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Partnering for Success: HELPING CUSTOMERS SAY GOODBYE TO HEX BLACK

July 2, 2019

Midwest Plating Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been around since 1946 and, like many businesses in the world of surface finishing, it is proudly family owned and operated. The Wortman family purchased the business …

Tech Feature: Preventing Dark Streaks in Trivalent Chromium

July 1, 2019

Matt Schario from Columbia Chemical explains what is the likely cause of these streaks and patterns, and how to prevent this from happening.   Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Matt Schario, Director of Technical Service ~ …

Columbia Chemical participates in National Surface Finishing Day

March 6, 2019

In celebration of this year’s National Surface Finishing Day on March 6, a group of Columbia Chemical employees were recently given the opportunity to visit Lustrous Metal Coating, Inc. in Canton to see firsthand how …

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ColDip Midnight 1500 Black Zinc Passivate Offers Enhanced Color and Cost Control

March 1, 2019

Three-part system allows for maximum color control and provides a consistent black appearance. TIM PENNINGTON | Contributor , Products Finishing Simplicity is the goal for Columbia Chemical in its release of ColDip Midnight 1500, its newest black …

Research Chemist Explains X-Ray Fluorescence

January 25, 2019

Expert Corner: ESTIMATION OF TRIVALENT PASSIVATE THICKNESS USING X-RAY FLUORESCENCE by Research Chemist Christian Kissig            Columbia Chemical is widely recognized as one of the industry leaders in the development of effective trivalent …

TRICOL Décor Expansion Continues in the Asian Markets

RECOGNIZING OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS: TRICOL™ Décor Expansion Continues in the Asian Markets           As the adoption of Trivalent Chromium Plating usage continues to grow in the Asian markets as a response to REACH …

Tech Feature: Fixing the Cause of Yellowing in Blue Trivalent Passivate

January 1, 2019

When parts look great upon initial make-up, but begin to yellow in appearance after 2-4 weeks, Chad Murphy from Columbia Chemical says it can be a number of factors. Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Chad Murphy, …

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New Black Zinc Passivate Offers Enhanced Color and Cost Control

November 1, 2018

Brunswick, Ohio – Columbia Chemical recently released COLDIP Midnight 1500 its newest black trivalent passivate for zinc plating. The passivate works well over acid chloride zinc (both ammoniated and non-ammoniated systems), cyanide zinc, alkaline cyanide-free zinc and …

Tech Feature: How Trivalent Chrome Compares to Hexavalent

Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario explains how the performance of trivalent chromium compares to hexavalent chromium, and what is needed to make the change to tri-chrome plating. Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating  Mark Schario, Executive Vice President ~ …

Partnering for Success: EXCEEDING PERFORMANCE SPECS, SUSTAINING TOP LEVEL CUSTOMER

October 30, 2018

Wolverine Plating Corporation is a well-known and well-respected plating shop in Roseville, Michigan specializing in Zinc and Zinc Nickel alloy barrel plating services. Since 1956, they have been matching exact plating specifications and creating solutions …

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