Global anticorrosion metal coatings provider Greenkote (Brook Park, Ohio, USA) announced a major expansion of production capacity at its headquarters facility in Brook Park.
According to the company, the expansion comes in response to a surge in demand for corrosion protection on environmentally-exposed metal fasteners and hardware in a number of different industries.
“I don’t know if climate change may be a part of it, but we’re seeing notable increases in anticorrosion coating orders for all kinds of different metal parts that are exposed to the elements,” said Greenkote CEO, Mark Gore. “The orders are coming from a range of sectors, including automotive, rail, electric power distribution, wind power generation, and others. These are all applications that have fasteners, fixtures and other metal hardware exposed to long-term outdoor atmospheric corrosion.”
“It’s also possible that we’re getting more than our share of this business because of a couple other factors,” added Gore. “Number one: Greenkote coatings are actually diffused into the metal surface, making them damage resistant, longer-lasting and better-performing than older treatments such as galvanizing and paints. Another factor is eco-friendliness. Many other coating processes involve acids and other polluting chemicals, so their use is increasingly restricted by environmental regulation. But, as the name implies, Greenkote is uniquely benign to the environment.”
Gore stated that installation of the new coating equipment in Brook Park has been completed, and the facility is now fully operational with significantly expanded capacity.
Greenkote provides anticorrosion coating services for construction, automotive, rail, utilities, and many other industries in which parts are exposed to weather or harsh and corrosive environments. The coatings 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 (0.51 to 198.1 cm).
According to the company, its proprietary coatings can replace several older anticorrosion processes such as galvanizing, hot-dip, sherardizing, and metal flake. In addition to increased corrosion protection, Greenkote technology aims to provide more adhesion, longer wear, and more conformal coverage, which allows for its use on complex geometries such as small threaded parts.
Greenkote also strives to eliminate metal failures caused by hydrogen embrittlement, which can be an intrinsic problem with many traditional coatings, the company explains. Greenkote is applied by a patented zinc-based dry thermal diffusion process that requires no hazardous chemicals and produces no toxic byproducts. Consequently, it is uniquely friendly to humans and to the environment, according to the manufacturer.
Source: Greenkote, www.greenkote.com.