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Cristal Global Plant Folds; SCS Facility Opens

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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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.

   

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