News for February 2010

News Archive

Enthone Becomes Canadian Distributor for Dipsol America

Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, recently became the Canadian distributor for Dipsol America, headquartered in Livonia, Mich. The agreement represents a significant step in the partnership between two of the world’s leading chemical suppliers.

NASF Names Christian Richter Executive Vice President NASF Names Christian Richter Executive Vice President

Christian Richter, founder and CEO of The Policy Group, was recently named executive vice president of the National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF.

U.S. Industrial Production Inches Upward in January

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.9% in January, with increases logged across several major sectors. .

Chemical Coaters Association International West Michigan Chapter to Present at SUR/FIN

The West Michigan Chapter of CCAI, the Chemical Coaters Association International, plans to conduct a session at SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Columbia Chemical Announces ISO Registration Renewal with the Updated ISO 9001:2008 Certificate

Columbia Chemical Corp., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zinc and zinc-alloy plating additives, is pleased to announce ISO registration renewal with the updated ISO 9001:2008 certificate.

Enthone Names Douglas Kielbasa Technical Service Engineer, U.S. Central Region

Douglas Kielbasa has been named Technical Service Engineer, Performance Coatings, for the U.S. Central Region by Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics.

Metalformers Expect ‘Steady’ Business Over Short Term Metalformers Expect ‘Steady’ Business Over Short Term

According to the newly released February 2010 Precision Metalforming Association Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect conditions to remain fairly steady over the next three months.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Slips Below 10%

The unemployment rate fell from 10 to 9.7 % in January, as nonfarm payroll employment—down 20,000—remained unchanged from the previous month. This according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

U.S. Auto Sales Rise in January

Sales of cars and light trucks in the United States rose 6% in January, year over year. By comparison, January 2009 U.S. auto sales hit a 26-year low.

AESF Helps Finishers Design ‘Custom’ Courses

The AESF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing, is offering finishers customized courses for their employees.

IFH Group Acquires Williams Powder Coating

The Innovative Fluid Handling Group, or IFH, has purchased Phrophetstown, Ill.-based Williams Powder Coating and in the process created a new division called Powder Coaters, LLC.

Chemical, Paint Suppliers Release 4th Quarter Earnings

Fourth-quarter results from several leading paint suppliers and chemical manufacturers reflect impact of rising demand and cost reductions.

Metalformers Optimistic About Short Term

Metalforming companies are increasingly optimistic about business conditions as the new year kicks off. That’s according to the newly released report from the Precision Metalforming Association.

Congress Urged to Approve $708 Billion in Defense Spending

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve 3.4% increase in the Pentagon's base budget to $549 billion, plus $159 billion to fund U.S. military missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

2010 Bright Design Challenge Kicks Off 2010 Bright Design Challenge Kicks Off

The National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, in cooperation with the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., recently kicked off the 11th Annual Bright Design Challenge.