Chemfil Canada (Windsor, ON) has shifted the focus of its operations, as its pretreatment and total chemical management (TCM) businesses have now been sold to PPG. PPG was a 50 percent partner in Chemfil, but preferred not to purchase the parts of the Canadian firm’s business that were unrelated to its core businesses. “Acquiring the pretreatment business of Chemfil Canada will enable PPG to further strengthen its pretreatment offering and services in this area for global automotive OEM and industrial customers,” said Cindy Niekamp, PPG senior vice president, automotive coatings. “PPG looks forward to enhancing supply capabilities for Chemfil customers and providing them with access to PPG’s full portfolio of coatings products.” The Chemfil name will continue to be used, under an agreement with PPG, though the Windsor plant is now owned by a corporate entity called Dinachem. This is an affiliate of Madinal Enterprises, which owned the other 50 percent of Chemfil previously. “We are very pleased to preserve Canadian jobs and the ability to make formulated chemicals in Canada to serve Canadian manufacturers,” says Dinachem president Brian Patton. Under the Chemfil name, it will continue to supply industrial chemicals and other products, including metal forming lubricants and coolants, wire drawing, water and waste water treatment, laboratory chemicals, general cleaning products, biological products, paint strippers, textiles/custom robot covers, toll manufacturing and packaging, wholesale janitorial and sanitation products. “With the exchange rate, many Canadian manufactures are experiencing price increases from US chemical suppliers,” says Andrew Conway, vice-president of Dinachem/Chemfil. “Being able to continue to provide made in Canada/priced in Canada technology is a boost for Canadian manufacturers.” Chemfil’s plant is a 60,000 sq ft, TS/ISO certified chemical formulation and packaging facility, with 40 employees.