News for March 2010

News Archive

GM Honors Top Suppliers for 2009

General Motors recently recognized its top suppliers during a special ceremony at the GM Design Dome in Warren, Mich. Seventy-six companies representing 16 countries were honored.

Electronics Report Reveals Spike in Printed Circuit Board Shipments

Rigid PCB shipments were up 9.4%while bookings increased 36.4% in February 2010 from February 2009. That’s according to the North American Printed Circuit Board Statistical Program Survey from the Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC.

EPA Delays Requirement on Greenhouse Gas Permits

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not require power plants or other industrial sites to obtain federal pollution permits for emitting greenhouse gases before next January.

Atotech Granted QUALICOAT Approval for Select Pretreatment Processses

Atotech, a global metal finishing chemical supplier and industry leader in green paint shop technologies, has gained QUALICOAT approval for two aluminum paint pretreatment processes.

Automotive Quality: Perception vs. Reality

The nation's car makers are facing a twin-turbo-sized challenge: consistently improving quality and standards on the shop floor while battling misperceptions about vehicle dependability in the court of public opinion.

Boeing Corporation Readies GOL Airplane with Chrome-Free Paint Boeing Corporation Readies GOL Airplane with Chrome-Free Paint

Boeing Corporation recently prepared a new GOL Airlines 737-800 for Boeing’s first-ever application of a chrome-free primer to a single-aisle airplane bound for revenue service.

U.S. Industrial Production Inches Upward in February

A newly released Federal Reserve report showed industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, following a gain of 0.9 % in January.

New Government Reports Recognize Vital Role of U.S. Printed Circuit Board Industry

Two recently released reports from the Department of Defense and the U.S. Commerce Department emphasize the government’s growing awareness of the importance of the U.S. printed circuit board industry in protecting national security.

‘Re-Shoring’ Fair Set for May

The 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair, “Re-Shoring to Bring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Back Home,” is set for May 12, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Irvine Hotel, Irvine, Calif.

Metalformers Expect Steady Business Over Short Term

The newly released March PMA report shows metalformers expect conditions to remain virtually unchanged from the previous month.

Cleveland Coatings Society Sets Agenda for May Conference

The Cleveland Coatings Society has set the program agenda for the 2010 ‘Sink or Swim Symposium,’ slated for May 18–19 at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Pangborn Corporation Inks Distribution Agreement with Always Dependable Service

Pangborn Corporation, designer and manufacturer of surface preparation products, has named Ontario-based Always Dependable Service an authorized distributor.

Enthone Names Regional Manager for Easter Canada Enthone Names Regional Manager for Easter Canada

Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, recently named Robert Smith Eastern Canada regional manager. In this role, Smith will be responsible for managing the growing Enthone sales and technical service team that has been firmly established over the last year.

Sherwin-Williams Inks Distribution Agreement with Spraylat Corporation

Sherwin-Williams has signed an agreement with Spraylat Corporation of Pelham, N.Y., to become the exclusive North American distributor of Spraylat EMI/RFI shielding finishes.

American Trim Upgrades Operations

American Trim, a Lima, Ohio-based company specializing in the forming, decorating, and coating of metal and composite substrates, recently received $994,000 from the Ohio State Energy Plan to install a new state-of-the-art coating line.

Most Automobile Manufacturers Report Respectable Sales for February

The latest report on U.S. automotive sales showed the majority of manufacturers—including Ford, GM, Nissan, Hyundai, and Honda—experienced increases in February.

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 9.7%

A newly released U.S. Department of Labor report showed the economy lost 36,000 last month, holding the national unemployment rate at 9.7%.

In Memoriam—Simon P. Gary In Memoriam—Simon P. Gary

The U.S. surface finishing industry has lost a dear friend and a staunch advocate, with the recent passing of Si Gary, former owner and president of Scientific Control Laboratories, Chicago, Ill.

New Website for American Plating Power

American Plating Power, a leading manufacturer of rectifiers and power supplies for the electro-chemical industry, has announced the recent launch of a new website.

ISM Report Shows Encouraging Activity Amidst Core Electronic Sectors ISM Report Shows Encouraging Activity Amidst Core Electronic Sectors

Computers and electronic products were among the top-performing categories in January, according to a recently released market sector report from the Institute of Supply Management, or ISM.