Bodycote International PLC announced the acquisition of Nitruvid S.A. from Ascometal S.A., a member of Russian-owned SeverStal Group. Nitruvid was founded in 1985 and has patented a number of renowned plasma-assisted nitriding processes for stainless steel applications. Nitruvid operates from three plants located in Paris, Saint-Etienne and Metz.

Other processes available include the nitriding of titanium and superalloys, low-pressure carburizing and ion implantation. These processes are used in industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical, and power generation, and they complement existing Bodycote proprietary processes such as Kolsterising, which is also used in the surface hardening of stainless steels.