The Company

Surface Technology Coatings (STC) is a part of Sutton Tools, a family owned Australian company operating since 1917. STC was established in 1988 to provide a Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coating service to local industry. Since that time STC has grown to be at the forefront of heat treatment and surface engineering technology.

We are the only commercial facility in Australia offering high pressure quench vacuum heat treatment, plasma nitriding and PVD hard thin film coatings under the one roof. Additionally, we offer a complete regrinding and recoating service. Surface Technology Coatings carries out research and development with Australia’s leading Universities and research organisations to develop innovative services that keep STC ahead of the competition.

QA and Process Measurement

The world class reputation of Surface Technology Coatings has been built on our ability to deliver high quality, reproducible and guaranteed product back to the customer every time. With access to the latest testing and analytical equipment, we can process test samples for certification of every process batch. ISO 9001:2008 Quality Assurance registration ensures full traceability of products throughout the entire process cycle.

PVD Coatings

Surface Technology Coatings is the only Australian company providing Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coatings, plasma nitriding, vacuum heat treatment, with access to full cutting tool regrind facilities on site. Our unique position enables us to provide tailored solutions to a wide range of friction and wear problems.

Titanium Nitride was the first PVD wear resistant film coating introduced at Surface Technology Coatings, using, at that time, the world’s leading Low Voltage Electron Beam technology by Balzers of Switzerland. Now known as Oerlikon Balzers, they have remained a world leading company, and their latest technology is now in use at STC. Called the INNOVA, it is a new generation coating system and is ‘the future of tool coating’.

Through a wide knowledge of Australian manufacturing practices, which encompass a range of tooling; from HSS to Carbide, Surface Technology Coatings has the ability to provide low cost solutions, while offering the latest coating technologies.