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AMI DODUCO Introduces a New Combined Rhodium/Palladium Coating Process That Reduces Rhodium Costs

Published on 2006-05-08. Author : SpecialChem

PFORZHEIM, Germany -- AMI DODUCO, a Technitrol Company (NYSE:TNL - News), announced that it is offering a new combined rhodium/palladium process for coating jewelry.

Rhodium coatings, with their bright, whitish lustre, have long been used to beautify silver, copper and white gold. They also protect the underlying metal substrate against corrosion.

Persistently high rhodium prices have led to considerable increases in production costs. Simply reducing the thickness of the rhodium plating is not a viable option, since visible deterioration of the coating occurs quickly and detracts from the appearance and perceived quality of the object.

AMI DODUCO's a new combined process consists of the palladium bath DODUPAL® 3 and the rhodium bath RHODIOR® 2. The palladium acts as an anti-corrosive primer and minimizes the amount of rhodium needed for the finish coating.

These two solutions are ideally matched so as to guarantee the best possible material bonding. The thickness of the rhodium plating required can therefore be reduced by up to 50%.

"This new combined process can quickly become a valuable strategy for maintaining competitiveness in the jewelry industry," said Christian J. Hagedorn, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Europe.

Headquartered in Export, Pennsylvania, AMI DODUCO is a global leader in electrical contact technology and fabrication. The company supplies contacts and assemblies, contact materials, thermostatic and laminated metal products, electroplating and surface treatment services, and precious metal refining and recycling to more than 3,000 customers. AMI DODUCO operates from locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Copyright © 2006 AMI DODUCO, Inc. All rights reserved. All brand names and trademarks are properties of their respective holders.

Cautionary Note: This message contains "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially. This release should be read in conjunction with the factors set forth in Technitrol's report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2005 in Item 1 under the caption "Factors that May Affect Our Future Results (Cautionary Statements for Purposes of the 'Safe Harbor' Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995)."


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