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GFS Expands its Automotive, Truck Refinish Distribution TeamOpen in a New Window

Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) announces that it welcomes Chassis Liner Supply, Purified Air and Quality Finish Services to the GFS Auto and Truck Refinish distribution team. According to the company’s announcement, the new distributors will expand its ability to service automotive and truck refinish customers in Minnesota, southern Texas, western Pennsylvania and Maryland. Prior to joining the GFS Refinish team, Chassis Liner Supply, Purified Air and Quality Finish Services have all established strong customer relations and expertise in supplying and servicing a variety of automotive repair equipment, the company says. For more information, visit


Chemetall to Present on Optimizing Aqueous Cleaning Washers at PMTS/PCxOpen in a New Window

Chemetall, global surface treatment supplier and a global business unit of BASF's Coatings division, is set to present as part of the educational sessions of the Parts Cleaning Exhibition (PCx) held April 25 to 27 at the Greater Columbus Exhibition Center in Columbus, Ohio. David Gotoff, product manager for the North America region, will highlight his 30 years of surface finishing experience when presenting on optimizing aqueous washer programs to achieve consistent and value added cleaning and corrosion protection.  PCx, co-located with the Precision Machine Technology Show (PMTS), is presented by the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), and co-presented by Production Machining, Products Finishing and Modern Machine Shop magazines. Discussing sustainability for aqueous cleaning programs, the presentation emphasizes the importance of cleaning solutions, especially alongside machining applications. “PMTS does a great job of integrating not only precision machining but also cleaning solutions, with the addition of PCx” says Gotoff.  “When the manufacturer is able to align the aqueous washing system directly with the metalworking process, addressing the specific soils in use and customizing the solutions with a Total Program Management program, significant financial gains may result.” Developing process control, including automation, maintenance and monitoring assures consistency not only in cleanliness, he says, but also in the ability to preserve the parts from corrosion.  Key points of system design, product selection, control technology, water chemistry and best practices that can be applied for continuous improvement will be covered in the session. Elements of both cleaning and rust prevention will be included. For more information on PCx and PMTS, visit For information on Chemetall’s aqueous cleaning solutions, metalworking programs and surface finishing chemistry, visit  


CCAI, PCI 2017 Annual Meeting Registration Now OpenOpen in a New Window

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and Powder Coating Institute (PCI) announce that the program for CCAI and PCI's 2017 Annual Meetings is complete and registration is now open. The annual meetings take place June 18-22, 2017, at the Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. The event includes a series of speakers and presentations along with a variety of social activities, giving attendees educational opportunities and a chance to network with leaders in the industry. Similar to last year, CCAI and PCI will hold separate business meetings (CCAI's held Monday, June 19 and PCI's on Wednesday, June 21) with joint general sessions and social activities in between. Activities kick off Sunday, June 18 with a vineyard tour and stargazing party. The joint general sessions held on Tuesday, June 20 include presentations on topics such as the new administration, the finishing industry’s economic outlook, and how to get to know your end user. For more information, visit


AkzoNobel, MasterPeace Join Forces to Color 100 “Walls of Connection”Open in a New Window

People living in more than 40 countries around the world are to benefit from a partnership between AkzoNobel and global peace movement, MasterPeace, which will involve painting 100 walls. Launched in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in March, the “Let’s Colour Walls of Connection” initiative aims to inspire and energize cities around the world and make people’s lives more livable and inspiring. “With a little bit of paint and a lot of creativity, artists and communities are coming together to ‘color peace’,” explains Annemieke Kievit, director of public affairs and human cities at AkzoNobel.  “The community events will take place in cities all over the world, from Indonesia to Brazil, and will involve hundreds of artists, AkzoNobel employees, MasterPeace teams and thousands of local participants.” The initiative will also enable the two partners to contribute to two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focused on creating sustainable cities and communities and forming partnerships to achieve those goals. “We see walls being built around the world and aim to turn those walls into bridges that connect people by using the power of color to transform them,” added Aart Bos, MasterPeace Global CEO. “We believe in the power of togetherness, and by transforming these walls into bridges, and connecting rather than dividing people, we also hope to change the walls we have built up in our minds.” MasterPeace is an award-winning global non-profit and non-governmental peace movement that operates in more than 45 countries and aims to mobilize people around the world to use their talents for peace building. Commenting on the launch, Ruud Joosten, AkzoNobel’s executive committee member responsible for decorative paints, says “This is a great way for us to engage people around the world through our Let’s Colour and Human Cities initiatives. Let’s Colour believes in the power of paint brands like Dulux to improve people’s lives, while Human Cities aims to revitalize cities around the world and make them more liveable and inspiring.” Officially launched in Rotterdam, the first of the 100 Let’s Colour Walls of Connection is being painted at the city’s Albeda College, which is celebrating 25 years of being a local hub for diversity. The college invited its students and local communities to paint a wall projecting their dreams of “a more inclusive and embracing future for all.” For more information, visit


BASF’s 2017 Science Competition Opens to U.S., Canadian Ph.D. Students, ResearchersOpen in a New Window

BASF kicked off its third annual North American science competition on April 3, which focuses on creating a superior coating finish on carbon fiber composites. OEMs seek to use lightweight panels to improve fuel economy, which must exhibit a superior finish equivalent to other substrates. However, coating carbon fiber composites is challenging, BASF says, due to the thermal expansion difference between the resin and fiber.  Through the competition, BASF continues to support sustainability and hopes to encourage the development of ideas that address this challenge. Ideas can focus on any aspect of the system, and BASF coaches will help finalists develop their pitches. “This engaging and competitive event will help BASF address a global challenge to improve fuel economy,” says Christopher Hewitt, BASF science relations manager, North America. “Participants will work collaboratively to develop, communicate and pitch their ideas while networking with BASF researchers, coaches and executives.” Open to teams consisting of two to four Ph.D. students and young researchers in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), this competition encourages innovative and game-changing ideas. Proposals will be accepted until May 19, 2017. All finalists will receive cash awards and the opportunity to present their proof-of-concept to BASF executives August 24 and 25 at the BASF North American Automotive Coatings headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. For more information, visit 


TCI Powder Coatings Hires Jeff Gorden as Account Manager for IllinoisOpen in a New Window

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., appoints Jeff Gorden as account manager for the Illinois territory. Gorden has a record of accomplishment in account management and business development in the industrial coatings segment. Prior to joining TCI, Gorden was a key account executive with PPG. He has also held positions with Spraylat and Rohm & Haas/Morton. Gorden is a graduate of Augustana College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. “We are thrilled to have Jeff join our team. Jeff has over 25 years of account management experience focused on the industrial coatings market. His ability to maintain and grow strategic accounts will benefit our customers and the TCI organization,” says Jack Bostock, TCI vice president of sales and marketing says. “Jeff is a great addition to the TCI team and will definitely help us further advance our premium brand position in the powder coating market.” For more information, visit


Finishing Lines Per ShopOpen in a New Window

The average plating shop has about eight finishing lines in use, while the average Top Shops has almost 13 lines, according to the 2017 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey results. The median of all shops was seven shops. All other shops averaged about three finishing lines per plant.


Plasmatreat, KUKA Team Up as System PartnersOpen in a New Window

Plasma systems engineer, Plasmatreat, and industrial robot manufacturer, KUKA, team up to deliver integrated, automated process solutions. KUKA has developed the “ready2_activate” application specifically for Plasmatreat technology. This automated, modular platform can be used with all standardized pretreatment processes based on Plasmatreat’s Openair plasma jet technology without the need for time-consuming preparation. Robots from KUKA’s KR AGILUS robots are designed to provide uniform cleaning, activation or nanocoating of the material surface across the entire working range of a plasma cell. The high-precision motion sequence and respective plasma process are controlled by processors in close communication. The high-performance, flexible interfaces between the plasma cell and an external machine control unit simplify integration into an overall system or line, while recording all plasma parameters. The system integration platform for KUKA robots enables Plasmatreat to offer an automation solution for integrating plasma surface treatment and industrial application into production processes. Plasmatreat is a leader in atmospheric plasma technology. Its Openair plasma nozzle technology is now used for material surface pretreatment in several different industries.  For more information, visit


PCI/Gema 2017 Scholarships AwardedOpen in a New Window

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and Gema USA Inc., a Graco Inc. company, teamed up to award two $2,500 scholarships and recognized the winning students at the PCI Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  According to the institute, the scholarship fund continues to grow and attract bright new talent to the industrial coatings technologies, including polymer science, manufacturing and engineering. PCI received many qualified applicants and is excited to watch the research and development of the projects generated by these talented students. "This year we received several applications from some very fine candidates for this scholarship,” says PCI Future of Technology subcommittee chairman, Kevin Biller.” The two awardees stood head and shoulders above the rest mainly because of their hands-on, practical engagement in powder coatings as well as their excellent academic performance." Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the 2017 PCI/Gema scholarships: Gabriella Bettegnies - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Luke Groninger - Purdue Polytechnic Institute These scholarships, part of PCI’s Corporate Named Scholarships for companies making a $5,000 or more annual commitment, are awarded with special consideration to deserving students that demonstrate an interest in powder coatings and are pursuing disciplines aligned with a career in manufacturing, mechanical or electrical engineering. The growth of the scholarship program enhances the potential of students in the industry and PCI is proud to be a part of it.  


Axalta Coating Systems Recognized as GM 2016 Supplier of the YearOpen in a New Window

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 25th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held last month in Orlando, Florida. GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992. This is the third consecutive year Axalta has received the award. “We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” says Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.” More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2015. Winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Indirect Purchasing, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics. “For the third consecutive year, Axalta’s global team is honored to accept this prestigious recognition from GM,” says Steve Markevich, Axalta executive vice president and president of Transportation Coatings and Greater China. “Axalta looks forward to building upon our long-standing relationship with GM and continuing to deliver exciting colors, long lasting durability, and world class innovation that GM and our customers around the world deserve.” For more information, visit