PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Cristal Global Plant Folds; SCS Facility Opens

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Comment | More

Cristal Global will cease base pigment manufacturing at its plant in Maryland, while Specialty Coating Systems is expanding its Parylene capability in Europe.

Cristal Global’s decision closes its 56-year-old Hawkins Point Plant in Baltimore, MD. The plant was idled in March 2009, a victim of the severe economic downturn. The company declined to release production data for the plant.

Despite recently improved demand for titanium dioxide, the long-term outlook for the facility remained unfavorable, the company said.

“We are able to manufacture the products made at this facility at our other, lower-cost sites,” said John Hall, senior vice president, strategy and development. “This was a difficult decision, but after a thorough review of options, there was really no choice but to discontinue base pigment manufacturing permanently at this location.”

The Hawkins Point plant, established in 1954, was one of the company’s eight TiO2 manufacturing plans in six countries on five continents employing nearly 4,000 people.

Cristal Global laid off 44 employees from the plant when it was idled in 2009; those layoffs will now become permanent. Some of the remaining 50 plant workers have been assigned to other locations, while others have been involved in the maintaining the idled site. Many of those employees will be involved in the decommissioning/dismantling process, a company spokeswoman said.

The products formerly made at Hawkins Point can be made at the company’s facilities in Ashtabula, Ohio, and Bunbury, Western Australia, the company said.

SCS Opens 3rd European Coating Facility

Specialty Coating Systems has opened its newest Parylene coating facility in Plzen, Czech Republic, about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Prague.

The new facility “will meet the needs of SCS’ mainland Europe customer base and enable the company to provide high-quality Parylene coating services to a broader regional group of medical device, electronics, automotive and military/aerospace customers,” said Kevin Walker, managing director, Europe.

The 930-square-meter facility (about 10,010 square feet) is SCS’ third European coating facility, joining sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the company’s 10th worldwide. The two-level facility has dedicated rooms for shipping/receiving, cleaning and component preparation, a large production area for coating, offices and a conference room.

“This expansion into mainland Europe is an outgrowth of SCS’ commitment to our customers,” said Terry Bush, president and CEO of SCS, based in Indianapolis, IN. “We take pride in supporting our worldwide customers with regional state-of-the-art coating facilities, which are able to support the high quality services and standards that customers have come to expect from SCS.”

For more information, visit www.scscoatings.com.

   

Tagged categories: Pigments

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Absolute Equipment/Grand Rental Station
Portable Power from Absolute Equipment

•Compressors
•Lighting Systems
•Generators
•Light Compaction
Sales • Rental • Service
Call 1-866-931-6655
Over a century of
providing excellence.


Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Pipeline Utility Aerial crossings coated since 1992. Termarust's (HR CSA) was used to overcoat lead paint and preserve cables, pipes and support towers.


Elcometer, Inc.
Elcometer 106 Pull-Off Adhesion Tester

Portable, easy to operate; Provides numerical value for adhesion; Comes in carrying case - Ideal for site tests; No power supply necessary.


Dampney Co., Inc.
Temperature Indicating Paint/Coating

protective coating that provide a visual warning that a pipe, vessel, reactor, transfer line, and similar equipment is overheating due to failure of refractory linings or the bypassing of hot gasses.


Midsun Specialty Products
Stopaq 30+ Year Coatings

Use Stopaq corrosion prevention coatings on pipelines, field joints, tank chimes, structural steel and more. Learn more at www.midsunsp.com/stopaq


CS Unitec
Work Cleaner and Safer

CS Unitec’s Vibro-Lo low-vibration scalers offer high performance for greater productivity & improved operator comfort. Optional dust shroud. info@csunitec.com


Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With 4,000 distribution points and 3,700+ years of experience, Sherwin-Williams delivers the products, support and expertise you need, right where you need it.


Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.


Hempel (USA) Inc.
HEMPEL PROTECTIVE COATINGS

Efficient systems and high quality products to reduce your maintenance costs. Visit Hempel Protective for more information.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com