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Greenkote Adds Major Anti-Corrosion Coating Capacity in Ohio

9. November 2016


Greenkote PLC, a provider of advanced anti-corrosion metal coatings, says that it has more than doubled the capacity at its headquarters production facility in Brook Park, Ohio. The company says that the expansion has come in response to increasing demands from the industry.


“Greenkote usage is showing a strong rise in the markets we serve,” says Greenkote CEO Mark Gore. “Over the past year we’ve seen a steady increase in orders for anti-corrosion and metal protection coatings, and our new state-of-the-art coating line will help us keep pace with the need.”


The company says that the added equipment will multiply current capacity by nearly two and a half times, enabling the Brook Park facility to process more than 150 tons of parts per month. It will also provide for the application of specialized topcoats and sealers to the Greenkote coatings to further enhance the coating performance.


Greenkote PLC provides coating services for construction, automotive, rail, utilities and a range of other industries in which products are exposed to harsh and corrosive environments. Greenkote can be applied to a broad range of metal parts, from threaded fasteners to stamped and cast pieces, in sizes from 0.2 to 78 inches.



ASETSDefense Workshop 2016: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense

7. November 2016


The sixth Workshop on Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense will be held at Shades of Green, the Armed Forces Recreation Center at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando from December 6-8.


Increased environmental and occupational, safety, and health regulations in the United States and Europe are impacting the use of chromates, cadmium, and other chemicals in aerospace and defense surface treatments. As a result, the need for environmentally benign alternatives that meet or exceed the performance requirements of currently used materials is becoming increasingly acute. This workshop will cover the topics listed below, addressing all aspects of alternative coatings and surface treatments, with emphasis on performance, service data, approvals and implementation of clean coatings:


  • Session 1: Aerospace and Defense Needs and Approaches
  • Session 2: Hard Chrome and Other Wear Coatings
  • Session 3: Cadmium and Chromate Replacement at Depots and OEMs
  • Session 4: Light Materials
  • Session 5: Localized Repair
  • Session 6: Accelerated Corrosion Testing
  • Session 7: Painting and Stripping Contamination Control
  • Session 8: Non-Chrome Paint Systems
  • Special Side Meetings
    • Zinc-Nickel
    • Cadmium-Chromium
    • Gun Barrel Coatings
    • Renewable Materials for Composites
    • Networking and Poster Session


A poster session and side meetings will be held on topics of particular importance to attendees with detailed discussions of the performance and implementation of new technologies. Please see the link and reservation information below. The associated registration fee will be used to offset the cost of lunch and refreshment breaks.


Request for Presentations/Posters: Please submit your briefing, poster, or technical idea to Keith Legg or Robin Nissan.


Please see the link and reservation information below. The associated registration fee will be used to offset the cost of lunch and refreshment breaks.


Group Name: ASETSDefense
Group Code: 1612USOD MEETING REGISTRATION - $115.00
HOTEL RESERVATION prior to the deadline: 11 October 2016 (Booked separately from Hotel)
*A military ID will not be required to gain access to the facility


This Workshop has been approved by Mr. Frank Kendall (Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics). An invitation letter to that effect will be made available for DoD participants upon request to Braxton Lewis (Subject: ASETSDefense 2016 Workshop).


Advanced Surface Engineering Technologies for a Sustainable Defense – ASETSDefense - is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative sponsored by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). Its objective is to facilitate the implementation of new, environmentally friendly technologies for surface engineering (coatings and surface treatments) by providing ready access to background information and technical data from research, development, test, and evaluation efforts as well as the status of approvals and implementations. ASETSDefense provides defense organizations with information and assistance to improve weapons system performance and life-cycle cost while reducing or eliminating environmental safety and occupational health (ESOH) impacts from coatings and treatment processes that utilize hexavalent chromium (hex chrome, Cr6+, Cr(VI), chromate, chromic acid); coatings that contain cadmium; and coatings that contain volatile organic compounds (VOC).

NSA Industries Expands in Groveton

3. November 2016


Fabicator and powder coater NSA Industries in St. Johnsbury, VT, is expanding operations to Groveton, NH, and bringing at least 40 new jobs to a 73,000-square-foot facility at a former paper mill.


As NSA Industries considered expanding to Groveton, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) and New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) worked to help the company address its workforce needs, hosting two job fairs coordinated by the NHES Berlin office that attracted approximately 300 job applicants. In addition, DRED worked to facilitate contact between NSA Industries and the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, which is assisting with financing for the facility.


"This is great news and I thank NSA Industries for choosing to expand in Groveton," said state Senator Jeff Woodburn. "For far too long, we have seen manufacturing jobs leave us in the North Country, but today's announcement shows that we can bring good-paying manufacturing jobs back to our region."


Founded in 1982 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont by Neal S. Austin, NSA Industries grew from its initial customer, the manufacturer of the Garden Way Garden Cart, to the only metal fabrication, machining and powder coating operation of its kind in Northern New England. It is now owned by a small group of shareholders and management.



Take The Gardner Business Media 2016 Media In Manufacturing Survey

2. November 2016


Gardner Business Intelligence, a partner with Products Finishing, has launched the 2016 Media in Manufacturing survey. 


Please complete the brief survey to influence media to better meet your needs and be among the first to see how your media opinions and practices compare to others in the industry.  Your responses will be shared in aggregate only, and your contact information will be used only to send results to you. 


Please take a few minutes to provide your input by clicking HERE.



Praxair, GE Aviation Launch Joint Surface Technologies Venture

31. October 2016


Praxair Surface Technologies and GE Aviation announced the creation of PG Technologies, a joint venture that will focus on development, support and application of specialized coatings tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s current and future engine models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines. CFM International is a 50/50 joint venture company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines of France.


“The formation of PG Technologies builds upon decades of collaboration between Praxair Surface Technologies and GE Aviation. This joint venture will take the leadership role in the next generation of coating technology applications and will invest in new coating production capacity to meet the needs of the burgeoning aviation sector,” said PG Technologies Board Member and Praxair Surface Technologies President Pierre Lüthi.


“PG Technologies will play an important role in GE Aviation’s engine manufacturing system,” said Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Supply Chain. “With engine production volume levels growing, GE’s need for specialized coatings will also increase, and this joint venture will ensure we meet our commitments on the performance and durability of our engines.”


Coating operations for PG Technologies will be based in Ellisville, Mississippi, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Republic of Singapore. PG Technologies services will also be supported by the global facility network of Praxair Surface Technologies.


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