CREST is the only dedicated surface coatings laboratory on the Island of Ireland. It serves the SMART economy by means of translating in-house fundamental knowledge from the bench-top to the market. The Centre has over sixty years of commercial surface coating experience and recruits and develops industrial development scientists with a product development background operating within an ISO 9001 Quality Management System to guarantee consistent and reliable project delivery.

CREST is a nationally approved laboratory, retained by many Irish government bodies. (e.g. Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, NSAI, OPW, NRA and several city and county council bodies)

The CREST model (see below) relies on an expert and professional coatings consultancy service to front-face its activity. Companies with a commitment to develop an innovative technical capability, recognise the capabilities in the centre and in time view the centre as an extension of its own R&D capability.

CREST recruits, trains and supervises scientists from undergraduate to postgraduate level. The CREST model has facilitated both rapid-turnaround and long-term technology development activities and nurtured the synergies between both, in addition to feeding the undergraduate, post-graduate and publication pipeline for the relevant Schools within Dublin Institute of Technology.