Chemetall opens new cutting-edge surface treatment facility in USA

The new Chemetall facility in Blackman Township, Michigan, USA is one of the biggest surface treatment facilities around the globe. It produces almost one thousand chemical products for applications in surface treatment, metal fabrication, cleaning and sanitizing and will operate at the highest safety and environmental standards.

On Wednesday October 24th 2012, Chemetall celebrates the inauguration of its state-of-the-art facility in Blackman Township, Michigan, USA. $25 million have been invested in this manufacturing plant, which will cover 200,000 square feet to house administrative, manufacturing, warehousing operations, and a physical testing laboratory. Almost one thousand Chemetall products will be produced at the 40-acre Blackman site for applications in surface treatment, metal fabrication, cleaning and sanitizing.

“The new cutting-edge facility demonstrates our goal to further expand our surface treatment business in the NAFTA region. We are committed to set equally high standards around the globe with regard to superior quality for our customer and to low carbon footprint” says Joris Merckx, President of Chemetall. As a measure of its dedication to environmental sustainability, Chemetall has installed a semi-automated waste treatment system to reduce process waste water by ninety percent. Automation advancements, including bulk material handling systems, mixing vessels, and packaging lines, have been incorporated into Chemetall's Blackman Township facility to increase productivity as well as improve product yield and quality for customers.

"High-tech additions to the new Blackman Township site ensure the efficiency of operations for the manufacture of the finest quality chemistries," stated Dr. Ron Felber, CEO of Chemetall NAFTA. "Customers can be assured of Chemetall's commitment to their satisfaction through our innovations and service from all of our facilities. Our mission is to integrate our decades of experience in close cooperation with our customers, employees, and communities to produce customized solutions that enhance processes as well as the environment."

Chemetall is a globally leading company, fully dedicated to surface treatment. The ISO 9001 certified business offers a wide spectrum of products ranging from metalworking fluids, drawing compounds to cleaners, rust preventatives and surface treatment technologies. Chemetall’s integrated products, chemical management systems, process equipment and technical service programs, deliver efficient and cost effective solutions for industrial manufacturing needs. Expect more with Chemetall.


About Chemetall

Chemetall, a division of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ROC), is a leading global supplier of special chemicals with a focus on processes for the surface treatment of metals and plastics. Chemetall is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and comprises about 40 companies worldwide. With 1,900 employees, the Group achieved sales of about 537 million Euro (2011). More at




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