G-M Enterprises, a Nitrex company, has received a multimillion-dollar order from a global manufacturer of metal injection molding (MIM) products to supply two large-size horizontal vacuum furnaces. These 2-Bar vacuum sintering furnaces feature a work area of 36” wide x 30” high x 84” long (900 x 762 x 2100 mm), 4400 lb. weight capacity, a maximum operating temperature of 2600°F (1430°C), and uniformity of +/-10°F (+/-5.5°C). Integral to the vacuum system configuration is an efficient multistage debinder trap system designed to thermally extract binder from the parts. Sintering and debinding occur in a single cycle using a robust and unique system design that is optimized to handle the maximum load capacity the furnace is designed for. Consequently, there is never a need to operate below the rated load capacity to achieve the required part quality. The high-temperature sintering process also ensures a high-quality finished part surface in terms of density, porosity, mechanical resistance, and aesthetics.
“This latest order comes from a customer we have had a strong cooperation with, and which will be part of a series of multiple furnaces provided by G-M Enterprises over the past decades. G-M Enterprises was carefully selected because of our ability to meet the customer’s large-scale design requirements and to optimize the furnace performance, our competitive lead time as well as the predictable and repeatable metallurgical results,” said Michel Frison, VP Global Sales, Nitrex and G-M Enterprises.
“I want to thank our loyal customer for their trust as well as Mr. Suresh Jhawar, G-M Enterprises Senior Adviser, and the whole team at G-M Enterprises who were instrumental in securing this order,” added Michel Frison.
The first of the two furnaces will be delivered this year and the second is scheduled for commissioning in March 2021.
At Nitrex, the safety and well-being of our communities,
employees, our customers, suppliers and stakeholders is always our priority. We
recognize the important role we play in providing our Nitrex Heat Treating
Solutions through our three divisions – Nitrex Turnkey Systems, Heat Treating
Services, United Process Controls – including our new colleagues from G-M
Enterprises, during this critical time. We are actively monitoring the
COVID-19/Coronavirus situation and taking steps to help keep our communities
safe. Herein, we share with you the steps we are taking.
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general public, we have taken steps to limit exposure to the virus. Strict
restrictions were put in place on both international and domestic travel,
limiting visitors inside our facilities, cancelling large-scale event
attendance, reducing face-to-face meetings to a minimum, providing
work-from-home solutions, and continue to reinforce safe behavior in every
environment – from our industrial plants, sales offices to our administrative
offices, we are promoting deep-cleaning and routine disinfection.
Similarly, Nitrex has designated a COVID-19 ‘Point Team’, consisting of our top
global leaders, who come together daily to discuss new efforts and best
practices to effectively minimize exposure risk while also maintaining safe
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support whenever needed. We encourage employees who feel ill to stay at home
and we have specific quarantine and communication procedures in place should an
employee be diagnosed with COVID-19 or is asked to self-isolate by public
health authority. Moreover, Nitrex provides comprehensive benefit packages to support
employees during this period.
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to continue working and supporting our customers during this period of
uncertainty. While we are encountering a variety of challenges with travel
restrictions and social distancing, our engineers and sales people are readily
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continue to facilitate customers with spare part orders and product maintenance
The role Nitrex plays in the industry, in our customers’
supply chain and in our employees’ families are very important in times like
these. We are managing this situation with the same strength, attention to
details and diligence we put in our products and services every day.
As always, thank you for working with Nitrex and your continued
trust as we manage through this time together.
Montreal, Canada – On January 8, 2020, Nitrex, a Novacap portfolio company and the lead provider of fully integrated heat-treating solutions and technologies globally, acquired G-M Enterprises, a strong player in the vacuum furnaces market, headquartered in Corona, California.
The acquisition is in line with Nitrex’ strategy to further expand its integrated heat treatment solutions offer to customers while strengthening its products portfolio. For the past 30 years, G-M Enterprises has earned the reputation as a leading technological supplier of vacuum furnaces solving challenges for customers in the aerospace, power generation, energy, MIM sintering, and commercial heat-treating industries. The acquisition represents a great fit with Nitrex, as both share the same goal of providing technologies that improve customer workflow and efficiency while maximizing the life span and quality of engineered parts and components.
“This acquisition will allow Nitrex to bolster its turnkey solutions business by bringing a new, innovative and broader mix of heat treatment systems to our customers,” said Jean-Francois Cloutier, Nitrex CEO.
“G-M Enterprises is a strong performer in the vacuum furnaces market. The company has an outstanding growth opportunity and under Nitrex, we will build on that potential even further, using our global customer base and service footprint. We also look forward to welcoming the entire G-M Enterprises’ team into the Nitrex family,” continued Jean-Francois Cloutier.
“At G-M Enterprises, we are always looking for new ways to provide customers with the best services and product offerings. Joining forces with Nitrex and becoming part of its family of companies will ensure we keep pace with our customers’ evolving needs and expectations,” says Suresh Jhawar, G-M Enterprises President. “What this means for the future of G-M Enterprises is an opportunity to enhance our products and services, expand our international presence further by leveraging the resources, expertise, and capital of Nitrex. These advancements will deliver more value to our customers for years to come,” added Suresh Jhawar.
Nitrex (www.nitrex.com; www.group-upc.com) is the lead provider of fully integrated heat-treating solutions and technologies globally. The company was founded in 1984 in Montreal, Canada and operates three business units – Nitrex Turnkey System (NTS) a leader of turnkey nitriding and nitrocarburizing systems; Heat Treating Services (HTS) a worldwide network of commercial heat-treating service centers; and UPC, a leading provider of controls upgrade and automation solutions for heat treating and combustion. Nitrex serves its customers globally from 14 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Italy, France, China, Japan and through a global network of representatives and licensees.
Founded in 1981, Novacap is a leading Canadian private equity firm with $3.6 billion of assets under management. Its distinct investment approach, based on deep operational expertise and an active partnership with entrepreneurs, has helped accelerate growth and create long-term value for its numerous portfolio companies. With an experienced management team and substantial financial resources, Novacap is well-positioned to continue building world-class businesses. Backed by leading global institutional investors, Novacap’s deals typically include leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, add-on acquisitions, IPOs, and privatizations. Over the last 38 years, Novacap has invested in more than 90 companies and completed more than 130 add-on acquisitions. The company has offices in Toronto, Ontario and Brossard, Quebec. For more information, please visit www.novacap.ca.