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Our Manufacturing Processes

As a forward-looking company, we employ the best manufacturing process possible for all of our products.

We consider the shape, material and finish of the design we want to create, then evaluate the best approach with our supply chain partners, mindful of the environmental impact each has.



Finishing Processes

 

You might be interested to know how we achieve our range of different finishes? Sometimes the colour of the base metal isn't even reflected in the end product.

What is powder coating?

Powder coating

Powder coating is a protective, decorative coating applied to metal surfaces using dry powder. Compared with other coating methods, such as liquid coating, it releases no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and so fewer pollutive emissions.

The process is also less wasteful of material, since excess powder (the stuff that doesn’t apply to the product in question) can be collected and reused for another cycle. The end result is a highly durable, easily maintained quality coating.

Our Matte Black ARMSTRONG Kitchen Tap is an example of a powder coated product.

What is anodising?

Anodising

Anodising is an electrochemical process that converts the surface of a metal (usually aluminium or titanium) into a rich, decorative metallic finish. The natural oxide layer of the metal is thickened, making it highly durable and less subject to corrosion, so easy to maintain and clean. As the finish is integral to the metal, it will not peel or flake.

Many of our new aluminium products are anodised, often to create a black finish. Check out our PLANE T-Bar Handle, for example.

What is electroplating? 

Electroplating

Electroplating is a process that uses an electric current to produce a metal coating on solid objects. As well as offering hardiness and a corrosion-resistant layer of protection, it also creates a slick, aesthetically pleasing finish. 

Electroplating isn’t the most efficient of processes, involving multiple steps that are both time and cost intensive — as well as producing waste material. Whilst this was once our approach to applying black and silver-toned finishes to our solid brass products, we now try to avoid electroplating when opting for products with a base metal of aluminium or stainless steel.

What is PVD?

PVD

PVD stands for Physical Vapour Deposition, and is sometimes referred to as Thin-film Coating.  It’s a process of depositing thin films (roughly 2-5 microns) of a vaporised material onto a solid object, creating a high performing protective coating. It’s a popular choice for hardware and furniture products, because of its incredibly resistant properties. 

Compared with other coating techniques, PVD is considered environmentally friendly and ecologically safe.

Our Brass PORTMAN Tap and ARMSTRONG Tap are finished with a PVD Coating. You need your kitchen tap to withstand years of action, afterall.

What is wax coating?

Wax coating

Wax coating is as straightforward as it sounds. Metal products are coated in a natural wax to protect them from developing natural patinas in the short term. However, given that the wax is unsealed, oxidation will eventually happen over time with wear.

In its raw form, brass is an example of a metal that naturally oxidises with age. With exposure to the elements (moisture), the metal will naturally age and develop a discolouration, or patina — some love brass for this, but others like to protect it and keep it in its glossy finish. Wax coating is a particularly good solution for brass products used externally. The wax can be removed, the brass repolished and a new coat applied.

What is spray lacquering?

Spray lacquering

Sprayed lacquer is a clear top coating that keeps brass looking shiny and stable in its finish. It seals the raw brass from air and moisture, preventing oxidation and natural patinas occuring. Whilst not permanent, the lacquer coating is resistant to light wear and reduces the need for polishing brass.

The majority of our brass hardware is finished in a clear lacquer glaze, to keep maintenance light and easy for you. Should you need to clean your brass hardware purchased from us, we suggest using warm soapy water and a non-abrasive cloth or gentle brush.

Continual Improvement

We're committed to continual evaluation of our production processes and ask that our supply chain partners are too. To read more about our responsibility goals, check out the below.

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