Tim Pennington

Tim Pennington is Editor of Products Finishing magazine, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to joining the magazine, Tim held reporting and editing positions at several major newspapers. He was a reporter and editor in the news and sports departments at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post. He was also an NFL writer for USA Today covering the Cincinnati Bengals. Tim left the newspaper field and joined several marketing and public relations firms before joining the PGA Tour as the marketing director a Champions Tour event in Cincinnati. After serving as community relations director for a large Ohio city, Tim re-entered the publishing world when he became editor of Products Finishing, a publication which has served the finishing industry for more than 80 years.

Columbia Chemical Participates In "Manufacturing Road Show"

By: Tim Pennington 8. January 2013


Columbia Chemical Corporation, along with five other area manufacturing companies, opened their doors to host the “Manufacturing Road Show” on November 16, providing tours to Buckeye School District ninth-graders in Brunswick, Ohio.


The event was sponsored by the Education Committee of the Medina Economic Development Corporation and was designed to enhance students’ educational experience and build awareness of the many career paths available locally.  While touring the manufacturing facilities, students were exposed to various aspects of business operations including Sales and Marketing, Research and Development, Production, Human Resources, Purchasing, Accounting, Quality Control and Customer Service.


200 students participated in the program and spent the day touring two of the five local manufacturing facilities in Brunswick and Valley City.  Other manufacturers that participated included MTD Products, Three D Metals, IMT and Tinnerman Industrial.


Approximately 80 students visited Columbia Chemical.  Upon arrival, students were given a brief introduction of the plating industry and received safety guidelines prior to the tour from Andrew Saliga, Environmental, and Health & Safety Manager.  Greg Schneider, Human Resources Manager, along with Kevin Reilley, V.P. of Operations, served as tour guides.


For more information, contact Columbia Chemical Corporation, at


White Stays Atop the World’s Car Color Ranks

By: Tim Pennington 3. January 2013

White/white pearl dominates the global automotive color popularity ranks for the second consecutive year, according to the 2012 DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, released today. Black/black effect moves into second place in the global ranks this year, largely due to the increased popularity in the Asia Pacific market as this color has a worldwide perception of high quality and luxury. Silver fell to third, as its popularity has waned due to its overall gradual decline, especially in the critical large automotive markets of Europe and Asia.
The DuPont report, in its 60th year, is the largest and longest running report of its kind in the automotive industry. It is the only report to include global automotive color popularity rankings and regional trends from 11 leading automotive regions of the world.
White/white pearl moved to top the ranks in Europe in 2012, and was in the leading position as the most popular car color in North America (U.S. and Canada), Japan, South Korea, Russia, South Africa and Mexico. Overall, white/white pearl represents 23 percent of the global market in DuPont’s 2012 report.
Over the past decade, white has held significant rankings in automotive color popularity and is widely seen in other consumer products worldwide. During this timeframe, white’s popularity had been highlighted across all vehicle segments, though historically, it had been most popular among the truck segment. Past advancements in pearlescent whites enabled this color to initially break into the luxury segments.
“Today, white tri-coats are more readily applicable to the global manufacturing base and evoke quality and value among a variety of vehicle segments,” according to Nancy Lockhart, DuPont color marketing manager. “Solid whites have been seen in vanilla shades, stone shades and the current preference of bright whites.”
Black/black effect led among vehicle color popularity in China, but took second place in the global ranks with 21 percent of the world’s share of automotive color. Silver rounded out the top three global color choices, topping the ranks in South America, Brazil and India, but slipped four percentage points to just 18 percent of the overall global automotive market from 22 percent last year.
“Silver peaked during the start of the digital age between 2000 and 2006,” said Lockhart. “We’re seeing more luxury vehicle purchases now that the economy has started to stabilize, and vehicles painted black/black effect are seen as luxury status symbols in several key global markets.”
Red, gray and brown/beige each gained a percentage point since last year’s report, while blue maintained equal share from the 2011 rankings.
The top global vehicle colors in DuPont’s report are as follows:
1.         White/White Pearl – 23 percent
2.         Black/Black Effect – 21 percent
3.         Silver – 18 percent
4.         Gray – 14 percent
5.         Red – 8 percent
6.         Blue – 6 percent
7.         Brown/Beige – 6 percent
8.         Green – 1 percent
9.         Yellow/Gold – 1 percent
10.        Others – 2 percent

Global Ceramic Coatings Market Worth $5.98B In 2013

By: Tim Pennington 1. January 2013

London-nased Visiongain’s analysis indicates that the global ceramic coatings market will reach a value of $5.98 billion in 2013, as emerging market demand for various consumer items indirectly increases demand for ceramic coatings, and as the need for cost-effective solutions for ceramic coatings to improve productivity and efficiency of machining equipment grows in importance.
The ceramic coatings market is therefore forecast by Visiongain to record solid growth over the next decade, as ceramic coatings become more popular.
The Visiongain author of Global High Performance Ceramic Coatings Market 2013-2023 report commented that ‘the ceramic coatings market is expected to grow well over the forecast period as strong economic growth in the emerging markets will facilitate ceramic coatings demand. Ceramic coatings are also in demand in the developed world, where they are increasingly used to improve efficiency and productivity, and strengthen parts, delivering cost-savings.’
For sample pages and further information concerning the visiongain report Global High Performance Ceramic Coatings Market 2013-2023 please visit

Triumph Group Acquires Aerospace Finisher Embee Incorporated

By: Tim Pennington 28. December 2012

The Triumph Group, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania has acquired Embee Incorporated, a leading commercial metal finishing provider in Santa Ana, California that offers more than 70 metal finishing, inspecting and testing processes primarily for the aerospace industry.
The acquired business, which will operate as Triumph Processing - Embee Division and be included in Triumph’s Aerospace Systems Group, is expected to add approximately $50 million of annual revenue and to be immediately accretive to earnings.
Embee employs approximately 400 people. The company’s key offerings include high velocity oxy fuel, anodize/hard anodize, paint, chrome plating, shot peen and cadmium plating. Embee holds multiple AS 9100 and NADCAP certifications as well as OEM approvals from the industry’s prime commercial and military contractors. The company also serves the specialty automotive, medical device and electronic industries.
“We view the Embee acquisition as an unique opportunity to expand our current capabilities and to provide comprehensive processing services on precision engineered parts for hydraulics, landing gear, spare parts and electronic actuation systems,” says Jeffry Frisby, Triumph’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe this addition is an excellent strategic fit within our Aerospace Systems Group and will position us well for future growth.”
Triumph Group designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs and overhauls a broad portfolio of aerostructures, aircraft components, accessories, subassemblies and systems. The company serves a broad, worldwide spectrum of the aviation industry, including original equipment manufacturers of commercial, regional, business and military aircraft and aircraft components, as well as commercial and regional airlines and air cargo carriers.

Sifco Applied Surface Concepts Group Acquired by Norman Hay Group

By: Tim Pennington 26. December 2012

Sifco Applied Surface Concepts has been acquired by the Norman Hay Group, which is receiving from Sifco Industries of Cleveland, Ohio the Sifco ASC brand in the U.S., the U.K., France and Sweden.
Sifco officials say the Sifco ASC brand is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of process equipment and associated chemicals for selective electroplating and anodizing. It also has its own subcontract process operations across the U.S. and Europe.
The Sifco ASC Group has approximately 80 employees based in four locations in Ohio, Texas, Connecticut and Virginia, and in U.K., Sweden and two locations in France. They also have a number of licensed job shops, agents and distributors worldwide.
“This is an excellent acquisition for us and fits into our strategic plan to expand the Norman Hay Group internationally into areas that have a clear synergy with our existing businesses,” says Vic Bellanti, Chief Executive of Norman Hay. “The Sifco -ASC business will benefit greatly from our surface technology contacts and locations both in the UK and overseas and we are excited about opportunities that we have already identified for its future growth.”
Said Peter Hay, Chairman of Norman Hay: “I am delighted to welcome all the staff, agents and distributors of Sifco ASC into the Norman Hay Group. We will work hard with our new colleagues to develop further the outstanding brand and reputation that Sifco ASC has built up over the years into new countries and locations where our group is already located.”
Rick Wilson, Co-General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing for the ASC Group, said he is excited about the acquisition.
“This is a very exciting time for Sifco ASC,” says Wilson.” By joining the Norman Hay Group we see great opportunities to better serve our existing customers, while at the same time expanding our product offering and worldwide coverage to meet the industries ever changing needs. This move insures Sifco ASC will continue being the global leader in the selective plating industry for many years to come.”
The Norman Hay group is a global chemicals, sealant, surface coatings and engineering specialist with over 60 years of business history. It operates globally and is headquartered in Coventry, UK. The group has three main subsidiaries:
  • Ultraseal impregnation sealants.
  • Surface Technology, providing surface coatings under the Armourcote brand
  • NHE, producing bespoke process plant & equipment.
Founded in 1954, Sifco ASC is the largest supplier of selective electroplating and anodizing contract services in the world. Headquartered in Cleveland Ohio, they have three additional facilities in the US and operations in the UK, France and Sweden. Sifco ASC carries many global approvals from the world’s leading specialist manufacturers through the improvement of component performance and by reducing manufacturing costs.

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