Companies in this industry engage mainly in one or more of the following metal treating activities: heat treating; hot dip galvanizing; enameling, lacquering, and varnishing; power coating and electroplating; and etching. Major companies include AZZ, Precoat Metals (a division of Sequa), Pro-Tec, and the coatings division of Valmont Industries (all based in the US), along with Bodycote (UK), and the heat treating division of DOWA Holdings (Japan).
Demand depends on the level of manufacturing production and construction activity. The profitability of individual companies is linked to manufacturing process efficiencies. Most companies are small and compete by focusing on a specialty customer niche within a local or regional area. The US industry is fragmented: the largest 50 companies generate about 45% of revenue.
Products, Operations & Technology
Major services are metal surface finishing treatments that include engraving, galvanizing, and coating; electroplating, plating, anodizing, and coloring; and heat treating.