Nycote to Celebrate its 60th Birthday with a New Product

As Nycote celebrates its 60th year of manufacturing Nycote coatings, we look back through our company’s history to see how far we’ve come.

“It’s impossible to know where you’re going if you don’t understand where you came from” says Marcie W. Simpson, President & COO Nycote Laboratories Corporation.

Company founder Lloyd Washburn purchased the formula in September 1957 from an engineer with whom he shared a building in one of the aerospace industrial complexes in Los Angeles, California. The discovery that nylon could be delivered on a substrate as a thin lightweight protective film was considered a revolutionary concept and today is still considered a unique process.

Nycote continues to grow and is currently rolling out a new product, Nycote 99 EcoShield. As the name suggests, this product will be the next generation family of products for Nycote.

Read More About Nycote’s Journey & New Product

ADDEV Materials acquires ANDPAK and ZIP-CHEM®

ADDEV Materials announced on October 15th the acquisition of two US Companies, ANDPAK and Zip- Chem.

ANDPAK specializes in custom packaging of chemicals for the aeronautics industry and Zip- Chem formulates and manufactures surface preparation products, corrosion inhibitors, lubricants and avionics cleaners. These acquisitions are a clear signal of the group’s vision of growth in the North American and European aviation sectors.

For almost 40 years, ANDPAK has designed a vast range of innovative custom packaging for liquid products such as adhesives, sealants, paints, greases and other chemical compounds. ANDPAK offers the packaging solution its customers need for their applications, and seeks to improve their productivity, user safety and traceability, while reducing costs and environmental impact that results from waste and wasted material.

ANDPAK has production sites in Morgan Hill (California), Minneapolis (Minnesota) and West Yorkshire (UK). It has positioned itself close to key customers, such Boeing and Airbus and is capable of global reach.

ANDPAK works with its customers to specify and design innovative packaging solutions with the right format and size for their applications. Our solutions improve industrial performance and safety with minimum waste and therefore less impact on the environment”, explains Dick Varien, ANDPAK General Manager.

Zip-Chem envisions, formulates, manufactures and packages several complimentary product lines to address the corrosion control programs in the aviation industry. All products carry the mandated AMS quality tested material specification in addition to military and commercial airframe manufacturer certifications.

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area in California with warehouse and logistics centers in Morgan Hill (California), Everett (Washington), and Singapore, Zip-Chem has expert chemists and an R&D that for many years have been formulated and successfully tested products vital to the aviation industry.

Zip-Chem product lines are ranging from surface preparation products and adhesion promoters AP-1 under the Sur-Prep® Brand; specialty coolants under the Accu-Cool® brand along with specialty lubricants under Aero-lubeTM; short and long term corrosion inhibiting compounds under the Cor-Ban® brand; inclusive of aircraft appearance products for interior and exterior application under the Calla® brand. Being now part of ADDEV Materials is a great opportunity to expand our products’ sales toward Europe” points out Chuck Pottier, President of Zip-Chem.

“The acquisition of ANDPAK and Zip-Chem is the highpoint of 2019, which has been pivotal for ADDEV Materials’ vision with regard to the aviation industry after the integration of PEXA and PSG in the aviation paint and coatings business in UK, and the construction of a new industrial site dedicated to custom packaging in Toulouse, France.

The energy and expertise of our teams has enabled us today to achieve our ambition: that of becoming an international specialty player in custom chemicals for Aerospace and Defense”, concludes Julien Duvanel, CEO of ADDEV Materials (Aerospace & Defense – Chemicals & Custom Packaging).

Pexa at Le Bourget for the first time as part of Addev Materials

Addev Materials Team

Pexa, the leading supplier of aerospace approved paints, coatings and surface treatment materials has been ever present at the Paris Air Show since their start up in 2002. This year in 2019 for the first time Pexa will attend as a new member of the Addev Materials group of companies, following their acquisition in April as part of Addev’s acquisition of Graytone Ltd.

The Pexa team will be available at Addev Materials’ booth BC126 in Hall 4 to discuss how Pexa can help with technical and service requirements for aerospace materials. They will be teaming up with new colleagues from Addev to develop their vision for the future and how the group’s global scale can project Pexa’s capabilities to a wider audience.

Pexa and Addev encourage current and potential trading partners to get in touch and visit them at Le Bourget to discuss future aerospace programmes and what they can do to provide support. Capabilities include technical specification and application support on our products, logistics and delivery capabilities including VMI and added values services including splitting, kitting and repackaging.

Marcie Simpson and Pennie Burnham of Nycote® Laboratories Corporation to speak at the PNAA Women in Aerospace Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 24, 2019) – Marcie Simpson, President and COO of Nycote® Laboratories Corporation, along with Pennie Burnham, the Vice President, Sales and Market Research, have been selected to speak at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance Women in Aerospace Conference Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Seattle.

PNAA’s annual Women in Aerospace Conference is the leading symposium for women in the aerospace industry. The conference provides the opportunity to hear from women leaders who will deliver the latest market intelligence and industry insight, share their perspectives on personal and professional development, while also strengthening relationships for continued action beyond the event.

Marcie Simpson Pennie Burnham Nycote“The unprecedented number of women leaders in aerospace today is the direct result of the incredible abilities and performance of many whom will attend PNAA’s Women in Aerospace, and it is a privilege for us to be afforded the opportunity to share our experiences with this group of tremendous innovators,” said Marcie Simpson, President and COO, Nycote Laboratories Corp. “As we are situated directly in the anti-corrosion coating molecular quantum mechanics sector, and work closely with engineers, chemists and OEMs in the aerospace, automotive and railway industries, we look forward to providing insight on how we have forged greater avenues and created a broader market share for Nycote products.”

Nycote’s Simpson and Burham have been asked to share their journey of collaboration and inspiration with a session entitled “Partners in Power – Female Leaders Empowering Their Teams” to address how female leaders can pay it forward while working with their teams to ensure they have the confidence and competence to advance to the next level.

Sharing the dais throughout the event are some of the most influential women in aerospace representing industry titans such as Boeing and Collins Aerospace, as well as from a host of integral sectors within the industry from system engineers and analysts, to marketing, sales and manufacturing.

Trusted and approved by Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) worldwide for decades, Nycote® Laboratories Corporation is the only global advanced surface manufacturer that produces a clear lightweight liquid nylon coating that delivers unrivaled anti-corrosion protection technology for mission-critical systems to the aerospace, automotive, and railway industries, among others.

Located in Los Angeles since 1959, Nycote® Laboratories Corporation is proudly owned by a United States Veteran (VOSB), as well as a highly accomplished woman (WOSB).

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) is a coalition of aerospace companies that serve North America’s largest commercial aerospace manufacturing cluster which centers round The Boeing Company just outside of Seattle, Washington. With members and affiliates around the world, PNAA strengthens the manufacturing supply chain through dynamic events designed to inform aerospace leaders, connect aerospace interests, and inspire industry collaboration and innovation.

PNAA hosts a number of conferences, workshops and symposiums throughout the year that are designed to connect companies within the aerospace supply chain.

PEXA wins Queen’s Award for International Trade 2019

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories : International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and also for Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).


Pexa is the UK’s leading supplier of coatings and surface treatment products to aerospace and other high-tech engineering markets. “We are thrilled to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the first time”, says Jim Rowbotham, founder and Managing Director. “HRH The Duke of York was kind enough to declare our new premises open when we moved here a couple of years ago. He suggested we try for the award and, encouraged by that, we did. Thanks to him for giving us a push in this direction”.

Pexa began in 2002 as a business based on specialist know-how in aerospace coatings and establishing a unique position in the market, genuinely working with its supplier partners to develop strategies for commercialising, delivering and technically supporting their products. Pexa’s customers are high-tech engineering companies; manufacturing and maintaining aircraft & defence equipment, energy infrastructure and electronics.  Our key products are surface treatments, paints and NDT products. They have very high-performance properties but are also subject to chemical regulations and are hazardous for shipping. These are important challenges when supplying them internationally and Pexa’s team is the best in the World at managing these issues and ensuring that our customer’s projects are delivered on time.

We now have more than a thousand customers in over forty countries and we are providing products and services for major projects such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A350XWB and the F-35 Lightning II amongst many others. This award is for our growth in International markets of over 70% in the last 3 years. In that time, we have opened new offices and outlets in Spain, southern France, North Africa and India. Apart from growing our business, that has introduced us to many new friends and experiences that make international trade such a pleasure. We have adapted our offer to match different regional needs and established offices with teams recruited in the regions they serve.

“This award is really due to a shared effort from our own team who’s know-how and energy have made the company a success, as well as our supplier partners who have supported us throughout and, of course, our customers and their faith in us which we try to repay every day”.

We have great plans for the future and increasing internationalisation is an important part of them. The aerospace industry will continue to grow globally, our UK roots give us a great knowledge base and experience which helps us to serve our customers very well. We now have the platform on which to build our offer around the World.

ADDEV Materials acquires Pexa and PSG

ADDEV Materials strengthens its position in Aerospace market with the acquisition of UK based companies Pexa and PSG

Since 2016, it has been the ambition of ADDEV Materials Group to become an international leading player in the field of aeronautics, space and defence, by creating a dedicated business unit. The acquisition of the Graytone Group and its subsidiaries Pexa and PSG confirms that ambition.

Both companies specialize in added value services and expert distribution of surface treatments, coatings, chemicals, composites and other materials mainly dedicated to the aerospace & defense markets. This activity is supported by a high level of customer service and technical expertise.

For more than 10 years, ADDEV Materials has offered its customers innovative and responsible materials solutions, centered around the three key elements “materials – converting – service”. Historically focused on converting flexible materials, such as adhesive tapes or technical films, ADDEV Materials has expanded its know-how to liquid custom packaging solutions, adhesives and chemicals, through the acquisition of DIMEX (Toulouse) in 2015 and VMS aircraft (San Diego, USA) in 2016.

The acquisition of Pexa and PSG is part of the company’s strategy to expand its supply range of adhesives, sealants and chemicals, to include paints and coatings, together with value added activities such as small batch manufacturing, tinting and decanting. Pexa and PSG propose an extended offer, complementary to those of ADDEV Materials:
– based in Holywell Green (West Yorkshire, UK), Pexa has developed a position as a preferred partner for Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings in the UK, France and Spain. Pexa also recently created a subsidiary in India, laying the foundations for a future strategic platform to support ADDEV Materials’ customers in that region.
– based in Bordon (Hampshire, SW of London), PSG has forged strong strategic partnerships with world leading manufacturers of specialist aerospace coatings and composites such as PPG Industries, Sherwin-Williams, Henkel and Gurit.

“We expect excellent synergies from the Graytone project in Europe and Middle East. We believe we can achieve significant cross fertilization as an “Adhesives & Chemicals” custom made solutions expert, with our worldwide customers, our world-class manufacturers’ partners and our geographical position in Europe and North America”

Julien Duvanel, ADDEV Materials CEO and Aerospace & Defense Business Unit CEO.

“The ADDEV Materials business philosophy is very much in line with the Graytone concept, which is to provide a highly extensive product offering, combined with a high level of technical support, added value converting activities and strong customer service orientation.”

Graham Yates, Graytone
Managing Director.

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

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

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.”


1st & 2nd SAE G8 / G9 Aerospace Organic Coatings Conference, Monterey, California | Nycote Laboratories 

22-23rd SURFEX Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK |  Pexa 

22-24th SURFAIR congress Biarritz, France | Socomore   and Pexa  

22-24th NAVALIA, Vigo, Spain | Pexa  

30-31st  AP&M, Olympia, London, UK | Pexa  

Another celebration for Pexa

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 last February 14 they met other monthly winners at Croft Myl.

>Further information

Another recognition of the great effort and achievement of Pexa!

We hope that all these awards will give Pexa more visibility (and new votes!) for The European Business Awards.

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


AERO INDIA 2017 – Pexa, Socomore and Nyco are exhibiting

NEXT week, 14 – 18 February, Pexa, the supplier of surface coating products to the aerospace industry, are exhibiting on stand AB1.14 at Aero India 2017 with their supply partner Socomore

Nyco manufacturer of synthetic esters and specialty lubricants for Aeronautics, Defence and Industry will be attentind the air show with their joint-venture AVI-OIL INDIA [P] LTD .

As announced in 2015, Pexa invested in developing a leading position in the rapidly expanding Indian market and teamed up with two of their partners in the Aerochemicals Alliance: Socomore, a manufacturer of surface treatment products, and Sherwin Inc, a manufacturer of NDT products. All 3 companies are leaders in their field and work closely together to develop synergies which benefit their customers. Pexa is the leader of the project in India and has opened a new sales office in Bangalore in order to provide an excellent level of local service to customers in India. Customers can benefit from Pexa’s close association with surface finishing product manufacturers and the support services for the leading brands that they distribute.

Pexa supplies a wide range of aerospace approved paints, solid film lubricants, surface treatments, sealants, adhesives and associated application equipment and consumables.

Socomore manufactures critical surface treatment products, NDT material, adhesive shims and surface coatings under the Aeroglaze® brand. Pexa are available to discuss Socomore’s products together with their wide range of aerospace products. Pexa work in close partnership with materials manufacturers, such as Socomore, to ensure that a comprehensive support package for the selection and use of the products is offered.  Alongside technical support, their products are promptly supplied with the right certification.

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 is also expanding via international partnerships and technology transfers.

Pexa is engaged in supporting companies developing new manufacturing sites under the “Make in India” banner and is hoping to develop its own production facilities in India to support appropriate local product manufacturing.

Pexa are committed to their customers and business in India and, along with Socomore, invite you to visit them at the exhibition on stand AB 1.14.

Representatives on the booth:
Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director, Pexa Ltd
Jaganathan PK, Technical Sales Manager, Pexa Ltd
Frederic Lescure, CEO, Socomore
Mahidine AIT, Regional Sales Manager, Socomore

Further informations:

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

Socomore: Marketing oparational & Communication Manager, Florence Schluraff +33(0)2 97 54 51 71 or email

Nyco: info@avi-oil.


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