Nasmyth TMF, provider of metal finishing products and services to the aerospace industry, has expanded its Southern California operations from Burbank to include a new facility in Valencia.
The new metal surface treatments facility significantly expands Nasmyth TMF’s “footprint and ability to deliver services to aerospace and defense clients in the USA.” the company said in a statement.
“Opening a new facility in the Santa Clarita Valley is a great opportunity for Nasmyth Group as well as for our customers,” Peter Smith, CEO of Nasmyth Group, said in the statement. “We will be able to deliver finishing services to the very best standards with all the certifications required by our customers.”
The $5.2 million processing line will be installed over the next six months; a full non-destructive test department and laboratory will complete the surface-finishing operations.
The facility will be able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing Type II sulfuric anodizing, Type III hard anodizing, passivation and chemical film conversion. The company’s products are used in commercial, private and military aircraft. Other customers are in the marine, medical, instrumentation and specialized automotive markets.
The new facility, covering 18,000 square feet, will expand and complement Nasmyth Group’s existing metal treatment facility in Burbank, 25 miles away. Nasmyth Group’s U.S. headquarters will also relocate to this new facility to support the company’s North American operations.
The new production line is certified by Nadcap, the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program. Nadcap is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment of ‘special processes’ that brings together technical experts from prime contractors, suppliers and representatives from government. Nadcap approval is granted based upon industry consensus.
Nasmyth said it will be the only company providing these services in the Santa Clarita Valley, which it called “a fast-growing hub for advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defense and home to the Aerospace and Defense Coalition, comprising 80 SCV companies.”
California has an established cluster of global aerospace and defense companies requiring world class finishing treatments, which the company described as “a time critical process which must be applied to a component within a defined period after manufacture.”
Due to its location and 24/7 operations, Nasmyth Group will be able to deliver essential processes, such as boric sulfuric anodizing for Boeing and tartaric sulfuric anodizing, primarily for Airbus, to demanding production schedules.
Anodizing, an electrolytic process, increases a part’s resistance to corrosion and wear, and provides better adhesion for paint primers and glues than bare metal does.
Founded in 1955, Nasmyth TMF is one of 13 units of the Nasmyth Group, based in Coventry, England, set up in four divisions: Systems and Defense, Metallics, Technologies and Metal Treatments.
The group was formed in 2003 with Nasmyth’s acquisitions of Bulwell Precision Engineers Ltd. and Metal Process Services Ltd. The group, which acquired Nasmyth TMF in 2014, has more than 800 employees and revenues of more than $120 million, with operations in the United Kingdom, United States, and India.