Chemeon Names Dr. Sjon Westre as Technology Vice President

Westre will lead Chemeon's development of environmentally responsible coating and seal alternatives to hexavalent chrome for use on light metals

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Chemeon Surface Technology has named Dr. Sjon Westre vice president of technology. He has an emphasis on anodizing and conversion coating solutions for the semiconductor and aerospace industries.

 

Dr. Westre will lead Chemeon's development of environmentally responsible coating and seal alternatives to hexavalent chrome for use on light metals.  Company officials say his focus will include the creation and optimization of new conversion coating and anodizing chemistries and processes, development of analytical procedures, and management of the Chemeon Laboratory, Training Center and Technical Support Group. Dr. Westre will also oversee the expansion of the Chemeon laboratory team to accommodate the growing demand for Chemeon Research and Development of advanced corrosion protection surface technology.

 

“We look forward to Dr. Westre leveraging his knowledge of environmentally responsible surface technology and his passion for innovation to focus on solutions for our global client base of prime contractors, OEM, military, captive and job shops, as they look to meet the EU sunset date September 2017," said Madylon Meiling, Ph.D., CEO of Chemeon. "Sjon's experience in the light metal finishing industry is unparalleled, and Sjon’s leadership style is collaborative, process-focused, and analytical. We are excited about Sjon’s expansion of the Chemeon R&D team, taking projects from innovation to commercialization, and exceeding expectations.”

 

Dr. Westre received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Davis and a BS degree in chemistry with a physics minor from Cal State, Sacramento. Prior to joining the Chemeon team, Dr. Westre spent the last decade as senior scientist for Modern Industries in Phoenix, where Chemeon chemistry and technology has been in use for a number for years. Prior to that, Dr. Westre was technical director of Metalast International, where his innovations included anodizing process development and QPL certification for the patented trivalent chrome pretreatment that is now known industry-wide as Chemeon TCP-HF.

 

For information, visit chemeon.com