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Uyemura Launches New Electrolytic Nickel Technology

24. November 2014



Uyemura has introduced two new high-speed electrolytes for the electrodeposition of nickel phosphorus.


Umicore Niphos 967 and 968 represent significant technology advancements - and important new options - for companies who currently plate electroless nickel, as well as companies seeking a bright, RoHS compliant finish with corrosion properties equal to electroless nickel, at a very competitive cost.   


Niphos 967/968 electrolytic nickel (also referred to as “metallic glass” due to an amorphous structure) accommodates up to 13 percent phosphorus, a distinctive trait which translates to very high hardenability.  Specifically, when parts are heat treated at 400oC for 30 minutes, Vickers hardness rises from 600 to over 1200.  Niphos also contributes lubricity, substantially enhances corrosion and abrasion resistance, and is diagmagnetic.


Like other electrolytic baths, Niphos 967 and 968  are virtually unlimited in terms of metal turnover.  Baths have no fixed life, and can last for years, because electrolytic plating does not spawn contaminant by-products.  As a result, waste treatment burdens for Niphos electrolytic nickel processing are low - as is the cost of energy, thanks to a relatively low operating temperature.


Operational flexibility also favors these electrolytic nickel options: phosphorus concentration can be simply dialed-in – with no permanent effect .  As the current is modified, the phosphorus moves along with it – without changing the chemistry.  Niphos 967/968 will also plate a gradient phosphorus content if two separate phos layers are needed on the same component.   


One additional factor of interest to plating shops is the ability to run Niphos electrolytic nickel in sequence with standard electrolytic nickel.  By adding nickel phosphorus to an existing electrolytic nickel-gold line, the former becomes an easy, drop-in process.  Having one line process both chemistries, while eliminating the un-racking and re-racking operation associated with electroless nickel, is a major cost benefit for shops that currently run electrolytic nickel gold processes.    


Niphos 967, which is specified for rack and barrel processing, is ideally suited for the plating of connectors and other high frequency electronic parts.  Niphos 968, which is used for barrel plating, is well suited for use on piston rods, shock absorbers, and other products with a relatively simple shape.  


For more details, or to arrange test processing, contact Uyemura International Corporation at 860-793-4011, or visit

John Gilbert Receives Award at NE Surface Finishing Regional

19. November 2014


John Gilbert (right) of Gilbert and Jones received an outstanding service award for at the New England Surface Finishing Regional Conference, held Nov. 7 in Cape Cod in Hyannis, Massachusetts.


Gilbert has over 23 years working in sales with his brother, George, in the metal finishing and the chemical distribution business. Over time John has been active with the AESF, NAMF of New England serving as President and playing an active role on the Board of Directors. In June 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky John received the Presidential Award for the National NASF in recognition of his exemplary Service and Visionary effort at the National level.


John is currently serving as Vice President of the Chemical Club of New England. John is passionate about serving his customers and has brought a whole new meaning to the term "customer service". He lives in Salem, Connecticut with his wife Diane and daughter Paige. In his spare time he's riding the iron horses with his brothers, working on one of his tractors or volunteering for one of the non-profit organizations in the town of Salem.


Established in 1991 as a privately owned company, Gilbert & Jones is located in New Britain, Connecticut.

Hubbard-Hall And The Lasting Tribute At The Sept. 11 Memorial

19. November 2014



Hubbard-Hall, a supplier of chemicals for the industrial finishing segment, had a hand in the national September 11 Memorial at the site of the former World Trade Center.


One of Hubbard-Hall's customer was responsible for installing a stainless steel parapet around reflecting pools that sit in the footprint of where the twin towers once stood. The metal is engraved with the names of all those people killed in the attacks in 2001 and 1993.


The customer was tasked with providing a durable, corrosion resistant black finish to the panels and Hubbard-Hall’s Black-Magic product line was chosen.


The 9/11 Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site. The Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The Memorial Plaza is one of the most eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. More than 400 trees surround the reflecting pools. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.


Swamp white oak trees create a rustling canopy of leaves over the plaza. This grove of trees bring green rebirth in the spring, provide cooling shade in the summer and show seasonal color in fall. A small clearing in the grove, known as the Memorial Glade, designates a space for gatherings and special ceremonies.

Fischer Expands Manufacturing Capacity In Germany

17. November 2014



Fischer, the world-renowned specialist for coating thickness measurement and material analysis, is in the process of doubling its manufacturing capacity with a new state of the art building in Sindelfingen, Germany.


This will consolidate the production and warehouse areas, which had been previously spread out between several buildings. The 85,000 sq ft building was built with 4,800 tons of recycled stone from the previous buildings on the site and will be energized with a 110 kW solar array.


Completion date is scheduled for early 2015. Fischer says it has set a clear sign for the further development of the site and for the continuation of the established growth strategy.


For more information, please visit



Axalta Coating Systems Celebrates 50 Years of Commercial Powder Coatings

14. November 2014



Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, celebrates 50 years of commercially produced latest generation powder coatings, making it one of the oldest powder coating manufacturers in the world.


Axalta got its start in commercial powder coatings in 1964 with the acquisition of the Teodur brand that had been manufactured by Wagemakers Lekbrieken, a Dutch family-owned paint company founded in 1848 that sold its first architectural grade thermosetting powder at its site in Teodur.

Axalta’s powder coatings deliver superior coverage and transfer efficiency with both thermosetting and thermoplastic coatings manufactured under the names of Alesta, Nap-Gard and Abcite. These products have earned a reputation for corrosion resistance, durability due to superior edge coverage, thick film build, and efficiency because no primer is required.


“Axalta Coating Systems is honored to have such rich history, vast experience and great success in powder coatings throughout these fifty years,” said Michael Cash, President Industrial Coatings. “It keeps us motivated each day to continue the legacy by offering great products to our valued customers around the world.”


Nap-Gard has been the worldwide leader in applying standard practices for functional pipe coatings with epoxy. For decades, Nap-Gard FBE grades have been used from the coldest parts of Alaska to the hottest climates of the Middle East.


In 2002, Alesta was created in Europe to meet the need for a superior global decorative powder line. Today, Alesta has evolved into a leading franchise of decorative powder coatings that deliver superior edge coverage and optimum film build, with no primer required. An environmentally responsible choice, Alesta powder coatings are free of solvents and virtually free of VOCs and targeted HAPs.


For the past 20 years, Abcite powder coatings have been protecting water infrastructures, power plants, fences, light poles and many more structures against corrosion in all weather conditions. Abcite has remained successful over the years due to excellent performance and easy application which requires no primer, top coat and virtually no maintenance.

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