Atotech (Berlin, Germany) has opened a facility in Rock Hill, S.C., to service the North American surface finishing industry. The company says the TechCenter, one of 15 worldwide, is equipped with its innovative and environmentally responsible plating technologies, as well as with state-of-the-art analytical and material sciences laboratories.
The facility has a fully automatic, production-scale plating line for pretreatment, decorative coating and plating of plastics, which will enable customers from industries such as automotive, appliance and sanitary to conduct sampling and qualification runs under production-scale conditions and in accordance with OEM specifications. Analytical equipment will provide customers with routine analyses or even customized investigations. The facility also will be used to train both the company’s employees and its customers’ personnel.