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2024 Top Shop Partners

June 1, 2024

Congratulations to our ‘Top Shop’ Customers! Congratulations to all those recognized as this year’s PF “Top Shops” honorees! Each year, Products Finishing Magazine conducts its in-depth Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, a program designed to aid …

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Ask the Expert: Torque Tension Modifiers

May 1, 2024

Matt Schario of Columbia Chemical discusses the principles of torque tension and why it is a concern for platers who coat fasteners. Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Matt Schario, Director, Technical Service ~ Columbia Chemical Q. …

Columbia Chemical and Alufinish break new ground in the US market

April 10, 2024

Brunswick, Ohio – “Build on Trust” meets “Simplifying Surface Finishing®” – Alufinish and Columbia Chemical have announced that they are combining their sales and service capabilities and resources for the US market. Two powerful and …

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Ask the Expert: How to Choose Between Sulfate and Chloride-Based Trivalent Chromium

March 20, 2024

“When evaluating the differences between chloride vs. sulfate-based trivalent plating baths, you’ll want to consider the operational components of plating speed and anode type and functionality as well as the performance components of color, color …

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Building on Success with Tulsa Metal Finishing

March 18, 2024

Since 1971, a family-run metal finishing business has stood the test of time. The current father-son duo, Mark and Matt Kennedy, are continuing their family’s legacy through Tulsa Metal Finishing Company. Mark Kennedy began his …

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Ask The Expert: Cobalt’s Role In Passivation

November 1, 2023

Learn about cobalt in passivation, why it is being replaced and the alternative technology that is taking its place in this column from Christian Kissig of Columbia Chemical. Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Christian Kissig, Research …

The Cornerstone of Success for Columbia Chemical de Mexico

September 22, 2023

Nearly a decade ago, Columbia Chemical achieved the goal of opening a joint venture operation in Mexico to offer full-service, direct product sales and service to a growing market. With three locations in key areas …

Columbia’s Trivalent Chrome Process granted full approval by Stellantis

Columbia Chemical recently received full performance and appearance approval by Stellantis for its TriCOL® decorative trivalent chrome plating process. Full approval was granted for the current global harmonized standard PS.50065 which covers trivalent chromium to …

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Ask the Expert: Trivalent Chrome Overview

August 1, 2023

Mark Schario of Columbia Chemical discusses a basic history, testing overview, and operational and performance comparison, getting into the differences between chloride and sulfate trivalent chrome. #asktheexpert #regulation #sustainability Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Mark Schario, Chief …

Columbia Chemical Granted Additional Decorative and Functional OEM Approvals

June 5, 2023

Columbia Chemical Corp. has been granted approvals from OEMs for the use of its zinc processes as well as decorative color approvals. To achieve these approvals, the processes were subjected to rigorous internal and external …

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