September 14, 2018
For this latest edition of the ZinKlad® newsletter, we celebrate some of the successes from the last quarter and look forward to what the next few months will bring.
First and foremost, I’d like to welcome our new ZinKlad applicators. You’ve done a tremendous job fulfilling the highly demanding requirements necessary to be part of the global program, and we’re excited to work together in the years to come.
ZinKlad applicator certificates
My 2018 tour to hand out certificates to our approved applicators has begun, with the first plaques presented during the ZinKlad summit in Suzhou, China in May 2018. These visits have been a real success, enabling me to listen directly to the views and needs of our applicators. I look forward to meeting every approved applicator as part of this tour and want to hear your feedback on what’s working well and where you think we could make further enhancements.
In our January edition, I proudly announced that the ZinKlad program – alongside other programs that are part of our Quality Performance Systems (QPS) – had achieved the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001-2015 certification. Since then, we’ve been investing in our training program, upskilling all regional ZinKlad managers on risk-based auditing to ensure our practices comply with ISO 9001-2015 on a local and global level. To better support this approach, we have also improved the database where we globally monitor all ZinKlad audits, inspections and test samplings.
On a practical level, we recognised the importance to separate ZinKlad 1000 B into ZinKlad 1000 B, 1000 B-EXP and 1000 B-HG, to demonstrate their differences, these can be summarized as
- Gloss levels
- The process sequences
- The products used for the sequences
- OEM specifications
The factsheets are now available online at www.zinklad.com, with further information available direct from your regional ZinKlad manager.
In addition, to enable OEMs to see at a glance where the program operates, we have created a world map showing the locations of every ZinKlad approved applicator. Please visit our website to see this global presence and discover how we’re ensuring unrivaled consistency across regions.
Upcoming events and opportunities
Finally, I want to look ahead to what we have planned in the final months of the year – and beyond. On 9 October 2018, we will be hosting our Americas ZinKlad Summit in Chicago, USA. This is not only a perfect opportunity for us to share learnings and celebrate successes from the year so far, but also to plan for new business opportunities. For instance, we’re currently exploring new markets outside of the automotive industry, such as heavy trucks and motorcycles, which would potentially present a high volume, lucrative opportunity for ZinKlad and our applicators.
If you have questions on any of the stories covered in this quarter’s newsletter or simply want to share some ideas, please get in touch with your MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions representative.
Lammert de Boer
Global Director – ZinKlad, DecoKlad & XMAPP