Oxford Advanced Surfaces
Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS) was spun out of the University of Oxford’s Chemistry Department in 2006 to commercialise a proprietary surface bonding and preparation technology using carbenes—a class of molecule that forms strong bonds with a wide range of materials.
Initially targeting the printing and packaging sector, OAS floated on AIM in 2007, reaching a peak market cap of £178m. Hampered by unforeseen entry barriers to this high-volume, low-margin sector, OAS was delisted from AIM in 2014. Following a rejuvenation of both the management team and commercialisation strategy in 2017, OAS has used its proprietary technology to develop a line of Onto™ adhesion promotion products targeting high-value production markets working with high-performance plastics and composite materials.