A new coating material resistant to the combined action of corrosion and wear is proposed. The coating is of an original nanocomposite type based on the alumina-silicon carbide system. Special powders will be prepared by the University of Siegen in conjunction with the Prime Proposer (Zoz GmbH) and then produced as sprayed coating on low alloy steel substrates by the Partner SME Proposer (Plasma Coatings Ltd). Powder and coating microstructures will be respectively characterised by the Universities of Siegen (Germany) and Leeds (UK). The latter University will also carry out specialised corrosive-wear testing to ascertain performance characteristics . The expected economic and industrial benefits as well as the environmental impact of the new kind of protective coating are addressed.