OXFORDSHIRE, UK – Hardide Coatings has made two key appointments to bolster its team that focuses on developing tungsten-carbide-based engineering solutions.

Ioan Jones is the new Laboratory Manager, and Oliver Jones has been brought in as a Pre-teatment Specialist. The duo will complement the current team of 29 staff, bringing additional metallurgy and chemistry expertise to the company.

As Laboratory Manager, Ioan Jones will focus on analysis, development and improvement of existing production processes, as well as new procedures and applications for Hardide coatings. He has an extensive background in metallurgy and has previously held positions with ASAMS Ltd., Aero Engine Controls and spent 30 years in nuclear research with AWE Aldermaston.

Oliver Jones comes to Hardide Coatings from MacDermid Limited with experience in developing plating processes. His role at Hardide Coatings will include creating new pre-treatment methods and improving and adapting the existing processes to new types of steel and alloys. Pre-treatment is a vital part of the production route for Hardide coatings.