Greenkote (Brook Park, Ohio, USA), an international developer and provider of leading-edge anticorrosion coatings, announced that it is entering into a joint venture with Belgian coating company Duroc N.V. (Antwerp, Belgium).
The new affiliation will make Greenkote’s coating capabilities directly available to the European Union and surrounding regions, according to the company. The announcement was made by Mark Gore, CEO of Greenkote PLC, and Maarten Van Bercklaer, managing director of Duroc.
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Duroc because they are one of Europe's most experienced and respected providers of metal coating services,” Gore says. "Having Greenkote coating capabilities installed directly in their Antwerp facility will enable European customers to get our anticorrosion coatings much more quickly and easily. And it will significantly extend Greenkote’s coverage, adding to the facilities we currently have in the U.K. and Italy.”
“Greenkote will be an important addition to Duroc’s lineup of metal protection capabilities,” Van Bercklaer adds. “And it will be a natural fit. Our company focuses specifically on providing surface treatments for fasteners and small bulk parts, and Greenkote’s thermal diffusion technology addresses those categories perfectly.”
In the coming months, the companies say they plan to install new Greenkote equipment in Duroc’s Antwerp facility to produce advanced thermal diffusion coatings. The companies are already entering discussions and doing project assessments with interested European customers.
According to Greenkote, its anticorrosion coatings serve industries ranging from automotive and rail to offshore and construction, and potentially any industry in which products are exposed to weather and harsh and extreme corrosive environments.
These coatings meet and exceed numerous international corrosion protection standards, such as C5 and over 3,000 hours of standardized salt spray testing, according to the company. Greenkote can be applied to many types of metal parts, from threaded fasteners to stamped and cast pieces, in sizes from 5 mm to 2 m. In addition to corrosion protection, these unique coatings provide longer wear, better adhesion, and more conformal coverage, making them well suited to complex three-dimensional (3-D) geometries like threaded parts, the company explains.
The Greenkote name is derived from the fact that the coatings are uniquely ecofriendly, according to the company. They are applied by a patented zinc-based dry thermal diffusion process that requires no hazardous chemicals and produces no toxic byproducts. Moreover, the absence of acids from Greenkote processing eliminates hydrogen embrittlement, which is a metal failure associated with other coatings.
Source: Greenkote, www.greenkote.com.