Hardide adds US manufacturing facility

Surface coating specialist Hardide Coatings is investing £4.5million in a US manufacturing plant to support customers in the oil and gas, aerospace, flow control and advanced engineering markets. The investment follows a recent increase in the capacity of Hardide's UK facility in Bicester.

The new facility, in Martinsville, Virginia, is near to more than 230 aerospace companies, as well as the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and two Rolls-Royce facilities. It will house new and bespoke chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coating reactors, as well as pre treatment, inspection, quality assurance and finishing equipment.

Philip Kirkham, Hardide's CEO, said: "Demand from customers in North America is developing well and a local production facility will significantly boost the business available to us. It will provide a strong platform for developing further business as well as the diversification of our customer base."

Hardide's nanostructured coatings are said to be abrasion, erosion, corrosion and chemical resistant, while also being tough, ductile and impact resistant. Applicable to internal surfaces and complex shapes, the coatings improve component life and deliver cost savings to customers through reduced downtime and increased operational efficiency.

Graham Pitcher

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