Nick Copeland, director of R&D at Bobst Manchester, has been named the recipient of the inaugural Bobst Inventor Award for his work on the AluBond patent, which was granted in the UK in 2019. AluBond provides high metal adhesion and surface energy levels through vacuum metalization.
“After a thorough selection process, the decision committee agreed that Nick is a fully deserving first recipient of this award, as his work on this patent has led to significant benefits, both for Bobst and our customers,” says Alexandre Pauchard, head of Group R&D at Bobst. “AluBond is a truly outstanding invention that overcomes a relatively frequent issue for our customers, namely poor metal adhesion due to delamination. The positive feedback we have heard from customers is testament to the impact that Nick has made.”
The Bobst Inventor Award will be awarded on an annual basis to inventor(s) within the company – who may be at any stage of their career – whose patented work is deemed to have had the greatest positive impact for both the company and for customers.
“I am honored to have been given the inaugural Bobst Inventor Award,” explains Copeland. “It is great to work at a company that encourages and supports new ideas, allowing innovation to thrive. I want to thank all of my colleagues who were involved in the AluBond patent. I hope together we can contribute many more innovations at Bobst, providing meaningful benefits for our customers’ businesses.”
The Bobst AluBond process is an inline hybrid coating technology that promotes chemical anchoring of the first aluminum particles creating a metalizing seeding layer that provides enhanced bond strength properties. It has been shown to increase metal bond strength and metal adhesion on the most commonly used substrates (PET, BOPP, CPP and PE) during aluminum vacuum metalization.
“We rely on inventiveness and ingenuity to find new solutions for our customers, so it is only right that we recognize those pioneers whose inventions are the foundation of a stronger patent portfolio,” adds Pauchard. “We will continue to champion creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, wherever that is found throughout our organization.”