To the surprise of some, the American owners of Sherman Treaters decided to close its UK and world headquarters, located some 30 miles north west of London. A corporate decision to consolidate its activities and move administration, sales and service to Germany opened the way for some ex-Sherman employees to form Corona Supplies Ltd. It was recently appointed as the official stockist and distributor for Sherman Treaters products throughout the UK, Ireland and Benelux countries. As many will know, the use of this technology on narrow web presses helps inks and coatings to adhere to plastic films, paper and foils. It also enhances the surfaces of cast and blown label and packaging films during wide web coating and lamination processes.
The owners of Corona Supplies include Stuart Greig, former sales director, UK sales manager Becky Stother and Stuart Moore, production manager. “As ex-Sherman employees, we felt that there was a significant gap in the market following the decision to close the Sherman Treaters offices,” says Greig. “We can offer spares and equipment sales and after-sales service to customers not only in the UK, but in other countries too. It’s backed by an experienced team boasting nearly 50 years in corona treatment.” He adds that continuity in respect of spare parts, surface tension test inks and pens, and ancillaries for existing equipment is a vital feature of the company’s business.
Corona Supplies operates from premises in Oakley, Buckinghamshire, a few miles from the original factory located in Thame, Oxfordshire. This facility originally served as Sherman’s main manufacturing center and was augmented by R&D and international sales departments. Phillip B. Sherman, who was born in the UK, established Sherman Treaters in the early 1970s. The company was acquired by the Glenview-based Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2001 and operated as a separate ITW division selling surface enhancement equipment in 57 countries. Group member Pillar Technologies of Hartland, WI, USA, now manufactures Sherman-branded equipment, as well as its own line of corona treaters.