Roy Metal Finishing Invests $2.6M In New Building, Land in Piedmont, SC

By: Tim Pennington 23. July 2012


Top row, from left to right: John Pazdan, Mark Sprinkle, Frank Hawkins, Clifford Roy, Joe Pons; Bottom tow, from left to right: Adam Brumfield, Ken Holcombe, Kathy VanGieson, Emilie Pazdan
Roy Metal Finishing – which it says is the largest electroplating firm in the Southeast – has acquired an 85,000-square-foot industrial building on Old Grove Rd. in Piedmont, SC for $2.34 million. The property was in shell condition, and is expected to be used as a new location for the company, says CoStar Realty Information.
Roy Metal Finishing also purchased an additional 9.49 acres of vacant land for $260,975 for possible future expansion, CoStar says.
Roy Metal Finishing was established in 1961, has three locations in the Greenville area already. RMF is an ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 certified electroplating job shop, specializing in zinc and zinc alloy coatings for the aerospace and automotive industries.
The single-story Matrix Spec Building was completed in 2007 on 10.3 acres in the I-85 South / Donaldson Industrial submarket of Greenville County. It features three loading docks, a single drive-in bay, and 31-foot clear heights. The adjacent expansion land is zoned I-2 with level topography.
As of 2008, Roy Metal Finishing says their sales divided into the following industries: Automotive (75 percent), Consumer Goods (10) and Industrial Goods (15). Over the past 5 years, RMF says it has focused on automating processes and chemical controls, and introducing the latest in trivalent passivate and sealer/topcoat technology.
“Our key markets will continue to include the automotive industry, but we will also begin focusing on the growing aerospace industry in the southeast US.,” says Roy Metal Finishing CEO Cliff Roy. “We are excited about our upcoming audit to the NADCAP, the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors program.
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Mighty Hooks' Bruce Bryan Honor With CCAI's James F. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award

By: Tim Pennington 11. July 2012

The Chemical Coaters Association International honored members for service and dedication and installed its 2012 – 2013 Officers and National Board members during their 2012 Annual Meeting held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
During its annual awards luncheon, CCAI presented Bruce Bryan of Mighty Hook with its highest honor, the James F. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award. Bruce was recognized for his years of dedicated service to CCAI serving as the Northern Illinois Chapter president and treasurer, as a National Board Director and National President, and for contributions to many CCAI technical conferences and publications over the years. Bruce is a 24-year member of CCAI, joining in 1988. 
“CCAI has been influential throughout my career. It has helped me to become more knowledgeable about our industry and has also put me in touch with truly inspiring people,” says Bryan. “Over the years, the CCAI family has had a positive impact on me and my family. We have all enjoyed the development of meaningful professional and personal relationships. Although you normally get out of something what you put into it, CCAI has had a far more significant impact on me than I have had on this great association. I am honored and humbled by the recognition as a James F. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”

AkzoNobel Shows Color, Passion Of Furniture Finishes In Italy

By: Tim Pennington 15. May 2012


Each year, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan gathers people coming from all over the world to attend one of the most important furniture-making events, where for one week a person can breathe design everywhere around the town, in including finishing colors.
This is the Fuorisalone, a spontaneous event born more than 20 years ago by some companies that decided to show their collections not only at the Fair, but setting up satellite showrooms and choosing as locations dismissed industrial areas converted to a new commercial and cultural life.
Within this vibrant kaleidoscope of design activities, AkzoNobel Italy  organized an important event with one of the most prestigious Italian furniture brands, Castelli, which was recently acquired by the German firm, Mutares.
The main theme of this two-day event was finishing color and passion: the first day was dedicated to color and design, while the second day was devoted to color and materials in cooperation with Material ConneXion.
Speakers of the first day were Per Nimer Global Marketing Manager Furniture, Prof. Aldo Bottoli from the Milan Design University and Nicholas Bewick, Art Director of Castelli. The opening speech by the CEO explained the vision and the future strategy of the group, and confirmed that color and passion were the main theme of the evening.
He underlined that red is present in the Castelli brand since more than 50 years and by coincidence is also the AkzoNobel color of the year 2012.
“Castelli is revitalizing this well known brand by using colors, not only red but also pastel colors,” says Francesco Monno, AkzoNobel Market Manager Furniture. “This was very visible in the showroom prepared by the art director with AkzoNobel paints supplied by Carlo Iodice of the Italian Cromadex Team with very short notice as it often happens in important occasions.”
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Apple's New iPhone 5 Could Have Hi-tech 'Liquid Metal' Finish

By: Tim Pennington 23. April 2012

Industry sources say Apple's new iPhone 5 could be housed in a little-known hi-tech alloy known as 'liquid metal,' which feels like glass to the touch.
The UK 'Daily Mail' says the alloy, a mix of titanium, nickel, copper and zirconium among other metals, is tough, light and scratch resistant, and said to feel as smooth as glass.
The material can be shaped in a process similar to the 'injection moulding', used for plastic which could lead to a rounder, more organic shape for the new handset.
The leak was reported in Korean IT News, which said, 'In the meantime, iPhone5 is likely to take liquid metal, an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and so forth having an outer surface smooth like liquid.'
Apple's iPhone 4S is looking increasingly dated as manufacturers such as HTC bring out phones such as the One X armed with hi-tech components such as quad-core processors.
Sony's Xperia S has a screen resolution far higher than the current iPhone. Samsung is also said to be on the verge of launching its eagerly awaited Galaxy S3 handset.
'The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, close to commercial availability of the product,' said the Korean electronics giant in a statement.

NASF Says EPA Chromium Air Rules Have Major Flaws

By: Tim Pennington 30. March 2012

The NASF has submitted a 100-page package of comments to the U.S. EPA in response to the agency's proposed rule for chromium finishing operations. In it, the association questions the agency's decision to tighten tough regulations even further when the industry has reduced emissions by 99.9 percent since 1995.
Christian Richter and Jeff Hannapel, who lead the NASF's Government Affairs office in Washington DC, say their comments also point to major flaws in EPA data and analysis, and raise concerns over EPA's approach to the rule that -- if left unchallenged -- will pose problems for the broader finishing indusutry in the future.
"Unfortunately, EPA's analysis has dramatically overestimated both emissions and potential risks from the industry," said Jeff Hannapel, NASF Government Affairs. 
"This is not a favorable precedent - the actual data we've received from NASF members across the U.S. show that EPA counted emissions incorrectly - a majority of companies shown as emitters on the agency's list either don't exist, don't do chromium or have actual emissions far below EPA's "models" driving the new regulation," said Hannapel.
To see the executive summary and NASF's complete set of comments, please visit
NASF Government Affairs is still collecting company emissions data, and needs the industry's help to present a complete picture to the agency and the White House on U.S. chromium finishing emissions. They are asking job shops if their company's chromium emissions profile accurately represented in EPA's database.  Please contact Government Affairs at or
The proposed rules will be discussed at the NASF's Washington Forum, April 24-26.  Register today for the 2012 Washington Forum or contact Cheryl Clark at

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