News for September 2009

News Archive

Metalformers Less Optimistic About Business Conditions Over the Short Term Metalformers Less Optimistic About Business Conditions Over the Short Term

Metalforming companies are somewhat less optimistic about the trend in general activity and in their expectations for new orders over the next three-month period than they were one month ago. That’s according to the newly released September 2009 Precision Metalforming Association, PMA, Business Conditions Report.

EPA Finalizes the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System

On January 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, will, for the first time, require large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas, GHG, data under a new reporting system. This new program will cover approximately 85% of the nation’s GHG emissions and apply to roughly 10,000 facilities.

CCAI To Host New Finishing Technologies Pavilion at the FABTECH Show

The Chemical Coaters Association International, CCAI, has announced that beginning in 2010, it will host a new Finishing Technologies Pavilion at the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM tradeshow.

NASF Reminds Industry Members to Save the Date for SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan NASF Reminds Industry Members to Save the Date for SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The National Association for Surface Finishing, NASF, is inviting industry members to save the date for SUR/FIN 2010, set to take place June 15 –17 at the Devos Place Convention in Downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.

Michigan Governor Seeks to Expand Automotive Investment

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has concluded her ninth overseas investment mission and fourth visit to Japan, meeting with company leaders from Denso to encourage the company to expand in Michigan.

COATING East Online Registration Ends This Week

The last day to register for COATING 2009, which takes place in Nashville, Tenn., is Friday, Sept. 18. After that time, only on-site registration will be available.

AkzoNobel Adjusts Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals Portfolios

AkzoNobel adjusts Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals portfolios as part of a realignment that will see the launch of two new business units and the merger of two others.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation Awarded Competitively Bid U.S. Army Tank Research Contract

Concurrent Technologies Corporation, CTC, recently won a competitively bid contract to participate in the support of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, Omnibus Program. The contract is a five-year, multi-award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract worth up to $430 million.

Henkel Adds HIT Solutions to Stable of Distributors

Henkel Automotive Surface Technology Group has entered into an agreement with HIT Solutions, whereby HIT Solutions will serve as a sales and distribution partner for much of the Midwest United States.

Integran Technologies Signs Agreement with Magnetic Shield Corporation

Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Integran Technologies Inc., a leader in the development and commercialization of advanced metallurgical nano-technologies, has entered into a market development agreement with Bensenville, Ill.-based Magnetic Shield Corporation, which specializes in solving problems of magnetic interference, also known as low frequency EMI.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Rises to 9.7% in August U.S. Unemployment Rate Rises to 9.7% in August

The U.S. economy lost 216,000 jobs in August, pushing the nation’s unemployment rate to 9.7%, according to a newly released Labor Dept. report. While job losses are never good news, analysts are nonetheless encouraged by moderation in the overall loss of jobs.

Countdown to SUR/FIN 2010: NASF Calling on Finisher Exhibitors

The National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, is putting out the call for finisher exhibitors to participate in SUR/FIN 2010, set to take place in Grand Rapids, Mich., June 15–17.

MetoKote Corporation Names PPG Industries ‘Supplier of the Year’

MetoKote Corporation, an industry leader in protective coating applications—including electrocoat, powder coating and liquid paint—has awarded PPG Industries its inaugural Supplier of the Year 2009 Award.

Ford Motor Co. to Install Novel Paint Emissions Conversion System

Ford Motor Co. plans to install a patented Fumes-to-Fuel system at its Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant—an innovative system designed to convert emissions from its paint shop into electricity.

U.S. Auto Sales Hit $3B Mark in August U.S. Auto Sales Hit $3B Mark in August

A newly released government report showed U.S. auto sales reached $3 billion in August, largely on the strength of government incentives such as the Cash for Clunkers program. Several automotive manufacturers experienced double-digit sales increases as trade-in incentives pushed overall industry sales to the first year-over-year increase in almost two years—all welcomed news to industry analysts.

IPC Monthly North American Printed Circuit Board Report Reflects Declines

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, has released its North American Printed Circuit Board Report providing key statistics for the month of July. For the most part, both shipments and bookings were down compared to June.

Institute for Supply Management Index Rises in August

The newly released Institute for Supply Management’s Index, a barometer of manufacturing inventories, rose more than 8% to 52.9 in August—up from 48.9 in July. A reading above 50 indicates expansion and growth, while a number below 50 means economic contraction.

Metal Finishing Launches Online Finishers’ Directory

Metal Finishing magazine, the plating and coating industries’ technology magazine, is making it easier for finishers to connect with potential customers. Metal Finishing recently took the wraps off the new Finishers’ Directory, part of the newly revamped metalfinishing.com website.