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Tiruna America & Stork Cellramic announce Partnership on Advanced Tungsten Coating Program

The Milwaukee high-tech coatings company and the Green Bay manufacturing and service business committed to a 5-year contract for the high-quality corrugating rolls

Stork Cellramic of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the finalization of a long-term partnership with Tiruna America of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Stork entered into a five-year exclusive agreement with Tiruna to provide tungsten coating services for its corrugating rolls intended for the American market. Tiruna corrugating rolls, which are sold in over 40 countries, are enhanced by a very high-quality tungsten coating process the company developed at their parent company's research facility in Spain. This advanced coating dramatically improves the lifetime of the rolls and is considered the quality leader in the industry.

New processes, new equipment
To meet the requirements of this specialized process, Stork has invested in a new state-of-the-art, robotically-equipped thermal spray booth to apply the coatings and accommodate the rolls, which are typically 150" long and can weigh up to 15,000 lbs. In addition, Stork engineers visited Spain to learn the new process, and visiting engineers from Spain have were part of the installation and implementation process. After setup and qualification, the first sets of high quality tungsten coated corrugated rollers were successfully released at the beginning of 2010.

Wisconsin companies strengthened by agreement
Besides being the market leader in service and resoration of corrugating rolls, Tiruna America is known for a strong focus on technology and after-market support. A family owned business, Tiruna America was formed from a joint venture between Tiruna of Pamplona and Fosber America, Inc. of Green Bay in 2003. Jeff Pallini, President of the eastern Wisconsin company, said of the agreement with Stork, "Until now, Tiruna was utilizing standard tungsten technology from a company on the East Coast. We were very pleased to form a partnership with Stork which offers us a superior product right here in Wisconsin."

Since 1986, Stork Cellramic has been a well-established market leader in thermal spray coatings for printing industries in the Midwest. General Manager Daniel Ruiter was enthusiastic about the announced partnership, saying, "Everyone at Stork Cellramic has enjoyed working with their excellent staff and expanding our skills capabilities with the new thermal spray chamber and the new tungsten processes. We are pleased to be partnering with Tiruna and we look forward to a long and rewarding relationship."

About Stork and Stork Cellramic
Stork Cellramic applies ceramic coating applications for different rollers such as water rollers, ink fountain rollers, pan rollers and anilox rollers for offset, gravure, and flexographic industries. Stork also applies coatings for other industries such as oil and gas, power generation, chemicals, paper, food processing, packaging, converting, plastics and general manufacturing. Stork Cellramic also offers the application of Engineered Coatings for industrial components using plasma, HVOF, and arc-spray processes. For more information, please visit the Stork Cellramic website at www.storkcellramic.com.

Stork Materials Technology is a network of independent, accredited laboratories providing testing solutions to industry throughout the U.S. and Europe. Stork engineers, scientists, failure analysts, and product development and qualification experts support businesses with materials selection and engineering, materials testing, performance testing, failure analysis and consulting, nondestructive testing and inspection, calibration, construction materials testing and engineering, polymer and advanced materials testing, dimensional inspection, surface treatment, product qualification and development, and more. For more information, please visit the Stork Materials Technology website at www.storksmt.com.