Aalberts Further Expands Surface Treatment Network in North America

In Europe Aalberts Industries based in the Netherlands is probably the second largest commercial heat treater based upon their Hauck Heat Treatment division (details at https://themonty.com/largest-european-commercial-heat-treaters-february-2019/) While the Aalberts and Hauck names are not well known in North America the company has quietly expanded their presence over the years and now has several heat treat and surface coating facilities including Accurate Brazing in NH and SC. While this acquisition is more surface treatment than heat treating it shows that the company continues to look for investment opportunities in the heat treatment and surface treatment market in North America.

“Aalberts N.V. has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Precision Plating Company, Inc (PPC) based in Chicago, USA, generating an annual revenue of approximately USD 36 million with 150 FTE. Founded in 1904, PPC is active in the field of reel-to-reel plating and barrel & rack plating processes with a strong focus on R&D, customised engineering and innovation. The company develops and builds its own machinery to continuously improve the efficiency of the plating processes. The customers of PPC are active in general industries, aerospace and automotive end markets. PPC’s reel-to-reel surface treatment technology is similar to the technology of PEM in France, acquired in 2018. They will work closely together to exchange technology, processes and machine know-how, to further improve their performance and to service global key accounts in Europe and North America. The existing experienced management team of PPC, Gary Belmonti and Robert Zitella, will drive the expansion plan to grow the business in the coming years, utilising the footprint, investment power and knowledge of Aalberts.”