Indianapolis, Ind., February 6, 2009 – ITW Gema and MKB llc (Halo Coatings) announced today that they have reached an agreement on a strategic global partnership to promote a new technology, known as the Halo Process. This unique process utilizes powder coatings that are designed to reflect light; and this major breakthrough in coating materials is expected to impact markets where nighttime safety or reflectivity is important.
Retro-reflectivity is the return of light to your eye along the same path as the light source - the functional principle in all nighttime safety tape used on products such as street signs, truck delineation, or bicycle reflectors. With the Halo Process, retro-reflective powder coatings can now offer tremendous benefits in place of tape application and “light up at night” for improved safety.
Aaron Bates, Chief Executive Officer, MKB states – “Aside from being a pioneer in the powder coating industry, we are glad to partner with ITW Gema so that our customers take advantage of the expertise and support they need to use the Halo Coating Process.”
“Halo Coatings has developed a truly innovative material technology that opens markets to the improved benefits of powder coating, while enhancing the end use product appearance. We are excited to be an integral part of the solution for this application with Halo Coating’s products,” says Chris Merritt, General Manager of ITW Gema, North America.
This new partnership allows ITW Gema, the world’s leading supplier of powder coating application and recovery equipment and Halo Coatings, the leading developer of retro-reflective powder coatings, to join together and provide a manufacturing solution for producing products with a retro-reflective surface on nearly any substrate, and in three dimensional configurations and shapes. Guardrails that become life saving rays of light at night; bicycles that can be fully seen in the dark from over 1,000 feet away and hi-viz shopping carts are just a few of the new products that are now made possible with the ITW Gema/Halo Coatings partnership.
MKB is a privately held, Ohio based, Sales and Technology Company offering products and services for any highway, industrial, transportation and consumer markets. Visit www.halocoatings.com or call (216) 916-7788.
ITW Gema, a business unit of the Illinois Tool Works Corporation, with North American Headquarters located Indianapolis, Indiana, provides application and recovery solutions for the powder coating market. For more information, contact Karen Walters by telephone at (317) 298-5072, by email at email@example.com, or visit us on the web at www.gemapowdercoating.us.