Anti-corrosion metal coating provider Greenkote has more than doubled capacity at its HQ production facility in Brook Park, Ohio, near Cleveland.
Significantly increasing demand from the industry and regulation around the pollutants connected to older coating processes have been behind the expansion, Greekote said, which holds several patents in corrosion protection and specialises in advanced, ecofriendly anti-corrosion coastings.
With new equipment, current capacity will be multiplied nearly two and a half times, enabling the Brook Park facility to process more than 150 tons of parts per month. It will also provide for the application of specialized topcoats and sealers to Greenkote coatings to further enhance the coating performance.
Greenkote provides coating services for construction, automotive, rail, utilities and other industries where products are exposed to weather or harsh and corrosive environments. Greenkote can be applied to a broad range of metal parts, from threaded fasteners to stamped and cast pieces, in sizes from 0.2 to 78 inches.
“Greenkote usage is showing a strong rise in the markets we serve,” said Greenkote CEO Mark Gore. “Over the past year we’ve seen a steady increase in orders for anti-corrosion and metal protection coatings, and our new state-of-the-art coating line will help us keep pace with the need.”
Sean Smith, Greenkote’s Manager of Engineering, added: “The advanced Greenkote coatings are replacing a number of older anti-corrosion processes such as galvanizing, hot-dip, sherardizing and metal flake. In addition to improved protection against corrosion, the newer Greenkote technology provides longer wear, better adhesion, and also more conformal coverage, which allows it to be used on complex geometries such as threaded parts. Plus, Greenkote eliminates the metal failure caused by hydrogen embrittlement, which is an intrinsic problem with many previous coatings.”
The eco-friendly nature of the company’s coatings has helped cause a ‘surge’ in Greenkote usage. Many older coating processes use acids, toxic chemicals and other pollutants that increasingly are being regulated around the world. Greenkote said it is completely friendly to the environment and to humans. It is applied by a patented zinc-based dry thermal diffusion process that requires no hazardous chemicals and produces no toxic byproducts. Testifying to Greenkote’s ecological friendliness, the company noted that the new coating systems installations at Brook Park required no approvals from the city or state.
The firm has licensee partners around the globe, including the UK, Germany, elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa