Product Showcase: Introducing TriCOL® Reclaim

Product Showcase: Introducing TriCOL® Reclaim

January 13, 2021

Innovation has arrived in Decorative Trivalent Plating with the introduction of Columbia Chemical’s TriCOL® Reclaim. The cost difference between hexavalent and trivalent chrome plating has always been a stumbling block for plating shops wanting to …

Chloride and Sulfate-Based Decorative Trivalent Plating

Ask the Expert Webinar: Comparing Operational & Performance Characteristics of Chloride and Sulfate-Based Decorative Trivalent Plating

October 8, 2020

This webinar will report on the extensive field studies outlining the performance, color stability, and corrosion results of chloride and sulfate-based decorative trivalent plating systems. Operational factors such as plating speed and anode cost/efficiency will …

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

August 28, 2020

There are several factors to consider when choosing between sulfate and chloride-based baths for trivalent chromium plating. Mark Schario of Columbia Chemical discusses the differences and what platers should keep in mind when evaluating options. …

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Columbia Chemical Receives General Motors Decorative Plating Color Approvals

July 7, 2020

Columbia Chemical is pleased to announce the color approval of our TriCOL® Trivalent Chromium Plating Process.  Color style approval was granted for TriCOL Décor (white) to meet General Motors Color Master 495Y and TriCOL Blackjack to …

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Ask the Expert: Summary Report on USCAR Field Test for Trivalent Chromium

March 1, 2020

Mark Schario from Columbia Chemical explains USCAR’s multiyear project to determine how various trivalent chromium systems would perform in the real world. This article was originally published in the March 2020 issue of Products Finishing …

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Ask The Expert: Converting to Trivalent Chrome from Hexavalent

September 1, 2018

Although this requires an initial time and cost investment, Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario says the benefits of trivalent over hexavalent quickly and increasingly overcome the drawbacks. Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Mark Schario, Executive Vice President ~ …

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Ask the Expert: Plating with Zinc-Nickel: Benefits and Challenges

November 1, 2020

Explaining the Benefits of Zinc-Nickel and Overview of Alkaline & Acid Zn-Ni Chad Murphy, Technical Account Manager, was recently featured in the Ask the Expert column in Products Finishing magazine. Read his Q & A clinic here where …

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Finisher’s Advantage® Makes a Difference

January 13, 2021

The Finishers Advantage® is our way of describing the partnering approach that we use when we work with our plating shop customers. Columbia Chemical’s Finisher’s Advantage® Program is all about Partnering for Success. It is …

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Columbia Chemical Brings on Technical Account Manager

July 31, 2020

Curt Sotera will focus on providing technical service to Columbia’s customers, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in Ohio and the Northeast U.S. EDITED BY JEDD COLE | Production Editor, Products Finishing Columbia Chemical has hired Curt Sotera …

Columbia Chemical Celebrates 45 Years of Simplifying Surface Finishing®

July 24, 2020

Brunswick, Ohio – Columbia Chemical is pleased to be celebrating 45 years of success dedicated to the company’s core purpose of Simplifying Surface Finishing®. Columbia Chemical was founded in 1975 when two talented chemists, William …