurship.
Both the jury award and the public award will be announced on Wednesday the 12th of December, during the Netherlands Offshore Wind Q-meeting of Siemens and Van Oord. In this Q-meeting, Qlayers will have 5 minutes to pitch our awesome innovation and ambitions. Lets do this!
Yesterday, Qlayers was honoured to receive SBIR "Energietransitie Vaarwegen" certificates awarded by the state secretary of the ministery of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the deputy of the Province Zuid-Holland.
The ceremony took place at the River Queen boat, which was sailing around the beautiful canals of Delft during the ceremony.
With this SBIR certificates, Qlayers will execute a technical and economic feasibility research of applying E-paint, our power producing coating, in and around the waterways of the Netherlands.
In case of a positive outcome, the next step is to apply E-paint all around the waterways with our automated printing head to make them more sustainable. Let's make each surface functional!
Last Thursday, Qlayers had the opportunity to take part in the pitch debate for small, innovative companies at the Baggersymposium in Rotterdam. The baggersymposium was an event full of interesting speeches and debates about the future of the Dutch and Belgium dredging industry. Qlayers is looking forward to helping parties in this industry with automating their coating processes.
Pictures: Maritime Delta, Innovation Quarter
Last Thursday, Qlayers had the opportunity to present at the Cleantech Summit 2018 in the category of "wow-factor early stage companies".
This was an amazing opportunity to meet interesting investors that might be included in Qlayers' fundraising strategy for the future, which will be established this winter.