Primat Group, an Italian-based applicator of coastings for fasteners, has made an investment in Curtis Metal Finishing Group, a provider of protective coating, pre-treatment, heat treatment and technical intermediation services and a portfolio company of HCI Equity Partners.

Curtis serves customers in the automotive, construction, military, appliance, aerospace and other sectors. Primat looks to leverage its line-automating technology at Curtis to become to become a low-cost supplier to automotive customers. Primat’s investment in Curtis provides them with a North American footprint. Primat and HCI Equity Partners will continue as shareholders in Curtis, and Jeff Wilson will continue at Curtis in his current role as CEO.

“Combining Primat’s best practices with Curtis’ location in the heart of the U.S. automotive hub will result in delivering the highest standards of quality for its customers,” states Dan Dickinson, HCI’s managing partner.