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Industrial Physics Inks & Coatings

Industrial Physics Inks & Coatings

The Industrial Physics Inks & Coatings segment offers instrumentation for the test, measurement and analyses of inks, coatings and general surface treatments. Our products are used across many industries ranging from coating manufacturing, infrastructure and automotive to marine, beverage and canning and general production. Brands in this segment include TQC Sheen (coating test equipment) and Sheen Instruments (viscosity measuring instruments).

TQC Sheen

TQC, Thermimport Quality Control, was founded in 1977 as a manifacturer of test methods and instruments for thermal applications for industrial users. Throughout the years, TQC has specialized in quality control equipment for the surface finishing and protective coating industry. TQC is a Dutch manufacturer of paint test equipment renowned for their innovative approach and ground breaking developments.

In the year 2003, Simex GmbH, a German manufacturer of testing equipments such as film applicators, grindometers, picnometers- highly renowned in Turkey; was acquired by TQC BV of The Netherlands.

TQC Sheen Merger

At the end of 2017, TQC acquired the British company Sheen Instruments.

Sheen Instruments has a history of over 70 years being manufacturers of laboratory equipment for the paint industry.

New TQC Sheen label

Both companies are joining forces now and the two brands are being merged in the new TQC Sheen label. The new label represents perhaps the most extensive range of paint test equipment varying from a vast range of viscosity meters, automatic film applicators, scrub and scratch testers to gloss & colour meters, thickness gauges, drying time testers etc.

TQC Sheen group

TQC Sheen is headquartered in The Netherlands where the company’s production, logistics, application lab and R&D centre are housed near the city of Rotterdam. The TQC Sheen group has sales offices in Germany, the UK, Norway, USA, Italy, Singapore and South Korea and a network of dedicated distributors around the globe.

Special products

For special applications TQC Sheen has established the ‘special products service’. The close cooperation between the Technical Sales Department and the Research and Development department makes it possible to develop special products according to customer specification.


The paint and coatings market is the main playing field of TQC Sheen and their agents. TQC Sheen therefore feels obliged to contribute to the market with its expertise. TQC Sheen is an active member of ISO, NEN, DIN and ASTM. Together with representatives from other major market players. TQC Sheen tries to assist in keeping the paint related standards up to date, relevant and objective. In many occasions TQC Sheen plays a leading role. Mr Nico Frankhuizen for example is chairman of the Dutch ISO-Paint and Varnishes group (NEN).

In order to complete our range we work closely together with renowned manufacturers from all over the world.

Kar Kimya is representing Simex GmbH - TQC Sheen since 1990.

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