in Vol. 11 - November Issue - Year 2010
New Wire Industry Agency Expands Vapormatt’s Horizons In China
Pictured above at Vapormatt Ltd
Vapormatt Ltd, Taunton, Somerset, UK, the world’s leading specialist in wet blast cleaning and surface treatment technology, has teamed-up with Shanghai-based trading company, LONGYEAR, to develop Vapormatt’s sales, marketing and technical support activities specifically in the vigorous wire manufacturing and associated production sectors in the Peoples’ Republic of China. LONGYEAR will act as the exclusive agent for the latest UK-designed-and-made Vapormatt wet blast wire cleaning and processing systems in China – providing local sales support and in-depth market and technical expertise. LONGYEAR joins a number of existing Vapormatt agents and distributors operating in other areas of manufacturing in China.
Vapormatt wet blasting (often referred to as "Vapormatting") is a proven solvent- and dust-free simultaneous degreasing and cleaning process, which employs a cleaning solution or "slurry" comprising a specially formulated mix of water, detergent and abrasive media. This is projected at a product or component through special blast nozzles. Wet blasting is highly controllable and can be tailored to suit a wide variety of components and materials.
The process is particularly effective for cleaning and preparing the surface profile of drawn wire products made from steel, brass, bronze, aluminium and other metals, prior to the application of subsequent functional coatings or insulating coverings. It can also be used for the surface preparation of fibre optic cables and wire manufactured from plastics.
The process does not impinge on or damage the surface of a material or substrate, and produces a higher quality, much smoother finish than alternative methods. As no dust is produced there is no detrimental effect on the working environment. Added to this, no solvents or other potentially hazardous "pickling" or other chemicals are used by the process, so it is not subject to strict solvent emission, VOC or dust emission regulations and there is no risk to operators. The use of the wet blast process also eliminates any potential danger from static electricity – often a problem with dry blasting. The latest Vapormatt wet blast machines are fully automated and programmable, and provide degreasing, cleaning, rinsing and drying in a single, in-line enclosed unit.
Commenting on the new agency agreement, Vapormatt’s Sales Director, Mick Teague, said: "We are very excited about the prospect of increasing the sales of our latest wire processing technology in China – where we already have a number of wet blast machines in operation – and look forward to developing a close working relationship with LONGYEAR. As well as providing a high level of productivity and quality, our wet blast systems are particularly environmentally friendly, which we know is a very important factor in Chinese manufacturing industry today."
Vapormatt manufactures a wide range of wet blast surface preparation systems, extending from manual cabinets suitable for small workshops, to large dedicated automated machines for special surface treatment applications in the aerospace and automotive manufacturing sectors.