Industry Trends & Happenings News for July 2009

Industry Trends & Happenings News Archive

Keynote Speaker Set for Southern Metal Finishing Conference

Jon Allen, Sr., vice president of RamQuest Software, Inc., has been tapped to deliver the keynote speech at the 6th Annual Southern Metal Finishing Conference in Charleston, S.C., Sept. 13–15 at the historic Francis Marion Hotel.

COATING EAST 2009 Online Registration Now Open

Online registration is now open for COATING EAST 2009, the second innovative regional conference & trade show to be held in 2009 Sept. 30–Oct. 1 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

SUR/FIN ’09 Recap: Economic Keynote, Technical Conference Deliver SUR/FIN ’09 Recap: Economic Keynote, Technical Conference Deliver

SUR/FIN 2009, the premier technical conference and exhibition for the North American surface finishing industry, kicked off June 15–17 at the Kentucky International Convention Center. The three-day event offered more than 70 technical sessions, a special keynote presentation focused on the economy, new product demonstrations, and networking opportunities galore.

U.S. Industrial Production Dips 0.4% in June

A newly released report from the Federal Reserve showed U.S. Industrial production decreased 0.4% in June after having fallen 1.2% in May. For the second quarter as a whole, output fell at an annual rate of 11.6%, a more moderate contraction than in the first quarter, when output fell 19.1%.

GM Emerges from Bankruptcy

Just a few weeks after General Motors (GM) filed for Chapter 11 Protection, the company has announced its emergence from bankruptcy, leaner, refocused, and positioned to better compete in the global automotive marketplace.

Enthone Acquires Assets of Canada-based Westbrook Technologies

Enthone, Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, has acquired select assets of Westbrook Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Scarborough, Ontario. Specifically, Enthone has acquired exclusive rights and knowledge to all Westbrook intellectual property as it relates to the surface finishing industry. The asset acquisition substantially expands Enthone’s market presence throughout Canada, while further strengthening its portfolio of corrosion-resistant coatings for the surface finishing industry.

Metalformers’ Short-term Outlook is Positive

Metalforming companies expect continued strengthening in business conditions during the next three months, according to the findings of the July Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report.

DuBois Chemicals Joins EPA’s Climate Leaders Program

DuBois Chemicals, a global provider of sustainable cleaning solutions for safe, high- performing facilities, is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leaders program, thereby demonstrating its continued commitment to environmental improvement and providing sustainable cleaning solutions. By participating in Climate Leaders, DuBois has pledged to reduce its corporate-wide GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions and has passed the requirements of entering the program.

Precision Quincy Announces Strategic Alliance with Pollution Control Products Co.

Precision Quincy Corp., an industrial process oven manufacturer, has formed a strategic alliance with Dallas-based Pollution Control Products Co., a burn-off oven producer. Distribution will be handled by Essex Brownell, which will offer these complementary lines of curing and stripping ovens to better serve the motor, transformer, and motor repair industries, the parties said.

Reliable Silver Unveils New Customized Pricing Strategy

Reliable Silver, Inc., which has been fabricating metals products for industrial and decorative applications for more than 30 years, has rolled out a new pricing program governing its line of precious metals for plating. The program, which entails a value-added, customized pricing/service strategy anchored by a newly redesigned website, is designed to help finishers lower their costs and boost productivity in these challenging economic times.