MDF reports strong growth — thanks to ‘trike’

Posted on 15 Nov 2017 and read 333 times
MDF reports strong growth — thanks to ‘trike’Stourbridge-based metal-finishing specialist Midland Deburr & Finish (MDF) is enjoying strong growth after receiving clearance to continue using trichlorethylene (‘trike’) — a highly effective industrial solvent metal degreaser that is covered by the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) guidelines .

The REACH process set a sunset date of April 2016 for the use of trike, but a seven-year review period has been agreed, on strict conditions (

The trike degreasing process at MDF is conducted in hermetically sealed machines, which feature spray and immersion, as well as vapour degreasing.

The top-loading machines enable large (up to 1,500mm long), heavy and complexcomponents to be processed, as well as parts down to 1mm in diameter.

MDF cleans a wide range of automotive components, plus general engineered ferrous and non-ferrous components, including presswork, machined parts and bearings.

Managing director Chris Arrowsmith said: “The new legislation forced many companies to scrap their old ‘open-top’ solvent degreasers, but not everyone has invested in the new sealed equipment.

"We wanted to continue offering our customers the best service and decided to invest in up-to-date technology to ensure that we are REACH-compliant.

"Our levels of degreasing business have increased dramatically, because we can offer companies the option of sub-contracting work instead of having to invest heavily in their own plant. The degreasing quality is guaranteed.”

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