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MacDermid Sponsors Automotive Decorative Finishes Seminar in Germany

28. July 2014



MacDermid held a decorative automotive supply chain seminar in June at the prestigious Automuseum in Ladenburg, Germany. Attendees were updated on REACh as it relates to the “Plating on Plastic” industry and were introduced to MacDermid’s latest innovations in hexavalent chromium-free pretreatment and plating technology.


Among the many topics that were discussed, of high interest was a talk by Dipl. Ing. Marina Engelking of Volkswagen outlining the increasing use of calcium and magnesium chloride as de-icing salts in Germany. Due to this VW has implemented two new accelerated tests, VW PV 1073-A and PV 1073-B, which will be incorporated into the TL 528 technical specification for chromium plated surfaces.


The increasing use of trivalent chromium in markets around the world was also discussed. Additionally, a chromium-free etching process for plastic was introduced. MacDermid’s evolve process, which is chromium, PFOS, SVHC and permanganate-free, requires no extra process tanks or processing times when compared to conventional metallization cycles. Production is currently meeting automotive standards and has demonstrated etch topography and adhesion values similar to chromic acid based processes.


MacDermid is also planning a POP plating summit to be held in the Detroit area this October for applicators in North America. For more information on this upcoming event, please contact or You can also visit


Columbia Chemical Gains Approvals As Preferred Supplier For Zinc And Zinc-Alloy Plating Processes

24. July 2014


Columbia Chemical Corp. has been granted approval from several global OEMs for the use of its zinc and zinc-alloy plating processes. To achieve these approvals, the processes were subjected to rigorous testing at each facility.


John Deere

John Deere has recently revised the updated specification JDM-F15 for fasteners.  Columbia Chemical has been granted approval under the specification for SpectraMATE 25  with COLFIN TTM-1016, COLDIP TRI-V 200 UB with COLFIN TTM-1016, SpectraMATE 25 with Zinc-Chro-SHIELD UV (contains UV tracer), and SpectraMATE 25 with Zinc-Chro-SHIELD.  These product combinations provide specific torque-tension and corrosion resistance requirements for fasteners. John Deere also granted JDM-F21 Fastener Approval for COLDIP TRI-V Zn-Ni TRUE BLUE 1000  with COLFIN TTM-1016 (integrated sealer/lubricant with UV tracer), which provides specific torque tension requirements for its zinc-nickel alloy plated fasteners.  For fasteners with a black finish, TRIVECTA Ni-Z Black 70 with COLFIN TTM-1016 (integrated sealer/lubricant with UV tracer) was selected and approved.


General Motors

General Motors has granted a global fastener approval for GMW 3200 tin-zinc alloy.  Columbia Chemical’s approved process includes COLTIN-ZN, COLDIP TZ-10, COLFIN TTM-1016. Columbia Chemical is also approved for the GMW-4700 Type B, BL specification for zinc-nickel.  Columbia Chemical’s approved process includes TRIVECTA NI-Z BLACK 70 with TRIVECTA BLACK SEALER 350.


National Cash Register

National Cash Register has approved COLDIP TRI-V 200UB for zinc plating under its 009-0020301F specification.      



Alfagomma, an Italian-based manufacturer of hoses, fittings and adapters with a worldwide network of regional branches, has granted approval of SpectraMATE 25 and Zinc-Chro-SHIELD to meet their galvanizing specifications for hydraulic components and for rigid pipe.  The processes are being provided and serviced by Tecnochimica, Columbia Chemical’s distributor in Italy.  Alfagomma requires a corrosion resistance of at least 200 hours for the zinc corrosion (white rust) and at least 400 hours for the corrosion of base metal (red rust) for both specifications.


Columbia Chemical Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zinc and zinc alloy plating additives.  For more information, contact Columbia Chemical Corporation, 330-225-3200,


MacDermid Showcased New Evolve, Eclipse and ZinKlad At Sur/Fin

22. July 2014



MacDermid Inc. exhibited once again at the NASF Sur/Fin Convention in Cleveland, OH on June 9-11. Their focus this year was on the OEM market and their innovation for technology that will meet tomorrow's needs. The booth incorporated a large map which highlighted MacDermid’s global OEM support infrastructure.


MacDermid was fortunate to have a Freightliner aluminum door frame that was supplied by Henrob in their booth. It displayed self-piercing rivets that are plated with our MacuGuard ALMAC (Aluminum Zinc Tin).


The remainder of the booth focused on individual product areas such as:

Evolve, their latest pretreatment system that is free from chromic acid and other substances of very high concern


Electroless Nickel - Eclipse (black EN), LMO (low metal operation) products and their Niklad ELV 835 low, medium phos process


ZinKlad, their high performance hexavalent chromium free coating that has a proven consistent quality and global network of approved applicators


Terry Clarke presented a paper on, "The Challenge to Replace Hexavalent Chromium for Plating on Plastics" which was well received by all.


MacDermid also had the opportunity to entertain customers at the Market Garden Brewery, where they received a tour of the facility while enjoying samples of their in-house brewed beer and ale.


Once everyone had a chance to taste the beer and view the brewery, the group moved to the Speakeasy Pub in McNulty's Bier Market for dinner and acoustical music provided by Cleveland's own Pete Tompkins.


For more information please visit


TCI Powder Coatings Customer Event Provides Knowledge, Fun

21. July 2014

Fishing was one of the events at the TCI Customer Appreciation event.


TCI Powder Coatings held its Customer Appreciation Event in June is to acknowledge and support their custom coaters and OEM customers as they grow and extend their businesses.


The event provided a VIP experience filled with exclusive opportunities for access to education, innovation, collaboration, and networking at the event in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.


Attendees saw high quality technical and industry presentations on topics such as lean manufacturing, application, recovery and color change design, new technologies in application and powder coatings, pretreatment new technologies, a comprehensive way to compare on powder to another and more.

To see a photo slideshow of the events, please click HERE



PRAB Adds Evaled Evaporative Line, Enters Wastewater Treatment Sector

17. July 2014


PRAB, which develops material handling and chip and fluid management solutions for manufacturers, has expanded into wastewater treatment and introducing its partnership with  Italian company Veolia to market and support the exclusive Evaled line of evaporative technology in North America.


Wastewater treatment through evaporation is an efficient, clean, chemical free way to separate emulsified oils and suspended solids from wastewater, said Tim Hanna, Managing Director of PRAB Fluid Filtration-Wastewater Treatment Division.


Evaporation is selected for wastewater treatment applications when other filtration methods, such as Ultrafiltration, cannot reduce the level of VOC or other compounds contaminating wastewater. The evaporation process breaks the unwanted compounds and cleanly separates it from wastewater, allowing for high efficiency water reclamation and solids extraction.


PRAB has published a new brochure on Fluid Filtration that can be downloaded HERE.


For more information on PRAB, please visit


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