New PVD finishes helping thermoset molder Mar-bal add employees and orders


Fifteen new players are expected to join the team at thermoset plastics compounder and molder Mar-Bal Inc., as the company seems to have hit a home run with its investment in new technology for adding a PVD finish to products made with thermoset plastics.

The company, based in Chagrin Falls, OH, has branded the plasma vapor deposition (PVD) technology Thermital and will use it to give its parts much improved surface finishes compared to those normal for such materials. "With its aesthetic, designer finishing options, Thermital really looks and feels like metal but it allows for geometric design freedoms where metals can be limiting," explained Ron Poff, new business development manager for Mar-Bal. "The heat resistance, corrosion resistance, and lighter part weight of composites are all technical advantages as compared to metal. The entire process also provides for a lower-cost option and quicker path to market than die cast metals."
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