It pays to plan ahead

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Demand for specialist coating services is growing

With growing demand for specialist coating services, Marcote is reminding its customers to ensure coating experts are involved in the early stages of the construction process. This safeguards your build timeline and ensures the integrity of your coating application.

The UK is a leader in the semi-conductor market and has a growing demand for its experience and resource, which is leading to the construction of new facilities and the refurbishment of old ones. With global supply chains still under pressure in a post Covid world, staying one step ahead is key.

Surface coating is the perfect example of something that can be left to the last minute during a construction project. Halar is one such product that is highly sought after within the micro-electronics industry and requires specialist knowledge and experience for its application, which takes time.

Halar ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) is a partially fluorinated semi-crystalline polymer. This coating is ideally suited to high purity fluid systems in semiconductor, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, but can also be used on other applications such as vessels, valves, pumps, impellers, storage tanks and ductworks.

Applied in stages, through a process of sandblasting, melting and application at 280oC, layers are built up to the required coating thickness. The process requires specialist knowledge and equipment to guarantee its handling and application is done correctly, in turn ensuring the integrity of the product.

It can take up to eight weeks for some larger projects to be completed due to the application process and the fact it needs to be applied in stages. On top of this, with such a volatile supply chain, it’s really important that coaters have the chance to source adequate coating for such projects, we don’t want to be responsible for any delays in your construction timetable.

In a further development, Marcote has recently invested in a brand-new, larger oven, totalling 9m3. The purchase will enable Marcote to complete larger coating jobs or even high volume, small parts – making the site more efficient and speeding up production.

It is also worth noting that interchanging products, due to time constraints, should not be considered without consultation with a coating specialist. Products like Halar are prevalent in the market for a reason, which is why it pays to plan ahead.

Marcote has over 20 years’ experience in special coating technology and has been working with Halar for 22 years, ensuring it is ideally placed to meet industry needs.

For further information or to schedule a call with one of our experts please contact or phone 01543 419 904.