In Memoriam: Sean Wilkie
Sales/Technical Support, Tech Line Coatings, Inc., Seymour, TN
(Former President and Owner)
In 1991 G & L Coatings was taken over by his brother and Leonard started Tech Line Coatings solely for manufacturing and sale of coatings, thus opening the market up to expansion. This allowed for more time and resources to be expended on new coating development. As in the beginning, the main focus was the high performance automotive industry, but the industrial market showed considerable interest in Tech Line’s products due to their extreme levels of performance. Two major global companies, Victrex whose main offices are in England and Solvay Advanced Polymers also a European company, turned to Tech Line for development assistance. The result were the first PEEK coatings (for both companies) as well as an insulating coating to allow Solvay’s polymers to be exposed to higher temperatures without degradation in their performance.
Tech Line sells coatings worldwide with distributors and agents in: Europe, South Africa, Australia, Japan, the Caribbean, India, the Middle East and is working on establishing new distributors in South America, Pakistan, China and Turkey.
Tech Line has broadened its formulation efforts into additional chemical fields including anodizing by creating DiamonDyze and advanced anodizing treatment that significantly improves both Type II and Type III anodizing. New coatings are in development, that continue to stretch the functionality, ease of application and target less hazardous ingredients for use. Currently Tech Line manufacturers and sells coatings for virtually every part in an engine, transmission, differential, exhaust systems, cooling systems, brake systems and more.