IST International Surface Technology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 4–7 | Cite as


News in Brief

RIH is major shareholder of Helios

The Helios group with headquarters in Domžale near Ljubljana, Slovenia, is one of the 15 largest coatings producers in Europe and, since 3 April 2014, has had a new majority shareholder: the Austrian Remho Beteiligungs GmbH, the parent company of the entire Coating Division of “Ring” International Holding AG (RIH). With this step, the young industrial group has succeeded in acquiring the first company from a long list of planned privatisations in Slovenia. After a sales process lasting two-and-a-half years, the closing of the deal saw 77.93 % of the shares in the Slovenian coatings giant transferred to the industrial group. The acquisition expands the RIH workforce to 3,600 staff, who generate sales of around €530 million. Every year, 24 sites produce around 100,000 tons of liquid and powder coatings as well as 140,000 tons of resins and almost 110,000 tons of decorative coatings, and they also process 30,000 tonnes of steel. This makes the group one of the largest European coatings producers.

The headquarters of the Helios Group in Domžale near Ljubljana, Slovenia

Bayer expands production for coating raw materials in China

Bayer MaterialScience is increasing its production capacities in the Asia/Pacific region to meet the continued growth in demand there for raw materials for coatings and adhesives. The ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site in Shanghai, China, for a new plant for the production of the precursor hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI). With an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons, it will be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. Completion is scheduled for 2016. Bayer already has one HDI plant in Shanghai, which was expanded in 2013 from its original annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons. There is considerable demand in the region, and in particular in China, for coatings and adhesives, which are used in the automotive industry, among others. The new plant will utilise gas-phase technology, which requires substantially less energy and solvent than conventional processes. Shanghai is one of Bayer’s largest production sites worldwide.

Automated carriage coating at the new Siemens surface treatment centre in Vienna

At the surface treatment centre of Siemens AG Austria in Simmering/Vienna, metro transit and passenger carriages are automatically brought to the designated booths by a central transport system. The general contractor for the project is the German plant engineering company Vollert. One of the unique features of the new system is that the transfer platform can move carriages onto and off the track on both sides, so that the processing stations can be arranged in parallel on both sides. For the first time in Europe, painting robots are used to coat the carriages with waterborne coatings. Since April 2013, the surface treatment centre has been used to coat metro transit carriages for the cities of Vienna, Munich and Warsaw, as well is to paint passenger carriages for the Russian and Czech railways.

The movable transport platform allows a particularly flexible arrangement of the individual work stations

ESTAL appoints new director

ESTAL, the European Association for Surface Treatment on Aluminium, with headquarters in Zürich, has appointed Michiel Koot as its new director. Koot will represent the interests of companies in the aluminium surface finishing industry in Brussels. A Dutch citizen, Michiel Koot has experience in the management of an aluminium anodising company and has also gained the necessary association experience in the Executive Committee of ESTAL. ESTAL’s mission is to represent surface finishing processes such as anodising, coating and coating removal in Europe on a single platform through the national associations. ESTAL is responsible for European lobbying issues on behalf of the national associations. Subjects currently relevant are, for example, changes in environmental protection, challenges raised by the energy debate and the registration of chemicals.

Michiel Koot, Director of ESTAL

New Global OEM Technology Director at Axalta

Dr. Klemens Bartmann was appointed Global Technology Director for Axalta’s OEM business at the beginning of February 2014. His previous position was Director Product Management for EMEA at Axalta. In this role, Bartmann will lead the global OEM research and development organisation. His focus will be on developing new technologies and products. Dr. Bartmann brings over 20 years of experience to his new position from previous roles in product management, technology, manufacturing and sales and marketing. He will continue to be based in Cologne.

Dr. Klemens Bartmann is new Global Technology Director OEM at Axalta

Roll opens service and test centre in USA

Cleaning systems manufacturer Karl Roll GmbH & Co. KG, which is based in Germany, has been cooperating with a new partner in the North American market since January 2014. The Indianapolis-based company ZPS America LLC has taken on responsibility for sales and service for Roll parts cleaning systems. ZPS has many years of experience with closed solvent systems. The company has a local service staff of 12 technicians, who are able to put new cleaning systems into operation and perform maintenance and repair tasks. ZPS also maintains a spare parts warehouse in the USA. As a result of the cooperation with Karl Roll, ZPS can offer its customers aqueous cleaning systems as single-chamber, multi-chamber, continuous flow and rotary cycle machines, in addition to solvent cleaning systems. A cleaning system that operates with halogen-free hydrocarbons has been available at ZPS since February 2014 to enable customers to carry out cleaning trials.

New certification for zinc flake systems

Since the end of 2013, Siemens Wind Power A/S has been using the Geomet 321 zinc flake system from NOF on the fasteners of wind turbine blades. The Geomet 321 coating is applied with a thickness of 15 μm. For this application, the wind power plant manufacturer requires that the coating must be able to exist in a C5 environment (according to ISO-12944) without corrosion of the substrate material even after a 1440-hour salt spray test. At the same time, GE Power & Water, a subsidiary of General Electric, has approved the zinc flake systems Geomet and Geoblack in its latest standard P14A-AL-0218. Specific requirements such as 1000 hours salt spray resistance (according to ASTM-B117 or ISO-9227) were met and mechanical damage tests were convincing. In addition to these new standards, the systems Geomet 321+Plus VLh and Geomet 500+PLUS XL have been certified by the institute Germanischer Lloyd regarding the corrosion protection of fasteners in oceanic and offshore atmosphere with high salinity levels (C5-M high according to ISO-12944). This means a salt spray resistance of 1440 up to 2016 hours without the appearance of red rust.

Zinc flake systems protect the fasteners of wind turbine blades against corrosion in maritime and offshore environments

BASF expands production of waterborne automotive coatings in Brazil

BASF has invested €2.5 million in its Demarchi coatings site, located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to expand its capacity to service Brazil’s automotive industry with waterborne automotive coatings. The goal is to meet market demands generated by new car makers setting up their plants in the country and by the trend of using waterborne technology rather than solvent-borne. In 2013, Brazil was the fourth biggest car sales market in the world and in seventh place worldwide as a car producer, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

AGCO opens new automated manufacturing facility in Kansas

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has recently completed a two-year, $40 million modernisation project in Hesston, Kansas. As part of the modernisation project, the Hesston facility was equipped with the latest finishing and paint technologies, together with automated handling equipment. For the second time, CTI Systems was appointed by AGCO to act as general contractor for design and implementation of the entire installation.

The new 18,500 m2 state-of-the-art dip and powder-coat painting facility consolidates AGCO Hesston Operations’ paint stations from two operations into one streamlined, efficient building. Parts for all products manufactured in Hesston will be painted and finished there. The system includes 20 batch ovens used for curing the electro-coat and the powder. The entire paint shop is equipped with automated floor-based and overhead material handling devices from CTI Systems. The entire material flow process is fully automated and controlled by software developed by CTI Systems to ensure process visualisation and data acquisition, with connection to the customers ERP/MES system.

In the loading and unloading centre, parts are placed on load bars and transported to the paint line by 18 un-manned automated guided vehicles.

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Almost 75 % of the parts go through the 15-step dip line for pre-treatment, nanocoating and cataphoretic coating.

Chemetall appoints new Global Segment Manager

Martin Ings is taking over the position of Global Segment Manager Aluminium Finishing at Chemetall. With this new post, the company aims to strengthen its position in pre-treatment technologies used in the architectural, building and construction industry. Ings is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational guidance in pretreatment and anodizing technologies in this growth market, which is important for Chemetall. Previous to this post, Ings held various senior sales positions within Chemetall, and most recently he was Sales Director for the United Kingdom. With more than 25 years of experience in the surface treatment business, Martin Ings has extensive knowledge and a wide network.

Martin Ings is new Global Segment Manager Aluminium Finishing at Chemetall

Dürr builds new PT/ED line at Volkswagen in Spain

Dürr Systems Spain S.A. has built a complete new line for pre-treatment and electro dipping at the Pamplona plant of Volkswagen Navarra S.A. By setting up a new PT/ED line in a new building, Volkswagen has replaced the oldest installation in the painting process at the Pamplona plant. The key component of the line is the RoDip rotational dip coating system. The EcoMultiCyclone separator system guarantees a high quality of the bath. Furthermore, the new line features a concept for precise current and voltage supply for the electro dipping bath. As a systems integrator, Dürr has also supplied a number of ancillary facilities such as the ED oven, the working decks, the external conveyor technology and the DI water regeneration plant. This line is currently being used to paint the Polo model, with a net capacity of 67 jobs per hour. The line is prepared for additional painting of the Touran model in the future and can be extended to a net capacity of 75 cars per hour.

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