Specialist corrosion prevention company, Shropshire Galvanizers is pleased to announce the launch of their new powder coating facility in Oswestry. The company, which is a division of Hereford Galvanizers Limited, has been hot dip galvanizing at its purpose built site in Oswestry since 1995.
The new semi automated powder coating facility will enable Shropshire Galvanizers to offer a more complete and versatile coating service combining the durability of hot dip galvanizing and the aesthetics of powder coating.
The plant represents an investment in excess of £100K and initially 5 new jobs will be created.
Brent Gould, Powder Coating Manager at Shropshire Galvanizers said “Customers have been asking for this kind of combined service for some time. They want us to pick their steelwork up and take it back galvanized and powder coated without them having the hassle of arranging the transport and having to contact different suppliers for the individual coatings”.
The first and most important part of the powder coating process is the preparation of the steelwork. This involves cleaning then etching the surface which helps bond the paint to the steelwork. Once dry the steelwork is transferred to a booth where it is exposed to electrostatically charged paint powder. The charge attracts the powder to the steelwork resulting in a smooth uniform coating. The final part of the process is moving the steelwork into an oven where it is heated to 200oC and cured for approximately 20 minutes.
The new powder coating plant will offer a large variety of colours and textures to suit a wide range of fabrications from structural beams, commercial railings to playground climbing frames and small industrial components up to 4.5 metres long, 2.7 metres deep and 2.2 metres wide.
When combined with a galvanized substrate, powder coating is a very durable coating indeed, resulting in a greatly increased product life and a greatly reduced lifecycle cost.
It is anticipated that the new plant will be fully operational by early April 2011.