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Asterion Acquires Southeastern Chemical, Inc.

4. September 2014

Blair Vandivier and Doug Trageser.


Asterion LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana has acquired Southeastern Chemical, Inc.  Asterion LLC is an industry-leading surface technology company of metal finishing chemistry for the majority of Southeastern’s valued customers.


For Southeastern’s customers, the transition from working with Southeastern Chemical to working directly with Asterion, LLC will be  seamless, said Asterion President Blair Vandivier.  Doug Trageser, former president of Southeastern Chemical, has agreed to join Asterion, LLC as our Technical Sales Representative in the Southeastern U.S., and will continue to provide the highest levels of service. The acquisition will allow Asterion to provide a complete line of surface finishing technologies, commodity chemicals, and related equipment to businesses located in the Southeastern United States.


“This is another step in Asterion’s  growth plan," Vandivier said. "Southeastern has had 37 years of exceptional customer service and technical expertise. Asterion plans to continue this tradition of high service with superior technology.  We believe that Doug Trageser will help Asterion continue to provide the highest level of service and expertise to our clients.”


Asterion was formed in 2010 by the merger of New Surface Technologies, LLC and Benchmark Products, Inc.   Vandivier said joining with Asterion  brings Southeastern’s  clients a full line of chemical products together with Asterion’s full resources  of  technical support.


Asterion's main office phone is 800-428-0719. More information can be obtained by visiting

UK’s Nasmyth Group Acquires California-based Technical Metal Finishing

1. September 2014



Nasmyth Group has acquired of California-based Technical Metal Finishing to create Nasmyth TMF, offering a range of metal surface finishing capabilities including precision masking, anodizing and chemical film coatings, passivation, painting and non-destructive testing.


Peter Smith, Chairman and CEO of Nasmyth Group, said these processes complement those offered by Nasmyth Group’s four metal surface finishing businesses in the United Kingdom providing precise, aerospace industry and Nadcap-approved treatments for metals. He said the ability to address the requirements of major U.S. aerospace companies through the provision of such processes makes Nasmyth TMF a valuable addition to the comprehensive capabilities that Nasmyth Group already has in these technologies.


“There are numerous opportunities offered by this acquisition and the establishment of Nasmyth TMF,” said Chris Sosa, Nasmyth TMF’s General Manager. “These range from technology transfers in both directions, through expansion resulting from the introduction of new customers, to the further development of new processes and the funding of future growth.”


Craig Hanriot, the former owner of TMF, will be working with the global Nasmyth team to identify and develop new metal finishing opportunities in the USA, Europe and Asia.


“Continued strategic expansion forms one cornerstone of our ongoing strategy to strengthen the Group’s worldwide presence and provide our customers with continuously enhanced, fully integrated, precision engineering solutions on a global scale,” Smith said.


Established in 2003, Nasmyth Group brings together as an effective team the collective expertise, resources and technology of 14 customer-orientated, precision engineering businesses located in the UK, the US and India. The Group’s Head Office is in Coventry, UK.


SIFCO ASC Flies High With Added Seal Of Approval From Nadcap

27. August 2014



SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts, a world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, has achieved Nadcap (National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program) AC7108 Rev F accreditation for chemical processing for the aerospace sector at its Cleveland and Connecticut facilities.


SIFCO ASC’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio and the East Windsor, Connecticut facility have now met the stringent requirements of the Nadcap accreditation, which allows them to be featured on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML).


This Nadcap accreditation has been expanded to include testing in support of processes such as anodizing (not for metal bond), brush plating, and electroplating. This will give customers the opportunity to gain certified testing as required by industry specifications that fall under the supporting processes of AC7108 Rev F only.  


“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this accreditation from Nadcap, as it is recognised within the industry as a leading standard,” said Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC. “To be awarded this title is testament to our dedication to continuing to develop as a business and offer our customers the very best in products and solutions.”


SIFCO ASC provides practical, cost-effective selective plating solutions to improve part performance and reduce manufacturing costs through corrosion protection, increased wear resistance, increased hardness, improved conductivity, anti-galling or slip. SIFCO ASC surface enhancement technologies and selective plating services have been utilized for more than 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment in the aerospace, oil and gas, general industry and power generation sectors.


For more information, visit

California NASF Chapters Hosting Supplier Showcases

26. August 2014



The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC) and the Metal Finishing Association of Northern California (MFANC) are hosting the California Showcase Week 2014, holding both the MFASC Supplier Showcase and the MFANC Vendor Showcase in the same week, on September 9 and September 11, respectively.


This event will bring together the top local and national suppliers and key people in the metal finishing and surface finishing industry throughout California. They are also offering free transportation of display booth materials from the MFASC Supplier Showcase in Montebello to the MFANC Vendor Showcase in San Jose.


Both events bring together suppliers to the metal finishing industry and key decision makers from metal finishing companies looking for innovative products and services for the challenges they face from customers and regulators. Suppliers will be provided four full hours to exhibit their products and services.


Organizers say these shows are the most cost effective way to reach metal finishing customers and potential customers in one evening.


Exhibit Venues

MFASC Supplier Show

Quiet Cannon

901 N. Via San Clemente

Montebello, CA 90640

Tel: (323) 724-4500

Fax: (323) 724-0950


MFANC Vendor Showcase

Napredak Hall

770 Montague Expressway

San Jose, CA 95131

Tel. (408) 435-9933


Visit for more information

2014 New England Surface Finishing Regional Is Nov. 7

25. August 2014



The New England Surface Finishing Regional will be Nov. 7 in Cape Cod, Mass. at the Double Tree Hilton. The full day of technical presentations, a table top trade show, networking and fun as we bring together the largest group of surface finishing professionals in New England.


The new venue has the following to offer:


-Newly renovated hotel that has all the modern day standard of comfort


-New conference format that will incorporate more vendor interaction, while still including the high quality of professional speakers.


-Raffle prizes, quality door gift, breakfast, lunch, and a full sit-down dinner with entertainment for the same $135 conference fee.


-A block of rooms have been reserved at the special rate of $105.00 per night +tax for November 6- 7. See below to book reservations.


-Mass TUR Planner credits and Wastewater Treatment Contact Hours have been applied for this conference.


The speaker lineup for the event has been released:


8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am - 9:10am Opening Introductions

9:10-9:25am Tony Revier - NASF Past President

9:25am-9:50am Dennis Breton - Heatbath Corp

10:05am - 10:30am Robin Tiede - Hubbard Hall

10:45am -11:15am Angelo Magrone -Sirfilco LTD

11:30am -12:00pm Dale Varney - OSHA

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-1:25pm Francis DiGiovanni - MacDermid

1:25pm-1:40pm Jim Cain - OTA & Heidi Wilcox -TURI

2:00pm-2:30pm Tom Muscarella -Titan Metal Fabricators, Mark Geusic - Optimum Anode Technologies

2:45pm-3:15pm David Cotter -TRC Environmental

3:30pm-3:55pm Karl Wadensten - Vibco Inc

4:15pm-4:50pm Jeff Hannapel -The Policy Group


In addition, historically the conference has given out Massachusetts Waste Water Treatment Contact Hours as well as Toxic Use Reduction Planner credits. These certificates will be given out at the conference for those requiring continuing education hours.


The program will conclude with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail reception in the hotel. Entertainment will be provided as well as a chance to network and review the days events.


Visit our web site at for registration forms and a program schedule detailing the speakers.


For more information, please contact

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