Calico Embarks on a Joint Venture with HEF Group

HEF Groupe

November 2023 (Denver, NC) – Calico Coatings is now in a joint venture with HEF Group, a global leader in surface engineering, providing services ranging from research to industrial development and technology transfer to the utilization of processes or the supply of components.

Calico’s focus has always been helping customers with out-of-the-box needs and creating things that don’t exist. With Calico’s numerous R&D requests and HEF's R&D capabilities, this partnership was an ideal match, giving us access to even more resources for developing the most advanced, customized coating solutions for our customers.

Calico is dedicated to finding more innovative ideas to meet our customers' unusual and specific parameters and finding new solutions, especially in the nuclear, defense and green energy industries. HEF Group has 90 locations in 21 countries specializing in tribology, photonics, hydrogen technologies in the industries of mobility, construction, medical, decarbonized energies and defense. Partnering with HEF has now made Calico part of a larger community, all with the same focus, giving us access to even more resources for our customers.

“Our partnership with HEF allows us to provide our customers with even more advanced capabilities, including Research and Development, to give them the most cutting-edge solutions we can offer,” says Jennifer Jenkins, General Manager of Calico Coatings.

Calico’s coatings knowledge and expertise is in demand across numerous industries including, the U.S. Military, aerospace, manufacturing, molds and dies, diesel engine and others. In these industries where performance is everything, Calico's coatings provide the needed edge for outstanding results. Whatever performance challenges you face, Calico offers a coating solution. The Calico Coatings lineup includes DLC, PVD, PECVD, Teflon®, and thermal coatings as well as non-stick dry film lubricants and break-in lubricants.

The HEF Group, based in France, has been a global leader in the science of tribology (wear & friction) for 70 years. Established as a research and development company, HEF subsequently applied its knowledge and experience to develop surface engineering solutions for improving the performance of industrial and automotive components. Today, HEF is active in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, engaged in providing Liquid Nitriding/Salt Bath Nitriding (SBN) services and PVD/DLC coating services through our TECHINQUES SURFACES global network, Engineered Bushings, Tribology testing & Technology transfer.