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Metal Improvement Company
Curtiss-Wright
European Corporate Office
Hambridge Lane
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 5TU

Tel: 01635 279621
Key Contacts:
  • Mr Ben Hayes - Regional Sales Manager UK and Ireland
Today 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM (Open)

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Registration Number: FC006968
VAT Number: GB 126 7764 47
Established: n/a
No of Employees: n/a
Annual Turnover: n/a
Parent Company:Curtiss-Wright
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Company Type:
  • Service Providers
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UK Branches:Newbury, Derby, Sunderland, Evesham, Chester, Litchurch, Earby, Galway Ireland, Glasgow, Alfreton
ISO Compliance:MIC division approvals, where appropriate, include: FAA, AS9100 Rev C, NADCAP, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 9001:2008 plus other specific OEM, company and industry approvals as required.

Opening Times

Monday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Products

Metal Improvement Company (MIC), a business unit of Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies, offers high quality and cost effective surface treatments which enhance the performance and extend the life of critical components, preventing premature failure and reducing maintenance costs.

Our services include controlled shot peening, peen forming, laser peening, C.A.S.E superfinishing, engineered coatings, including thermal spray, diffusion, Parylene, dry film lubricants and anti-corrosion coatings, also Peenflex protective mouldings and Peentex architectural finishing and texturing.

MIC has a network of over 70 dedicated international facilities, meaning customers have access to our services almost anywhere in the world. Most of our services can also be completed on-site, so you can call upon our experience and expertise wherever and whenever you require.

Approvals include: FAA, AS9100 Rev C, NADCAP, ISO 13485, and ISO 9001:2000.

We are a trusted supplier for aerospace, architectural, automotive, medical, chemical processing, general engineering, power generation, and oil, gas and petrochemical.

We maintain quality process controls of the very highest standard to ensure that our services meet the latest industry specifications.

Our engineers understand the challenges faced by many industries, so whatever your requirement, MIC has it covered! Give us a call today to discuss your requirements.

The Welding Industry

The welding industry produces a wide range of products, many of which are vital components of large, important structures. Our treatments can be utilised to guarantee that these welded components offer a safe, effective and long lifespan. Just some of applications our services can be utilised for include MEA tanks, wood pulp digesters, steam generator tubes, ammonia spheres and offshore structures, as well as many more. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact us directly by phone or email.

Controlled Shot Peening

Residual tensile stress induced during the manufacturing process can often result in component failure when the material is placed under severe working conditions. Typical examples of premature failure include corrosion fatigue, metal fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, intergranular corrosion, galling, fretting, spalling and general wear. Controlled shot peening is an effective, practical method of inducing surface residual compressive stresses which improves performance and extends the life of critical components in a wide range of applications.

Peen Forming

MIC also undertakes peen forming, a process that induces beneficial compressive stresses in order to create curvature and profile from welded or machined structures. It also corrects distortion from machined and heat treated metals. Peen forming offers numerous advantages, including an improved resistance to stress corrosion cracking and flexural bending fatigue. The process is completed at room temperature, without the need of forming dies. Peen forming is suitable for wing skins, aircraft components, large connecting rods, transmissions, crankshafts, and rocket structures.

Laser Shock Peening (LSP)

This process induces deep residual compressive stresses which enhance the fatigue strength of metallic components. It enables designers to surgically place residual compressive stress into key areas of components in order to prevent crack initiation and growth. For many years, laser peening has been used to improve the fatigue life of aerospace components, including turbine engines and aircraft structures. It is also now used to peen form wing skins for intercontinental aircraft, and has been used in automotive applications, power generation, nuclear waste disposal, medical implants and petroleum drilling. If you would like to find out more about how laser peening works, simply follow the link to the MIC website.

C.A.S.E Isotropic Finishing

This process is used for metals which require exceptional bending and contact fatigue strength, as well as enhanced surface properties for resisting heavy loads. C.A.S.E Isotropic finishing is undertaken after controlled shot peening is completed, thereby further enhancing the fatigue life of the component's surface. The process is ideal for surfaces which require mirror like finishes, finishes suitable for microbiological cleansing and sterilisation, increased lubrication retention, reduced lubricant temperature, and reduced contact fatigue. Isotropic finishing is often used on transmission and valve train gears in aerospace, automotive and earth moving applications. Surfaces that have been subjected to this process have been shown to be five times more resistant to pitting.

Engineered Coatings

E/M Coating Services (a division of MIC) are specialists in solid film lubricants and zinc rich coatings. We offer a range of coatings that protect materials from corrosion, improve wear life and performance, and reduce maintenance costs. Lubricants and coatings include: dry film lubricants (MoS2, PTFE, Graphite and WS2), zinc rich coatings for corrosion protection, impingement coatings, non-stick/release coatings for low coefficients of friction, dampening materials for rubbers and plastics to reduce noise and squeaking, coatings for EMI/RFI shielding to control electromagnetic interference, and much more. Our engineered coatings are used to enhance the performance of a variety of components, including pumps, valves, gears, bearings, gaskets, seals, bolts, locknuts, washers, and magnets.

Protective Mouldings – Peenflex

Peenflex mouldings protect component parts from damage and abrasion typically inflicted during the various stages of processing, moving, lifting, storage and despatch. Our damage review teams assess component requirements to produce mouldings that meet your needs, helping you to reduce the costs induced by damage and delays. They offer exceptional levels of wear resistance and can be recycled throughout the handling stages.

Architectural Finishing – Peentex

MIC uses controlled shot peening to create a decorative textured finish that we call Peentex. It is used to improve the practicality and aesthetic appearance of surfaces in architectural applications. This process can be undertaken on a range of materials, including metal, glass, wood, and acrylic sheeting. We have been providing creative Peentex finishes to the construction and architectural design industries for over 60 years! The Peentex finish offers numerous benefits, including an enhanced damage and corrosion resistance, improved scratch prevention, resistance to graffiti and stickers, and an easy to clean surface. It has been used on street furniture, hand rails, metal and glass decoration, sculptures and monuments, countertops, reception desks and more!

On-site Processing Service

Wherever and whenever you need us, we'll be there to offer the same great material enhancing services on-site. Whether it's at your premises or in the field, our crews can be mobilized at short notice, anywhere in the world. This on-site service is ideal for treating equipment or plant that cannot be easily moved: for example, steam turbines, bridges, storage vessels, street furniture, mining facilities, and food processing equipment. If you would like any further information on our services and the types of applications they can be used for, please don't hesitate to give MIC a call!

Thermal Spray Coatings

Thermal spray coating offers a number of benefits whether you are coating newly engineered parts or repairing components that have deteriorated due to high temperatures and corrosion. Our thermal spray coatings are highly durable and can extend and enhance the life of your components. The technology used allows us to offer a choice of coatings including metal, ceramics, alloys and carbides to name a few. We can control the thickness of the coatings and our robotics can coat complex and multifaceted parts. We provide our thermal spray coating service to a number of industries including automotive, aerospace, power generations and oil and gas.

ProCoat 100

Our Procoat 100 coating is one of our toughest coatings on offer. Procoat 100 is a water based and air cured coating that can be applied by either spraying or dipping to leave a chemically bonded surface that provides the ultimate protection against water penetration and corrosion. Unlike the many other coatings available the Procoat 100 cannot be penetrated by moisture and this ensures that salt and chemical loaded moisture will not be able to damage metal parts that are protected by Procoat 100. This coating is one of the most advanced available when it comes to protecting metals and is a cost effective solution compared to other coating materials.

Vapour Degreasing

Our company can now offer a comprehensive vapour degreasing service including the degreasing of intricate parts through to items weighing one tonne. We use state of the art, computer controlled technology to carry out this service and can provide effective cleaning including oils, heavy greases and waxes. Our vapour degreasing process eliminates the need for high pressure spraying, resulting in a deeper degreasing process that can cover the most complex and important areas. The vapour degreasing service offered by our company vapourises any moisture resulting in a dry surface finish that will help to decrease the risk of corrosion.

Company Accreditations

Metal Improvement Company has a long standing, excellent reputation as a provider of high quality surface treatments that protect and extend the life of your metal equipment. We strive to not only meet but exceed our customer’s demands and we adhere to the most stringent working codes and practices. Our company has a wide range of approvals from a diverse number of industries from aerospace through to medical devices. Our accreditation and approvals have been given due to the high quality of our products, our professional working practices and our continued commitment to exceeding our customer’s expectations. A list of our approvals can be found by visiting our website accreditations page.

Why Use Metal Improvement Company?

Our company has a proven track record when it comes to the high quality of products offered and the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We believe that our experienced engineers are a vital component towards providing the ultimate solutions to meet our customer’s demands. We are an internationally recognised and accredited name in the field of protective surface treatments with over 70 international departments around the world and in the UK. Our professionals work with our clients to provide the best treatments to meet their requirements and our field crew are available on demand to provide assistance around the world.

Aerospace Surface Treatments

The aerospace industry is one of the most demanding sectors when it comes to high performance materials that are able to withstand pressure from extreme environmental conditions. Our company has been providing the aerospace industry with a diverse range of protective surface treatments for over 60 years. The aerospace industry recognises that our products will help to prevent stress and the general corrosion of their equipment as well as improving damage tolerance and fighting metal fatigue. This demanding industry trusts our company’s experience and capabilities to provide products of the highest quality that will enhance, extend and protect their critical components.

Serving the Automotive Industry

At the Metal Improvement Company we understand the importance of providing high quality, protective surface treatments that are cost effective and have high performance capabilities. These issues are critical in the automotive industry and especially so when it comes to competitive racing. The final condition of components used in competitive racing must be able to withstand very high loads as well as high levels of surface stress. Our protective surface treatments help to increase automotive endurance limits by up to 20% as well as extending component life span by up to 30%. Our surface treatments help to increase automotive performance characteristics and will protect from damage and cyclic loads.

The Medical Industry

The Metal Improvement Company has over 40 years of experience in providing the medical industry with surface treatments of the highest quality. Our precision treatments can extend and enhance the lifespan of medical devices, tools and equipment as well as increasing performance and avoiding issues such as fatigue and stress corrosion cracking. We understand the importance of the high performance levels needed for critical components in the medical industry and can offer bespoke solutions to meet these demanding requirements. We use controlled shot and laser peening processes to provide the ultimate protection across our entire range of medical equipment treatments.

The Power Generation Industry

The power generation industry can be one of the most demanding sectors and they rely on our experience when it comes providing the best treatment solutions to meet their high performance requirements. We are world market leaders in the manufacture and supply of protective surface treatments that will enhance and extend the life performance of critical equipment for the power generation industry including nuclear power generation. Our treatments can help metallic and non-metallic materials withstand extreme weather conditions and we provide specialist assistance in the form of on-site maintenance and repairs at short notice as needed.

Critical Protection from Material Failures

Our entire range of surface treatments undergo a process of stringent and vigorous testing both in the laboratory and in the field. This testing is undertaken to ensure that our products can withstand the extreme conditions and pressures that they will encounter within a number of industry uses. The protection capabilities of our surface treatments are second to none and can help to decrease material failures caused by fatigue, stress corrosion cracking and fretting. Our products can also help to protect against wear, intergranular and common corrosion as well as galling caused by the adhesion of opposing surfaces.

Parylene Coatings

Parylene coatings can offer a wide range of benefits across many different industries. Providing a comprehensive, ultra-thin coating, Parylene moulds to any shape however complex. There are many benefits to utilising this form of coating, some of which include elasticity, lubrication, dielectric strength and hydrophobic properties. It is also worth noting that Parylene coatings do not fall victim to the edge effects found within many other types of coatings. If you would like any more information, please visit the website. 

Peenflex Protective Mouldings

Our range of protective Peenflex mouldings have been designed to provide a solution to common problem of component handling damage. Being both damage and abrasion resistant, our Peenflex mouldings offer a cost effective alternative to the standard mouldings which are often lost due to damage. It is also worth noting that all of the products within this range are thoroughly tested before we offer them to our customers. If you would like any more information, please visit the website or you can contact us directly. 

Peentex Architectural Finishing

We can provide Peentex architectural finishing which can offer both practical and visual benefits. The Peentex is applied to the surface of the installation utilising a control shot peening process. Once applied, the Peentex coating will not only add texture and a decorative finish but can also improve damage resistance, corrosion resistance and can generally prolong the lifespan of the installation. For a full product specification including information on all the relevant benefits and applications, don't hesitate to visit the website. 

 

Surface Measurement Capability

Our surface measurement capability service can provide manufacturers with an insight into the critical features of their components, whether it's overall design, lifespan or resistance to damage. This knowledge is vital as it allows manufacturers to produce components which not only meet the demands of modern applications but surpass them. If you would like further information about this service, including comprehensive details into the specific tests we carry out, feel free to visit the website. 

The Chemical Processing Industry

Due to nature of its work, the chemical processing industry can face many specific problems, one of which being corrosion. The corrosion of metallic structures which are used within the industry can cost time, effort, money and can also cause potentially unsafe scenarios. We have the experience and the expertise to enhance these metallic structures and therefore prolong their lifespan. There are many benefits to this service, all of which can be found online. If you have any specific queries, feel free to contact us directly.

The General Engineering Industry

We can provide a comprehensive and completely tailored range of services for the general engineering industry which include shot peening, shot peen forming, laser peening and engineered coatings. All of these services have been designed to enhance existing components and improve strength, damage resistance and therefore performance. With these treatments in place, components are guaranteed to last much longer and will therefore not need replacing as often, saving you time and money. 

The Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Industry

The oil, gas and petrochemical industry is a fast paced envrionment which can suffer when components fail. We can provide a range of services all of which can help to avoid component failure. Just some of the problems we can you with include, metal fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue, galling and wear, as well as many others. If you would like further information please visit the website where you will find a comprehensive guide on everyything we have to offer. 

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