#TOPSHOPS

Products Finishing Announces Top Shops Benchmarking Program Updates

Beginning in 2021, Products Finishing’s Top Shops Benchmarking program will include a new sourcing platform that expands the benefits of participation.

Electroplating

2020 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Results for Electroplating & Anodizing

North American Market Shows Mixed Results for the 2019 Reporting Year

Electroplating

2020 Top Shops for Electroplating and Anodizing

Data from the Benchmarking Survey is used to name 50 Top Shops, which are listed along with their top official.

Electroplating

Valence Surface Technologies-Lynwood Plant Ranks First in 2020 Electroplating Operations

Los Angeles-area facility gets top marks in this year’s Products Finishing North American benchmarking survey.

April Issue: Electroplating/Anodizing Top Shops

The April issue of Products Finishing is now available. Below you’ll find a few highlights from the issue as well as additional featured articles and other online content.

Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for Plating, Liquid and Powder Coating Open

The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey is open through Jan. 1 for those in the plating, anodizing, liquid and powder coating industry.

Electrocoating

Minding Your Own Business

The Products Finishing Top Shops Executive Summit in October 2020 will give you that opportunity.

Anodizing

Products Finishing Top Shops Executive Summit Planned for 2020

Owners and managers of plating, liquid and powder coatings shops to converge at singular conference to share best practices in peer-to-peer setting.

Liquid Coating

Liquid and Powder Coat Top Shops Survey Starts in December, Along with Plating

For the first time, the liquid and powder coating part of the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey will take place in December.

Electrocoating

2019 Top Shops for Liquid and Powder Coatings

The data from the survey is used to select the overall Top Shops, which are listed along with their top official.

Liquid Coating

Introducing Industry ∞.0. The Future Has No Limit.

We sit at ground zero in time, technology and geography of this fascinating development.

Electroplating

American Metal Coatings Tops Out at No. 1 Electroplating Operation

Ohio’s American Metal Coatings is the No. 1 finishing operation in North America based on the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey.

Electroplating

Armoloy's New Owners Use Simple Marketing Strategy to Build Electroplating Business

Nolan Hannan and Jacob Meier purchased Armoloy in 2017, and knew they wanted a data-driven shop that they provided information on how well the shop was operating, and where improvements could be made.

Electrocoating

Burkard Industries Climbs the Ladder to No. 1

The Michigan shop makes its way to the top of the 2018 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey.

Electroplating

How to Read Your Top Shops Customized Benchmarking Report

Video from Michael Guckes from Gardner Intelligence explains how to read and understand your Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking custom reports you received if you took part in the recent survey.

Electroplating

Top Shops: Annual Pretreatment Chemical Purchases

The Top Shops spent about $200,000 a year on pretreatment chemicals in the latest Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, well above the median and averages in the industry.

Electroplating

Top Shops: Plating Chemical Expenditures

The average plating shop spent just over $586,000 on chemicals in 2017, with the median at $235,000. The Top Shops, however, spent roughly $760,000 on plating chemicals in the most recent Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, while the remaining 20th percentile averaged just $45,000 a year.

Products Finishing Top Shops Management Stage

Products Finishing will showcase the best-run finishing shops in North America at the Top Shops Management Stage at Sur/Fin, where owners and managers will be on hand to discuss what makes their plating and anodizing operations some of the most efficient and profitable in the business.

Electroplating

Top Shops: Quote-to-Book Ratio

The Products Finishing Top Shops in electroplating were able to book about 76 percent of the jobs they quoted in 2017, far more than the 15 percent that other shops booked.

Electroplating

Top Shops: Active Customers

The number of active customers for the top plating shops in the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey is almost five times that of all other shops in the survey. 

Top Shops: 2018 Estimated Growth

The most productive plating shops in the 2018 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey say they will grow by about 15 percent this year, compared to just 5 percent for all other shops.

Electroplating

2018 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey: Top Shop

Hixson Metal Finishing was named the No.1 shop, based on aggregate scoring of the survey components. Check out all the North American plating shops that made the Products Finishing Top Shops list.

Electroplating

2018 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey: Finishing Technologies

Pilkington Metal Finishing spent about 12 percent of its gross profits on capital expenditures in 2017, which is one reason the shop was selected for recognition in the Finishing Technologies category.

Electroplating

2018 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey: Finishing Practices

Great Lakes Metal Finishing was recognized in the Finishing Practices category for its outstanding scores in several areas of the survey.