News Update

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.


3/24/2015 - Absolute Waste Removal found in violation of OSHA whistleblower provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Absolute Waste Removal has been found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for wrongfully terminating a truck driver for raising safety concerns during the reorganization of company routes. Headquartered in Clear Lake, Iowa, Absolute Waste Removal was ordered to reinstate the driver to his former position with all pay, benefits, and rights, in addition to paying back wages plus interest. OSHA also ordered the company to pay $50,000 in compensatory and $50,000 in punitive damages and reasonable attorney's fees.

“An employer does not have the right to retaliate against employees who report work-related injuries or safety concerns,” said Marcia Drumm, acting regional administrator for OSHA. “OSHA is committed to protecting all workers from retaliation for exercising basic worker rights.”

The driver was terminated from employment in February 2013 after raising repeated concerns to the company's owner about new procedures being implemented. The employee rightfully refused to operate a vehicle in an unsafe manner because such operation would violate American National Standards Institute and US Department of Transportation regulations, potentially causing serious injury to the worker, coworkers, or the public.

STAA covers private sector drivers and other employees of commercial motor carriers. Companies covered by STAA may not discharge their employees or retaliate against them for refusing to operate a vehicle that would violate a federal commercial motor vehicle rule related to safety, health, or security, or because they had a reasonable apprehension of serious injury to themselves or to the public related to a vehicle's safety or security condition. Either party in these cases can file an appeal with the department's Office of Administrative Law Judges.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of the STAA and 21 other statutes protecting employees who report violations of various airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health care reform, nuclear, pipeline, worker safety, public transportation agency, maritime, and securities laws. Detailed information on employee whistleblower rights can be found at www.whistleblowers.gov.


3/20/2015 - Winona Powder Coating receives John Deere certification

ETNA GREEN, Ind.–Winona Powder Coating, a leading supplier of powder coating services to large industrial companies throughout the Midwest, has announced that it has been awarded the JDM F17 certification from John Deere. This paint process qualification enables the company to expand its color range coatings offerings to an expanded base of agricultural parts suppliers.

Brian Bailey, Winona Powder Coating president, states, “By earning this certification, in addition to UL and ISO9000, Winona shows that we are continually striving to meet our customers' rigorous requirements. The John Deere F17 certification allows parts manufacturers to partner with Winona to serve agricultural and major industrial markets. This latest accomplishment helps Winona differentiate itself in the hyper competitive coating market.”

In addition to the newly acquired certification, the company has added abrasive blasting and laser scale removal to satisfy customer demand. These additional equipment capabilities are the latest value-add to its 167,000-square-foot facility, which houses a state-of-the-art powder coating line with a 5-stage washer, automatic and manual coating booths, and digitally controlled ovens.


3/18/2015 - Polychem launches new collection, receives certificate

GAINESVILLE, Tex.–Polychem Coatings has launched its new collection of powder coatings, Urban Illusion, which combines modern, trend driven colors with a patterned effect to give the illusion of texture when they are actually smooth to the touch.

Created using polyester technology, Urban Illusion consists of 14 new shades that are produced using two coats. The coatings have been created to offer a simple, two-step process to the coater, while providing the designer with the interesting finish they desire.

In addition, Polychem has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Materials Connexion and has been accepted into Material Connexion's library of innovative materials. Now part of the largest collection of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials and processes in the world, the Polychem collections were subjected to strict assessment by a panel of world class materials experts in order to be accepted.

Polychem specializes in color and effect creation, with over 15,000 existing colors and 11 different color collections that contain a variety of colors and special effects, including textures, metallics, hammertones, and silver veins.


3/16/2015 - DECC celebrates 50 years

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–The DECC Co., a coating applicator, celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2014. “Knowing that it is an accomplishment for a small business to make it even a decade these days, I couldn't be more proud of reaching this milestone as a company,” says Fred Mellema, DECC's president and second generation owner of the family-run operation.

Helped by Michigan's manufacturing resurgence, DECC is poised to top the $9 million mark for the first time. As a result, DECC has been able to add over 30 jobs during the past 3 years. Mellema credits three things for DECC's success: company culture, an investment in systems, and valuing relationships. When most companies were looking to cut costs in 2008, Mellema invested in a $400,000 software system that has allowed DECC to be first in class.

The most notable relationship for Mellema is the one that began more than 40 years ago between DECC and Hope Network, a local nonprofit that provides employment for adults with developmental disorders, disabilities, or other disadvantages. DECC staffs a large group of Hope participants daily to rack parts prior to coating.


3/13/2015 - Packaging manufacturer relocates global headquarters to Mecklenburg County, N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C.–Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that Sealed Air Corp. will establish its new global headquarters in Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, N.C. Sealed Air is a Fortune 500 company that creates packaging and hygiene solutions for name brands.

“While Sealed Air's global corporate headquarters is new to Charlotte, this company is not new to North Carolina,” said Secretary Decker. “The company has two production facilities–one in Richmond County, the other in Caldwell County, as well as sales offices throughout the state.”

The company plans to create 1,262 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage will be $119,482. The average annual wage in Mecklenburg County is $59,046. In addition, the company will invest $58 million through a long-term lease with a third party developer who will construct a new, state-of-the-art facility for the global headquarters.

The project was made possible in part by an award to Sealed Air from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements. JDIGs are awarded only to new and expanding businesses and industrial projects whose benefits exceed the costs to the state, and which would not be undertaken in North Carolina without the grant.

The project was also made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $2.5 million. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.


3/12/2015 - SWeNT adds distributor

NORMAN, Okla.–SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) has announced that it has contracted Matteson-Ridolfi to distribute its SMW Specialty Multiwall carbon nanotube (CNT) products in the US. Matteson-Ridolfi Inc., Riverview, Mich., is a premier distributor of specialty chemicals, polymer additives, pigments, and resins. SWeNT is a leading manufacturer of single-wall, few-wall, and multi-wall carbon nanotube materials for printed electronics, energy storage, and composites applications.


3/11/2015 - New coating signals excessive heat

NEWARK, N.J.–According to research conducted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), a new color-changing coating technology can warn when material or equipment is too hot to handle, signaling the possibility of malfunctions, explosions, or burns. Referred to as “thermal-indicating composition,” the material turns different shades of color in response to a range of temperatures, starting at around 95°F.

The technology, which was awarded a US patent last May, was developed in response to dangerous conditions in the desert during the war in Iraq, where soldiers reported temperatures near munitions that exceeded 190°F–far exceeding the shells' design limits. The US Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal commissioned and funded the research.

Zafar Iqbal, a research professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, led the joint NJIT/ARDEC research team. “We essentially modified commercial paints and introduced nanotechnology-based concepts to tailor the trigger temperatures,” Iqbal explained. Iqbal's current research came out of earlier work at Honeywell and Allied Corp. that led to a smart coating embedded with color-sensitive materials to indicate how long something had been exposed to high temperatures. According to NJIT, this technology has been widely used by the World Health Organization on vaccine packaging labels. Iqbal plans to use this time coding element in his thermal-indicating paints for the final product for the Army.

The technology has potential for other applications, including a temperature indicator for factory machines, household appliances, and tools to signal that they have become too hot to use. The paint could also serve as a warning to firefighters as to the intensity of a fire on the other side of a door coated with the material.

The patent is jointly owned by NJIT and the US Army. NJIT plans to commercialize the technology. Iqbal is also working on a related technology that would indicate whether a product has been damaged by force, shock, or exposure to dangerous chemicals. “A smart coded coating is like a smart skin–it will provide a visual or sensing signal to tell you if there is a problem,” he said.

Coatings research has been inspired by color changing technology in various ways in recent years. In early 2014, the University of California, Riverside, announced that new nanoparticle research produced a polymer that can reveal pressure points by changing color. The sensor film can be painted on contact surfaces to show stress distribution. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, announced progress in 2013 in their attempts to develop camouflage coatings that could shift color properties when triggered by the user's surroundings. Also in 2013, the University of Aveiro in Portugal developed a corrosion-sensing coating that incorporates nanocapsules that can indicate corrosion under coatings by changing color.


3/10/2015 - SPI joins recycling partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C.–SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has announced that it is an inaugural member of The Recycling Partnership, a grant fund established by the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) as a vehicle to support and transform public recycling performance. CVP is a nonprofit organization designed to grow participation in curbside recycling programs nationwide.

“SPI is deeply committed to zero-waste strategies that promote reducing, reusing, and recycling plastic materials,” says William R. Carteaux, SPI president and CEO. “Because our members represent the entirety of the plastics supply chain, SPI has emerged as a valuable stakeholder in the recycling discussion with an important, unique perspective.”

The Recycling Partnership will develop projects that ensure overall recycling program health in targeted communities. Project work will begin in July following an announcement of the finalized list of partners and the identification of initial cities selected for partnership. By seeding granted dollars, providing technical assistance, and coordinating education efforts, the Partnership is designed to use one-time investments for long-term returns of material.

SPI represents all facets of the US plastics industry and delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero-waste strategies.


3/6/2015 - New OSHA reporting requirements now in effect

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Beginning January 1, 2015, changes were implemented regarding what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are now required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements have a life-saving purpose–they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

Employers will have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call the nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 800/321-OSHA (800/321-6742), or they will be able to report online beginning in mid-January.

For more information and resources, visit OSHA's dedicated web page on the updated reporting requirements at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014. The web page also has a link to OSHA's new YouTube video, where Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, explains the new reporting requirements.


3/5/2015 - Axalta Coating Systems breaks ground on new facilities

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has expanded its customer support by breaking ground on an 18,000-square-foot facility in Houston, Tex., to train coating professionals. The facility is scheduled to open in summer 2015.

This center will be adjacent to Axalta's Houston powder coating manufacturing plant and will serve both refinish body shop customers and customers who apply powder coatings for a variety of markets ranging from oil and gas pipelines to general industrial custom coaters. The center is expected to draw thousands of customers to attend instructor-led courses and gain hands-on experience.

In addition, Axalta has opened a new product development center at its facility in Lionville, Pa., in order to strengthen its performance testing capability. The center is equipped with a state-of-the-art professional spray booth and advanced HVAC infrastructure that enables specialists to simulate a variety of North American climate conditions. The simulation will help to assess refinish automotive paint application.

Axalta's refinish coatings range from surface preparation to undercoats, basecoats, and high gloss clear coats across a portfolio of brands. Each product is formulated to be effective in different climates and when coating various substrates such as metals, plastics, and composite materials. The facility is engineered to enable a quick turnaround from product development to launch.

The new center is part of Axalta's dedicated network of research and development facilities that focus on new products to meet evolving customer needs and evaluates ways to improve existing products.


3/3/2015 - IHEA schedules 2015 safety seminar

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has scheduled its highly popular Safety Standards and Codes Seminar for April 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare, Des Plaines, Ill.

The 2-day seminar will provide a comprehensive overview featuring 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 content includes an introduction to the NFPA 86 Standard and will review areas such as the general requirements and compliant location and construction requirements for ovens and furnaces; safety equipment such as programmable logic controller systems; class A, B, and C furnaces; commissioning, operations, maintenance, inspection, and testing; gas line evacuation (purging) and charging; safety controls and devices; and loss prevention and product liability. Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with the instructors who are members of the NFPA 86 Technical Committee and are directly involved with the maintenance and revisions of the Standard.

For more information, call 859/356-1575 or visit www.ihea.org and click on the “Safety Seminar” button on the right side of the home page.


3/2/2015 - Courses: April 2015

April 14: Paint & Coatings Basics. 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.

April 14: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements.

Dallas, Tex. Also offered April 15

in Middleboro, Mass., and April 16

in Minneapolis, Minn. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.

April 28-30: Radiation Curing 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.



2/26/2015 - AkzoNobel introduces two new products

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–AkzoNobel Performance Coatings has launched an innovative, bright metallic powder coating that provides a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to chrome plating. Interpon Cr, part of AkzoNobel's Interpon powder coatings range, combines a chrome-like finish with the proven performance of a two-coat powder coating for applications such as furniture, lighting, and other interior fixtures. The unique combination of a highly reflective base coat layer with a clear top coat also offers outstanding resistance to finger marking.

In addition, AkzoNobel's Powder Coatings business has launched a dry-on-dry primer and top coat application process with only one heating stage. Interpon Align is a two-coat, one-bake powder coating system that eliminates one full cure cycle. It eliminates the primer curing process, curing both coating layers simultaneously.

The system is suitable for thick, heavy mass metal parts for OEM specifications. It provides good edge retention and corrosion protection. The system can increase efficiency and output by up to 30 percent during commercial use, and can be tailored for color, pretreatment, line conditions, and performance requirements.

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.

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