High-tech coating centers were recently opened in California and in Cleveland, Tennessee.
After setting up similar subsidiaries in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois, as well as in Canada and Mexico, the coating specialist is now positioning itself in the deep southeast and southwest of the United States. Cleveland is strategically located on Interstate 75, where this important highway intersects two other interstates and is the region’s railway hub with lines running to the north, west, and south.
Location, Location, Location
Tennessee-based voestalpine eifeler Coatings will provide PVD coating services to the metalworking industry, plastic injection molding suppliers, and die casting suppliers in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Florida. The rented space is now home to duplex coating lines for coating systems such as CROSAL®-plus, TIGRAL and VARIANTIC. Managing Director Jim Clay explains that this is a customer-centric investment: “This new site allows us to better serve existing customers and penetrate new markets where our PVD coatings help optimize production processes and the performance of individual parts.” A steel store has also been set up in Cleveland. “Because this is a large and important production region. The coating expertise of voestalpine eifeler combined with our warehouse for Uddeholm steels, and processing and sawing capabilities offer customers the best of both worlds,” points out Adam Steorn, Regional Manager Eastern at Uddeholm USA.
At home with friends
In Walnut, east of Los Angeles, California, the nearly 1,000-square-meter coating center is housed in the headquarters of sister company EDRO Engineering, Inc., a manufacturer of molded parts and specialty steels for plastic injection molding. “Many of our customers especially need diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings for their tools and components, but we also target industries that need coatings for metal stamping, die-casting, and cutting tools or simply for aesthetic reasons. The site in Walnut is the only eifeler subsidiary in North America and Mexico that offers DLC coatings,” states Sam Mimo, General Manager at EDRO in California. (cr)