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Hardide Coatings: New US site ready for production

Friday, 15 January 2016

Hardide Coatings has announced the opening of its new Virginia production facility. 

Jamey Ewing (l) and Barry Farmer (r), Hardide-Coatings. Source: Hardide-Coatings, Inc.

Jamey Ewing (l) and Barry Farmer (r), Hardide-Coatings. Source: Hardide-Coatings, Inc.

In January 2015 the company commenced an investment of up to EUR15.67million in Martinsville to expand its production operations to North America.  The new facility is expected to create up to 29 jobs over the next three years.

Increased demand in North America

This expansion has been driven by increased demand from North American customers, with sales to the US and Canada more than doubling during 2015. The 26,000 square foot facility in Martinsville-Henry County, will service existing and new customers for the company’s patented range of hard wearing tungsten carbide coatings in the oil and gas and flow control markets. In addition, the company also plans to expand in the aerospace and advanced engineering sectors and develop applications for its newly-patented coating for diamonds.

Production will be transferred from UK to Virginia

"Production for North American customers, currently being carried out in the UK, will be gradually transferred to Virginia on a case-by-case and phased basis, taking load and capacity of both sites into consideration,” continued Mr Kirkham. "We have also invested in an ultra-fast broadband cable between the UK and US sites enabling both facilities to operate on the same fast, secure network.”

First two senior employees at the facility

The first two senior employees at the facility, Jamey Ewing, coatings supervisor and Barry Farmer, pre-treatment supervisor, spent 12 weeks during the summer in the UK at the company’s head office and main production site in Bicester, Oxfordshire, being trained on the Hardide coating production processes and techniques. They returned to Virginia in September 2015 to assist with the installation and commissioning of the process, production and quality control equipment.

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