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.

SFCHINA2012 Attracts 10,000+ To Guangzhou

By: Tim Pennington 18. December 2012

With China has become the world's biggest finishing market, organizers say the 25th edition of the China International Exhibition for Surface Finishing & Coating Products (SFCHINA2012) Nov 28-30 was well attended, with results that exceeded all its past years on at the Guangzhou International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
“Despite the European financial crisis and global economic slowdown, SFCHINA2012 was bigger and better than its previous show held in Shanghai 2011 in many aspects, making it a truly super finishing exhibition for the industry,” says a spokesperson for Sinostar International and SFCHINA Exhibition Ltd., the event orgasnizers.
By the numbers:
--Covered gross exhibition area over 14,000 sqm
--10,644 visitors, including 9,518 domestic and 1,126 overseas visitors
--292 exhibitors from 20 countries/regions, including 73 new exhibitors
--2,154 representatives of exhibiting companies attended the show
--825 attendees for 21 sessions of on-site technical programs
In addition to showcasing the latest products and technologies on the exhibition floor, SFCHINA also featured 21 sessions of technical programs.
SFCHINA2013 Shanghai will be held on Nov 20-22, 2013 in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Pudong District, Shanghai.

NASF Sues EPA Over Hex Chromium Rules

By: Tim Pennington 28. November 2012


The National Association for Surface Finishing has filed a legal challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final chromium electroplating National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAP.
The NASF's Christian Richter and Jeff Hanapel said the plating trade group filed two court actions: a petition for judicial review of the ruling in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and a request for reconsideration of the rule with EPA. (Click here to read both documents on the NASF website.)
"The NASF is arguing that the EPA should reconsider the final NESHAP for chromium electroplating and anodizing facilities because the agency's final decision is not supported by sound science, does not have a rational basis in the record, relies on data and methodologies that are a departure from and not a logical outgrowth of the proposal, and is otherwise arbitrary," Richter and Hanapel said in a statement.

The NASF provided is a brief summary of the issues NASF raised in its challenge. In its petition for reconsideration, Specifically, NASF questioned:
  • --EPA's revised cost analysis and underlying data and the Agency's failure to submit the revisions for public notice and comment; 
  • --EPA's justification of new emission limits based on the use of non-PFOS fume suppressants without any scientific data;
  • --EPA's interpretation of provisions of the Clean Air Act and its claim that the revisions to final rule were justified as "developments in practices, processes, and control technologies" that require new, more stringent emission limits;
  • --EPA's inadequate response to comments regarding EPA's emissions and risk modeling results, and specifically the information provided by NASF's survey of chromium electroplating facilities; and
  • --EPA's failure to comply with the requirements of Regulatory Flexibility Act by declining to convene a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act ("SBREFA") panel to consider the impacts of the proposal on small businesses within the chromium electroplating and anodizing sector. 
In addition to the NASF's filing, the environmental group Earthjustice also filed a legal challenge on behalf of Sierra Club claiming that the final rule was not stringent enough. Richter and Hanapel say these actions will prompt NASF to argue that not only should EPA revise the final rule to more reasonable levels based on scientific data, but that EPA should not make the rule even more stringent pursuant to the claims of the Sierra Club.  
"For now, NASF must wait until EPA responds to the petitions for reconsideration of the final rule from both parties," Richter and Hanapel's statement said. "If EPA grants reconsideration of the rule, then it would initiate a new rulemaking process. If EPA denies reconsideration of the rule, the parties would argue before the federal appeals court over whether the rule should be overturned"
They say that if the court upholds the final rule, then it would be effective, but if it overturns the rule or portions of the rule, then EPA would be required to vacate the final rule and initiate a wholly new rulemaking process.
"The NASF will continue to pursue this issue aggressively and will be seeking the full support of the surface finishing industry, as the agency's actions here create a precedent for future finishing regulations that have little to no scientific basis," they said.


Rand Baldwin Replaces Greg Rajsky As Aluminum Anodizing Council President

By: Tim Pennington 19. November 2012

Rand Baldwin (left) and Wang Zi Tao at the Extrusion Technology 2008 conference.
The Aluminum Anodizers Council has named Rand Baldwin to replace Greg Rajsky as president of the trade association on an interim basis.
“I’d like to thank Greg for his part in so many of the important accomplishments produced by AAC,” said Todd Hamilton, AAC chairman. “We will miss Greg’s contribution and his fellowship. Fortunately, AAC has a depth of staff that will afford us a seamless transition. Like Greg, Rand is experienced and qualified to lead our Council. He is also familiar with AAC, which will help in the transition.”
Rajsky has been president of AAC for the past 13 years. Rand serves a similar “chief of staff” function for the AAC’s  sister association, the Aluminum Extruders Council.
There were no other changes to staff, said Hamilton. Suzanne Spohr, AAC manager and event planner, will continue in her leadership role producing AAC education and events. Nancy Molenda remains the AAC communications manager. Mary Jo Ritt continues as AAC membership coordinator and Emily Bernardi continues as AAC accountant.
Rajsky final day with AAC was November 16.
“We wish Greg well in his future endeavors,” Hamilton said.

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