BRAMPTON, Ontario—Zochem L.L.C.'s Brampton plant recently was recognized for 10 consecutive years of producing customer product that exceeded expectation more than 99 percent of the time.
To achieve this, Zochem's team credits an understanding of the critical primary and secondary inputs that can impact the physical properties and chemistry of their finished products. It is a combination of process experience, along with quality engineering tools that allow Zochem to maximize efforts toward continuous improvement. The facility, known as "Zochem North," has a wide bandwidth of customers, each with specific expectations. Having an in-depth understanding of those expectations is where the process starts.
"It takes both teamwork and competency to go even one year with a strong run of in-spec production and quality," Zochem General Manager Mo Sharma said in a statement. "To achieve a run as long as we have maintained at Zochem here in Brampton, it required the entire team from sales and customer service to production, maintenance, quality and the administration staff to being dedicated to making sure that the customer gets the products, packaging and delivery they expect."
According to Zochem, the run demonstrates precision, experience and quality engineering in the production process, as primary and secondary inputs are critical to the physical properties of the finished product.
While about 40 percent of the total zinc oxide market (from all producers of zinc oxide) in North America goes toward the rubber and tire industry, the compound also can be found in dental care, sunscreens, fertilizers, livestock feeds, over-the-counter flu remedies, vitamins, tile glazes, paints, food additives and electronics. The fertilizer and animal feed segments are among the fastest growing, according to the company.