DuBois Chemicals has launched a new process called Zirconization for paint pretreatment and surface finishing systems. This new process uses a new product, DuraTEC 100, which is a metal pretreatment replacement for iron phosphate. The process is designed to allow users to run metal pretreatment operations in a high performing, low temperature and phosphate-free environment. The process provides enhanced corrosion resistance and paint adhesion when compared with traditional iron phosphate. DuraTEC 100 as part of the Zirconization process delivers high value in a lean manufacturing environment by providing energy savings through a reduction in the heat needed to pretreat parts prior to painting. According to the company, the improved chemical efficiency results in cost savings, and the process helps to protect the environment as a green alternative to traditional iron phosphate by featuring a phosphate-free formula, low energy consumption and significantly lower sludge.