News for January 2010

News Archive

PCI, Nordson to Hold Advanced Powder Coating Workshop

The Powder Coating Institute, or PCI, will hold an advanced two-day hands-on powder coating workshop Feb. 22–23. The event will take place at the headquarters of Nordson Corporation in Amherst, Ohio.

Process Cleaning Expo Set for May

The Process Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2010—the only event in North America dedicated to cleaning in the industrial manufacturing process—will be held in Louisville, Ky., at the Kentucky International Convention Center May 4–6, 2010.

PMA Reports Shows Metalformers Optimistic About Short-Term Prospects PMA Reports Shows Metalformers Optimistic About Short-Term Prospects

The January 2010 Business Conditions Report from the Precision Metalforming Association, or PMA, shows metalforming companies are increasingly optimistic as the new year kicks off.

Countdown to SUR/FIN: Automotive Issues High on the Conference Agenda

With Grand Rapids, Mich., serving as the backdrop for SUR/FIN 2010, it’s only fitting that the conference programming reflect the major issues facing the domestic automotive industry. To that end, the National Association for Surface Finishing, NASF, has tapped the Center for Automotive Research, or CAR, to present a timely panel discussion focused on this key bellwether sector.

Nordson Corporation Names New President & CEO

The board of directors of Nordson Corporation recently named Michael F. Hilton president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 16, 2010. Hilton, who will also join Nordson’s board of directors, will succeed retiring president and CEO Edward P. Campbell, who will continue to serve as Nordson’s chairman of the board until the company’s Feb. 16, 2010 annual meeting of shareholders.

U.S. Industrial Production Inches Upward in December U.S. Industrial Production Inches Upward in December

A long spell of unseasonably cold weather pushed industrial production up 0.6% in December. This is slightly off from November, when industrial production showed a 0.9% uptick.

Aviation Industry to Stay Aloft in 2010 Despite Modest Forecasts for Orders, Air Traffic Aviation Industry to Stay Aloft in 2010 Despite Modest Forecasts for Orders, Air Traffic

Lower backlogs for aircraft parts, as well as uncertainty surrounding aerospace and defense budgets, shouldn't keeping aviation sector from flying high in the new year.

Process Cleaning Expo Slated for May

The Process Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2010—the only event in North America dedicated to cleaning in the industrial manufacturing process—will be held in Louisville, Ky., at the Kentucky International Convention Center May 4–6, 2010.

EPA Announces Chemical Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, as part of its efforts to enhance chemicals management under the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, has released action plans on four targeted chemicals: phthalates, short-chain chlorinated paraffins, polybrominated diphenyl ethers—PBDEs—and perfluorinated chemicals, including PFOA.

High Unemployment Unsustainable Over Long Term, Experts Say

When are 85,000 job losses during a given month considered an “improvement?” When the comparative year-ago losses exceeded that number several times over.

Many Automotive Manufacturers Report December Sales Increases Many Automotive Manufacturers Report December Sales Increases

Ford Motor Co., Honda, Toyota, Volkswagon, BMW, Hyundai, and Kia were among the major automotive manufacturers reporting December sales growth. Increases ranged from the high single digits all the way up to 44%

2010 Manufacturing Outlook: Slow & Steady

As manufacturing goes, so goes metal finishing—that’s a given. What remains somewhat of a mystery, though, is forecasting the precise point in 2010 when we can expect manufacturing employment and output to return to more respectable levels.

Electronics Report Shows Printed Circuit Board Shipments Fell in November

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, recently announced that rigid PCB shipments declined 11.3% and bookings were down 4.1% in November 2009 from November 2008. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were down 24.8% and bookings fell by 21.3%.

Dörken Showcases New North American Tech Center

Dörken Corporation USA, an operating unit of Dörken MKS-Systeme, Herdecke, Germany and a global leader in the manufacture of corrosion protection coating systems, trademarked under the name DELTA-MKS®, for a variety of parts including fasteners, springs, brackets clips and stamped parts, recently hosted an open house to unveil its new North American Technical Center in Grass Lake, Mich.

Columbia Chemical Introduces the COLTEC Line of Testing Solutions for Salt Spray Corrosion Cabinets

Columbia Chemical is now offering COLTEC testing solutions for salt spray cabinets. New equipment including a state-of-the-art water deionization plant has been installed at the company’s world headquarters to manufacture COLTEC DI (deionized water) and COLTEC S-5 (5% sodium chloride solution).

American Finishing Resources, LLC Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Registration

American Finishing Resources, LLC, or AFR, recently announced its Chilton Coatings Removal and Tooling Fabrication operations have become registered to the ISO 9001:2008 international standard.