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7/31/2015 - Twin Cities expo draws crowd

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The Twin Cities chapter of the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota jointly hosted the 9th Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo this March at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. The event consisted of a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations, and educational sessions. More than 55 exhibitors displayed equipment and services at this well-respected regional trade show. The event also offered industrial painter training sessions, provided by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, where trainers worked with attendees to improve finishing techniques on virtual reality spray equipment.

7/28/2015 - European CAV industry undergoing regulatory changes

LONDON, England–The European chlor-alkali/vinyls industry (CAV) is undergoing a major transformation due to rapid consolidation and regulatory changes introduced by the European Union. These regulatory changes require chemical producers to either convert mercury cell-based chlorine plants to a more environmentally friendly membrane technology or shut down the technically obsolete plants altogether by December 2017. This will affect roughly 20 percent of the total European capacity.

The regulatory mandates, in addition to increased mergers and acquisitions in the European CAV marketplace, will likely lead to some closures of older plants and continued consolidation. However, the facilities that survive the transition stand to enjoy higher operating rates, increased market share, and greater profitability.

Western Europe will be the most impacted region due to this technological transformation. Producers in Central Europe will also be impacted. These changes will force the region's producers to adapt rapidly or exit in the mid-term. Besides the regulatory and technological changes being experienced by the industry, chlorine, caustic soda, and PVC markets also will see slower new capacity growth going forward. At the same time, global construction is reviving and Europe is slowly turning the corner.

7/27/2015 - ACE Equipment launches new website

CLEVELAND, Ohio—ACE Equipment Co. has launched its new website: The website has information and data on the company's Coil Winding Equipment, Burn Off Ovens, and Curing Ovens. The new site also includes info on installations, customer reviews, blog information, social media links, and much more. The company is celebrating 96 years as a family owned business.

7/23/2015 - Gastonia company fined in employee's death

GASTONIA, N.C.–A company was fined more than $50,000 over violations uncovered after a 58-year-old man fell to his death last May. An investigation into the death revealed the company, Powder Coating Services Inc., was home to safety issues that could have endangered more people.

The N.C. Department of Labor issued two citations to Powder Coating Services. The state found four problems inside the plant. The first concerned the death of the 58-year-old man. According to the state, the man fell through an opening in the mezzanine on May 16 and died as a result of his injuries. He fell more than 11 feet. According to the Labor Department, the plant had the openings uncovered for at least a year. Someone had moved the coverings to a spot elsewhere in the plant. The holes were also uncovered for a period in April when several employees had to reset a circuit breaker on that level. The citation says those workers, too, were in danger of falling.

Other issues dealt with locks on electrical devices and a lack of company procedure for certain hazardous situations. The owner also failed to check whether the company needed permits for chemical solution holding tanks and an underground pit. Employees had to enter and clean the tanks and pit. The fines totaled $50,100.

7/22/2015 - Reliable Plating Works celebrates 85 years

MILWAUKEE, Wis.–Reliable Plating Works is celebrating 85 years in business. The company is owned by the Maliszewski family, was started by Julian Maliszewski in 1929, and its current company president is Jaime Maliszewski. The company offers decorative and functional nickel and chrome finishes on steel products, and provides services for every stage of the plating process.

7/21/2015 - Chief Fabrication opens new facility

GRAND ISLAND, Nebr.–Chief Fabrication, a division of Chief Industries, has opened a new powder coat facility in Grand Island that, once in full production, will be one of the largest powder coat operations in the country. Among its many capabilities, the facility enables the primer and topcoat to be applied in one pass and can accommodate parts up to 17 feet long. With this new facility, the company is now able to take products from raw sheet steel and turn them into very intricate weldments with an automotive-quality powder coated finish providing years of durability, all under one roof.

7/20/2015 - Coating operation fined $341K

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed, and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Pride Plating Inc., Grove, Okla., with 38 violations, including nine repeat violations, and fined the company $341,550.

The company's workers were exposed to hexavalent chromium through spray painting and dip tank operations and in the lunchroom and smoking areas. Hexavalent chromium is a carcinogen commonly used in industrial processes, anticorrosives, and protective paints and coatings. Health effects range from skin irritation to lung cancer.

Nine repeat citations, with a penalty of $180,180, related primarily to chromium violations. A repeat violation exists when an employer has been cited for the same or a similar violation in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Pride Plating was cited for similar violations in 2009.

Twenty-eight serious citations were also cited. A serious violation reflects substantial probability of death or serious physical harm from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Pride Plating, which employs about 110 workers in Grove, has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to respond to them.

7/16/2015 - Coating made for industrial interiors

AUBURNDALE, Fla.–SealKrete has introduced a two-part premium water-based epoxy coating for vertical and horizontal interior application in refineries, clean rooms, chemical processing plants, and similar settings.

According to the company, EpoxyShell WB 250 is water-based but has solvent-based performance characteristics. The industrial strength product offers good adhesion, film hardness, chemical and abrasion resistance, hot tire pickup resistance, and breathability. With a slow working time, the product can be used for large interior projects, as well as priming and high traffic areas. It also works as a primer for flake floors and offers a fast return to service.

7/15/2015 - OSHA investigates Buchman Lumber

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A complaint investigation found workers at Buchman Lumber Co. LLC, were exposed to excessive noise and amputation hazards at its Springbrook, Wis., lumber plant. The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the company for 17 violations, including four willful violations and proposed penalties of $145,200. OSHA has also placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA initiated a complaint investigation in December 2013 and expanded it to a comprehensive inspection of the entire facility because of the number and magnitude of hazards found.

The investigation uncovered four willful violations, including failing to administer a hearing conservation program, failing to provide eye and face protection to workers exposed to flying wood chips and boards, and failing to implement lockout/tagout procedures to prevent machines from turning on during maintenance and servicing. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Buchman Lumber was also cited for 13 serious violations, including multiple incidents of failing to provide adequate machine guarding on shafts, belts, pulleys, saws, conveyors and drives. Other violations involved failing to develop and train workers in a hazard communication program, electrical safety violations, and failing to conduct assessments for required personal protective equipment and permit-required confined spaces. 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.

Buchman Lumber has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

7/14/2015 - Axalta forms partnership with Jeff Gordon

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems and Jeff Gordon, one of the most celebrated race car drivers in history, have announced a new multiyear partnership. Gordon will become Axalta's global business advisor, and serve as special advisor to Charlie Shaver, Axalta chairman and CEO, bringing his winning skills and innovative thinking to Axalta, its leadership team, and its customers worldwide.

Axalta and Gordon have a long history, which began through the company's sponsorship of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Although Gordon recently announced that 2015 will be his final season as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Axalta will continue to sponsor and be the official paint supplier of Hendrick Motorsports.

Through the new partnership, Gordon will offer unique insights to Axalta global leaders in the Automotive Refinish, OEM, Commercial Vehicle and Industrial businesses. He will have the opportunity to directly contribute to specific global strategic initiatives, including goal setting and execution, and creating a winning culture. Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful, and sustainable solutions.

7/9/2015 - Mexican researchers convert industrial waste into high-temperature coatings

MONTERREY, Mexico–While the US awaits a federal decision on the safety of coal ash, Mexican researchers have found a new use for the industrial waste: high-temperature coatings. Scientists from Mexico's Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav) say they have developed a nanostructured coating capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1,000°C (about 1,832°F). The coating aims to address one of the most common problems in aviation–the microstructural degradation of superalloys that integrate turbines.

Inside a turbine's hot zone, blades, nozzles, and other components made of nickel-based superalloys are subjected to strong damage by the heat, which diminishes the turbine's energy efficiency and compromises the structure's thermal and mechanical properties, according to Dr. Ana Maria Arizmendi Morquecho, who is leading the research. Her research specialty includes multicomponent nanostructured coatings on metal substrates for corrosion protection and resistance to high temperatures. She also has explored the development of thermal barrier coatings with ultra low thermal conductivity based on waste materials. The new research combines those specialties, putting fly ash to work in the new material mix.

After five years of development, the team is planning final laboratory testing. If successful, the coating would not only benefit the aviation industry but find an additional beneficial use for the industrial waste from northern Mexico's coal plants. The Mexican research was announced as the clock ticks down in the US on a federal determination on whether to regulate Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) as hazardous waste.

7/8/2015 - Courses: August 2015

August 4: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements. Portland, Ore. Also offered August 6 in San Francisco, Calif., and August 13 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262;

7/7/2015 - Accurate Coats begins operations in Iowa

MILFORD, Iowa–Accurate Coats Powder Coating, a custom powder coating company, opened its doors in July 2014. The company is owned and operated by the father-son duo of Chris and Jerad Alger, who also own its sister company, Alger Customs Inc. Alger Customs has been operating in the Milford area for 10 years. The Algers emphasize size capacity – anything that can fit in their oven, they will coat. This includes anything from agricultural equipment to steel car frames to steel, fences, and patio equipment.

7/6/2015 - Federal grants aid coating advances

EUCLID, Ohio–Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for large contact surfaces. MesoCoat Inc., a subsidiary of Abakan Inc., and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will split a $1 million award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a process to join dissimilar metal alloys. The primary objectives of the DOE project are to develop functional gradient transition joints between carbon steel and austenitic stainless steel for nuclear reactors, and to develop advanced joining techniques for dissimilar materials used in nuclear fission reactors.

In addition, MesoCoat was awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop antimicrobial coatings using its high-speed, large-area metal cladding technology. The NIH project aims to develop copper-based antimicrobial coatings primarily for contact surfaces in hospitals, but that could also be applied to other public areas such as airports, bus and railway stations, schools, restaurants and work places.

Both projects focus on the company's CermaClad technology, which uses high energy density IR fusion to metallurgically bond a layer of API-compliant metal alloy and nickel tungsten carbide to a steel substrate.

7/2/2015 - US construction job boom creates need for more training

ST. PAUL, Minn.–US construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just 7 percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year. Construction employers added 16,000 jobs between August and September, bringing the total to 6,079,000, the highest rate seen since May 2009. September's unemployment rate of 7 percent was the lowest September mark in 7 years, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The number of unemployed workers was 604,000, a level not seen since August 2007.

Residential and specialty trade contractors added a combined 11,800 employees between August and September 2014 and added 129,400 (5.9 percent) over 12 months. Nonresidential building and specialty trade contractors hired a net of 3,700 workers for the month and 100,300 (2.7 percent) since September 2013. However, heavy and civil engineering contractors, which perform the majority of public-sector construction, increased their headcount by just 500 in September and 29,000 (3.3 percent) over the year amid tight government budget conditions, according to AGC.

The employment gains coincide with continuing concerns by some construction firms over finding qualified workers to fill available positions. Employers are reporting a lack of local vocational training, especially at the secondary level. AGC officials urge federal, state and local officials to enact measures to make it easier for school districts, local associations, and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs.

7/1/2015 - San Cast fined $156K by OSHA

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A follow-up inspection by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at San Cast Inc., Coshocton, Ohio, found that workers were still exposed to amputation and fall hazards at the casting and foundry facility. The facility was previously cited after a worker suffered a leg amputation in June 2013. OSHA has issued 17 additional violations, carrying proposed penalties of $155,900, as a result of the recent inspection.

OSHA cited repeat violations for failing to protect employees from the ingoing nip points of belts, pulleys, chains. and sprockets. San Cast was also cited for failing to protect employees from fall hazards associated with an unguarded platform. OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer previously was cited for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule, or order at any other facility in federal enforcement sates within the last 5 years. San Cast was cited for these violations in both March and September 2013.

San Cast also was cited for 11 serious safety violations involving lack of lockout/tagout procedures, exposing workers to struck-by hazards, and failing to maintain an overhead trolley system. The company also failed to inspect cranes and hoists regularly, and broken crane wires were discovered. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

OSHA has inspected San Cast five times since 2009. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

6/29/2015 - EPA releases greenhouse gas emissions data from large facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region, and individual facilities. In 2013, reported emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation.

“Climate change, fueled by greenhouse gas pollution, is threatening our health, our economy, and our way of life–increasing our risks from intense extreme weather, air pollution, drought, and disease,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator. “EPA is supporting the President's Climate Action Plan by providing high-quality greenhouse gas data to inform effective climate action.”

The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is the only program that collects facility-level greenhouse gas data from major industrial sources across the US, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills, and landfills. The program also collects data on the increasing production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) predominantly used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

Over 8,000 large-emitters reported direct greenhouse gas emissions to the program in 2013, representing approximately 50 percent of total US emissions. Under the Climate Action Plan, EPA is taking steps to address carbon pollution from the power and transportation sectors, and to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, and factories. Under EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, carbon emissions from the power sector would decrease by 30 percent below 2005 levels and electricity bills would shrink by 8 percent by 2030. EPA's pollution standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2012-2025 will save Americans more than $1.7 trillion at the pump. In addition, the agency's partnerships with industry have prevented more than 365 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution, equal to the annual electricity use of more than 50 million homes.

See key facts and figures and explore Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Data at

6/25/2015 - Coatings restored on historic military vehicles

FORT BENNING, Ga.–Seven historic US Army vehicles have been restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry. Working together under the leadership of Vulcan Painters CEO David Boyd, companies nationwide donated crews, equipment, materials, and services to paint the collection of armor and cavalry vehicles. The coatings work was done to the military's specifications for the tanks. Boyd estimates the labor and materials donated were between $125,000 to $150,000.

The tanks are now on display at the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation's 30-acre museum at the new Maneuver Center of Excellence in Fort Benning, Ga. The museum houses the lineage, history, and heritage of the US Army's Armor and Cavalry Force. A total of nine armored vehicles from World War II to the present, including the seven painted in this volunteer effort, are displayed along a walking trail at the museum.

6/24/2015 - New gel coating could eliminate risks of using styrene

DEVON, UK–A new gel coating used during manufacturing finishing could virtually eliminate the health and environmental risks of the organic compound styrene, researchers say. Styrene is commonly used in the manufacture of plastics, rubber, and resins. The chemical is also known as vinylbenzene, ethenylbenzene, cinnamene, or phenylethylene. Styrene vapors are emitted during manufacturing of fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composite finishes for products in transport applications, chemical plants, pipelines, and renewable energy systems.

Researchers at Plymouth University, Devon, UK, have hit on a way to reduce styrene levels by more than 98 percent. The secret: an inmold gel coating. Dr. John Summerscales, associate professor in Composites Engineering at Plymouth University, led the research. “Styrene has been the subject of extensive debate in respect of health and environmental issues,” said Summerscales. “Exposure to styrene has previously been linked to altered mood states–in particular, aggression–while its vapor has been reported to cause depression, fatigue and a slowing in reaction times.”

By reducing styrene levels in the workplace, there would be numerous positive results, such as improving retention of workforce personnel, minimizing release to the environment, and reducing odor at the factory boundary. Another benefit: keeping working conditions safe enough that employers are not tempted to ship the jobs to less-regulated countries.

The study compared three techniques used in the finishing process: conventional hand-painted gel coating; inmold gel coating with a separator fabric; and inmold surfacing with a silicone shim. The hand-painted process had significantly higher levels of styrene emissions than the two closed-mold processes.

6/23/2015 - Axalta Coating Systems receives multisite ISO 14001 certification

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced that its manufacturing centers have received certification of conformance with the requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 standard. The certification has been accredited by Lloyd's Register LRQA and is valid for 3 years. The certification applies to all 34 of Axalta's majority-owned manufacturing facilities that produce liquid and powder coatings.

ISO 14001 certification provides assurance to employees, customers, and corporate partners, as well as to the general public and regulatory agencies, that companies adopt a systematic approach to environmental responsibility. The ISO 14001 program enables organizations to measure the environmental impact of their activities, to set environmental objectives, and to implement assessment and reporting processes to ensure environmental performance is continually improved.

In order to be recertified as compliant with ISO 14001 requirements, Axalta underwent a demanding evaluation process in 2014 that included third-party audits at 11 of their 34 manufacturing facilities. The audits focused on site compliance with the ISO 14001 standard as well as compliance with the Axalta global Environmental Management System (EMS). Each site passed a rigorous evaluation process covering a multitude of procedures, programs, and practices. It culminated in a comprehensive audit in December 2014 by LRQA of the Axalta global headquarters, during which the effectiveness of the global EMS was assessed. To maintain certification, LRQA will continue to perform semi-annual audits of Axalta's headquarters and a representative sampling of certified sites to ensure compliance and to assess initiatives for continued improvement.

6/19/2015 - OSHA clarifies coating label reprieve

WASHINGTON, D.C.–US paint and coating makers who will miss the June 1, 2015, deadline for updating their product labeling and safety sheets must be prepared to produce evidence of reasonable diligence and good faith efforts for their delay, federal regulators say.

The new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) rules will affect about 945,000 hazardous chemical products handled by 100 million workers in 7 million workplaces, officials say. Among other changes, the rules will replace the longstanding Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) with the term Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

Responding to a request from the American Coatings Association (ACA), the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has clarified the terms of its October enforcement reprieve on those federally mandated changes.

ACA and eight other trade associations had petitioned OSHA in August for an implementation delay. ACA contended that coating formulators, distributors, and importers could not complete their document revisions until their upstream raw materials suppliers had completed theirs. Thus, ACA argued, makers and distributors of formulated products needed a later compliance deadline. OSHA agreed, but has only now clarified its conditions for an extension in its five-page Enforcement Guidance.

At issue is the June deadline for chemical manufacturers and importers to align their safety data sheets and labels for coatings, paints, and other chemical mixtures with OSHA's revised HCS. The goal of the changes, summarized as the right to understand, is to provide a “common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.” The new guidelines require simple, clear, and concise descriptions that avoid jargon, abbreviations, and ambiguous phrases. Hazard symbols (pictograms) and standardized SDS formats are designed to make the documentation as clear and consistent as possible. Regulators say the new labels could avert dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries annually.

OSHA's new guidance requires manufacturers and importers to create HCS 2012-compliant safety sheets within 6 months of receiving a complete data set for all of the ingredients in a mixture. Suppliers will have 6 months for the new labeling requirement, giving them a total of 12 months to comply once they receive their data. Still, suppliers must be able to demonstrate their reasonable diligence and good faith efforts to comply. If they can do so, they may continue to use the 1994-compliant labels and MSDSs until the new materials are ready.

6/17/2015 - CPCA announces board of directors

OTTAWA, Ont.–The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) has announced its board of directors for 2014-2015. Tim Vogel, Cloverdale Paint, has been appointed chair of the board. Vogel replaces Dale Constantinoff, Sherwin-Williams. Other directors appointed include Nancy Houle, BASF Canada; Andy Doyle, American Coatings Association; Sharon Kelly, KelCoatings Ltd.; and Brent Jamieson, Axalta Coating Systems. Visit for a complete list of directors.

6/16/2015 - The Coating Society appoints officers

HOUSTON, Tex.–The Coating Society of the Houston Area has named Tim Siemek 2015 president. Siemek, Safway Group, is a coatings executive with 28 years of experience who has been active in the society for over 15 years and served on the executive board in various positions for the last 3 years. The society's other officers for 2015 are: Joe King, MineralTech, vice president; Anthony Grigsby, Carboline, secretary; and Dwayne Lum, Hempel, treasurer. The Coating Society's officers start as treasurer and advance to president their fourth year in office.

6/15/2015 - Brookfield Engineering appoints manager

MIDDLEBORO, Mass.–Brookfield Engineering Laboratories has appointed Nilay Shah as international sales and marketing manager for laboratory products and services. Shah's expanded responsibilities include sales for all territories outside of the Americas, the UK, and China. Brookfield manufactures instrumentation for viscosity measurement, texture analysis, and powder flow analysis.

6/11/2015 - IHEA offers Canadian compliance course

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–Following the very popular IHEA Safety Standards and Codes Seminar in April, IHEA is conducting a 1-day class that pertains to every US industrial heating equipment manufacturer selling equipment into Canada. The Canadian Compliance Requirements course will be offered on Thursday, April 23, at the Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare in Des Plaines, Ill.

The Canadian market provides a number of opportunities for US manufacturers. While Canadian technical requirements can be similar or even identical to US requirements, the approval processes can be very different. Understanding how to choose the correct requirements and obtain the proper approval is essential to being successful in this market.

This short course has been developed to provide US manufacturers of industrial heating equipment, including furnaces and ovens, with the essential tools to enter the Canadian market with products that are compliant with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements. Topics to be covered during this course include: Overview of the Canadian Regulatory Process; Types of Approval; Regional Variations; Fuel Burning Requirements; Electrical Requirements; Pressure Requirements; Complex and Custom Approval Processes; and Documentation, Declarations, Inspections, and Certification. The course will be led by Bill Simpson, president of the North American Standards Assessment (NASA) Corp., which is a private consulting firm that provides product and regulatory training and assessment services.

For more information and to register for this course, visit and click on the Canadian Standards Seminar icon. IHEA members may register for this event for free. There is a $295 fee for non-members.

6/10/2015 - NACE International achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

HOUSTON, Tex.—NACE International, the world's largest nonprofit organization serving the corrosion control industry, is proud to announce that its Houston headquarters has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the design and delivery of education, certification, conferences, subscription services (membership and publications), and technical documents.

The organization's 9001:2008 achievement applies to a quality management system supporting all areas of the organization, including technical activities, course development, education, customer service, membership, conferences, certifications, publications, human resources, and purchasing.

6/9/2015 - AkzoNobel improves online ordering for powder coatings customers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—AkzoNobel's Performance Coatings business has launched a new webshop that makes it quicker and easier for customers to buy its Interpon and Resicoat powder coatings products online. The new Interpon webshop features the latest e-commerce software and superior functionality, allowing customers to find, order, and pay for products simply and more efficiently.

The online tool is designed to suit all customers, whether they are new to powder coatings or more experienced. It is currently available in the US and will be launched in other key markets during the coming year. To view the site, visit AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.

6/5/2015 - Axalta Coating Systems expands global product portfolio

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced the expansion of its global product portfolio to include the Alesta Global Color Collection, an architectural powder coatings line.

The use of powder coatings on construction materials such as cladding and aluminum extrusions has proven extremely beneficial and is already well-established in Europe. Besides providing excellent protection of the substrate, these innovative powder coatings also provide a variety of exciting, aesthetically pleasing colors and surface textures to support the diversity of building design and coordinate with surrounding landscapes.

Alesta's Global Color Collection is available in fine texture, matte, semi-gloss and high gloss finishes and has excellent weatherability, elasticity, and abrasion resistance, making the powder coatings ideal for hand railings, fencing, and residential aluminum extrusions. Alesta's dynamic new colors can be applied on aluminum or steel substrates. They have high color retention and are environmentally responsible, meeting AAMA, Qualicoat, and GSB standards. For more information, visit

6/3/2015 - Courses: July 2015

July 8-10: Polymer Compounding, Formulating, and Testing of Plastics, Rubber, Adhesives, and Coatings. Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by the University of Akron. Contact the training center at 330/972-8303; fax 330/374-8789;;

6/2/2015 - Federal rule protects LGBT workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Catching up with many states and large companies, the federal government has extended antidiscrimination protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees of its contractors. A final rule announced in December bans discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The rule is the first federal action to ensure LGBT workplace equality in the private sector, but the measure echoes many already in effect throughout the public and private sectors. The District of Columbia and 18 states, as well as many businesses, have similar measures in place. Of the 50 largest federal contractors, which represent nearly half of all federal contracting dollars, 86 percent prohibit sexual orientation discrimination and 61 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In addition, the five top federal contractors, which receive nearly a quarter of all federal contracting dollars, already bar discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

The new rule implements Executive Order 13672, a July 2014 amendment to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) Executive Order 11246 of 1965. EO 112346 established equal employment protections in the federal government and among its contractors and subcontractors. EO13672 tasked the Department of Labor (DOL) with extending those protections to gender identity and sexual orientation. The final rule, which became effective 120 days after its publication in the Federal Register, will apply to federal contracts entered into or modified on or after that date.

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