Nanogate is a leading global specialist for design-oriented, high-tech surfaces and components of very high optical quality. It enhances its products with additional functionality such as non-stick, scratch-proof and anti-corrosive properties. In this interview, CEO Ralf Zastrau reviews the products and services Nanogate offers, the applications in which they are used and the trends that are driving demand for multi-functional surfaces. He explores how management has created a vertically integrated, international group and the focus of recent technology investments. He concludes with an overview of the financial objectives driving the new Nanogate Excellence International programme.