Columbia Chemical, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zinc and zinc-alloy plating additives,
has implemented an audit system designating applicators as Columbia Approved Resources (C.A.R.). Applicators’ names will be placed on a list made available to all OEMs and Tier 1s once approval has been achieved.

“Quality standards have become extremely important in recent years," said Tom Alderson, Columbia Chemical's Sales Manager/North America, who spearheaded the program. "The automotive industry has become much more aware of the importance of maintaining a high level of quality within the Tiers. Columbia Chemical has designed an audit that incorporates this level of quality for all OEMs and their standards.”

The C.A.R. audit system was designed to align with the existing high standards and expectations of certifications already required by the major automobile producers, Alderson added.

Jagemann Plating is the first company to complete this stringent quality system and was recently placed on the Columbia Approved Resource list. The Manitowoc, Wis.-based supplier of rack and barrel electroplated zinc and decorative nickel finishes achieved General Motors approval for GMW 3044 code N and X with Columbia Chemical’s COLDIP TRI-V 121 and ZINC-Chro-Shield.

For more information, contact Columbia Chemical Corporation at 1000 Western Drive, Brunswick, OH 44212, 330/225-3200; or at