Pexa opens new premises in Bangalore, India!

Pexa opens new premises in Bangalore, India!

After 3 years of supplying high-tech surface coatings to India’s fast-growing aerospace industry from its UK base, Pexa has now established its own company and premises in India. Pexa Aerospace Materials Pvt Ltd is located in South Bangalore close to India’s main centres of aerospace production. This new facility will be a full player in the local market, receiving goods in bulk and splitting them down for local supply, stocking products to support customer programmes and moving further into value adding activities such as product mixing. In addition it will act as the sales agent for Pexa for sales of products into India for export programmes.

Pexa Aerospace Materials Pvt Ltd is headed up by Jaganathan PK who has been Pexa’s representative in India for the past 3 years. Jagan said “We have already formed partnerships with many of India’s leading aerospace companies. Our technical know-how and product support capabilities are very much appreciated. Our long track record in the UK and Europe means that our customers in India know that we have a great knowledge base of specifications and applications for every aerospace programme. The establishment of our Indian entity will allow us to act as a truly local supplier and provide our services to local programmes. Our supplier partners will also benefit from our footprint in India and we will provide them with the opportunity to market, deliver and technically support their high-tech coatings and surface treatment solutions”.

Pictures from the opening Pooja at the new Pexa premises.


Pexa receive 2018 Manufacturer of the Year award

Pexa receive 2018 Manufacturer of the Year award

Congratulations to all the winners at the Halifax Courier Business Awards presented by TV legend Harry Gration at the awards dinner ceremony last Friday.

Pexa was nominated in 2 categories and we are very proud to have been awarded the title of 2018 Manufacturer of the Year 🏆

The award is for our new coatings production facility at our base in Halifax UK. Probably the newest (and maybe the smallest) paint production unit in the UK. The judges were supportive of our strategy to increase the number of aerospace coatings we blend on behalf of AkzoNobel, the World’s leading paint manufacturer. We are adding a facility to blend Aviox 77702 topcoats to our existing 58 series blending capability. This means we can produce coatings for any aircraft in any colour on a rapid turn round.

We are also increasing the number of coatings we produce under our own Megadex™ brand. In addition to our range of optical coatings we have commenced production of a chrome free washprimer Megadex™ CF2020 and we are actively looking for new high-value coatings technologies that we can produce in our facilities. We are aiming to get up to full capacity within a couple of years.

Thanks to the Halifax Courier for recognising Pexa in this way and for supporting the West Yorkshire business community.


Pexa team enjoying the evening
The winners

Nycote selects Pexa as its European distributor for its high-tech aerospace nylon epoxy coatings

Nycote selects Pexa as its European distributor for its high-tech aerospace nylon epoxy coatings

Nycote has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Pexa, a specialist distributor, for its high-technology surface coatings with the objective of enhancing safety and reducing maintenance costs for major aerospace providers around the globe

Nycote is a global leader in advanced coating technologies that increase asset lifespan, reduce maintenance costs and ensure safety for aircraft manufacturers. Their coatings are approved by major OEM’s such as Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer and are REACH compliant. Nycote is the only provider to combine the strength and flexibility of nylon with the hardness of epoxy, creating a clear, lightweight barrier that prevents corrosion and conductivity. Its one-coat, anti-corrosion products can be applied on an array of surfaces and can also be custom tinted.

This agreement with Pexa, the UK-based distributor of high-tech surface coatings, offers unrivaled expertise in the marketing, delivery and technical support of specialty surface coatings. As a result, Nycote can expand its market coverage and provide European customers with technical support and stock availability. Pexa’s field sales team are trained and qualified in the application of surface coatings providing technical advice and support to customers throughout Europe.

Nycote’s President, Marcie Simpson, said, “My aim is to offer our customers quality products and unrivalled customer service. Thanks to Pexa’s experience in high-performance coatings for the aerospace sector they can offer our customers the level of service and technical support they expect from Nycote. As always, Nycote continues to stand behind its products as this exciting partnership unfolds.”

Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa added, “We have always had great respect for Nycote’s products. We have worked with Nycote in the Aerochemicals Alliance for several years, and when the time was right for Nycote to expand its business in Europe, we already had a great working relationship, which made partnering with Pexa an obvious choice.”

Image left to right: Jim Rowbotham – Pexa MD, Marcie Simpson Nycote President, Pennie Burnham Nycote VP Sales and Market Research

Pexa helps its customers to comply with REACH

Pexa helps its customers to comply with REACH

The EU REACH regulation 1907/2006 aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment by identifying, regulating and authorising the use of potentially harmful chemical substances. With the next milestone date in January 2019 REACH is now starting to have a significant impact on the availability of products containing some of the controlled substances and on how those products can be used.

Pexa, the leading supplier of coatings, surface treatment products and related materials to the aerospace and other high-tech markets, is taking a proactive approach to REACH and has launched a campaign to raise their customers awareness and remind them of their obligations.

Pexa undertakes to safeguard its customers by monitoring and selecting the products it supplies, to ensure that 100% of its product range is REACH compliant. The key aspects to this involve ensuring that substances are registered and that SVHCs (substances of very high concern) are phased out by their sunset date or, if authorised, are delivered from an authorised supply chain and that downstream users are registered with ECHA. The first important group of SVHCs falling into this scope are a number of chromate pigments used as corrosion inhibitors in surface coatings and treatments.

Pexa’s campaign is to aim for the following

  • All products sold by Pexa will contain registered substances or will be imported in quantities below the thresholds required for registration.
  • All products containing non-authorised SVHCs will be phased out in advance of their sunset date and end users will be advised of the phase out with at least 6 months’ notice.
  • Pexa will provide a well-researched package of information to support the use of viable alternatives.
  • All products containing authorised SVHCs will be sourced from authorised supply chains and products from non-authorised supply chains will not be sold beyond their sunset dates. End users will be advised of the sunset dates and their obligations.
  • Pexa will advise customers of the actions required to comply with the requirements of the authorisations and to register as downstream users.

Pexa’s active membership of important industry associations such as the BCF and ADS means that they are very well informed as to the implications of REACH. Pexa ensures its trading partners are the most reputable and professional in their markets, they have unrivalled expertise in managing products containing REACH affected substances and have a positive approach to product stewardship.

Pexa’s customers will benefit from being downstream users of a supplier that takes a proactive approach and safeguards their processes.

New Talent Joins Pexa

New Talent Joins Pexa

To support its growth in international markets and in its own production unit, Pexa has expanded its team with 4 new members.

In our customer services department we are pleased to welcome Robert Balchin who will be taking care of our customers in Spain. His role involves handling our customer’s contracts from technical enquiry right through to product support from our HQ in the UK. Robert graduated with a degree in Spanish and German and has been working in Spain for a few years to develop his know-how of Spain and the Spanish language. Robert said, “I love Spain and my new role with Pexa will give me the chance to support the Spanish Aerospace industry and provide our Spanish customers with a first-class service”.

As part of our commitment to apprenticeships we have created the role of Customer Services Apprentice. This is a training role leading to NVQ level 2 and covers the whole range of administrative tasks needed to support our customers. The UK apprenticeship service hooked us up with local candidate Tom Gray and he has fitted right into our team. Tom said, “I am really enjoying my role at Pexa. I enjoy supporting my colleagues and our customers around the World with admin services. I am particularly keen to master our database of incoming product certificates and test reports so that we can supply a complete data pack to every customer with every order”. Harvey Wright has also joined the team in an apprentice Warehouse Operative role. His duties will involve picking, packing and shipping customer orders as well as handling a wide variety of hazardous classifications.

Our internal production department has grown so that in addition to our busy tint lines for Aerodur and 58 series we have our own speciality coatings lines including Megadex optical lens coatings. This growth meant that we needed a dedicated production supervisor to ensure that we have a safe, efficient process that meets our customer’s tight deadlines. We were lucky enough to secure the services of Chris Swift who worked for 12 years at PPG coatings and arrives with an impressive skill set in paints and coatings production. Chris said, “I’m really pleased to join Pexa at the time they are expanding their paint production facilities. It’s the ideal time to implement excellent procedures for HSE, 5S and lean. I’m looking forward to working with the great existing team at Pexa and doing my bit to help the company succeed in the production of high tech, high value coatings”.

Pexa welcomes Craig Whittaker MP

Pexa welcomes Craig Whittaker MP

On Friday 21st July 2017, Pexa welcomed Craig Whittaker MP to their premises in Holywell Green. Craig was first elected as Calder Valley MP in 2010 and is a well-known supporter of local businesses and the contribution they make to the economy and local communities. He visited Pexa to learn more about the business and the plans for growth over the coming years.

Managing Director of Pexa, Jim Rowbotham, (pictured with Craig) had a short meeting with Craig and took him on a tour of the site, where he was able to talk to most of the Pexa team and hear their thoughts on wide range of issues, which they were more than happy to share.

Craig was interested to learn of Pexa’s international growth achievements and plans for the future. Important aspects of the impacts of Brexit and other business issues were high on the agenda and Craig took on board many of the points which are important to UK businesses. Jim Rowbotham said “We were very pleased that Craig made time to come and see us and was willing to engage with us on the real issues that we face. I was very pleased that our team offered such a friendly welcome and that Craig was so willing to take time to get to know us”.

British Coatings Federation wins Trade Association of the Year 2017

British Coatings Federation wins Trade Association of the Year 2017

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) beat over 300 other trade associations in the UK to be crowned ‘Trade Association of the Year 2017’, the ultimate accolade for Trade Associations in the UK. This award recognises the continued development of the Federation, which is now recognised as best in class amongst trade associations across the UK. The BCF also won ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ for the ‘DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative’, and were highly-commended in the ‘Magazine of the Year’ category, for the coatings industry magazine ‘Covered’.

Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of the Trade Association Forum said “BCF have had another outstanding year, growing from strength to strength addressing their members’ needs, undertaking some great lobbying activity and achieving record levels of growth. Their high level of professionalism and great effectiveness as an organisation has meant that this year, the judges had no difficulty in declaring BCF the very worthy winner of the TA Best Practice Awards Trade Association of the Year for 2017.”

Commenting on the win, CEO Tom Bowtell said: “This award recognises the dedication of the BCF team in proactively supporting our members’ interests. Our small team of 12 has created some outstanding lobbying campaigns, using our internal marketing strengths, and unprecedented technical expertise in the area of regulations affecting the coatings industry. I’m proud to lead such an energetic and focused team of professionals, who always go the extra mile for members, and thrilled to be publicly recognised as amongst the best trade associations in the UK.”

Pexa shortlisted for Export Award at Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards 2017

Pexa shortlisted for Export Award at Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards 2017

Insider’s 5th annual Made in Yorkshire Awards celebrated world-class manufacturing companies based in Yorkshire and the Humber. The awards, which took place on 20 April 2017 at Royal Armouries Hall, were hosted by actor, writer and presenter Alexis Conran and featured a keynote speech from Sheffield Forgemasters chief executive Dr Graham Honeyman.

Pexa were very pleased to be shortlisted for the export award. Companies chosen were deemed prolific exporters of products in terms of international presence, export growth, and exports as a proportion of sales. Although Pexa did not pick up the award, the team had an enjoyable evening as they had the opportunity to meet other manufacturers in the region and gain insight into how they are addressing challenges unique to their industry. Entering these awards was a great opportunity for Pexa to showcase their work to the region in which they are proud to have their exporting success recognised.

For more information about the event and the winners, visit:

Aero India 2017 Pexa and Socomore commit to Indian Market

Aero India 2017 Pexa and Socomore commit to Indian Market

Pexa and Socomore have used the occasion of the Aero India 2017 show to commit to their shared strategy of entering and establishing in the fast growing Indian aerospace industry.

Aero India showcased the best of the global aerospace industry. Pexa and Socomore exhibited there together and met a number of customers and partners. Pexa is the leading distributor of aerospace surface coating and treatment chemicals, they have been present in India with representation in Bangalore since 2015. Socomore is a global leader in the manufacture of aerospace surface treatment products. Its Aeroglaze, Socogel and Socosurf products are approved and used by the major aerospace design authorities.

Pexa is marketing the Socomore range for India’s wide range of aerospace programmes as part of a long standing and successful relationship.

Pictured at Aero India – Frederic Lescure President of Socomore and Jaganathan PK of Pexa India. Jaganathan said “we have a great partnership with Socomore, already we have introduced their game changing Satwipes to replace old fashioned solvent degreasing and we see many opportunities to help our customers in India to improve their surface treatment and coatings processes”.


For further information, please contact:

Pexa: Managing Director Jim Rowbotham on +44 (0)1422 314400 or email
Pexa: Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator Aimee Kay on +44 (0)1422 314400 or email

Pexa win business of the month for November 2016

Pexa win business of the month for November 2016

Each month, the non-profit organisation, Business For Calderdale, teams up with the Halifax Courier and makes an award to a company who the judges feel is flourishing and deserves recognition. Pexa were delighted to receive the Business of the Month award for November 2016 and they will go into a hat with other monthly winners for the chance of picking up the overall winner award at the Halifax Courier Business Awards later in the year.

The event took place on Tuesday 14 February at Croft Myl where some of the team enjoyed a tour of the recently renovated building as well as an opportunity to network with other businesses in the local area. Pexa is very pleased to be recognised in this way and is proud to be a part of the vibrant business sector in Calderdale.

For further information, please contact:

Pexa: Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator Aimee Kay on +44 (0)1422 314400 or email
Pexa: Managing Director Jim Rowbotham on +44 (0)1422 314400 or email

Pexa wins Halifax Business of the Year 2016

Pexa wins Halifax Business of the Year 2016

Pexa, the Halifax based supplier of surface coatings to the aerospace industry has won the coveted “Business of the Year” award in the Halifax Courier Business Awards 2016. This award sponsored by Riley & Co. is for the top business, which will meet the criteria of “being able to demonstrate successful year on year growth in its sector, and having a strong commitment to innovation. The business of the year will have effectively promoted itself on the national and international stage. Will also be a supporter of the community and have a corporate & social responsibility policy”.

Pexa is very pleased and proud to be recognised in this way, 2015/16 has been a significant year for us, moving to new premises and opening new sales offices in France and India has projected us on the international stage and it is very encouraging to be awarded this high-profile honour.

A group from Pexa attended the awards dinner and ceremony and enjoyed a great night celebrating winners in all the award categories and hearing the stories of how they are contributing to a vibrant and successful business sector in the Calderdale area.

Pexa shortlisted for Exporter of the Year at the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards

Pexa shortlisted for Exporter of the Year at the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards

A record number of 260 entries were received for the 2016 Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards and Pexa were very happy to be shortlisted for the Exporter of the Year category. The awards, now in their 11th year, celebrate the outstanding enterprises in the region who bring talent, innovation and new jobs as well as performing exceptionally in their fields.

The process has been an enjoyable one; prior to the awards ceremony, Managing Director Jim Rowbotham attended a networking event where he met other shortlisted candidates. Although Pexa did not pick up the award, the team enjoyed a glittering evening as they heard the inspiring stories of the businesses in Yorkshire. Guest speaker and entrepreneur Katie Bulmer-Cooke also spoke very passionately about the success of her various businesses as well as her appearance on The Apprentice in 2014. The judges selected candidates for Exporter of the Year who have helped to ‘drive the export-led recovery… moved into overseas markets… and acquired a detailed understanding of the nuances of each market’. Having been selected for the final 3 means that Pexa’s success is recognised in an area which is very important to the business operating on an international level.

For more information about the event and the winners, visit:

Pexa through to final stage of BCF Customer Service Award

Pexa through to final stage of BCF Customer Service Award

The British Coatings Federation’s Customer Service Award recognises the growing importance of customer service within the paints and coatings industry. Pexa are very pleased to have their entry shortlisted to the final stage where the winner will be announced at an awards dinner on Thursday 24th November in Knutsford.

“Pexa’s mission is to consistently offer the highest possible levels of reliable service, product value and effective pre/post-sales support to all of our customers, by identifying their genuine needs and expectations and providing the internal focus and infrastructure to meet and exceed those expectations.” With this goal in mind, over the past 6 months Pexa have re-visited their internal systems and processes to close gaps and overcome weaknesses relating to customer experience. Judging day was held on 20th October where Pexa presented an overview of these projects to the BCF panel.

Now in its 7th year, the event will be a great opportunity for Pexa to network with other members in the industry who are showcasing their expertise. Pexa is pleased to be to be recognised for excellence in customer service by making it to the finals and is anticipating a very enjoyable evening at the awards dinner.

Pexa to attend Aeromart India

Pexa to attend Aeromart India

The Indian aerospace industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. On November 8th – 10th 2016, Pexa will attend the Aeromart conference in India along with over 200 other companies from 20 countries. Held in Bangalore and organised by BCI Aerospace, Aeromart is an event at which aerospace manufacturers and suppliers can meet through pre-arranged one-on-one meetings as well as attending workshops led by industry professionals to learn how to handle the challenges and keep up with new developments in the market.

Pexa supplies global brands of aerospace approved surface coatings, paints and treatments, tools and consumables. Pexa’s sales support manager for India, Mr Jaganathan PK, commented: “Pexa extends its partnership to Aerospace & Defence manufacturing companies in India. They can benefit from our close association with surface finishing product manufacturers and our support services for the leading brands that we distribute”. He will be attending the event with Sales Manager Mark Thompson.

Pexa are committed to their customers and business in India and look forward to meeting suppliers, manufacturers and other aerospace industry players.

For more information about the event, visit

Development in Pexa NDT Business

Development in Pexa NDT Business

As well as being the official distributor of surface coatings and treatments to the aerospace, defence and electronic industries, Pexa also supplies products and services to the NDT industry. Pexa is the official distributor for NDT Products from Sherwin Babbco (Socomore NDT) and Sherwin Inc as well as the official distributor for Spectronics who manufacture the Spectroline range of inspection lights. Pexa have decided to expand their NDT team with the appointment of John Haslam who will provide a technical and support service to customers in the UK. John has over 8 years’ experience of hardness and conductivity testing and liquid penetrant inspection as well as 4 years’ experience in magnetic particle inspection. He said ‘I’m really looking forward to developing relationships with customers. NDT is a growing business for Pexa and I’m very pleased to be involved’.

Matt Lowthian, NDT Business Manager commented, ‘I am very pleased that John has joined the Pexa team. He brings with him an excellent working knowledge of the dye penetrant, magnetic particle inspection and ultrasonic fields. His input and enthusiasm with our current and potential customers will be invaluable’.

With the appointment of John, Pexa will be able to provide a more thorough service to NDT customers.


Pexa named a UK National Champion in Europe’s Largest Business Awards

Pexa named a UK National Champion in Europe’s Largest Business Awards

Pexa recognised in Europe’s largest business competition

Pexa Ltd has been named a National Champion for The U.K. in The European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM; Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.

The Awards, now in its 10th year, is supported by business leaders, academics and political representatives from across Europe, and this year engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries.

Pexa has been chosen after the first phase of judging by an independent panel. They were evaluated on the core EBA values of innovation, ethics and success and will now go through to the second stage of the competition, which includes a video and a public vote.

Pexa is a specialist supplier of surface treatments and coatings to the aerospace and other high tech markets. They have made international trade a key element of their strategy and their success in this area has led to recognition in this prestigious awards programme.

Jim Rowbotham, Pexa’s Managing Director said “We’re very proud to be selected to represent The U.K. as a National Champion. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are proud to be recognised at this level.”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to Pexa who have been selected to represent their country as National Champions. They are central to the success of Europe’s strong business community, and have shown the core principles we look for of innovation, ethics and success.”

The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The Awards’ independent judges will award the best of this group the ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status and the selected companies will then go on to the Gala Final in 2017.

Separately, in a two stage public vote, the videos will be hosted on the European Business Awards website, and the company who receives the most votes in their country will become the ‘National Public Champion’. Last year over 227,000 votes were cast as companies were supported globally by their clients, staff and peers, as well as the general public.

Lead sponsor RSM, the sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms worldwide has supported the European Business Awards since its inception. The Awards’ core purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include UK Trade and Investment, ELITE and PR Newswire.
In the 2015/16 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Their combined revenue exceeded €1.2 trillion employing over 2.5 million people.

For further information about the winners, the European Business Awards and RSM please go to or and follow us on twitter at @rsmEBA


For further press information, please contact:
Pexa: Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator Aimee Kay on +44 (0)1422 314400 or email European Business Awards: PR Manager, Vanessa Wood at the European Business Awards on
+44 (0) 796 6666 657 or email

Pexa’s Response to Brexit – Positive About the Future

Pexa’s Response to Brexit – Positive About the Future

Pexa’s business is international and our HQ has always been in the UK. Following the UK referendum on EU membership we make the following commitments.

  • We support democracy and respect its outcomes
  • We will remain vigilant to developments and make sure Pexa fully understands the political and economic situation, making the right decisions based on the facts
  • We will continue to invest in all the  measures required to ensure the continued growth of our business in the EU, UK and around the World
  • We embrace the future, rise to its challenges and have the vision, energy and know-how to excel in the dynamic global economy
  • We will protect the interests of our stakeholders and encourage them to engage with us and rely on our capabilities

Pexa invests for growth in France

Pexa invests for growth in France

For several years Pexa has provided an excellent service to the aerospace industry in France. Pexa supplies surface coatings and treatments to aerospace, defence and other high tech industries including oil & gas and electronics. Pexa has decided to expand its team in France and has recruited Mr Christophe Mondou to represent its business and to provide technical service and support to customers in the Southern half of France. Christophe has many years’ experience in technical sales roles and has an excellent track record in supplying the aerospace manufacturing sector.

Jean-Paul De Almeida, head of Pexa’s business in France said “With the appointment of Christophe we can provide our customers in France with a much more frequent and dedicated service. I will continue to take care of our customers in the North from our offices in Paris while Christophe will be available to provide a responsive and personal service in the South. Both our customers and suppliers will benefit from this investment. In addition we will be able to provide a better service to neighbouring French speaking countries such as Morocco”.


Dalic, leader in selective metal plating partners with Pexa for its UK & Ireland Distribution

Dalic, leader in selective metal plating partners with Pexa for its UK & Ireland Distribution

Dalic has been a leader in selective electroplating of metals since 1937. They produce an array of metal plating solutions for anodising with chromic and sulphuric acids and plating with zinc, nickel and cadmium. These can be applied using Dalic’s portable electroplating equipment including the Dalistick Station which allows plating to be carried out in situ at any industrial premises. This allows for the restoration of metal plating in maintenance and repair situations and in the OEM situation when large scale electroplating tanks are not available. Dalic has approvals from most of the major aerospace design authorities and several automotive manufacturers.

Pexa is the leading distributor of surface coatings and treatments to the aerospace industry. From its new facilities in West Yorkshire UK Pexa’s team delivers a complete range of surface finishing materials and equipment to its many customers in the aerospace and other high tech industries.

Dalic has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Pexa for the supply of its product range in the UK & Ireland. The new deal has a great synergy as the two companies both specialise in surface treatment materials with a strong position in aerospace industry. Dalic has an excellent technology base with an impressive list of approvals for its products whilst Pexa has a great reputation and an infrastructure that can support the sales, distribution and technical support of the Dalic product range. The new agreement will allow companies throughout the UK & Ireland to access Dalic’s class leading solutions.

The new arrangement goes live on the 4th January 2016.

For further details please contact Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa Ltd

HRH The Duke of York, KG Opens Pexa’s new facility in West Yorkshire

HRH The Duke of York, KG Opens Pexa’s new facility in West Yorkshire

Pexa, supplier of surface finishing materials, coatings and chemicals to the aerospace and other high tech industries has recently moved to new, larger and upgraded premises close to its original home in Holywell Green, West Yorkshire. With help from a grant from the Leeds City Region and the ERDF Pexa was able to completely upgrade the premises to an “as new” condition and to install new offices, warehouse space and a new production facility for its own line of paints and coatings for the optical industry.

Pexa was established in 2002 and has grown to be a leading and well recognised supplier to the aerospace industry and a key industrial partner for major international brands with 30% of its sales overseas. Now with a team of 26, the move to the new facilities will allow Pexa to grow and to enter new markets where additional production space will be essential.

The Duke of York is a well-known advocate for British business on the international stage. Pexa was very proud to welcome him to their new home to declare it officially open for business on the 9th November. A number of Pexa’s customers and suppliers attended, together with representatives from trade associations and government agencies involved in Pexa’s activities. His Royal Highness participated in a business meeting and met the whole Pexa team plus guests. The Duke of York was accompanied by Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, the Lord- Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa said – “the whole team was thrilled to meet HRH, he was very interested in the nuts and bolts of the operation, our people development and apprentice activity and our plans for the future. He really engaged with us and wants to make a contribution”.

His Royal Highness said “This is a ‘go get them’ firm determined to increase its market share. I hope this facility is a success and, as manufacturing gets under way, that you will come up with some clever innovations that will make you one of the companies that are absolutely needed”.



First UK Aerospace Coatings and REACh Seminar takes off

First UK Aerospace Coatings and REACh Seminar takes off

Delegates from several of the World’s leading aerospace and defence companies including BAE Systems, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Thales, together with other key members of the UK’s aerospace surface finishing supply chain gathered in Manchester yesterday for the first “Aerospace Coatings and REACh Seminar” held in the UK.

Organised by Pexa and AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings and held at the Concorde Visitor centre at Manchester Airport, the seminar brought around 50 attendees up to date with the impact of the EU Regulation for the registration and authorisation of chemicals “REACh”. The aerospace industry makes significant use of chromate containing pigments for the corrosion protection of aircraft and the use of these substances will be significantly impacted by REACh. Pexa and AkzoNobel are developing a position as industry leaders in the management of this issue and the provision of solutions.

Speakers Maurizio Pulcini and Hans Polak of AkzoNobel and Jim Rowbotham of Pexa interpreted and presented the current status of REACh, how it will be implemented and the authorisation path for hexavalent chromates in the surface coating process. It is Pexa and AkzoNobel’s intention to provide all the necessary support to companies using chromates to enable them to do so within an authorisation and, at the same time, to provide “best in class” alternatives to chromate containing primers to allow the industry to minimise their use.

A healthy question and answer workshop took place, where important concerns were discussed. Pexa and AkzoNobel will hold more such events, as this important issue evolves, and will try to maintain a key user group of companies involved in this process so that information is shared and discussed within the industry.

Delegates were able to take a guided tour of the Concorde G-BOAC which is housed at the venue at Manchester airport, an interesting case study in aerospace materials.


Leading Aerospace Chemicals Suppliers Team up to Develop Business in India

Leading Aerospace Chemicals Suppliers Team up to Develop Business in India

Press Release – 16th June 2015 Paris Air Show Le Bourget

Three leading suppliers of chemical products to the aerospace and other high tech industries have joined forces to invest in developing a leading position in the rapidly expanding Indian market.

Pexa Ltd, Socomore and Sherwin Inc. are all members or associates of the Aerochemicals Aliiance, a grouping of companies involved in the supply of chemical products to the aerospace industry. As such they work together closely to develop synergies which benefit their customers. Pexa is a specialist distributor of surface treatments and coatings and brings extensive experience of supply chain management in the aerospace industry. Socomore is a leading manufacturer of surface treatment products and is approved by major OEMs to the latest technology specifications. Sherwin is a manufacturer of NDT products including dye penetrants and magnetic particle inspection materials. All 3 companies are leaders in their fields and provide materials for all major aerospace projects currently underway including those of Airbus and Boeing.

This new partnership will involve Pexa taking the lead in India, entering into agreements with customers and suppliers, employing any local staff and developing local facilities. Socomore and Sherwin will support the investments and provide their technologies and technical support via the new venture. The companies will build on their existing successful business partnerships with customers in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Belgaum and plan to locate their new operation in the Bangalore area.

The aerospace industry in India is growing rapidly and major projects for industry leaders such as Boeing and Airbus are already underway. The defence sector will also expand via international partnerships and technology transfers. The partners are very well placed to support this rapid growth. Pexa will be launching this new venture at the Aerochemicals reception at the Paris Air Show 16th June. Please contact us if you would like an invitation.

For further details please contact Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa Ltd

‘Aerospace Coatings and REACh’ seminar at Manchester Airport

‘Aerospace Coatings and REACh’  seminar at Manchester Airport

Thursday 23 July 2015 10am- 2pm
In co-operation with AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings

To be held under the wings of Concorde G-BOAC
Concorde Visitor Centre, Sunbank Lane,
Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 8XQ

REACh is now a major feature of the aerospace chemical product landscape. Important compounds including Strontium Chromate are considered of high concern and annexed for authorisation. Aerospace coatings applicators need to understand the implications and ensure that they safeguard their processes, know which compounds are authorised and that their upstream and downstream supply chains are secure. This short seminar will explain what products are affected and how product users can ensure they are in a secure supply chain and assess their product usage for compliance with relevant authorisations. We will discuss alternatives to annexed compounds and the specification drivers which encourage their use, in addition to the REACh consortia including CCST which will apply for authorisation for the use of hexavalent chromates.

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and registration
10:30 – 13:00 Presentations
13:00 – 14:00 Buffet lunch

To register email and you will receive an invitation to register for the seminar at Eventbrite.

Detailed Programme*

10.00 Registration and coffee

10.30 Chromates authorisation process, SVHCs specifically CCST substance submissions. Pre sunset, post sunset, post authorisation

11.15 Chromate replacement options applicable to major aerospace coating specifications

11.45 Other regulatory pressures affecting selection of aerospace coatings, EC directives on substitution of carcinogenic substances

12.15 Q&A panel and open forum.

13.00 Lunch & Networking

14.00 Close

* Programme may change within these times depending on the availability of specialist speakers. Any changes will be notified in advance.


Aerochemicals, the smart collaboration at work in aerospace chemicals

Aerochemicals, the smart collaboration at work in aerospace chemicals

Paris, June 3rd 2015:

Aerochemicals, the global alliance of independent specialists in chemical products for aerospace, will host a cocktail reception themed on smart international collaboration at the 2015 Paris Air Show.

A press briefing will be organised at 4.45 pm on 16th June at the NYCO chalet B117 with cocktails for partners and customers.

Nyco is a regular exhibitor at the air show and a member of Aerochemicals since 2013. Around ‘molecular cooking animations’, three member companies will demonstrate their collaboration to develop their visibility internationally and better serve OEM and MRO customers. Members will share their successful experiences in supply chain, production and consultation.

Manufacturing collaboration In Brazil

In 2010 Socomore entered the Brazilian aerospace market where leading aircraft manufacturer Embraer, together with its significant local supply chain, is based. An agreement was made with Brazil based fellow Aerochemicals member Metal Chek to provide commercial agency, offices and production capacity to manufacture and market Socomore’s products in Brazil. This offered Socomore a simple way to enter the Brazilian market, which can be complex for a European company. Socomore provided full technical support for the qualification and use of the products in the Brazilian industry. This collaboration has enabled Socomore to get a stronger foothold in Brazil, in both the aerospace and automotive markets. This successful partnership has developed an excellent reputation and enhanced sales of its products. 5 years after the 1st milestone, Socomore is now considering opening its own sales office in the country.

Supply chain collaboration In India

The high degree of confidence between members of Aerochemicals allows for very efficient co-operation in sharing resources to enter new markets. Pexa Ltd, Socomore and Sherwin Inc. work together closely to develop synergies which benefit their customers. In May 2015, they decided to join forces to invest in developing a leading position in the rapidly expanding Indian market. Pexa, as a specialist distributor of surface treatments and coatings, with an extensive experience of supply chain management in the aerospace industry, will distribute Socomore surface treatment products and Sherwin NDT products. This new partnership will involve Pexa taking the lead in India, entering into agreements with customers and suppliers, employing local staff and developing local facilities. Socomore and Sherwin will support the investments and provide their technologies and technical support via the new venture. The companies will build on their existing successful business partnerships with Indian customers and plan to locate their new operation in the Bangalore area.

The aerospace industry in India is growing rapidly and major projects for industry leaders such as Boeing and Airbus are already underway. The defence sector will also expand via international partnerships and technology transfers. The partners are very well placed to support this rapid growth.

Hear testimonials from some of our partners at the cocktail event.

The alliance represents 13 members from 8 countries, 26 laboratories dedicated to research, 19 production sites, 40 sales offices, more than 1,000 employees worldwide. The steady increase in membership demonstrates the success of the collaborative experience.

Members of Aerochemicals exhibiting at the Paris Air Show that will have the pleasure to meet you:

  • NYCO, European leader in synthetic lubricants, chalet B117, booth C140 Hall 2B
  • Socomore, preparation, protection and surface treatment, booth B157 Hall 2B
  • Pexa Ltd, provider of high technology products, booth F172 Hall 2B, North West Aerospace Alliance (17th and 18th of June)

AkzoNobel congratulates Airbus on delivery of first A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

AkzoNobel congratulates Airbus on delivery of first A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings joined industry partners in congratulating Airbus on the handover of the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways.

The A350 XWB is designed to redefine the way people fly by opening up a new era in comfortable, efficient long haul air travel using the most advanced technologies and breakthrough innovations in aerodynamics, light-weight materials and aircraft systems.

We are celebrating the commercial launch of the Airbus A350 as supplier of the coatings solution and the vibrant colors that give the aircraft the distinctive Qatar Airways’ identity. We are extremely proud to be present from nose to tail on this history-making aircraft of launch customer Qatar Airways.

Airbus selected our Aerobase Base Coat/Clear Coat paint system for the A350 as it requires less paint and reduces the amount of solvents released. The system offers much quicker and simpler application for complex liveries with different colors. The eco-efficient painting process also means that less detergent will be needed when washing the aircraft. These savings are a great endorsement of our continued commitment to delivering sustainable solutions to customers worldwide.

To date, the A350 XWB has already won 778 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide. By the end of next year Airbus plans to build five a month and to hit 10 a month by mid-2018.

To watch the movie of the Airbus A350 XWB receiving her livery – click here.

Air crew and traveller virus and disease protection product range launched by Pexa

Air crew and traveller virus and disease protection product range launched by Pexa

As winter approaches Pexa, the leading supplier of chemical products to the aviation industry, is launching its campaign to promote the prevention of transmissible diseases often encountered during international travel by launching its range of PSA products designed to protect air crew and travellers.

The range includes a handy sized Universal Protection Kit (UPK) which contains a full set of protective materials to deal with in flight incidents of contact with body fluids such as vomit, urine and blood. The kit complies with ICAO recommendations and at least one kit can be carried on board each flight to allow air crew to deal with incidents and be protected against illnesses including TB, H1N1 and Ebola.

Insect bite protection is important to prevent tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. PSA’s Skin 2P products provide a small insect repellent aerosol using Icaridin rather than DEET and an insecticide spray for clothes which kills insects especially around ankles arms and neck where biting can be common. Handy 30ml containers mean that the products can be carried in hand baggage. Crew and passengers can use the same products to protect them.

UK based Pexa, is the leading supplier of chemical products to the aviation industry and is the UK distributor for PSA, the French manufacturer of a wide range of aviation approved cleaners, disinfectants and insecticides. All enquiries for these products can be made directly to Pexa on + 44(0) 1422 314400 or visit

Pexa achieves Silver Award in the Calderdale Environmental Business Pledge

Pexa achieves Silver Award in the Calderdale Environmental Business Pledge

Pexa Ltd the supplier of coatings and surface treatments to the aerospace and high tech industries has attained The Silver Award in the Calderdale Environmental Business Pledge.

The accreditation scheme for companies based in Calderdale, provides a measurable and targeted framework for measurement and improvement of environmental impact.  Pexa has calculated its carbon footprint and has set a 3% reduction target in carbon emissions for the next 12 months.

Throughout the process Pexa has benefitted from the support of Calderdale Council and CTech Innovation – Calderdale Council’s consultants who are delivering their environmental programme to local businesses.

Silver level is Pexa’s first step in the Business Pledge however we will go on to develop more environmentally sustainable products and processes and make further efforts to deliver on our environmental commitments.

For more information about the Calderdale Business Pledge please visit

Nyco appoints Pexa as an official distributor

Nyco appoints Pexa as an official distributor

Nyco, formed in 1929 is a global leader in the development and manufacture of lubricants. With its HQ in France, Nyco is the only European producer of aviation lubricants and high performance ester fluids. Nyco’s product ranges include oils and greases for every aerospace application. Nyco’s worldwide network covers over 100 countries and Nyco has now expanded its network with the appointment of Pexa as a distributor.

Pexa, based in Halifax UK, is the leading distributor of surface finishing materials to the aerospace industry and is expanding its product range to include lubricants. Pexa is a fellow member with Nyco of the Aerochemicals Alliance (, therefore a partnership with Nyco was the obvious choice for Pexa’s manufacturing partner in the lubricant market.

Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa said, “when we add a new product group to our range we always look for a global technology leader and a partner that can offer real differentiation combined with excellent service. Nyco fits the bill perfectly as they have excellent technologies and a huge range of approvals that our customers will appreciate. We look forward to discussing Nyco technologies with our aerospace customers and allowing them to benefit from our already excellent delivery and technical support services. We intend to keep a tailor made stock on hand at all times to service customers with rapid lead times and small quantities should they need them”.

For Nyco, Arnaud Radigue, Defence & Turbine Business Director, added, “Nyco wants to have the most comprehensive distribution network in the aerospace and defence industry. Adding Pexa as a distributor strengthens the network, adding a distributor with an excellent reputation for technical support and service. As fellow members of the Aerochemicals Alliance we have the opportunity to maintain excellent relations with Pexa and we look forward to working together for many years to come”.

Pexa expands into Spain and goes .com

Pexa expands into Spain and goes .com

Pexa, the UK’s leading distributor of aerospace surface coatings and high tech materials is continuing its expansion into international markets with the opening of new premises in Spain.

Established in 2002, with UK offices based near Halifax, West Yorkshire, Pexa has expanded exponentially and now turns over in excess of £8m. Pexa created its first base in Europe in 2005 when it launched its French operation.

Spain was on the horizon, being one of Europe’s most important aerospace economies and one of Airbus’ home manufacturing markets. Growth in the aerospace industry, particularly in production of commercial aircraft is forecast to increase by 25% by 2023* and to support the subsequent demand for associated products, dedicated facilities in Spain became a high priority.

The new Spanish office has not only created new employment, but the forecast uplift in sales has also increased employment opportunities at its UK headquarters.

Arantxa Sanchez de Rivera has been appointed as its Sales Executive for Spain based in Madrid but working from Pexa’s business address in Barcelona. She will be supported by Pexa’s multi-lingual customer services team in the UK. Arantxa will be responsible for business development throughout Spain. Arantxa has worked for Boeing in Spain for the last 3 years and brings significant experience of the aerospace industry.

With dedicated facilities in the UK, France and now Spain, Pexa is positioned to not only expand further into Europe, but to enhance its excellent customer service from ground level across its entire international operations.

Arantxa said “I am very pleased to be joining Pexa at such an exciting time in the company’s development. I can’t wait to meet Pexa’s customers throughout Spain and to see how we can help them to accomplish their objectives”.

Jim Rowbotham, Pexa MD commented, “we are really looking forward to building relationships with our customers in Spain, we have exported to Spain for several years but setting up our own operation there will offer our customers an excellent service and we are sure they will respond to that by choosing Pexa for their surface technology products. We are the acknowledged experts in paints and related surface coatings and we know that we can offer an unrivalled level of service and support. That is why major brands like AkzoNobel choose Pexa as their preferred distribution partner”.”

In line with Pexa’s international growth, the use of country specific domains has become ever more complicated. Therefore Pexa has now acquired the global domain providing a unified and simple international address for all of its online communications.

*Source Deloitte

Pexa and PM Research sign exclusive distribution agreement

Pexa and PM Research sign exclusive distribution agreement

Press Release – 16th July 2014 News for Farnborough 2014

PM Research Inc. is the World’s leading independent producer of aircraft erosion protection products. These products include 3 dimensional polyurethane film masks or “boots” used to cover aircraft radomes, aerials, lights and other structures which suffer from premature failure caused by rain and solid particle erosion. They also include flat tapes used for the same purpose on wing leading edges. The products are approved for aerospace application and widely specified by aerospace manufacturers and operators around the World.

As a specialist supplier of aerospace surface coatings, UK aerospace materials distributor Pexa has worked with PM Research products for many years. On highly erosion prone areas such as noses and radomes, PM Research products significantly increase in-service time before erosion damage requires repair or replacement. With positioning of spare radomes at a premium, erosion damage can be a very expensive type of failure for operators and if not attended to quickly can cause further degradation due to moisture ingress and potential reduction in radar transparency.

Following on from Pexa’s successful relationship with PM Research, the companies have decided to work together more closely and PM Research has appointed Pexa as its exclusive distributor for the UK, Ireland, France and Spain and with the brief to distribute the products elsewhere in Europe. Pexa will keep a working stock of radomes, masks and tapes at its UK depot and will minimise the cost of shipping from PM Research’s factory near New York. From stock Pexa will offer a rapid delivery service throughout Europe and will provide product technical support to customers.

Pexa’s Managing Director Jim Rowbotham said – “We have enjoyed working with PM Research for many years and this next step is a natural development of that relationship. Radome masks go hand in hand with paint systems and we are the leading distributor of aerospace coatings in the region so this is a natural match”.

Matthew Vossler of PM Research said “After many great years of working with Pexa we are very much looking forward to partnering with them in this next business endeavour. We feel together we can provide customers in this region of the world with lower costs, faster shipments, and excellent service and support.”

We’re Supporting UNICEF & Yorkshire Air Ambulance this Christmas

We’re Supporting UNICEF & Yorkshire Air Ambulance this Christmas

This year, like last, instead of sending Christmas cards we’re making charitable donations to UNICEF & The Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Over the Christmas period, the Pexa office will close on Christmas Eve and reopen on January 2nd 2014.

We wish all our customers and suppliers, both old and new, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Superior edge protection for rotor blades

Superior edge protection for rotor blades

Wind turbines need to have a service life of 20 years in order to be economically efficient. This means that they need to be robust. BASF has now developed a paint that protects rotor blades even better, especially on the edges. RELEST ® Wind LEP technology offers four times higher resistance than conventional solutions.

Wind turbine rotor blades are exposed to enormous stresses. At the blade tips, speeds can reach up to 300 kilometers per hour. Add to that the impacts of rain, hail, snow, sand and UV radiation. The rotor blade edges are most vulnerable to impacts. This is because the rotor blades – generally 40 to 60 meters long and in many cases even up to 90 meters long – consist of parts that have been joined together. The glued seam runs along the blade edge. “To protect the edges from erosion, sand and water, we have developed the new product RELEST ® Wind LEP. This new generation of polyurethane coating protects this sensitive area of the rotor blade even better,” explained Dr. Harald Müller, Technology Management for Post-Coatings at BASF.

Rain erosion resistance tests have demonstrated the paint’s superior protective function. RELEST ® Wind LEP has achieved results that are up to four times better than conventional solutions currently available on the market. To test rain erosion resistance, BASF uses a rain erosion test apparatus at its Oldenburg site. The device supplies data that simulate reality. The test specimens rotate on special mounts in the testing stand and can reach speeds of 500 kilometers per hour. At this speed, water drops are introduced into the test stand (around 30 liters per hour) so that they hit the test specimens. This experimental design creates conditions that are very similar to those real rotor blades are subjected to.

Creating optimum protective properties and allowing easy application were both priorities during development. “The product has to fit our customers’ individual needs. Rotor blade coating is performed in a variety of ways depending on the manufacturer, for instance, by hand with brushes, rollers or spraypainting. The paint can be used with all of these methods,” Müller said. Other advantages of the paint include the fact that the product can be applied under a wide range of climate conditions and that despite the elasticity of the coating, it can be sanded, for example, for touch-up jobs.

Apart from edge protection, BASF offers other RELEST® coatings for rotor blades. All parts of the system, which includes gelcoat, putty, edge protection and topcoat, consist of solvent-free, two-component polyurethane compounds and comply with current VOC regulations. With its RELEST® Wind RepKit, BASF also offers refinish solutions for minor damage to the finish.

Pexa Renew Wyre Juniors Sponsorship

Pexa Renew Wyre Juniors Sponsorship

Pexa are again delighted to announce its second year of sponsorship of the Wyre Juniors Blacks under 11’s football team who play in the Poulton and District Primary league.

Wyre Juniors Blacks is a team based in Preesall near Blackpool Lancashire, in the North West of England. The team had an excellent season last year finishing third in their division and have aspirations of being champions this year!

Mark Thompson, Pexa’s European Sales Manager whose son plays for the team states  “We are very happy to help with supporting young people in our community, this is the second time we have sponsored Wyre Juniors and wish them every success for the forthcoming season”.

The North West of England is a major hub for Aerospace manufacturing facilities and Pexa is proud to be supporting this young team of talented footballers.

Pexa joins the British Marine Federation in its 100th Year

Pexa joins the British Marine Federation in its 100th Year

Pexa, the specialist supplier of surface finishing materials to the energy and other high tech markets, is delighted to announce its membership of the British Marine Federation (BMF).

Pexa’s energy infrastructure business supplies paints and other surface coatings for offshore equipment including wind turbines and other renewable energy platforms, together with oil rigs and other storage and exploration infrastructure. Managing Director Jim Rowbotham said “Joining the British Marine Federation puts us at the heart of the UK’s marine community and will allow us to develop our know-how in the supply of products into this important sector. We look forward to participating and meeting our fellow members to learn more about what they do”.

Pexa is also focusing on the marina and harbour sectors with its range of moisture cured urethane coatings, which offer 10 year durability on steel structures such as sheet pile harbour walls. The products can be immersed in water within half an hour of application and can be used to maintain harbour walls between tides without special equipment. In addition the highly attractive range of finishes can be used on bridges, railings and other infrastructure around marinas, protecting these investments and providing a durable, good looking appearance.

The British Marine Federation represents a wide range of businesses in the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. The 1500+ membership base is diverse and represents the UK marine supply chain. Founded in 1913, this year sees its 100th anniversary.

Airbus A350 comes to life with AkzoNobel colors

Airbus A350 comes to life with AkzoNobel colors

AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings is extremely proud to be the supplier of the paint system and vibrant colors that decorate the first Airbus A350 XWB.

For AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings it’s becoming an increasingly regular occurrence for their Base Coat/Clear Coat systems to be selected to paint first editions of customer aircraft. Airbus, focusing largely on sustainability, has made the decision to utilize the new paint system as it requires less paint and less solvent. These savings are a great endorsement of AkzoNobel’s continued commitment to delivering sustainable solutions to customers worldwide.

“Our colors decorate the first flying A350,” says Jérôme Mancy, EADS Global Key Account Manager. “The aircraft was painted in Toulouse – it’s the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of composites. We have a very good relationship with Airbus – and many of their aircraft are painted with AkzoNobel coatings.”

All eyes on the sky for A350 maiden flight

All eyes on the sky for A350 maiden flight

Although the energy level of our French Aerospace Coatings colleagues in Blagnac will be higher than ever before, it might be difficult to get hold of them this morning as Airbus’ newest passenger plane will make its maiden flight today, Friday 14 June. Weather conditions permitting, the A350 XWB “MSN1” will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport around 10:00am CET. Coffee and croissants outside – don’t forget your sunglasses to protect against reflection of the sun from the ‘mirror finish’ of the livery!

AkzoNobel’s Aerobase Base Coat/Clear Coat system decorates the first A350. Although we are all convinced about the leading performance of the reliable Base Coat/Clear Coat systems, all colleagues are extremely proud that Airbus selected our paint system and vibrant colors to show the first flying Airbus A350 to the world.

As part of the on-going commitment for a “greener” environment, Airbus selected the Base Coat/Clear Coat paint system as it requires less paint and reduces the amount of solvents released. The system offers much quicker and simpler application for complex liveries with different colors; the base coat dries in two hours and only needs one coat instead of two or three. The eco-efficient painting process also means that less detergent will be needed when washing the aircraft. These savings are a great endorsement of AkzoNobel’s continued commitment to delivering sustainable solutions to customers worldwide.

Qatar Airways shall take delivery of the first commercially flying A350 in 2014. The A350 XWB has already won 613 firm orders from 33 customers worldwide. With the Paris Air Show beginning in less than a week, Airbus expects to receive many additional orders. Good to know that the Aerobase Base Coat/Clear Coat is the only system specified by Airbus for painting the A350 aircraft.

For live coverage of the inaugural flight, connect to:

Pexa and BASF start up the Relest wind turbine blade Training School

Pexa and BASF start up the Relest wind turbine blade Training School

The Maintenance and Repair of wind turbine blades in service is a key element in achieving maximum performance over the 20+ years life of the equipment.

The aerodynamic properties of a new blade need to be retained for it to work as intended and BASF have introduced their Relest® coating system to do just that.

Rather than rely on the materials alone, this is a completely defined process from initial assessment through to preparation and application with inspection that delivers the best possible outcome in respect of long term performance. All surface preparation equipment and disposables are specified and the BASF materials are packaged to make them practical when working at height.

The final element was provided when the first Contractor attended the Training school in Oldenburg, Germany and completed every single stage of the process. Ropetask Ltd from Wednesbury in the West Midlands sent a number of technicians including their MD Haydn Gamble on the course so that they could gain a full appreciation of the entire process.

Haydn has a long and distinguished track record in rope access and is level 3 IRATA qualified , he said “ We have been looking for a course that combines detailed  instruction with a system that is independently approved rather than just a general repair course. The BASF Relest system is just that and has Germanischer Lloyd (GL) certification and a UK based Distributor in Pexa Ltd who have been leading the way forward. We have now completed our training and found it to be highly professional”.

Jim Rowbotham MD at Pexa is pleased with their progress in this important energy market “Wind power is set to become a significant contributor to the energy needs of the UK and a key element is reducing costs so that it competes with more traditional alternatives. It will do so by achieving a 40% reduction in total life costs and keeping the blades in good condition even when battered by rain and hail at 100 meters per second is a major factor in this. “

The UK wind energy market is set to expand quickly creating significant new employment as major new investment in manufacturing plants and maintenance operations expand to meet the increased demand.

Pexa has a solid history in the Aerospace industry and specialises in helping to provide a full service package to their customers.

Pexa launches the Axson Coatings bulk storage tank lining coatings in the UK

Pexa launches the Axson Coatings bulk storage tank lining coatings in the UK

Pexa launches the Axson Coatings bulk storage tank lining coatings in the UK

Pexa, the specialist supplier of surface finishing materials to the energy and other high tech markets is very pleased to announce that it has been selected by Axson Coatings (formerly BS-Coatings) as its UK distributor for the Eurokote® range of coatings for the lining of bulk storage containers of fuels and petrochemical products.

This new capability fits perfectly with Pexa’s strategy of offering specialist materials for key field of application in the energy sector. Pexa can now supply speciality coatings for wind turbines, all metal and concrete structures in exposed conditions and large scale storage tank linings.

Axson Coatings was established in 1945 and is a world leader in anti corrosion coatings for storage tanks and pipelines. The company’s Eurokote® product range is widely approved by major refinery and petrochemical operators around the World.

For more information on Axson Coatings, please click here.

AMS 3095A for AkzoNobel Direct to Metal paint system

AMS 3095A for AkzoNobel Direct to Metal paint system

AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has reported qualification to Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3095A of a Direct to Metal (DTM), Base Coat/Clear Coat system.

A Direct to Metal system eliminates the need to use any kind of metal pre-treatment such as Alodine, Solgel or Wash primer technologies. The primer is applied directly to the clean Scotch-Brited substrate. The primer itself provides the necessary adhesion and corrosion resistance to meet the stringent specification requirements.

The DTM system, composed of Aerodur LV 2114 and Aerobase Base Coat/Clear Coat, is the very first of its kind to receive the AMS 3095A qualification, passing the stringent testing of the SAE aerospace standards for high gloss exterior paint systems for commercial fleet maintenance.

The AMS 3095A qualification marks a new opportunity for customers to improve the efficiency of aircraft maintenance. The DTM paint system eliminates mixed fleet complexities and can be applied on any type of commercial aircraft, whatever the climate and anywhere in the world. The paint system provides easy strip-ability within the typical MRO requirements.

Whilst the variability of aircraft appearance within a fleet shall be an issue of the past, AkzoNobel’s state-of-the-art AMS3095A DTM paint solution offers simplicity and economy for airlines and MRO’s.

Key factors demonstrating the benefits of the DTM system are reduction in process times, resulting in shorter AOG times, simplicity and reduced maintenance costs.
The environmentally progressive Aerobase Base Coat/Clear Coat system has earned AkzoNobel high praise from aircraft painters for reliability, ease of use, reduced drying times and superb gloss.

The AMS 3095A qualification for DTM is considered a worldwide standard of excellence and is globally endorsed by the major OEMs.

Pexa joins Renewables Network

Pexa joins Renewables Network

Pexa is delighted to announce that it has joined the Hull based B2B network group, Renewables Network.

Renewables Network plays a leading role in supporting established businesses who are looking to grow in the renewables sector, while supporting start-ups who may be looking for rapid growth and investment. They provide a practical business development service, information services and an enviable network of sector expertise.

Pexa is looking forward to sharing their energy sector experience with other like minded members within the Network.

AkzoNobel wins Airbus SQIP Silver Award

AkzoNobel wins Airbus SQIP Silver Award

AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has been recognized by Airbus Industries at their Supply Chain and Quality Improvement Program (SQIP) event 2012.

As one of Airbus’ most strategic suppliers, AkzoNobel received the Silver Award for supply chain and quality improvement at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. The event marked the conclusion of a 3 year program to further raise levels of quality and supply from all Airbus’ major supply companies.

John Griffin, Director AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings EMEA, comments that the SQIP program proactively drives continuous improvement that benefits AkzoNobel and all of our customers. He sees the award as a great honor for the Aerospace Coatings’ division. The SQIP program sets a benchmark for AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings and presents a new challenge in the form of SQIP 2015 which shall drive strategic suppliers to achieve 100% on time delivery with zero rejections.

Pexa France is on the move

Pexa France is on the move

Pexa, the specialist supplier of surface finishing materials to the aerospace, defence, electronics and energy markets is moving its location in France.

Following several years working from its stock location in Lyon, Pexa is moving to the Paris region and will commence deliveries from the new location in November 2012.

Pexa’s new location is within the manufacturing and distribution location of its close business partner Babb Co and is ideally situated for an excellent logistics service throughout France.

Pexa is a member of the international Aerochemicals Alliance, its fellow member Babb Co is a fully qualified manufacturer of NDT chemicals for the aerospace and other industries. Pexa is the distributor for Sherwin Babbco in the UK and the two companies work closely together.

Pexa’s Sales Manager Mr Yves Besson said “Babb Co has an excellent facility for storage, packaging and distribution of traceable and hazardous chemical products. This partnership will improve our service and quality and provide a noticeable advantage for our customers”.

The new address is:

Pexa Ltd
CS 30136
ZI des Ebisoires
15 Rue des Frères Lumière

Pexa joins Energy Industry Supply Chain Network FPAL

Pexa joins Energy Industry Supply Chain Network FPAL

FPAL is one of a range of supplier management services provided by the Achilles Group, with individual schemes for buyer and supplier communities across a diverse range of industry sectors throughout the world. FPAL, the direct route to business in the Oil & Gas Industry, aims to find the perfect supplier for every buyer.

FPAL works to identify, qualify, evaluate, and monitor suppliers on behalf of its purchasing members. They build and support buyer-supplier communities in the oil & gas industry, creating an effective Supply Chain network. Their services for professional procurement help create opportunities for business and reduce risk in the supply chain.

Pexa is delighted to announce that it has been approved and registered by FPAL. Pexa’s new energy business offers the oil and gas industry a full range of protective paints and coatings combined with NDT products and other service chemicals to provide corrosion protection and long service intervals for offshore and onshore steel infrastructure.

Our FPAL registration allows oil and gas industry companies to directly access Pexa using the industry wide Achilles FPAL platform.

For more information on FPAL, please visit

Pexa expands into the Energy Sector

Pexa expands into the Energy Sector

Pexa, the West Yorkshire based distributor of surface coatings and high technology materials, today announces their plans to supply the Energy industry with a range of products from world leading manufacturers.

An ISO9001 company, Pexa has been successful supporting the Aerospace and Defence sectors for the last 10 years and now brings a range of products from world leading manufacturers to the Energy sector, fully qualified to major energy industry specifications including Cameron and EDF.

The range of products Pexa are offering to the Energy sector includes Sherwin Babbco’s extensive range of dye penetrant and magnetic particle inspection products. Sherwin Babbco is a world leading manufacturer of these NDT products and Pexa’s extensive stocks are available for rapid delivery around the world.

Complementing Pexa’s range of NDT products is Everlube’s range of Everslik high performance surface coatings. These surface coatings provide lubrication and corrosion prevention for onshore and offshore metal structures.

“This is an exciting development for Pexa. Our expertise gleaned from over 10 years in the aerospace and defence sectors gives us a wealth of technical knowledge. With access to some of the world’s leading product manufacturers, our knowledge and product ranges offer Energy customers something new and exciting.” said Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa.

Pexa’s Matt Lowthian achieves Liquid Penetrant Level 2

Pexa’s Matt Lowthian achieves Liquid Penetrant Level 2

As part of Pexa’s commitment to the NDT market their Technical Sales manager Matt Lowthian has recently attended The South West School of NDT and passed Level 1 & 2 Liquid Penetrant Inspection.

Pexa is the UK distributor for Sherwin Babbco NDT products; as part of its commitment to technical product support, Pexa undertakes to have expertise in its product range and this training and qualification is part of this strategy.

Pexa can now offer a high level of technical support to customers in the dye penetrant market including analysis of test panels and process support.

Pexa celebrates its 10th Year in Business

Pexa celebrates its 10th Year in Business

Pexa, the leading supplier of surface finishing and related materials to the aerospace, defence and other high tech industries celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012.

The company was founded in 2002 to create a new kind of technical product distributor. Vertically aligned with its key suppliers to supply their products with a degree of service, technical know-how and product support equal to that of the manufacturer, with the additional flexibility that a distributor can provide. Many important global names have entrusted Pexa with their distribution including Akzo Nobel, Socomore, Lord Corporation, Everlube Products, Permabond and Sherwin Babbco. Pexa has added its own lines of consumables and other products to ensure that customers enjoy a one stop shop for surface finishing materials.

Pexa delivered its first order from its new premises in November 2002 and shortly after that achieved its quality approved status to ISO9001/9120 and for BAE Systems and Airbus UK. With the support of its key suppliers, Pexa has won the confidence of the most important and well regarded contractors and design engineers in the aerospace and defence markets.

In 2005 Pexa opened its subsidiary in France, which is now its most important market after the UK. In addition Pexa delivers its products to over 30 countries worldwide and has a complete export packaging capability.

Pexa has won several awards for its innovative new products including its range of small packaging solutions. Pexa is also an active member of the Aerochemicals Alliance and of important trade associations such as the NWAA and the BCF.

Pexa has grown substantially in its first 10 years and is now a leading and well recognised supplier of surface finishing products, including paints, surface treatments, cleaners, lubricants, adhesives, NDT products and application equipment. Pexa is approved by many important aircraft design organisations and supplies materials for every important civil and military aircraft programme.

Pexa continues to develop; having just completed a complete upgrade to its e-marketing suite including an on line sales outlet, remote stock management programme “MyPexaStore” and a complete range of social marketing channels.

Pexa’s team now includes a talented customer services department, qualified logistics team, sales, marketing and project engineering. The team continues to grow as Pexa develops its product range and markets, this includes its recent addition of the rapidly growing energy market to its successful activities in Aerospace.

Pexa’s mission has been from the very beginning – “To enable our customers to meet their own business objectives using our products and services”, this is still true today. Pexa’s growing, trained, experienced and motivated team will continue to deliver on this aspiration. Customers and suppliers can expect a few surprises, special offers and events during 2012 as Pexa celebrates this special anniversary.

Coatings for Composites

Coatings for Composites

Pexa MD, Jim Rowbotham writes for this months Aero Mag on a step by step guide to painting composites in aerospace applications.

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Pexa launches the BASF RELEST® Wind Turbine Repair Coatings System in the UK

Pexa launches the BASF RELEST® Wind Turbine Repair Coatings System in the UK

Pexa, the specialist supplier of surface finishing materials to the energy and other high tech markets is excited to announce the launch of the BASF RELEST® Wind system for the coating of wind turbine blades. The UK market for wind turbine installations will expand rapidly over the next 10 years and Pexa and BASF are helping to create the supply chain which will support the UK’s production and maintenance of wind turbine blades.

BASF has invested heavily in developing this technology, which combines extreme durability with ease of application. BASF has its own whirling arm erosion test facility where paints and coatings are developed to resist the high levels of erosion encountered on fast moving turbine blade tips. The coatings system includes aerodynamic filler, gel coat and finish coat to faithfully reproduce the factory finish in the field.

BASF’s RELEST® Wind coatings are widely approved by major wind turbine manufacturers around the World and have the important GL Certification required by the industry.

Pexa will concentrate on developing local approvals with the UK based wind turbine industry, training & certifying operators and contractors to apply the system at any of the key operational stages. Pexa has created a new website at which is an excellent resource for those interested in this subject. Pexa’s distribution network will ensure that the product system can be delivered in time to anywhere in the UK & Ireland. Pexa is a specialist in surface coatings and will provide full technical product support.

“One of the most exciting features of the RELEST® Wind system is the RepKit”, said Jim Rowbotham, M.D. of Pexa. “This is an aluminium box specially selected to contain all the products necessary to effect a repair to the blade coating in situ. The RepKit is a fully UN approved portable container which allows a contractor to carry all products and consumables needed to any location on land or at sea”.

Uwe Pinzer of BASF said, “The UK wind market will be very dynamic over the next few years as the UK develops its renewable energy capacity. The RELEST® Wind system represents a key investment for BASF and reflects our position as a leader in emerging new technologies. We are confident that Pexa can deliver our technology and provide an excellent service to our customers in the UK and Ireland. ”

Pexa announced as Sofiplast’s UK Agent

Pexa announced as Sofiplast’s UK Agent

Never one to rest on their laurels, Pexa starts the New Year with a new product range announcement. French coatings removal specialist, Sofiplast Group has appointed Pexa as its UK agent to market and manage their range of ecological paint stripping equipment.

Using dry wheatstarch in a low pressure stream, the Sofiplast system removes paint from any substrate quickly and efficiently; but its key advantage is its safety. No harmful chemicals are used, meaning safety for substrates, operatives and the environment. In addition, because the Sofiplast system operates at a very low pressure, users can expect a reduction in energy costs and noise levels.

Wheatstarch stripping is approved for use by Boeing, Beech and Bombardier along with numerous aerospace facilities across Europe.

MD of Pexa Jim Rowbotham commented “2012 is going to be a very busy and productive year; kicking it off with this important new partnership with Sofiplast is a sign of what the industry can expect from us. We choose to represent products only after close scrutiny and the Sofiplast system was no exception. Its ecological credentials and efficiency makes it a highly attractive proposition for our customers.” Pexa is offering trial stripping of components, either on their customers’ own sites or at the Sofiplast facilities.

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Pexa Among Finalists for BCF Sustainability Awards

Pexa Among Finalists for BCF Sustainability Awards

Pexa were once again pleased to be amongst the finalists of the BCF’s annual sustainability awards. In its second year, this scheme recognises and celebrates innovations from Britain’s most visible industry.

BCF members gathered at the Eastwood Hall hotel in Nottingham on the 9th November for the awards dinner which included the Sustainability Awards along with the Coatings Care and Training Awards. The World’s leading paintmakers including Akzo Nobel, PPG and Crown Paints were very much in evidence and Pexa as usual held its own in this prestigious company.

Pexa’s Mini Tank system was recognised as an excellent technology, used hand in hand with their new flexible packaging solutions it substantially reduces a variety of wastes in the paint application area. The awards judges commented as follows on Pexa’s system:

“Pexa have capitalised on the unique properties (non-settling in storage) of the Aerowave product producing a cheap and user friendly dispenser at the place of work. The benefits in waste reduction, emissions drops, and savings on an expensive product are easily transferable to similar situations”

In his closing address head judge, Dr Phil Gamlen said: “Not only are these awards about feeling proud, but they also remind us not to be complacent. Sustainability is a journey and the steps are getting bigger.”

Tony Mash echoed this sentiment saying: “This year really has seen the bar raised. All the winners delivered something that could be used in the wider market place, not just a niche product solution and that’s where real innovation makes the biggest impact. We hope that all our entrants go away from this year’s awards with the judges’ comments and continue on this path to a globally sustainable industry.

(Pictured – Pexa’s Jim Rowbotham accepts the finalist certificate from Dr Steve Snaith, BCF President)

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