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New Technical Director to continue growth and innovation at Deep Tech manufacturer

Auckland-based Deep Tech manufacturer NanoLayr has appointed Dean Barker as Technical Director to lead the company’s future growth and expansion as a global leader in advanced textiles manufacturing. Barker, whose previous roles include R&D Manager at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, has taken over from NanoLayr co-founder, Director, and current Technical Director Iain Hosie.

New Technical Director to continue growth and innovation at Deep Tech manufacturer
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Hosie has transitioned to a governance role, enabling him to focus on the future direction of NanoLayr which use proprietary Sonic Electrospinning Technology to produce nanofibre at scale. Hosie will also continue to champion Electrospinning Technology as a global manufacturing platform.
NanoLayr has undergone a significant growth phase after raising $6 million in a Series A funding round, led by technology investment firm Movac in April 2020.

Hosie, who co-founded NanoLayr (formerly Revolution Fibres) in 2009, said Barker had the expertise and a future-driven approach that will take NanoLayr to the next level, enhance its focus on innovation, and continue to build on the exponential growth it has undergone in the last 18 months.
“NanoLayr pioneered advanced nanofibre technology and the capability to manufacture nanofibre products at scale, and Dean has the experience to help establish NanoLayr at the forefront of the global textiles industry and as the centre of excellence for nanofibre.”

Barker, who returns from a two-year stint in the Netherlands, has worked in a diverse range of science and engineering roles over the last 20 years, both within government research and commercial organisations.
Specialising in product development, engineering research, and management of large teams, Barker is looking forward to evolving and growing what NanoLayr has created.

“I believe in empowering others to be innovative about what needs to be delivered, having some great fun along the way to inspire creativity and ensure a strong connection to the implications from a commercial, technical, and quality perspective.

“The technology developed by NanoLayr has positioned the company as a leader in the advanced textiles sector, as an increasing number of global industries embrace the benefits of nanofibre to enhance products, increase performance, and establish a competitive advantage.

“My focus will be on leading the NanoLayr technical team to deliver what is needed now, to ensure customers and supplier specific needs are met and exceeded, whilst always having an eye on future needs and trends.”

NanoLayr CEO Ray Connor said it was a coup to have Barker on board and the company is thrilled to entice one of New Zealand’s leading tech talents back from overseas.

“The skills and leadership Dean brings to our business will enable us to advance the capability and application of nanofibre to continue to manufacture useful and valuable products,” he said.

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