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March 2020

COVID-19 Update

All SIFCO ASC locations are currently open and staffed to support our customers in this challenging time.

We are following all guidance provided by national, state and local governments and working closely with our suppliers and customers to mitigate business interruption wherever possible.

We have plans in place to respond to this rapidly developing situation and will update our website to reflect any changes to this guidance.

September 2019

Quaker Houghton baut sein Portfolio und seine Leistungen durch die Übernahme von Norman Hay plc aus

Quaker Houghton (NYSE: KWR) hat seine Zustimmung zur Übernahme der Unternehmensbereiche von Norman Hay plc bekannt gegeben. Norman Hay plc ist ein privates britisches Unternehmen mit starker globaler Präsenz, das Spezialchemikalien, Betriebsausrüstung und Dienstleistungen für industrielle Endmärkte anbietet. 

Die vier Unternehmensbereiche von Norman Hay plc beliefern eine Reihe von Parallel- und Komplementärbranchen, zu denen u.a. die Bereiche Luft- und Raumfahrt, Automobil, Öl und Gas sowie Energieerzeugung gehören:

  • ●        Ultraseal – der weltweit führende Anbieter von Imprägniertechnologien, einschließlich aller Imprägnierchemikalien und Ausrüstung für die Abdichtung von Porositäten in Druckgusskomponenten;
  • SIFCO ASC – ein weltweit führender Anbieter von Lösungen zur Oberflächenbehandlung durch selektive Galvanik, Eloxierung sowie chemische und technische Lösungen;
  • Surface Technology – ein Spezialanbieter von Lösungen zur Oberflächenbehandlung, einschließlich Beschichtungen, thermisches Spritzen, Plattieren und anderen Nebenleistungen; sowie
  • Norman Hay Engineering – ein führender Anbieter von Design- und Engineering-Services für Anlagen und Ausrüstung zur Oberflächenbehandlung der Geschäftsbereiche Ultraseal, SIFCO ASC und Surface Technology sowie für industrielle Anwendungen Dritter.

Quaker Houghton hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, Mehrwertdienste für seine Kunden bereitzustellen. Die Konstruktions- und Fertigkeitskompetenzen von Norman Hay werden diese durch Fachwissen und Lösungen zur Erhöhung der Produktionseffizienz und Kostenreduzierung weiter verbessern.  Außerdem wird das umfangreiche weltweite Produktportfolio von Quaker Houghton durch Norman Hay um Imprägnierchemikalien und -ausrüstung, Spezialbeschichtungen und Metallveredelungen sowie verfahrenstechnische Leistungen erweitert. Angesichts der aktuellen Trends in Richtung Leichtbau und Portabilität ist Quaker Houghton durch diese Übernahme gut für die Zukunft aufgestellt. Die Übernahme wird voraussichtlich im Oktober 2019 abgeschlossen.

Michael F. Barry, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer und President von Quaker Houghton kommentierte: „Diese Übernahme ermöglicht uns die Integration neuer Technologien mit guten Wachstumsmerkmalen in attraktiven Kernmarktsegmenten mit hohen Eintrittsschranken, wie Druckguss, Automobil-Erstausrüster sowie Luft- und Raumfahrt. Außerdem sind wir davon überzeugt, dass sich durch die Übernahme eine strategische Gelegenheit zur Nutzung externer Markttrends, wie der Leichtbauweise von Fahrzeugen und des 3D-Drucks, präsentiert, wobei uns unsere globale Präsenz und geographische Stärke von Nutzen sein können. Darüber hinaus stärkt die technische Expertise von Norman Hay, die u.a. Robotikanwendungen einschließt, die bereits bestehende Plattform für Ausrüstungsanwendungen von Quaker Houghton und positioniert das Unternehmen so noch weiter für die Industrie 4.0.“

Norman Hay plc wurde 1946 als Unternehmen für dekorative Galvanotechnik gegründet und hat sich zu einer weltweiten Spezialchemiegruppe für Imprägnierharze, Oberflächenbeschichtungen und Engineering entwickelt. Der Hauptsitz des Unternehmens liegt in seiner hochmodernen Produktionsstätte in Coventry, England. Das Unternehmen beschäftigt etwa 400 Arbeitnehmer und betreibt Produktions- und F&E-Einrichtungen in ganz Europa sowie den USA.

Über Quaker Houghton:

Quaker Houghton (NYSE: KWR) ist der Weltmarktführer industrieller Prozessflüssigkeiten. Mit Niederlassungen in mehr als 25 Ländern sind wir auf der ganzen Welt präsent und zählen Tausende der weltweit fortschrittlichsten und spezialisiertesten Unternehmen aus den Bereichen Stahl, Aluminium, Automobil, Luft- und Raumfahrt, Offshore, Dosen, Bergbau und Metallverarbeitung zu unseren Kunden. Unsere leistungsstarken, innovativen und nachhaltigen Lösungen werden durch erstklassige Technologien, fundierte Prozesskenntnisse und kundenspezifische Services gestützt. Wir beschäftigen mehr als 4000 Mitarbeiter, darunter Chemiker, Ingenieure und Branchenexperten, und arbeiten gemeinsam mit unseren Kunden daran, ihre Betriebsabläufe so zu optimieren, dass sie allen zukünftigen Entwicklungen noch effizienter und effektiver begegnen können. Quaker Houghton hat seinen Sitz in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, nahe Philadelphia in den Vereinigten Staaten. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.quakerhoughton.com.

August 2019

Reaching new heights with automated selective plating equipment

In aerospace manufacturing, the performance and reliability of components is paramount to delivering safe journeys, even in the face of extreme friction and temperature. But the challenges don’t end there. Environmental regulations and increased competitiveness within the industry mean that manufacturers must find efficiencies in all areas, making innovation and collaboration more crucial than ever. That’s why, when the time came for a world-leading aerospace manufacturer to review their surface finishing process, they turned to the market leader in selective plating to find an innovative solution.

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Aerospace is an industry like no other, particularly with regard to surface finishing. Renowned – and rightfully so – for its robust standards around the manufacture, repair and maintenance of aircraft components, the industry places great demands on manufacturers. The performance of components mustn’t be compromised in the face of friction, extreme temperatures and corrosive environments, all of which they are exposed to daily. Alongside performance, the manufacturing process itself must adhere to stringent health and safety requirements.

In recent decades, this market-leading aerospace manufacturer has seen their surface finishing processes evolve as they’ve strived to achieve greater component performance for their customers – from brush plating in the 1980s to in-house tank plating thereafter. Now, as industry demands have become even greater and components are required to operate in ever-more challenging environments, a new approach was needed.

Automating the process

Automated processes are now the standard in many manufacturing facilities. SIFCO ASC’s collaborative approach to automating the selective plating process enables users to realize ergonomic, financial and manufacturing performance-related benefits.

This manufacturer required nickel plating on their internal and external diameters for a prebraze application. Automating the selective plating process provided the main benefits this manufacturer was looking for: decreased ergonomic risk, traceability and repeatability of the process, and increased quality outcomes.

As standard, selective plating uses a low volume of chemicals, reducing both the environmental and cost concerns associated with tank plating methods which can result in excessive material and environmental costs and waste. Additional, the custom design of the machine provided unique features and allowed the manufacturer to realize even further benefits in approximately half of the footprint once held by their tank plating line. By using a Fanuc robot with built-in tool changers and tooling storage, the automated selective plating process provides complete flexibility. RFID tags significantly reduce the potential for human error by ensuring tooling is plating the correct part, tracking chemical usage and wrap wear, and facilitating the process to handle a variety of products while ensuring consistent quality. What’s more, the manufacturer was also able to completely remove their scrubber system from service. By using portable filter exhausts, they are more energy efficient and have lower operating costs.

Now fully operational, the automated selective plating machine provides SIFCO ASC’s customer with a highly reliable and precise process, bringing its onsite component plating process in line with their reputation as a leading manufacturer in the aerospace industry. The results are clear to see: the surface coating is highly uniform; quality is consistently high; chemical usage can be precisely monitored; production is robust and levels of output consistent; and operator safety has been improved.

To discover more about the SIFCO Process®, visit www.sifcoasc.com

July 2018

SIFCO ASC Modernizes R&D Lab

World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), part of Norman Hay plc, has completed a substantial refurbishment of its research and development lab in Cleveland, Ohio.

Originally built in 1992, this is first major site renovation, designed to give research engineers a spacious, practical and durable facility in which to conduct vital research and development work.

On a typical day, the lab accommodates scientists, engineers, and technicians who work to develop SIFCO ASC’s fundamental knowledge through exploratory research and development, as well developing and implementing new technologies and providing direct support to customers as well as the company’s manufacturing teams.

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Newly renovated lab at SIFCO ASC’s Cleveland, Ohio facility.

Danijela Milosevic-Popovich, Research and Development Project Engineer, comments: “Much of what we do in the R&D lab requires creative thinking, experimentation and innovation; all things which are easier, more enjoyable and ultimately more successful in a modern, spacious and well-equipped laboratory.

Chic Allen, SIFCO ASC’s North American General Manager, states “The renovation will boost team morale and productivity will benefit considerably, which means our customers will reap the rewards of this considerable investment.”

Committed to employee wellbeing and maintaining workspaces which reflect its innovative, state-of-the-art products and services, SIFCO ASC identified the need for a complete modernisation within the R&D department, which included durable, easy to clean flooring, new cabinets, equipment and facilities and a new ceiling with improved lighting throughout the lab.

Danijela concludes: “Work has recommenced in the new lab with a number of customer-specific projects which require considerable innovation and creativity from our R&D engineering team. We are also busy characterizing our existing product offering through depletion testing while continuing to build our knowledge base on coatings like matrix composite plating.”

For more information on SIFCO ASC, please visit www.sifcoasc.com

SIFCO ASC Talks Automation and Chrome Alternatives at SUR/FIN 2018

Three seasoned industry experts from SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) are sharing their insight on a number of critical industry topics at SUR/FIN 2018 from June 4 – 6, 2018. Subjects covered include alternatives to hard chrome, automation of selective plating, and component restoration for remanufacturing.

The annual conference, this year held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, allows leading surface technology companies to connect, collaborate and contribute to industry developments. Throughout the event, multiple technical sessions will be held on the topics of automotive, aerospace, technology advancements, sustainability and waste management. SIFCO ASC’s focus will be in Session 7 – Aerospace & Defense: Innovating Performance Advancements and in Session 15 – Plating Efficiency Improvements via Equipment, Automation, Material Advances and Lean.

In Session 7, Danijela Milosevic, R&D Engineer and Project Engineer at SIFCO ASC is delivering a talk titled; “Advancements in Brush Plated Metal Matrix Composites (MMC)”. In her presentation, she will review the developmental research of safer, eco-friendly alternatives to hard chrome plating. Alternatives to chrome in the form of MMC, offer unique and superior characteristics to metal plating solutions including hardness, wear resistance, and oxidation protection at high temperatures. Conference attendees can watch Danijela’s presentation on June 4, from 5:00 – 5:30pm.

The second speaker, Derek Kilgore, Mechanical Design and Project Engineer at SIFCO ASC will talk about meeting productivity demand through automation of selective plating in Session 15. In his presentation, on June 6 from 8:30 – 9:00am, Derek will demonstrate how attendees can achieve consistent quality and process repeatability by incorporating automated selective plating into their process. The presentation will include data, video and imagery of a newly-developed, dual-spindled ID plating machine.

Also, in Session 15, Derek Vanek, Technical Manager at SIFCO ASC will present “Surface Engineering for Sustainable Manufacturing and Remanufacturing” and discuss why surface engineering technologies should be considered in remanufacturing engineering to restore or improve the performance of worn or failed components. During his 30 years at SIFCO ASC, Derek has worked in sales, training, project management, and marketing while publishing work on engineering technologies. Conference attendees can watch Derek’s presentation on June 6 from 12 – 12:30pm.

For over 50 years SIFCO ASC has provided selective electroplating and anodizing services, chemical solutions and equipment, offering automated plating systems that can be easily integrated into any production line. A global leader in the industry, SIFCO ASC hopes to provide a deeper understanding to the challenges that face the industry and innovative ways to overcome them.

For more information visit SIFCO ASC on stand 351 or, to set up a meeting, visit: www.sifcoasc.com/surfin-2018

*The SIFCO Process® is a unique and portable plating method used to enhance, repair and refurbish localized areas on components.

January 2018

Exceptional performance of Authorised SIFCO Partner recognised

Surface finishing company TSR, SIFCO ASC Authorised Partner in Poland, has delivered exceptional sales growth in their first twelve months of partnership.

To recognise this performance, Mark Cattle, Group Sales Director SIFCO ASC, awarded Adam Radziszewski, Managing Director TSR, with a Certificate of Performance. The presentation was made during TSR’s recent visit to SIFCO ASC UK and, at the same time, the SIFCO Authorised Partner agreement was renewed and extended for the next 2 years.

Adam Radziszewski, Managing Director, and Malgorzata Kijowski, Marketing Manager, of TSR accepting the Certificate of Performance from Mark Cattle, Group Sales Director, SIFCO ASC

Mark Cattle commented: “We selected TSR as an Authorised Partner due to their technical ability and established contact base in a number of key industries including: oil & gas; power generation; aerospace and advanced engineering. I am delighted that our choice of Authorised Partner for Poland has been vindicated by TSR’s exceptional growth during our first year of partnership, underpinned by high levels of sales and marketing proactivity driven by Adam and by Malgorzata Kijowski, Marketing Manager. I look forward to continued success from our renewed agreement.”

Adam Radziszewski, Managing Director and founder of TSR said: “The SIFCO Process® is renowned and specified across many industries for its ability to enhance, repair or refurbish critical components. We are thrilled to have grown our SIFCO Process® business so rapidly during the first twelve months and I have been delighted with the training and sales support the SIFCO ASC team has provided to help us on our growth path.”

April 2017

SIFCO ASC appoints Gruppo Gaser as Italian partner

Global selective plating company, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) is partnering with one of Italy’s leading specialists in the treatment of metal surfaces, Gruppo Gaser to grow the global footprint of its renowned SIFCO Process®* of selective plating.

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With established European businesses in France and Sweden and partnerships in major manufacturing economies such as Germany, Austria, and Benelux, the expansion into Italy, Europe’s second largest manufacturer of engineering and metal goods, was the natural next step for SIFCO ASC.

Gruppo Gaser has five production locations across Italy in Rozzano (MI), Isola Vicentina (VI), Caravaggio (BG), Granarolo dell’Emilia (BO) and San Giuliano Milanese (MI) – all of which will ultimately provide the SIFCO Process®. The main application focus at the outset will be on silver plating and anodising in the power generation and precision engineering industries.

SIFCO ASC has 7 facilities across the world and now has 7 Authorised Partners in Europe, and 24 globally.

As with all SIFCO Authorised Partners, the Gruppo Gaser team is already benefitting from a comprehensive training programme enabling them to identify selective plating applications and deliver a consistent, high quality service to customers. Five of the company’s technical engineers recently visited the UK to complete a full induction programme.

Gianni Franzosi, CEO at Gruppo Gaser commented: “Our engineers found their recent training in the UK extremely valuable and are already identifying opportunities in our current portfolio. We welcome the SIFCO Process® into Italy and look forward to working in partnership with the experienced team at SIFCO ASC.”

Mark Cattle, Group Sales Director at SIFCO ASC added: “Italy is known for its innovation in engineering and every day the SIFCO Process® is providing efficiencies for businesses across the world. With Gruppo Gaser’s established reputation in surface treatment and focus on the power generation and precision engineering sectors in particular, they are the obvious partner for us.”

For more information on SIFCO ASC, visit: www.sifcoasc.com

For more information on Gruppo Gaser, visit: www.gruppogaser.com/gaser-ossido-duro.html

*The SIFCO Process® is a unique and portable plating method used to enhance, repair and refurbish localised areas on components.

June 2016

SIFCO ASC debut SIFCO Process® at World Nuclear Exhibition 2016

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), the world’s leading supplier of selective plating technology, will be exhibiting for the first time at the World Nuclear Exhibition in June. The team will be showcasing the SIFCO Process® and its unique benefits in OEM and repair applications within the energy industry.

The annual exhibition will be held at the Le Bourget in Paris, from 28-30th June and unites key players in the global nuclear energy sector.

The SIFCO Process® is a unique selective plating process which has been engineered to overcome common operational and maintenance challenges facing the industry including component wear, corrosion, fretting and conductivity. Examples include a nickel coating for journal bearing resize and copper and silver applications on bus bars for conductivity.

One of the key advantages of the SIFCO Process® is its portability. Unlike using an immersion tank, the SIFCO Process® allows the operator to plate a very specific area of a component, quickly and easily, in situ and to the required thickness reducing downtime costs and complications. For example, one common issue within the nuclear industry is that once installed turbines can’t be taken out of the facility meaning they need to be repaired in situ. By repairing and protecting the existing components using the SIFCO Process®, companies also remove the cost and logistical implications of purchasing a new part.

The process also minimizes the removal of surface material, which limits the amount of preparation time, and preserves the existing material to retain strength.

Lee Shelton, Managing Director at SIFCO ASC, said: “We are really excited to be showcasing the SIFCO Process® at the World Nuclear Exhibition this month. Often our customers in the power generation sector are challenged with repairing critical components without compromising revenue flow but with our localised approach, we can repair parts in-situ and plate a specific area of a component without incurring downtime costs and logistical repercussions. We have facilities in the UK, France, Sweden and US so we are fully equipped to deliver international engineering requirements for turbine applications.”

For further information about SIFCO ASC, please visit stand 2B-S18 at the WNE or visit www.sifcoasc.co.uk

July 2015

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts Acquires Liquid Development Company

On July 7, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) acquired the assets of Liquid Development Company (LDC). Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, LDC has supplied selective (brush) plating chemicals and equipment throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, China, the Middle East and South America since 1978.

SIFCO ASC’s first priority is uninterrupted access to the products, pricing and service to which LDC customers are familiar. LDC customers can expect “business as usual” following the acquisition, with many of highly knowledgeable LDC team members joining SIFCO ASC to support the continuity of LDC business.

SIFCO ASC has a passion for customer service and assures that customers will experience no disruption to quality or support. SIFCO ASC U.S. General Manager, Chic Allen, believes that the acquisition of LDC aligns with SIFCO ASC’s vision and enhances our ability to deliver value to our customers, partners and employees.  The acquisition accelerates SIFCO ASC’s goal to significantly grow the company and widen our industry leadership through superior execution, differentiation and customer satisfaction.

February 2015

SIFCO ASC and Surface Technology create dynamic force in coatings technology

Norman Hay plc has created a new specialist Coatings Group incorporating SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) and Surface Technology providing a single global access point in surface coating technology.

Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director, Surface Coatings Group

Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director, Surface Coatings Group

SIFCO ASC, which was acquired by Norman Hay in 2012, is the world leading supplier of selective plating services, chemical solutions and equipment as well as creator of the renowned SIFCO Process®. Sister company, Surface Technology offers an extensive range of specialist surface treatments for industrial applications and by combining their technical expertise and market knowledge the group creates a new dynamic force in the coating and surface finishing industry.

The new Coatings Group will be headed by Group Managing Director Lee Shelton, who joined Norman Hay in 2000. Lee, a fluent Japanese speaker, started working for Norman Hay in its impregnation business, Ultraseal International, as Director of International Business, based in Japan. Following several years in key business development and leadership roles for Norman Hay in the Asia Pacific region, Lee relocated to the US in December 2012 as MD of SIFCO ASC.

Lee explained: “Since acquiring the SIFCO ASC business in 2012 and bringing the business into the Norman Hay Group, a number of synergies have emerged. The leadership team at Norman Hay feel that now is the right time to formalise this collaboration by bringing some of the best talent in the industry together under one umbrella. In doing so, we will identify new applications and ways of working which will ultimately benefit our customers’ processes.”

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, SIFCO ASC has operations in three further US states, the UK, Sweden and France as well as partners in Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. Surface Technology, headquartered in Coventry, covers the whole of the UK through seven sites and has plants in Australia and China. In addition to helping the two businesses expand into new locations, the creation of the Coatings Group will also ensure the company maximises its reach in existing markets such as oil & gas, automotive, aerospace and power generation.

Well proven for enhancing, repairing or refurbishing critical components, the SIFCO Process® can now be easily adopted into manufacturing production lines thanks to the company’s recent investment in developing workstations to automate the SIFCO Process®. Lee believes that with the support of Surface Technology, a wider scope of opportunities can be established, providing manufacturers across many industries the opportunity to meet their goals of both increasing quality and productivity and consolidating their supplier base.

When asked what differentiates Norman Hay’s Coatings Group from competitors, Lee said: “Our knowledge and expertise are unrivalled. The industries in which we are most prominent are heavily regulated, such as aerospace, automotive and also oil & gas. Customers in these sectors need reassurance that they are dealing with suppliers who are technical experts driven by the most robust standards and processes to meet highly demanding specifications. We now have more engineers and Quality Managers in our group than ever, with a combined service of 243 years.”

Significant investments are being made into recruitment, such as the recent appointment of a new European Sales Manager and a Design Engineer on the robotics side, along with refurbishment of existing facilities and new equipment.

Vic Bellanti, Chief Executive of Norman Hay, concluded: “We already receive requests from customers to offer a wider range of services in order to keep their supplier base to a minimum and now, through our Coatings Group, we offer an enhanced one-stop, multi-coat, capability. The team will now be selling the combined capability of the Group rather than one individual company.”

 

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