Filling a niche in chemical coatings marketplace

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 1 August 2000




(2000), "Filling a niche in chemical coatings marketplace", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 47 No. 4.



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Filling a niche in chemical coatings marketplace

Keywords Chicago Steel, Chemcoaters, Coatings, Stainless steel, Aluminium

To anticipate and meet the needs of today's industry, the management of Gary, Indiana-based Chicago Steel announce the formation of Chemcoaters, LLC (+1 219 944 4440) - a new company that will offer alkaline cleaning, scotch-briting, center-splitting, side-trimming, strand extensioning, and waterborne chemical coating all via a single, freestanding line.

Ordered from Milwaukee-based GenCoat Corporation (formerly GFG), this new, state-of-the-art coil processing line has the capacity to process 72,000lb. coils of hot-rolled pickled and oiled, cold-rolled, galvanized, stainless steel, and aluminium in widths up to 72in.

"An aspect of this particular line is the fact that the value-added processes are in line with the vertical chemical coating and drying section", stated Chemcoaters president Bruce K. Mannakee. "This is, I believe, the only line of its kind that will be available to customers by early next year."

The chemical coating section is designed to apply each of the new waterborne, environmentally-friendly coil treatments currently in use at speeds of up to 600 feet-per-minute.

These coatings include: dry film lubricants; anti-fingerprint acrylics; dried-in-place zinc phosphates; no-rinse organic coatings; and others. Two-side vertical inspection stations both before and after the coating process help ensure quality for products with critical surface requirements. In applications where chemical coating is not specified, the line is capable of a maximum operating speed of 1,000 feet-per-minute.

Chemcoaters will install the multi-purpose line in a new 80,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its Chicago Steel plant at 700 Chase Street, Gary, Indiana.

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