Industry Trends & Happenings News for August 2009

Industry Trends & Happenings News Archive

New England Surface Finishing Regional Set for November

The Springfield, Mass., AESF branch, in conjunction with Valley Plating and Poly Plating, has announced this year’s New England Surface Finishing Regional is set for November. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, Mass.

NACE International and The Powder Coating Institute, PCI, Form New Industrial Coatings Show

The Powder Coating Institute, or PCI, and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, or NACE, will be partnering to produce The North American Industrial Coating Show to be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Oct. 27-29, 2010.

Fall Schedule Set for AESF Foundation Educational Courses

The AESF Foundation has released the schedule for its Fall 2009 courses. Topics range from environmental issues to precious metal plating techniques.

Columbia Chemical Hosts Three-Day Training Session

Columbia Chemical recently hosted three representatives from Ebara-Udylite Mexico to an intensive three-day training session at the facility's technical support center. Jeff Grodecki and Kristen Melnek lent their expertise in assisting Saul Angel Dominguez, Elena Gpe. Lozano Palacios and Adira Guadalupe Ramirez Delgado with the technical training.

DuPont Powder Coatings Launches New Website

DuPont Powder Coatings recently launched a new website designed to give customers quick and easy access to information about its powder coatings brands and products. The easy-to-navigate design presents a bright and inviting appearance and includes comprehensive product, color and technical information as well as a digital color card showing the 400-plus RAL and standard colors and surface effects in stock and ready to ship same day.

GM to Boost North America Auto Production GM to Boost North America Auto Production

General Motors, GM, is increasing production at several North America assembly plants in response to increased sales. The decision maans will bring approximately 1,350 UAW and CAW employees back to the assembly lines.

DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings Wins GM’s 2008 Supplier of the Year Award

DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings has been named a GM Supplier of the Year for 2008. The honor, DuPont Automotive’s second in as many years, is in recognition of DuPont’s performance as a global provider of finishes.

Metalforming Companies Predict Business Will Spike Over Short Term

Metalforming companies predict a spike in business conditions during the next three months. These findings emerge from a newly released Precision Metalforming Association Business Conditions Report.

U.S. Industrial Production Rises 0.5% in July

A newly released report from the Federal Reserve showed U.S. industrial production rose 0.5% in July, a tangible improvement over June’s 0.4% decline. Analysts say the news supports hopes that the longest recession since the 1930s is finally drawing to a close.

Society of Vacuum Coaters to Hold Inaugural Topical "TopCon" Conference

The Society of Vacuum Coaters, SVC, plans to hold its inaugural Topical Conference—also known as TopCon—on Nov. 3-5, 2009, at the Albuquerque Marriott, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Service Filtration Corporation, SERFILCO, Ltd., Set to Acquire Baron-Blakeslee

Service Filtration Corporation, or SERFILCO, Ltd., has announced that a Letter of Intent has been signed for the purchase of all assets of the Baron-Blakeslee Equipment Division of Enviro Tech International, Inc.

Program Agenda Firmed Up for Southern Metal Finishing Conference

The 6th Annual Southern Metal Finishing Conference, set for Sept. 14-15 at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., promises to offer a wealth of networking opportunities, education, and team-building activities.

Aluminum Anodizers Council to offer Anodizing Essentials Workshop

The Aluminum Anodizers Council, or AAC, is inviting attendees to learn about basic techniques for producing a quality anodized product at its upcoming Anodizing Essentials Workshop, slated for Oct. 6, 2009, at the Sheraton Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas.

President Obama Nominates Dr. David Michaels for OSHA Post

President Barack Obama earlier this month nominated David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.

IPC Releases Report on Printed Circuit Boards IPC Releases Report on Printed Circuit Boards

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, IPC, has announced the findings from its monthly North American printed circuit boards report.

The Electrocoat Association and Chemical Coaters Association International Plan Seminar for the Fall

The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International have joined forces to bring the finishing industry the 2009 Electrocoating Seminar, which is scheduled to take place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport in Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 11–12, 2009.

The Electrocoat Association Sets Date for Annual Meeting

The Electrocoat Association will hold its annual meeting Nashville, Tenn., at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive, on Sept. 29, 2009.

2009 Powder Coating Forum Set to Launch in September

The 2009 Powder Coating Forum is set to take place at the Embassy Suites in Cleveland, Ohio, from Sept. 16–17.

Paint Expo, parts2clean Events Planned for 2010

Two of Germany’s most important industrial and surface finishing events—Paint Expo and parts2clean—have set dates for 2010.

eRulemaking Enhances for Access to Federal Regulations

The eRulemaking Program has launched a significant upgrade to, the website that provides one-stop, public access to information related to current and forthcoming regulations issued by the federal government.

Dismal Second-Quarter Earnings for Chemical Companies, Coating Materials Suppliers

Second-quarter earnings reports from some of the largest chemical companies and coating materials suppliers, including BASF, Clariant, Dow, DuPont, and PPG, reflect diminished demand from key end-use sectors.

Cash for Clunkers Turbocharges July Auto Sales Cash for Clunkers Turbocharges July Auto Sales

The U.S. government’s trade-in program, Cash for Clunkers, sparked a boost in demand making July auto sales better-than-expected—more precisely, the best performance since August 2008. GM, Chrysler Group, Fort Motor Co., and Honda Motor all said they were helped by the popular program, with Ford in particular showing a 2% increase year over year while overall U.S. auto sales rose sharply month over month.

Pace of GDP Declines in Second Quarter

A newly released Commerce Department Report showed gross domestic product, GDP, slowed 1% in the second quarter vs. 6.4% in the first three months of the year. Economists and analysts say that’s an encouraging sign that the recession might be coming to an end.

Haviland Products Acquires Benchmark, Inc.

Haviland Products, which formulates, manufactures and distributes decorative, functional and specialty coatings for Fortune 500 companies nationwide, announced the acquisition of Wyandotte, Mich.-based Benchmark, Inc., a leader in the formulation and manufacturing of surface finishing chemistry since 1956.

Werner Auer to Head Siemens VAI Metals Technologies

Effective July 1, 2009, Werner Auer took the reins as head of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH & Co. Auer, who was previously CFO of the Business Unit located in Linz, succeeds Richard Pfeiffer as CEO.

Dysol, Inc., Aligns with Socomor Finishing Solutions

Dysol, Inc., manufacturer of the patented DS-Series line of environmentally compliant cleaning solvents, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Socomor Finishing Solutions of France, a worldwide manufacturer of surface finishing products with plants in France, Poland and China.

Dysol, Inc., Adds MagChem to Distributor Lineup

Dysol, Inc., has appointed a distributor for the MagChem line of engine overhaul, maintenance and lubrication products.

Haviland Products Company Partners with Canadian Finishing Systems

Haviland Products Company has tapped Canadian Finishing Systems to be its exclusive surface finishing distributor to all of Canada.

NASF Presents Industry Awards at SUR/FIN NASF Presents Industry Awards at SUR/FIN

NASF, the National Association for Surface Finishing, recognized more than a dozen individuals for their dedication, service, and technical contributions to the surface finishing industry during a special ceremony at SUR/FIN 2009 in Louisville, Ky., June 15–17.