The US$1.3 million deal covers over the two years to February 2016 with the possibility of extending the agreement to five years.

The companies plan to add additional components to the agreement if successful.

“This is an exciting development that firmly embeds the Hardide coating technology in one of the world’s most respected advanced engineering companies,” said Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide plc. “An excellent working relationship has built up with GE over the last 18 months and we continue to work closely together on other projects, including opportunities for the Hardide technology in various other divisions of GE which we hope to capitalise on.”