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5/18/2015 - PC Symposium issues call for papers

MONTGOMERY, Tex.—The PC (Powder Coating) Symposium is a two day short-course/lab demo/seminar that delivers the latest in powder coating innovation to engineers, technologists, scientists, and marketing and management professionals. This event, which was formerly known as the PC Summit, is produced by The Powder Coating Research Group, Powder Coated Tough magazine, and The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on October 13th and 14th.

Papers for the PC Symposium should present the latest advancement in technology and trends in emerging powder coating markets. Possible paper topics include: powder coating cure chemistry, smart powder coatings, innovation in raw materials, toxicity and handling issues, advances in testing and instrumentation, powder application to novel substrates, powder bonding techniques, and thermal spray techniques.

This event will include from 10 to 12 presentations. Abstracts for a 30- to 40-minute presentation should be between 100 to 250 words, contain the presentation title, and include the author's name and contact info. Abstracts must be submitted by May 31, 2015, to Kevin Biller at kevinbiller@yahoo.com. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out on June 30, 2015.


5/15/2015 - IHEA offers three educational seminars and a combined exhibition this fall

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) is educating the thermal heat processing industry with its training seminars this fall. IHEA will be offering three quality training seminars: the 46th Annual Combustion Seminar, the Fall Safety Seminar and the new Induction Seminar. The seminars will be held concurrently on August 31-September 1 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. Keeping with tradition, the fall seminars will also feature a joint Tabletop Exhibition & Reception on Monday, August 31, which will include companies from every technology featured throughout the three seminars.

In addition to IHEA's well-known Combustion and Safety seminars, IHEA is introducing a new, one-day Induction Seminar during the fall education series. Recognizing the demand for this knowledge, IHEA sought out experts to offer a full day of training on induction technology, equipment, processes, installation, and benefits. Attendees will learn how to improve plant processes, energy efficiency, productivity, and quality. The sessions in this seminar will provide a complete understanding of induction technology and review case studies to learn the advantages it affords.

The 46th Annual Combustion Seminar has long been the leading educational opportunity for those in the industry to receive two days of valuable learning from experts in combustion technologies. The seminar is designed to provide current and relevant information for persons responsible for the operation, design, selection, and/or maintenance of fuel-fired industrial process furnaces and ovens.

After the tremendous success of the Safety Seminar in the Spring, IHEA will again offer its popular Safety Standards Seminar. This two-day seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the new NFPA 86 – 2015 edition, including updated requirements for many areas of safety. Sessions will cover the required uses of the American National Standards governing the compliant design and operation of ovens and furnaces. The registration fee includes a copy of the NFPA 86 handbook – 2015 edition containing the new revisions.

The Combined Tabletop Exhibition & Reception offers attendees from all three seminars the opportunity to speak with company representatives and learn more about the products and services discussed in the classroom environment throughout the day.

Registration fees for all three seminars include: all seminar handout materials in hard copy format (and on a flash drive for the Combustion and Induction Seminars), a reception with Tabletop Exhibition on Monday, and luncheons and refreshment breaks on both days. Upon completion of the course, seminar attendees are awarded a certificate of completion.

For a complete description and registration information for all seminars, visit www.ihea.org, click on the EVENTS tab, and select the seminar.


5/12/2015 - Valspar acquires coatings manufacturer

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The Valspar Corp. announced today that it has completed the purchase of Madison Chemical Industries Inc., a coatings manufacturer headquartered in Ontario. Madison was founded in 1975 and has developed a global reputation for its technically advanced products used for critical infrastructures such as water transmission pipelines, water and wastewater management, and potable water storage. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Valspar is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry.


5/11/2015 - OSHA, NIOSH announce recommended practices to protect temporary workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job. The publication is available at www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3735.pdf.

The publication highlights the joint responsibility of the staffing agency and host employer to ensure temporary workers are provided a safe work environment. According to the publication, an employer's commitment to the safety of temporary workers should not mirror the workers' temporary status. Whether temporary or permanent, all workers always have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Staffing agencies and the host employers are joint employers of temporary workers and both are responsible for providing and maintaining safe working conditions.

Temporary workers are at increased risk of work-related injury and illness. OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, launched last year, includes outreach, training, and enforcement to ensure that temporary workers are protected in their workplaces. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated many reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, some in their first days on the job. The publication focuses on ensuring that temporary workers receive the same training and protection that existing workers receive.


5/8/2015 - Researchers manipulate metal to produce a bamboo-like material

RALEIGH, N.C.—Unlikely as it seems, bamboo has taught steel a thing or two about strength and flexibility, researchers report. By manipulating several kinds of metal to mirror the characteristics of bamboo, scientists at universities in the US and China say they have produced a significantly stronger, more flexible material.

The researchers at North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Mechanics in Beijing have enhanced the metals' mechanical characteristics by modifying their internal structure to emulate bamboo. Bamboo cells vary in size and density, which help give it strength and flexibility. To give metal the same characteristics, researchers gradually increased the size of the grains on the metal. Put simply, the gradual interface of the large and small grains makes the overall material stronger and more ductile, which is a combination of characteristics that is unattainable in conventional materials. It also makes materials more resistant to corrosion, wear, and fatigue.

The researchers tested the gradient structure concept in a variety of metals, including copper, iron, nickel, and stainless steel. The technique improved the properties in all of them.


5/6/2015 - US-ordered sale to profit Graco

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—A shotgun divorce ordered by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will end lucratively for Graco Inc., as the spray equipment giant prepares to sell off its Liquid Finishing business at a nine-figure profit. Two days after receiving a final FTC order to divest its liquid finishing subsidiary, Graco announced the sale of Illinois Tool Works Inc. and ITW Finishing LLC for $590 million cash. Graco bought those companies two years ago for $422 million.

The new buyer is Carlisle Companies, Charlotte, N.C., and the sale includes Binks spray finishing equipment, DeVilbiss spray guns and accessories, Ransburg electrostatic equipment and accessories, and BGK curing technology. All of those brands were part of ITW, then Graco's biggest competitor, when Graco acquired that company in April 2012.

The 2012 acquisition also included Gema, a global supplier of powder coating technology. The Gema purchase, however, passed the FTC's antitrust muster and is now part of Graco, where it will remain.

With annual sales of about $275 million, Liquid Finishing Brands is a global manufacturer and supplier of liquid finishing equipment and systems serving diverse end markets for paints and coatings, including OEM automotive, automotive refinishing, aerospace, agriculture, construction, marine, rail and other industrial applications. The business will be rebranded as Carlisle Fluid Technologies, and the sale will make Graco and Carlisle competitors in the spray equipment business.

If approved, the FTC order and Finishing Brands sale would end a three-year antitrust battle involving the world's largest supplier of spray equipment. The case dates to April 2011, when Graco announced its plan to take over ITW, then its chief rival. The acquisition was Graco's largest ever. Later that year, however, the FTC moved to challenge the takeover with an administrative complaint and federal court action. The agency called the acquisition “a bad deal” that would hand Graco a monopoly in the North American spray finishing market. Eventually, the FTC allowed the deal to close in April 2012, on the condition that the ITW businesses and their assets be kept separate from Graco's other businesses and out of the company's direct control. Two months later, the FTC preliminarily ordered Graco to sell off the ITW businesses, but a final order has been pending since then.

While the FTC's consent decree pulled the trigger on the divestment order, the Carlisle deal has been in the works for some time. Carlisle is a global diversified company that designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of products that serve a variety of niche markets, including construction, commercial roofing, energy, aerospace and defense electronics, health care, and sanitary maintenance.


5/5/2015 - Robot detects corrosion on bridges

ZURICH, Switzerland—Hard-to-reach spots during bridge inspections are getting a little help from a wall-and-ceiling-climbing robot that may soon bring its talents to the US. A research team in Zurich developed the robot, called C2D2 (Climbing Corrosion Detecting Device), to be used as a corrosion detector by modifying a former project. Now Switzerland's Federal Roads Office (FEDRO), which is funding the project, is considering using the robot for future bridge inspections.

C2D2 joined forces with technology to identify corrosion at an early stage that was developed 25 years ago. Back then, they attached an electrode to a wheel and wheeled it across the surface of reinforced concrete. The sensor measured electric potential differences, which were then analyzed.

While the technology was used for a long time to inspect bridges, one problem remained: The wheel electrode was attached to a stick and had to be wheeled manually. This means that many areas, such as supporting pillars and the undersides of high bridges, were out of reach. So the Institute of Building Materials, the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, and the Autonomous Systems Lab came together to develop a robot that could detect corrosion everywhere, even spots inaccessible to people, and in the earliest stage possible.

The team turned to a robot developed several years earlier that could move along the walls and ceiling. Steered with a remote control or computer, the robot used Vortex technology, which pushes it along with a propeller rotating fast enough for a suction cup to stick it to a surface. The robot had a camera screwed on to it to film an area from all perspectives.

The team made the casing and wheels more robust and incorporated the corrosion-identification technology. The robot has an electrode on its underside to measure potential differences as it moves along a structure. The team also attached a pink ball to the top of C2D2 so it's easier to control and locate. The ball has an extra camera to record its surroundings and avoid obstacles. By next year, the team hopes the robot will be able to avoid obstacles on its own. The researchers also plan to swap the manual steering with a navigation system and are working on software for autonomous data analysis.


5/4/2015 - Courses: June 2015

June 2-3: Principles of Waterborne Coatings. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Hampton, Middlesex, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact Elisabeth Brown at +011-44-20-8487-0800; fax +011-44-20-8487-0801; www.pra-world.com/training.

June 18: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements. Chicago, Ill. Also offered June 25 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.


4/30/2015 - SSPC, NACE revising applicator standard

HOUSTON, Tex.—NACE and SSPC are seeking input on their joint applicator certification standard as they prepare to review and revise the standard. The required five-year review and revision are for the SSPC/NACE Joint Applicator Certification Standard (SSPCACS 1/NACE No. 13), “Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialist Qualification and Certification.”

The standard provides criteria for the education, training, experience, knowledge, and skills required by an Application Specialist to prepare and apply protective coatings to steel and concrete surfaces of complex industrial structures. The qualification and certification process is a stepwise achievement process that includes all aspects of surface preparation and coating application for steel and concrete surfaces of complex industrial structures.

The intended audience includes persons involved in developing education and certification programs for the training and assessment of the skills and knowledge of an Application Specialist or assessing the training and certification programs available either on the open market or from an in-house source. This standard may also be used to certify Application Specialists for other substrates or conditions as considered appropriate by facility owners, contractors, or certifying agencies. It is the basis for SSPC's Coating Application Specialist (CAS) Program.

A joint task group of NACE and SSPC members is preparing the draft revisions for the standard. The proposed revisions will be voted on by consensus committees within NACE and SSPC. NACE International is dedicated to protecting the environment, promoting public safey, and reducing the economic impact of corrosion. SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, Pittsburgh, Pa., aims to advance the technology and promote the use of protective coatings to preserve industrial, marine, and commercial structures, components, and substrates.


4/28/2015 - Dow prevails in AkzoNobel patent suit

MIDLAND, Mich.—A federal court judge has cleared Dow Chemical Co. of claims that it infringed upon a 2004 patent by coatings giant AkzoNobel Coatings Inc. The brief order in January by US District Court Judge Leonard P. Stark ends a years-long lawsuit by AkzoNobel, claiming that the chemical multinational stole Akzo's patented high-temperature method for creating polymer dispersions.

The order, granting Dow's Motion for Summary Judgment of Noninfringement, was accompanied by a Memorandum Opinion that was kept under seal. The order resolved several disputed terms and phrases that were part of AkzoNobel's US Patent No. 6,767,956.

The Extrusion Process invention “relates to processes for producing aqueous dispersions of finely divided polymer, and for making powders from these dispersions, to aqueous dispersions made by the process and to powders made from the dispersions,” according to the patent. The innovation “represents a modification of the known extrusion processes to allow the production of novel aqueous fine liquid dispersions of polymers having a melting point close to or above 100°C,” the patent noted. The patent was originally secured in July 2004 by Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (ICI), which AkzoNobel acquired in 2008.

In its brief 2012 complaint, AkzoNobel accused Dow of infringing on the patent by way of its activities involving the manufacture of aqueous polymer dispersions, including the manufacture using Dow's Bluewave process. Dow advertises its proprietary Bluewave technology in a variety of paint and coating dispersions.


4/27/2015 - EPA releases three final chemical risk assessments

WASHINGTON, D.C.—EPA has released three final risk assessments for specific uses of three chemicals found in common household products. The risk assessment for dichloromethane (DCM), which is widely used in paint stripping products, indicates health risks to both workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used. EPA estimates that more than 230,000 workers nationwide are directly exposed to DCM from DCM-containing paint strippers.

Risk assessments for the other two chemicals did not show concerns. The other two looked at ecological risks of antimony trioxide (ATO) used as a synergist in halogenated flame retardants and HHCB used as a fragrance ingredient in commercial and consumer products.

These final assessments and the recently released TCE risk assessment, which identified concerns for certain uses, were developed as part of the agency's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified chemicals for review and assessment of potential risks to people's health and the environment. The risk assessments are based on the best available information and were finalized after careful consideration of comments from the public and experts during an independent, scientific peer review of the assessments.

For DCM, EPA is considering a range of possible voluntary and regulatory actions to address concerns and anticipates conducting a workshop in late fall to engage key stakeholders and the public on potential alternatives and risk reduction approaches.

EPA is also currently evaluating risks of another chemical in paint strippers called N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). EPA released a draft risk assessment for NMP which identified risks associated with use of NMP containing paint strippers. EPA does not expect the final risk assessment to significantly change this conclusion, and therefore recommends that those using NMP-containing paint strippers also take measures to minimize exposure. For more info, visit www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/riskassess.html.


4/23/2015 - Tulsa developer exposes workers to fall hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Case Development LLC, the general building contractor of an apartment complex in Norman, Okla., has been cited by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for serious and repeat violations and a proposed fine of $90,600 following an inspection. OSHA found the company failed to protect workers from dangerous falls and other serious hazards. Falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the construction industry, and failing to provide fall protection is one of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations.

The inspection was initiated under the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on construction fall hazards. Two repeat violations, with a fine of $77,000, were cited for failing to protect workers in aerial lifts from falls and failing to require fall protection for workers conducting residential construction. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company was cited for similar violations during a July 2009 inspection in Tulsa and a March 2010 inspection in Oklahoma City.

Two serious violations, with a fine of $13,600, were cited for failing to ensure workers exposed to overhead hazards wore head protection and that ladders were used in a safe manner. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

OSHA's fall prevention campaign provides employers and workers with lifesaving information and educational materials about preventing falls when working from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs. It was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda program. More information on fall protection standards is available at www.osha.gov/stopfalls.


4/21/2015 - PCI announces 2015 board

MONTGOMERY, Tex.—The Powder Coating Institute has announced its 2015 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Executive Committee for 2015 is John Cole, Parker Ionics, president; John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems, vice president; and Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons, secretary/treasurer. The rest of the 2015 PCI Board includes: Bob Allsop, Nordson Corp.; Kevin Biller, The Powder Coating Research Group Inc.; Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coatings; Craig Dietz, Powder Coatings N.A., Axalta Coating Systems; Steve Kiefer, AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.; Chris Merritt, Gema USA Inc.; Suresh Patel, Chemetall US Inc.; and Paul West, Sun Polymers International Inc.

The following people have been appointed by the Board president to chair committees: Mike Wittenhagen, Axalta Coating Systems, education and development; Shivie Dhillon, custom coaters; Kevin Biller, technology; Craig Dietz, communications; Chris Merritt, membership committee and market intelligence; Mark Bamford, Milgard Composites Division, regulatory and advocacy; Greg Dawson, Nordson Corp., trade show; and Terry Watson, A Plus Powder Coaters Inc., certification.


4/17/2015 - Axalta appoints officers

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems has appointed Aaron Weis vice president and chief information officer and Barry Snyder senior vice president and chief technology officer. Weis will be responsible for the company's global information technology infrastructure. Snyder will responsible for the company's research and development. Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful, and sustainable solutions.


4/15/2015 - Tulsa developer exposes workers to fall hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Case Development LLC, the general building contractor of an apartment complex in Norman, Okla., has been cited by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for serious and repeat violations and a proposed fine of $90,600 following an inspection. OSHA found the company failed to protect workers from dangerous falls and other serious hazards. Falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the construction industry, and failing to provide fall protection is one of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations.

The inspection was initiated under the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on construction fall hazards. Two repeat violations, with a fine of $77,000, were cited for failing to protect workers in aerial lifts from falls and failing to require fall protection for workers conducting residential construction. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company was cited for similar violations during a July 2009 inspection in Tulsa and a March 2010 inspection in Oklahoma City.

Two serious violations, with a fine of $13,600, were cited for failing to ensure workers exposed to overhead hazards wore head protection and that ladders were used in a safe manner. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

OSHA's fall prevention campaign provides employers and workers with lifesaving information and educational materials about preventing falls when working from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs. It was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda program. More information on fall protection standards is available at www.osha.gov/stopfalls.


4/13/2015 - Huron, industry veteran launch specialty coatings company

DETROIT, Mich.–Huron Capital Partners LLC and industry veteran Ray Chlodney have co-founded Valentus Specialty Chemicals Inc., a platform company in the specialty coatings industry. Through Valentus, Huron Capital plans to invest in regional specialty coatings producers to build a company with technically advanced and environmentally friendly reactive coating solutions serving a variety of end markets and geographies. Huron is an operationally focused private equity firm. Chlodney is a veteran executive who has spent over 30 years in the specialty chemical industry.


4/9/2015 - BASF launches two new coatings

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.–A new modified-acrylic protective coating is billed to repel water and resist dirt on a variety of substrates, including concrete, EIFS, and stucco. Tersus Color Coat expands BASF Corp.'s Wall Systems' Tersus Finishes line. Color Coat is a smooth coating formulated to produce a highly hydrophobic, nonpolar surface that repels water. Its water resistance also makes the surface less vulnerable to mold and mildew.

Color Coat's antisoiling properties have been successfully tested with ASTM D3719 and Miami Dade County TAS 14395 to confirm dirt pickup resistance. It is available factory tinted or as a point-of-sale tint base in five-gallon pails.

BASF has also developed a new powder coating that provides protection from graffiti, lettering, and stickers. RELEST Powder PUR AntiSticker coating's antistick surface prevents soiling and reduces cleaning costs. It was specially developed for coating light poles, traffic signal poles, and circuit breaker panel boxes.

BASF's Coatings division develops, produces, and markets innovative automotive coatings, automotive refinishes, and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. BASF is the world's leading chemical company.


4/8/2015 - New ceramic coating withstands high temperatures, fights corrosion

MOUT PROSPECT, Ill.–Unitel Technologies Inc. has collaborated with Inorganic Polymer Solutions Inc. (IPSI) to commercialize a 100-percent VOC-free inorganic coating. The coating's performance is not affected by high temperatures, oxygen-deficient conditions, or marine environments, allowing it to protect a wide variety of materials, including steel, concrete, and wood.

Referred to as CeramiGuard, the ceramic coating's applications include power plants, petroleum/petrochemical plants, offshore installations, naval and commercial ships, and infrastructure maintenance for bridges, concrete roads, and potholes. It provides a longer lasting and lower cost option than galvanizing.

CeramiGuard also provides a radically new option to fight corrosion with two steps in one. An acid phosphate gel provides the passivation layer while an alkaline colloidal gel forms the protective refractory ceramic top coat. The underlying chemical reactions occur simultaneously. The unique advantage is that the ceramic is formed by an in-situ chemical reaction and not by conventional high temperature processing of inorganic powders.


4/7/2015 - Maher Industries draws 17 citations

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Maher Industries (doing business as A Fast Blast Sandblasting & Restoration) for 17 serious violations after an inspection prompted by a complaint during the renovation of a mill in Easthampton, Mass. Proposed fines total $47,600. Workers were exposed to up to 78 times the Threshold Limit Values for silica and 2.6 times the OSHA permissibile exposure limit for lead. The company, based in Naugatuck, Conn., is accused of “failure to supply basic, legally required safeguards.” The company is contesting the citations.


4/2/2015 - EPA offers EcoAtlas for projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unfolded a new nationwide, interactive, environmental roadmap. EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows developers, planners, and the public a coast-to-coast guide to the nation's ecosystem services. It develops and incorporates data from federal, state, community, and nongovernmental organizations. Much of the data illustrates ecosystem services, the populations who benefit from these services, and the factors that may stress or influence an ecosystem's ability to provide these benefits.

EPA led the multiagency collaborative project, which also involved the US Geological Survey (USGS), the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Forest Service, and LandScope America. LandScope America is an online resource for the land protection community and the public, developed several years ago by NatureServe and the National Geographic Society.

The EnviroAtlas data can be used to educate, inform policy and planning decisions, and support future research in environmental management, planning, public health, and sustainability. Using a landscape approach, EnviroAtlas can help determine the ecological conditions that might be likely in an area, as well as the underlying reasons for those conditions. A landscape approach looks across connected geographic areas and can provide a wealth of information about a location within the context of its surroundings.

Development of the site will continue through 2017, with regular updates available. A list of currently available data can be accessed on the EnviroAtlas data webpage at enviroatlas.epa.gov/enviroatlas.


3/31/2015 - Valspar launches new flexible coating technology

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–The Valspar Corp. has launched the Valspar Valde Extreme Flex Cure (EFC) powder coating technology designed with proprietary resin technology to deliver full performance with faster cure rates at a much lower temperature compared to traditional powder coatings. These features allow customers to increase manufacturing line speeds and reduce oven temperatures with no compromise in corrosion protection, gloss or durability. The technology can also be used on production parts that are heavy, temperature-sensitive, or preassembled and typically require liquid coatings. Valspar is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry.


3/30/2015 - Mankiewicz Coatings expands in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C.–The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County, and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance have announced that Mankiewicz Coatings, a subsidiary of German-based Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co., which manufactures high-quality coating systems, will locate its new facility in Berkeley County near Charleston. The $2 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs over the next 5 years.

The company manufactures specialized high-quality coatings and coating systems for a variety of industries, including automotive, aviation, and rail. The company also manufactures antimicrobial coatings used in the medical industry.


3/27/2015 - Courses: May 2015

May 11-14: Paint Technology. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Hampton, Middlesex, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact Elisabeth Brown at +011-44-20-8487-0800; fax +011-44-20-8487-0801; www.pra-world.com/training.

May 11-15: Converting School. Charlotte, N.C. Sponsored by the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL). Contact AIMCAL at 803/948-9470; www.aimcal.org.

May 19-20: ASTM Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic, and Gas Tests. Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by the University of Akron. Contact the training center at 330/972-8303; fax 330/374-8789; jmealy@uakron.edu; www.uakron.edu/aptc.


3/26/2015 - Saint-Gobain acquires Phoenix Coating Resources

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.–Saint-Gobain has acquired Phoenix Coating Resources Inc., Mulberry, Fla., a manufacturer of ceramic ingots used to produce high-resistance thermal coatings on metal parts for the aeronautics industry. The coatings improve the energy efficiency of aircraft engines by enabling them to operate at higher temperatures.

Phoenix Coating Resources will join Saint-Gobain's Ceramic Materials business, enabling an expansion in the range of coating solutions it provides to the aeronautics industry. Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures, and distributes high-performance building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency, and environmental protection.


3/25/2015 - CCAI announces new Salt Lake City chapter

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is pleased to announce the launch of its Salt Lake City Chapter. An enthusiastic group of members in the finishing industry have planned a kick-off meeting at the Hyatt House in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 23, 2015. Ron Lum with Coral Chemical and president of the CCAI Southern California chapter recognized the need and assisted in the effort to initiate an organized chapter in the Salt Lake City area. Lum comments, “The new chapter board members have generated a lot of enthusiasm and local support already. I'm looking forward to seeing a great start to this new chapter and the value it will bring to the Utah finishing industry.”

Joe Jeppson with Coral Chemical is taking the reign as the first chapter president along with Ken Nein of IFS Coatings as vice president and Jared Ainsworth of TCI Powder as treasurer. If you or your company services the Salt Lake City region, please spread the word about the chapter and encourage your peers and co-workers to get involved. Information on chapters can be found under the Chapters tab at www.ccaiweb.com.

The Salt Lake City chapter will offer programming to attract finishers throughout the region. The chapter plans to provide educational meetings with expert speakers and networking activities where you can share information on relevant issues in the industry. The chapter is currently in the process of scheduling programming for 2015-2016. Chapters are the heart of CCAI and they provide significant educational and networking opportunities for those in the finishing industry. To register for the free kick-off meeting, visit www.ccaiweb.com and click on the Events tab.

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