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Sifco White Paper Talks Best Kept Aerospace Secret

21. June 2016
A chromate application is applied to the bushing of landing gear.

A chromate application is applied to the bushing of landing gear.



One of the world’s leading supplier of selective plating technology, Sifco ASC, has produced a white paper that outlins the increased efficiency potential of the process for aerospace applications.


By highlighting the performance and portability of the aerospace approved Sifco Process, the white paper makes the case for a wider adoption of selective plating, both for salvage and repair as well as many OEM applications.


Using case studies and comparisons with other plating technologies, the paper demonstrates the advantages of the selective plating process most notably the quality of its mechanical properties, the low cost of capital investment, its viability as an alternative to cadmium, and its ease and speed of use - including its on-site deployment in hangars and in the field.


To download your free version of the white paper visit:

BASF Acquiring Surface Treatment Provider Chemetall

20. June 2016



BASF has signed an agreement to acquire Albemarle’s global surface treatment business, Chemetall for $3.2 billion. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and is expected to close by the end of 2016.


Chemetall is a global technology and innovation leader in the metals surface treatment market, and is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. It has approximately 2,500 employees globally, and operates 21 production sites in more than 20 countries, as well as 10 research and development locations and 24 sales offices. For the full calendar year of 2015, its sales were $845 million.


“Chemetall offers a strong strategic fit for our coatings business, and supports BASF’s aim to grow profitably in downstream, innovation and solution-focused businesses,” said Wayne Smith, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, responsible for the Coatings division.


Chemetall develops and manufactures customized technology and system solutions for surface treatment. Their products protect metals from corrosion, facilitate forming and machining, allow parts to be optimally prepared for the painting process and ensure proper coating adhesion. These chemicals are used in a wide range of industries and end-markets, primarily automotive, aerospace, coil, and metal forming.


“Chemetall complements our current portfolio by adding the highly attractive surface treatment business to our coatings offerings. We look forward to joining forces with Chemetall’s industry-leading expert team to further advance innovation and know-how-driven surface technologies for our customers around the world,” said Markus Kamieth, President of BASF’s Coatings division.

Jeff Henderson is Aluminum Anodizers Council new President

19. June 2016
Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson


The Aluminum Anodizers Council has chosen Jeff Henderson to be its next president effective immediately.  Henderson succeeds Rand Baldwin, who announced his retirement to AAC’s Board of Directors in the fall of 2015. 


“I am very excited and honored to be AAC’s next President.  There are many exciting initiatives underway by the Council, so we are well positioned to accelerate our growth..” said Henderson. He was officially elected President during the AAC Winter Board of Directors Meeting on January 19, 2016 in New Orleans.

AAC Immediate Past Chairman Roger Thomas of Alexandria Industries said, “On behalf of the entire Council, I want to thank Rand for his years of service – both to the Council and our industry.”


Baldwin said of his time as AAC President, “I want to thank AAC members and volunteer leaders for their support.  It’s been an exciting time for the industry and I am pleased to see our strategic plan transform the industry in a positive way.”

AAC has made several changes in the several months, including a rebranding effort and several successful educational programs.  “We are looking forward to more positive changes this year under Jeff’s leadership.” said Thomas.  


For more information about the Aluminum Anodizers Council, please visit

ITPS Americas Covers Thermal Processing Industry in the Americas

17. June 2016


The International ThermProcess Summit Americas (ITPS Americas), co-sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association and Industrial Heating magazine, will take place Aug. 10–12 at the Loews Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The show, which stems from the ThermProcess show in Germany, has been previously held in Germany and India in the interim years.


The program is an event for executives and upper management in the thermal process industry and begins with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening followed by two days of presentations and 16 tabletop exhibits. The event will provide networking opportunities, such as the Taste of Chicago dinner, as well as sessions regarding policies impacting thermal processes, technological advancements and their impact on the thermal process industries, economic updates from around the world and market segment trends. On Thursday, Mark Mills, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and CEO of Digital Power Group will deliver a keynote address on the Geopolitics of Energy.


For more information, visit


Rosenboom Adding In-House Plating Operations

16. June 2016
A Rosenboom employee works on parts.

A Rosenboom employee works on parts.



Rosenboom Machine and Tool in Sheldon, Iowa will have a $16 million expansion of its facilities that includes adding in-house electroplating operations.


Rosenboom is a privately-owned company of 800 employees at three manufacturing locations, two in Iowa and one in Ohio. The company manufactures hydraulic cylinders, actuators, accumulators and high pressure gas springs that are used in agriculture, construction, military, material handling, refuse and waste handling, utilities, commercial transportation and mining applications.


Rosenboom officials said the expansion comes after receiving a production contract with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command to make two key components of the suspension systems, a HPG spring and HPG pump. The company said they will build an in-house metal finishing operation that would chrome plate and finish steel tube and bar materials for the production requirements of its current manufacturing facilities.


“Rosenboom is excited about the possibility of constructing a new production facility here in Sheldon to facilitate and to support new business opportunities,” said Lary Rosenboom, company founder and president/CEO. “Sheldon is where our business began over 40 years ago, and this will be the eighth expansion of growth by Rosenboom in Sheldon.”

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