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Posted December 31, 2018

PFLUGERVILLE, Tex.—Paradigm Metals plans to move into a new 100,000-square-foot facility in Hutto, Tex., in 2019 and substantially grow its business. The company, which provides precision sheet metal fabrication, machining, screen printing, powder coating, and additional services, expects to invest in excess of $10 million on the new facility. The company also operates a 18,000-square-foot facility in Taylor, Tex.

Posted December 28, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems has announced that Terrence Hahn has officially joined the company as CEO, succeeding Charlie Shaver, who will continue at Axalta as non-executive chairman. Hahn will also serve on Axalta’s board of directors. Hahn previously worked at Honeywell and Air Products.

In addition, Axalta has opened a new Learning and Development Center in Pomona, Calif. The center is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology and will be used for hands-on training to serve the industry’s growing demand for opportunities for customers to collaborate with business partners. Axalta will host various training classes throughout the year, along with customized training classes for customers.

Posted December 27, 2018

BURLINGTON, Ont.—Canadian job shop Bristol Powdercoat is growing its business by focusing on large parts that may not fit in some other shops’ coating line or ovens. The company can coat parts as large as 60 feet long and up to 10,000 pounds, with the capability of batch and automatic processing. It boasts a 2.5-day order lead time and a 99-percent on-time delivery rate, which means the shop can handle the big parts in an efficient manner.

Posted December 26, 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Protective coatings manufacturer Carboline Co. has acquired coatings firm Strathmore and the American Coatings brand, which Strathmore acquired in 2014. Strathmore, a protective coatings supplier with a heavy focus on the rail industry, will be a stand-alone brand under the Carboline banner. Carboline is part of RPM International, a Medina, Ohio, based holding company with properties throughout the paints and coatings industry.

Posted December 21, 2018

AMERICUS, Ga.—After 30 years in powder coatings, supplier TCI has announced a branding change and an expansion into liquid and electrocoat products. The company, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and formerly called TCI Powder Coatings, says it will be expanding its focus to concentrate on innovative coatings solutions and superior performance beyond powder coatings.
“Our new brand positioning represents our new customer-centric market approach that leverages our relationships with fellow RPM companies to meet specific needs with a broad portfolio of products and coatings resources,” said Jack Bostock, TCI vice president. The company’s new initiatives include an investment in its powder manufacturing, a plan to build a new powder coating facility and innovation center to be operational in 2020, a new mobile application, and much more.

Posted December 20, 2018

HEERLEN, The Netherlands—Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials, has launched a collaboration with Vepa, a leader in project furniture design, to further demonstrate the value of powder coating technology as an operationally convenient and sustainable alternative to solvent-based liquid coating technology for heat-sensitive substrates. Vepa will produce two furniture product lines with DSM’s proprietary powder coating technology.

Like many other furniture manufacturers and designers across the world, Vepa is looking to leverage powder coating technology to gain a competitive advantage, since this technology has been shown to improve the operational efficiency of coating application, the total environmental impact of the manufacturing process, and the aesthetic qualities of the final product.

Developed specifically for use on MDF and other wood products, DSM’s Uralac Ultra powder coating technology provides the basis for IGP, a leader in powder coating applications, to develop a final product solution that matches Vepa’s product demands. Once the furniture panels have been successfully coated with IGP’s final product solution, they will be assembled and distributed by Vepa.

Posted December 19, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Heraeus Noblelight America (HNA) has appointed Pradyumna Kumar (P.K.) Swain, Ph.D., as president. Swain will be responsible for providing leadership to grow HNA’s business in the areas of radiation technology, such as UV curing, packaging disinfection, and air and water treatment, and maintain its market leadership position. He will also serve as the global head of innovation for Heraeus Noblelight’s UV division. HNA provides UV and LED systems and thermal solutions for industrial applications.

Posted December 18, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio—Hohman Plating celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. The shop was founded in 1918 in Springfield, Ohio, by William Hohman, who moved it to Dayton in the 1930s. The company saw a growth spurt in the 1950s with manufacturing of dry film lubricants. Hohman Plating specializes in electroplating, electroless plating, anodizing, chemical conversion coatings, spray coatings, vacuum coating, and combination coatings.

Posted December 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published preliminary Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data about chemical releases, waste management, and pollution prevention activities that took place during 2017 at more than 20,000 federal and industrial facilities across the country.

The 2017 data is available by downloading data files that can be opened using Excel or another spreadsheet application or by going to EPA’s Envirofacts website and searching for a specific location, industry sector, or facility. The data can be used to identify how many TRI facilities operate in a certain geographic area and where they are located, as well as what chemicals facilities are managing and in what quantities.

While the preliminary data have not yet been through the complete TRI data quality process, the software facilities used to submit the data includes many automated quality checks that help prevent facilities from making common mistakes. EPA is now conducting additional quality checks on the preliminary data.

Posted December 14, 2018

MCLEAN, Va.—A rapidly transforming industry sparked IMTS 2018 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, to set all-time records for show metrics. The 32nd edition of the show drew a record registration of 129,415 people and featured over 2,500 exhibiting companies. IMTS 2018 took place in September at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Show organizer’s stated that connectivity, the digital transformation of manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing, and a strong economy drove the record numbers. The show was co-located with HANNOVER MESSE USA.

Posted December 13, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wisc.—Private equity firm Aterian Investment Partners has acquired Pioneer Metal Finishing. Founded in 1945, Pioneer is among the largest providers of outsourced anodizing, plating, hardcoat, adhesive, electroless nickel, and other value-added surface treatment services in North America. The company operates eight plants that service customers across numerous end markets and service lines. The transaction will allow for Pioneer to enter its next stage of growth with an ownership group focused on operations and performance.

Posted December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) provides opportunities for OSHA to partner with employers, workers, professional or trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to create safe and healthful work environments. The partnerships are unique agreements designed to encourage, assist, and recognize partner efforts to eliminate serious hazards and enhance workplace safety and health practices. They establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

OSHA recently entered partnerships with the following companies and organizations: Harvey Cleary Builders established a strategic partnership to promote workplace safety and educate workers on hazards during construction of an office building and underground garage in Washington, D.C. Gilbane Building Co. and the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council signed a 1-year partnership to address common construction hazards such as falls, electrical, silica, noise, and carbon monoxide exposure during the construction of a hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. Miron Construction Co. Inc. entered a 1-year partnership to prevent common causes of workplace injuries and illnesses during construction of a university residence hall in Eau Claire, Wisc. Choate Construction Co. and Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc. have joined a strategic partnership to provide weekly training on falls, noise, rigging, heat, and silica, as well as the proper use of respirators and personal protection, during the construction of a senior living development project in Woodstock, Ga.

Posted December 11, 2018

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio—Process Technology, a global leading manufacturer of thermal solutions for surface finishing, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year by opening a new global headquarters and R&D center in Willoughby, Ohio. The company also has locations in Amery, Wisc., and Mentor, Ohio.

Posted December 7, 2018

CHICAGO, Ill.—MachineMetrics, a manufacturing analytics platform for discrete manufacturers, has released its latest application called MachineMetrics Service, the industry’s first AI-driven remote machine monitoring solution designed for OEMs and equipment providers. The predictive analytics application allows service teams to remotely monitor and manage machine assets in the field and at customer sites in real-time.

With this new solution, any machine maker or distributor can improve their customer service by resolving machine problems without the necessity of an on-site visit. Service managers and technicians can remotely monitor, manage, diagnose, and resolve customer’s machine issues for any piece of connected equipment in the field and in real-time using the cellular edge device. The historical and real-time machine data collected allows equipment manufacturers to gain insight into customers’ equipment health and condition, identify new service opportunities with analytics and reporting, predict and deliver early warning of potential equipment failures, highlight elevated risk areas that lead to machine downtime, or even determine to take preventative action before it impacts a customer’s machine performance.

Posted December 6, 2018

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Global coatings firm PPG has announced two leadership changes: Diane Kappas was appointed as the vice president, Americas, automotive original equipment manufacturer coatings; and Juanjo Ardid was appointed vice president, PMC, US and Canada. Kappas has been with the company since 1986 and replaced Matt Marek, who retired after more than 25 years at PPG. Ardid joined the company in 1992 and most recently served as general manager, global adhesives and sealants.

Posted December 5, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio—The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has entered into a 6-year, $72 million ceiling contract with the US Air Force. UDRI will work on research and development in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Quick-Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes program as part of the contract, which includes an initial award of $11.7 million for corrosion-related work.

UDRI researchers will investigate materials and process-related issues in structural and electronic materials, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient technologies, and protective coatings in advanced aerospace systems as well as legacy systems. The school will continue to provide component failure analysis and corrosion assessments for the Air Force.

The AFRL is headquartered at Dayton’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the UDRI research work will take place both at the university itself and at Wright-Patterson. Last year, UDRI won a $43 million ceiling contract with the Air Force to perform research and development related to adhesives, sealants, elastomers, textiles, composites, and other nonmetallic materials.

Posted December 4, 2018

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands—The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is being relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and marks the company’s transition to becoming an independent, global specialty chemicals leader.

“Launching our new company is a significant milestone to add to our proud history and we are all looking forward to this exciting new chapter,” said new CEO Charles W. Shaver. “We are ready to leverage our experience, global presence, and strong company culture to unleash our full potential as an independent company.”

Nouryon has a history that stretches back nearly 400 years and its new name and brand identity reflect that heritage. Noury & Van der Lande was one of the first companies to realize the important role chemistry could play in everyday life. Today, Nouryon is a world leader in essential chemistries used to manufacture everyday products.

Nouryon will be working closely with customers and other partners to innovate, make strategic investments, and develop essential, sustainable solutions that meet customer needs and fuel shared growth. The new branding is already visible on Nouryon’s digital channels, while packaging and signage will be changed gradually over the course of the coming year.

Posted December 3, 2018

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will co-locate their 2019 Annual Meetings, which will be held June 16-20 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. CCAI’s meeting will run from June 16-19; PCI’s meeting will run from June 18-20. The combined annual meeting will provide significant industry education to all association members.

CCAI will conduct its annual social activities, committee work, and business meetings to start the week, followed by presentations and events held in conjunction with PCI. PCI will round out the week with association committee and business meetings and the PCI Hall of Fame Banquet. This is the third year the associations have co-located their meetings, allowing members to reduce the number of meetings they attend each year and lower the costs of attending multiple meetings.

Posted November 30, 2018

CHEVY CHASE, Md.—RadTech, the nonprofit trade association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies (UB+EB) will be offering a new conference in 2019 called BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology. The show will take place March 19-20 in Redondo Beach, Calif. BIG IDEAS, which was formerly known as the regional uv.eb WEST event, will focus on rapidly emerging technologies on a global scale.
The two-day conference and tabletop exhibition will feature leading-edge conference sessions focused on big ideas, such as moving from 3D printing to additive manufacturing with UV technology, developing data-driven materials, the increased use and development of UVC LED, new applications for UV+EB, and more.

Posted November 29, 2018

CHICAGO, Ill.—Sur/Fin 2018, held in Cleveland, Ohio, was the most successful event in years, and the committee has already started planning for 2019. Next year’s event will be held June 2-5 in Chicago and promises to be even bigger and better. The show brings together the industry’s top experts with cutting-edge processes, equipment, and best practices, all in one place. There is no better way to learn how to make your business more successful, more efficient, and more profitable than spending time at this show.

Posted November 28, 2018

The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), Fort Mill, S.C., elected officers and directors at its annual meeting earlier this year. AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated, and laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers.

Acting vice president Milan Moscaritolo, Toray Plastics (America), was elected president while Dante Ferrari, Celplast Metallized Products, was elected vice president and Thomas S. Rimel Jr., Dunmore Corp., was elected treasurer. Both Ferrari and Rimel previously served as directors of the association. Danis Roy, Davis-Standard, continues to serve as past president.

Newly elected directors include Andrew Jack, Vacuum Depositing Inc. (VDI LLC); Bob Pasquale, New Era Converting Machinery; and Michael Sullivan, MTI Polyexe Inc., an Inteplast Group company. The membership also re-elected directors Ginger Cushing, Nordmeccanica; Steve Jackson, Camvac Ltd.; and Matt Menges, Maxcess International.

Posted November 27, 2018

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, Pittsburgh, Pa., recently announced the winners of its 2018-2019 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to individual SSPC members and their children. In order to qualify for the competition, candidates had to be either a high school senior with plans to enroll in college full time or a current college student. Applicants must be a member of SSPC in good standing, or the child or grandchild of an SSPC member.

This year’s winners were: Anna Arato, Emory University; Karan Bansal, North Dakota State University; Brendan Beshock, University of Pittsburgh; Stephanie Brand, University of Illinois; Jessica Davison, University of Southern Mississippi; Saiada Fancy, Florida International University; Karim Garcia, Rhodes College; Michael Gatz, Michigan State University; Kinley Gipson, Lamar University; Kevin Karras, University of Wisconsin Madison; Abby Longhofer, Florida State University; Mya Poulos, Indiana University Bloomington; Margaret Schiffer, West Virginia University; Weixiu Zeng, University of Akron; and Cheng Zhang, University of Akron.

Scholarship winners also receive a one-year membership to SSPC. The 2019-2020 cycle will open in early January 2019, with applications due April 30.

Posted November 26, 2018

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will once again host its Custom Coater Forum as part of the PCI Powder Coating 2019 Technical Conference. The Custom Coater Forum will be held April 1-2, 2019, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, prior to the conference and tabletop exhibition on April 3-4. The forum provides presentations and roundtable discussions on business solutions, new product technologies, PCI programs, and more. Programming information will be available in November and posted to www.powdercoating.org/PC19.

Posted November 21, 2018

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—FANUC America Corp. plans to construct a new facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., that will be used for engineering, product development, manufacturing, and warehousing. The $51 million expansion, expected to create 100 jobs, received a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. It is scheduled to open in Fall 2019. Since 1982, the company’s line of painting robots and a variety of automation software products have been designed and built in Michigan. With the addition of the new building, the company’s three facilities in the state will total more than 1.1 million square feet.

Posted November 20, 2018

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla.—Industry leaders and executives gathered in Atlanta for the second International ThermProcess Summit (ITPS), and by all accounts and comments, the event delivered a wide array of timely and critical information. The event was co-sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), a voluntary trade association representing the major segments of the industrial heat processing equipment industry.

From the opening session where attendees learned about the “Factory of the Future” from Dr. Irene Petrick of Intel to the closing presentation on “Transitioning Your Business to the Next Generation” by The Brainzooming Group founder Mike Brown, the audience was engaged throughout the entire event. The diverse general session program was packed with topics of significant relevance to today’s manufacturing leadership. The program also addressed the latest happenings in Washington, D.C., and economic indices that impact manufacturers.
The highest rated presentation came from Dr. Amber Selking of the Selking Performance Group. She addressed ways for executives to drive consistent performance excellence within their companies. Dr. Selking dove into the science behind how the brain works and what leaders should do to develop their staff to drive a workforce that feels empowered.

Posted August 28, 2018

Powder Coating is heartbroken to inform our readers that we have lost a dear friend and staff member. Harry Myers, production manager of PC and our three sister publications, unexpectedly passed away in June. Harry was an integral part of our company for the past 20 years and will be incredibly missed by staff members, many of whom were lucky enough to call him a friend.

We send our condolences to the Myers family. Rest in peace, Harry.