was introduced to New Zealand in 1952 when George Hick,
the senior foreman at Mason Mesco Engineering, demonstrated
the process to potential customers with an oxygen/acetylene
wire pistol designed to spray a ferrous or non-ferrous coating
for reclamation work.
Since then, the New Zealand thermal spray industry has kept
pace with world developments - in part because of our isolation
from the rest of the world. This isolation has helped us develop
more creative ways of thinking, not only in our Americas Cup
designs, but also in our approach to technologies such as
thermal spray. On a purely practical level, rapid access to
spare parts is always a problem - transport is expensive and
by sea freight, time between order and delivery can exceed
three months. These two factors have led to a need to find
rapid repair alternatives which will keep industry operating
when breakdowns occur - and thermal spray offers that alternative..