CMI strengthens its activities in Surface Treatment through the acquisition of Galvatek in Finland

On February 21st, 2019, CMI (Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie) finalized the acquisition of the Finnish company Galvatek. Established at Lahti, Galvatek generates annual revenues of around 12 million euros. The integration of this leader in chemical cleaning equipment for the maintenance and repair (MRO) of engine parts for the aviation industry, strengthens CMI’s expertise and position in this particular market. Continue reading “CMI strengthens its activities in Surface Treatment through the acquisition of Galvatek in Finland”

Galvatek exhibiting in Farnborough International Air Show, 16-22 July 2018

We are exhibiting this June in Farnborough International Air Show (FIA), the largest aviation industry’s international event in the world. In 2016, FIA had 1500+ exhibitors from 52 countries and 82 out of top 100 aerospace companies participated. We are joining forces in FIA 2018 with our local representative Turbex Ltd., and our stand 4042 is located in the hall 4.

Come and visit us in Farnborough in June and learn more about our exeptional surface treatment plant engineering capabilities in the Engine MRO component cleaning as well as aircraft component manufacturing.


Show Centre, ETPS Rd,
Farnborough, GU14 6FD, Great Britain

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Join our team: 3D Visual Designer

Are you interested in working with leading technology in a challenging position and in an international environment? We are looking for a full-time 3D Visual Designer for our office in Lahti, Finland, to create technical visualisations and animations of our products.

Galvatek is one of the world’s leading suppliers of surface treatment plants, having delivered over 600 plants over the past 40 years. Galvatek offers a comprehensive customer-based service, from the initial design to a turnkey delivery, plus maintenance and spare parts services. The latest technology and our long experience ensure the quality and reliability of Galvatek plants.

Job description

You will support sales by creating plant layout drawings, 3D models and renderings of our equipment. The tools you will be using include Autodesk Autocad, Inventor and 3ds Max. You should have at least a basic understanding of Autocad, which we use for planning factory layouts. Your primary tool, however, will be 3ds Max, so you should be fluent in the use of this software. We use 3ds Max to pre-design and implement our offer modelling, rendering and animations. In addition, Photoshop/Illustrator is often required for post-production.

In addition to 3D modelling, your job may require other graphic artist skills, such as graphic design, illustrations, image processing and creating various sales materials. Experience in producing visual contents and publishing them online will be considered an advantage.

What we expect from you

We expect you to have an uncompromising attitude and the ambition to keep raising the bar a little higher. You are never satisfied with the easiest or most familiar solution but instead are keen to improve your work and develop your own skills. You will become the leading expert in your field within Galvatek, so we expect you to be proactive and independent. At the same time, you will be a team player and willing to offer your expertise for use by our sales team, engineers and customers.

The majority of our customers are in the aviation industry, so they demand the highest quality and utmost punctuality. Responding to the needs of our customers is always the priority and may require an extra effort from our employees at times.

Most of us at Galvatek are engineers, but we expect you to bring to Galvatek also your creative thinking and visual eye. Your job will be to present the surface treatment plants we design in the most appealing and illustrative way.

We expect you to have the following software skills:

  • 3ds Max, modelling and rendering – very good skills
  • Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator – previous experience
  • Inventor /Autocad or Solidworks/Vertex – previous experience
  • MS Office tools – fluent

Work experience: We appreciate any experience in modelling and visualising technical equipment. If you have experience in other kinds of creative design work, we expect you to have an understanding and interest in mechanics. Extensive work experience is not mandatory, and the job may be suitable also for recent graduates if you have the expected skills and attitude.

Education: A polytechnic/university of applied sciences-level education in engineering, technical visualisations, product design or similar is expected.

Language skills: This job requires fluent English language skills, as many of our customers, colleagues and partners communicate in English.

What we offer you

We offer you a full-time employment relationship and the opportunity of a long career. You will get to work in the aviation industry and an international business environment.
You will be given an independent and responsible position in which you can develop. We always use the latest tools. We offer you a nice work environment, flexibility to manage both your professional and private lives, and excellent work colleagues.

Further information:
Jani Välkky | || Contact us

I can be reached by phone at the following times: Mon-Wed 12noon-4pm.

Please send your application, CV and salary request by 30th of March, 2018 at the latest.

Galvatek exhibiting in MRO Americas, April 10 – 12, 2018

We are exhibiting this April in Orlando, FL, at the MRO Americas exhibition for the first time in the event’s history. There will be 850+ exhibitors and over 15 000 visitors. We are joining forces with our local representative DAES Group, and their other capital equipment partners. Our stand 1154 is located in the main hall.

Come and visit us in Orlando in April and learn more about our exeptional surface treatment plant engineering capabilities in the Engine MRO component cleaning as well as aircraft component manufacturing.


Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
North Concourse (Halls A&B)

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Join our team: Chief Engineer

Do you want to work in a responsible position, within a high technology company and in an international environment? We are looking for a Chief Engineer to join our mechanical engineering team located at our office in Lahti, Finland.

Galvatek is one of the leading suppliers of surface treatment plants globally. We have delivered over 600 plants over the past 40 years. Galvatek offers customer-tailored plant projects, from design to turnkey delivery. We naturally offer comprehensive maintenance and spare parts services too. The latest technology combined with our long experience guarantee the reliability and quality of Galvatek plants.

Job description

As Chief Engineer you will be responsible for mechanical design processes and general plant design. Your tasks will include also scheduling and detailing mechanical design work, as well as technical computations, defining and sourcing components, and creating technical documentation.

When needed you will also participate in negotiations with clients and suppliers, as well as assist in planning and creating preliminary designs for quotations.

What we expect from you

We expect you to understand complex projects and manage the detailed design required to correlate the overall targets of the plant. You will report to the Design Manager, and you will participate actively in developing our design systems and methods (Vault/Inventor/AutoCAD).

We expect you to have several years of experience in designing and managing large projects. This experience will allow you to make decisions and take responsibility. An MSc or BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering or Mechatronics would be the ideal degree for this position.

We expect you to have experience in mechanical engineering, and you should master both 2D and 3D design. You should also be fluent in modern software tools, preferably Inventor and AutoCAD from Autodesk, or at least you should have long experience in similar software, such as Solidworks. Any experience in an international work environment will be considered a benefit.

We expect you to have strong communication skills, and you should enjoy working with people. You should be able to figure out the big picture quickly and organise work with our clients and suppliers. You should be fluent in both English and Finnish, and any other language skills will be considered an advantage.

What we have to offer

We offer you an interesting job in an organisation that always appreciates high quality. You will have the chance to use and develop all your skills. You will be working mostly with clients from the aviation industry who expect extremely high quality and reliability.

We expect you to be a professional from the start, while our in-house and other training opportunities ensure that you will be the best expert in this business also in the future. In addition to design, your work will include also some research and development.

We offer you the chance to travel internationally and to work with people from other cultures. Galvatek is a truly international company, and the majority of our products have been exported already for many decades.

Further information:

Jani Ruhanen, Design Manager

Jarno Virtanen, General Manager – Aviation

Join our team: Project Engineer

We are looking for

We are looking for a Project Engineer located in our office in Lahti, Finland. You will be part of Galvatek´s project and sales organization. Your task is to manage a certain project or several projects simultaneously from beginning to the end.

Your task is to define the technical specification of a project, pricing and to act as a primary contact towards our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. You are responsible for project timetable, profitability, resources and other tasks related to the project. You are supposed to report the status of the project monthly.

We expect you to be

We expect you to be already an experienced project manager, who can work flexible with customers from different cultural background, yet a tight negotiator when needed. We hope you to be a team player with ambition to always find the best result. A lot of travelling is needed to manage the job, especially in Europe, Far-East and Middle-East.

You should hold an engineer degreea either from a university or an institute. You are expected to be fluent with English language, as well as MS Office and Project software and Autocad/Vault CAD software.

What we offer to you

We offer you an interesting job in a truly international company. We develop the high-end technology and always appreciate high quality. You will have a chance to use and develop all your skills. We expect you to be a professional from the start, but with our in-house and other training opportunities we ensure that you will be the best expert in this business also in the future.

You will have a full responsibility over your projects and we offer you all the necessary support and resources to meet the target

Apply for this job

For additional information, please contact:
Jarno Virtanen, General Manager |

BCW Manufacturing Group invested in an automated anodising line


BCW Treatments Ltd on Innovation Drive in Burnley is an aluminium anodising facility opened in early 2015 to provide a full service to companies using the subcontract machining services of BCW Manufacturing Group’s machine shops on the same industrial estate. Anodising is carried out in a Galvatek automated finishing line supplied by Turbex, which was deemed to be the best all-round package of three alternatives considered. Currently, an average of 2,600 square metres of product per week are finished across more than 240 part lines.

The Galvatek automated anodising line at BCW Treatments, Burnley.

Anodizing of automotive aluminium castings, sheets and extrusions

One of BCW’s automotive contracts involves the production of aluminium components mainly from A365 castings, 6060 extrusion, superplastic 5083, and 5754 sheet for a premium automotive customer in the UK specialising in manufacturing luxury sports cars and grand tourers. More recently, the subcontractor has received further business from another prestigious UK automotive customer that produces high performance 4×4’s and special operations vehicles. The work will start at the end of 2018 and entail the installation in an adjacent factory of a line for passivating components as a corrosion resistant pretreatment. Enquiries have also been received for finishing lightweight components for aircraft, such as cabin seating, and for electric cars, hybrids, amphibious vehicles and lorries. Consequently, by the end of the decade, the firm is destined to become a major force in component finishing in the north of England.

Dr Andrew Wilson, managing director of BCW Treatments explained, “Although more than a century old, modern anodising is an exacting discipline requiring extremely close control to achieve the highest quality and even more importantly the correct film properties.”Some manufacturers’ car parts are adhesively joined rather than welded and a nominal thickness of the anodic layer of between two and 10 microns is required, above which there is a risk of components pulling apart under stress. A tolerance band of four to six microns is achieved in the Galvatek line, so precise is the process.”

Two overhead transporters dip flight bars carrying aluminium components into 15 tanks sequentially. Up to five jobs can be processed simultaneously in the line.

Automation and ventilation play an important role

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system drives the finishing process in Burnley, raising each manufacturing order and triggering the issue of material. The line’s control system learns which aluminium products are mounted on which universal or part-specific jig by scanning the manufacturing order. Once it knows the part number, the correct program is automatically selected. There are four load/unload stations at one end of the line, where components are loaded onto flight bars that progress to a buffer station from where they are picked up by one of two overhead transporters and dipped into 15 tanks sequentially. Up to five jobs can be processed simultaneously in the line.

Automatic dosing stations are provided for metered dosing of chemicals into several of the tanks, the quantity being worked out automatically according to the amount of surface area to be anodised on each flight bar. The working environment is clean and fume-free, as each tank is hermetically sealed and the lid is not opened until a transporter is directly above it. Positive pressure pulls the fumes through the handling system and extracts them to a scrubbing unit. After processing, flight bars are returned to four load/unload stations adjacent to the loading area and the test pieces are taken away for analysis, which includes pull and shear tests after adhesive has been applied. Following each successful test, the ERP system is advised that the components are ready to deliver to the customer.

The anodising line sequence

As a conveyor is not involved in transporting flight bars around the system, the anodising process starts in the centre of the line and progresses initially away from the load/unload stations. Alkaline degrease takes up to one hour in the first tank for the most soiled castings and the solution is rinsed off in town water in the next two tanks, the water being recycled between the second and third stage.

A fight bar being lowered by one of the transporters into a tank.

Tank 4 is a chemical etch using sodium hydroxide to remove pre-existing aluminium oxide from the surface of components. Immersion time is controlled to avoid unduly changing of the geometry of the components. It also precludes the need to plug holes, resulting in a cost saving and eliminating the risk of parts being returned by the customer if plugs are inadvertently left in at the time of delivery. An eco-rinse cycle in town water is performed in the next three tanks, again with recycling between the stages. The following process, which takes place at the far end of the line in tank 8, is the removal in a mix of nitric acid and hydrofluoric acid of alloying elements on the surface of components, especially of castings, that remain after chemical etching. Two further eco-rinse immersions in tanks 9 and 10 brings the pre-treatment to a close, by which time the components have travelled back past the centre tank towards the load/unload stations.

The actual anodising stage of the process is in tank 11, which contains sulphuric acid, and lasts between eight and 10 minutes, during which time a nominal 4 to 6 microns film thickness is deposited. An ecological feature of the equipment is continuous dosing of the acid, instead of recycling the fluid when the aluminium content reaches say 20 grams per litre. Avoidance of waste is made possible by employing a pump to recirculate the fluid through a retardation unit, where the aluminium is filtered out. A clean rinse in three successive tanks containing deionised water, which is produced locally within the line, ends with an ultra-clean rinse to ensure that conductivity is less than 200 microsiemens.

The last stage, prior to the flight bar being taken back to the unload station, is hydrothermal sealing at 96°C in a proprietary chemical blend. Reserved for high-end applications and involving 30-micron particulate filtration, the process seals microscopically small pores created on the surface of components as a result of dielectric breakdown during anodising.

More information

Turbex Limited, Unit 1, Riverwey Industrial Park,

Newman Lane, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2QL.

Tel: +44 (0)1420 544909.  Fax: +44 (0)1420 542264.


Contact:  John Huntingdon, Managing Director.

N3 has overhauled over 800 engines

Automated chemical cleaning line in action at N3 in Arnstadt, Germany.

10 years of operational experience and 20 years more life expectancy

N3 Engine Overhaul Services in Arnstadt, Germany, overhauls and repairs Rolls-Royce aircraft engines and their components. A joint venture of Lufthansa Technik AG and Rolls-Royce plc, N3 has been operating since 2007 and is one of the most modern maintenance operations in the world. N3 currently serves over 40 international airlines who appreciate the company’s quality, dependability and process orientation. Likewise, N3 relies on an automated cleaning line supplied by Galvatek to handle up to 250 engines per year.

N3 offers maintenance and repair services for Rolls-Royce engine types Trent 500 (Airbus A340), Trent 700 (Airbus A330), Trent 900 (Airbus A380) and Trent XWB (Airbus A350). For individual engine components, N3 also offers repair services for the Trent 800, Trent 1000 and RB211-535 series.

For the cleaning and subsequent conservation of various components and materials, N3 Engine Overhaul Services utilizes a wide range of advanced technological processes. The entrepiece of the chemical cleaning process is the cleaning facility, where component baskets are fed, computer-controlled, via a crane system into one of 27 cleaning tanks. Each tank has a capacity of over ten cubic meters and allows the processing of components with a diameter of up to 2 meters and weighing up to 500 kilograms. Depending on the application, the tanks are filled with different mediums and heated to temperatures of between 55 and 90 °C.

Three of the tanks have been additionally equipped with ultrasonic cleaning devices. Complemented by several flexible manual working stations, this enables the individually adapted cleaning of almost all components. Components susceptible to corrosion can also be vacuum packed after cleaning so they are ready for transport and storage.

N3 chemically cleans Roll-Royce Trent aircraft engines
N3 Engine Overhaul Services has been operating Galvatek chemical cleaning line successfully for over ten years.

Martin Spallek, Head of Component Repair, you have run a Galvatek chemical cleaning line for 10 years now. What kind of experiences have you had, and what kind of life expectancy you have for this facility?

“The reliable operations of our cleaning facilities are crucial for our business. After dismantling and prior to further processing, the engine components must be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for material testing and inspection. Any interruption at this point in the overhaul process causes delays in the turnaround time of the engines.

Overall, we have had positive experiences with the Galvatek chemical cleaning line. The period over the last ten years can be divided into three different phases. In the start-up phase of N3 Engine Overhaul Services, our focus was on starting up the operations of the cleaning line and on establishing fault-free working conditions. In the second phase, we maintained reliability with only a few unplanned interruptions in our daily business. In phase three, the current phase, we are focusing more on preventive maintenance to assure the availability of the cleaning line for the planned life expectancy of our facility, i.e. 20 more years.”


What is the role of the chemical cleaning line in your overall MRO process? What percentage of engine components can be run through the automated cleaning process?

“The cleaning line is N3´s single source for the automated cleaning of engine parts for the subsequent repair and NDT processes. Nearly 80 per cent of engine components pass through the automated cleaning line. A fast response from our assigned maintenance contractor helps us to keep availability at a high level in order to get all the parts cleaned in time.”


You have relatively big facilities for aero engine MRO and you also have ambitious growth plans. Is there enough capacity and reserve for your future needs?

“N3 Engine Overhaul Services initially started its operations in 2007. Today N3 serves more than 40 international airlines on behalf of Rolls-Royce. So far N3 has overhauled more than 800 engines in the Trent 500 (A340), Trent 700 (A330) and Trent 900 (A380) model ranges. With the new Trent XWB (A350 XWB) engine, output will increase from the current 100 engines per year to 150–200 engines per year in the coming years. This year it will already be 130 engines. The cleaning line is designed for a capacity of 250 engines per year, so it supports us growing our business.”


What are the benefits of the automated cleaning line compared to manual methods? How has the chemical cleaning line met your environmental and occupational safety needs?

“The benefits are obvious: With the automated cleaning line we are able to run 24/7 operations and guarantee a high output and fast processing time. The quality of the cleaning processes is sustainable high.

One of the main principles of N3 concerns the protection of the environment and the resultant obligation of supporting the well-being of our staff and the community. Environmental protection was considered when planning the company, and certification pursuant to ISO 14001 Environmental Management was established. Within the process of the continuous improvement of our operating procedures, the reduction or avoidance of negative effects on the environment plays a central role, in addition to an increase in quality and production efficiency.

The cleaning facility is equipped with a fully automated chemical water treatment system and a Candovent ventilation system in accordance with the current requirements for environmental protection. We are also able to save a lot of water with the cascaded water supply. But the main priority is on the health and safety of the workforce. Automated cleaning reduces contact between our operators and the chemicals to an absolute minimum. In addition, the chemical line prevents the release of chemical fumes and spillages.”

Galvatek chemical cleaning line for jet engines
Component baskets are fed, computer-controlled, via a crane system into one of 27 cleaning tanks. Each tank has a capacity of over ten cubic metres and allows the processing of components with a diameter of up to 2 metres and weighing up to 500 kilograms.

N3 Engine Overhaul Services

Plant: Chemical cleaning line
Location: Germany
Delivery: 2007
Designed capacity: 250 engines/year
Engine types: Rolls-Royce Trent 500, 700, 900 and XWB
Plant construction: 27 tanks + dryers + manual stations
Process and production control: Automated (Galcont™ by Galvatek)


More information and links:
N3 Engine Overhaul Services

Galvatek Chemical Cleaning Line