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SRG Global Opens Innovation Center in MichiganOpen in a New Window

SRG Global, a Guardian company, has completed its Innovation Center located in Taylor, Michigan. The new center opened on March 20 and features areas for prototyping, testing and scale-up experimentation. The 6,460-square-foot Innovation Center is strategically located across the street from the company’s 63,000-square-foot Advanced Development Center. “This investment further reinforces our commitment to customers and society by expanding our research and development footprint,” says David Dunford, vice president of Global Engineering and Innovation. “The Innovation Center enables us to focus on creating value through innovative products and processes by allowing us to experiment, disrupt the status quo and discover the unmet needs of our customers.” According to Dunford, the Innovation Center complements the Advanced Development Center by fusing the ideation, concept development and product validation processes seamlessly. “This new facility will help us expand our global R & D capabilities from a strong base of chemical, mechanical and industrial engineers to material scientists, physicists and electrical and lighting engineers,” says James DeLaHoussaye, global director of Innovation. “This will support our vision of providing innovative engineering solutions and our goal of value added functional integration.” SRG Global manufacturers coatings on plastic for the automotive and commercial truck industries.Through its Innovation Center in Taylor, Michigan, and its Advanced Development Centers in Taylor, Michiga, Liria, Spain and Suzhou, China, SRG Global works to develop and deliver coating technologies and sub-systems.  For more information, visit srgglobal.com.  

 

SIFCO ASC Plating Process Recognized by American Bureau of ShippingOpen in a New Window

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) received an American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Product Design Assessment (PDA) for its SIFCO Process of selective plating. The designation indicates that a technical evaluation of the SIFCO Process has proven to be in accordance with the ABS Rules and specified, acceptable standards. An ABS PDA reduces the turnaround time for on-board surface finishing repairs and enhancements by verifying that the SIFCO Process has already been evaluated and is suitable for use upon ABS-classified vessels. “SIFCO is very pleased to have received our Product Design Assessment from the ABS,” Mark Meyer, North American sales manager says. “With our PDA, we can now take our experience and knowledge from the naval and military applications to the commercial fleet.” SIFCO ASC is the creator of the SIFCO Process, a unique and portable selective plating method designed to enhance, repair and refurbish localized areas on components. Selective plating plays a vital role in the Marine industry, with significant time and cost savings it can offer in extending maintenance intervals and service life. While the process can be used in the shop to repair worn bearing journals and housings on small generators, pumps and fans, it can also be taken aboard the ship for in-place repairs of large, hard-to-move components such as propeller shafts, bearing seats and turbine casings. The diversity of the process, deposits and applications have saved engineers thousands of dollars over the years by avoiding the expense of costly downtime, turnaround time and capital investment in new equipment. For more information, visit sifcoasc.com.  

 

Chemcoaters Names Mike Tieri VP of Sales and MarketingOpen in a New Window

Effective immediately, Chemcoaters appoints appoints Mike Tieri as vice president of sales and marketing. Company president, Bill Capizzano, announced the appointment in March.  Tieri joined Chemcoaters in 2013, following a long career in steel sales dating back to 1993 at Cresco Steel, then Viking Materials and Kloeckner Metals. Subsequently, Tieri was a Sales Manager for Chicago Tube and Iron, Kloeckner and JDM Steel.  Prior to this promotion, Tieri served as director of sales and marketing for Chemcoaters and Eco Green, spearheading the efforts on both companies’ sales initiatives, key account management, sales strategy and new business development. He works closely with the company’s ad and PR agency on brand building and development of the messaging to the mills, service centers and OEMs in the industry. Tieri was also honored in 2016 by the Metal Service Center Institute for his innovative and clever social media campaigns.  Chemcoaters is a leading coil coater as well as manufacturer of coating chemistries at its sister company, Eco Green, both based out of Gary, Indiana. 

 

O&S Expo Renamed as “SurfaceTechnology GERMANY”Open in a New Window

Global trade fair organizer Deutsche Messe AG announces renaming its surface finishing O&S Expo to “SurfaceTechnology GERMANY.” The new name is already in effect for the next edition of the international trade fair for surface treatment technology from June 5 to 8 this year in Stuttgart. A new logo and new colors go along with the change. According to the company, everything else—format, frequency, dates and venue—remains unchanged. The decision by Deutsche Messe to rebrand the show brings it into line with the company’s global portfolio of trade fairs dedicated to surface treatment and finishing. At the same time, the new name aims to simply what exhibiting companies are showing and what visitors can expect to see. “The name ‘SurfaceTechnology GERMANY’ embraces the entire spectrum of surface treatment technology, and thus reflects exactly what our exhibitors are presenting in Stuttgart every two years for three days at the start of June, with all the materials and all the sectors united at a single event,” says Olaf Daebler, responsible for Deutsche Messe’s industrial supply and surface treatment trade fairs. “We are adopting the new name effective immediately so it can firmly establish itself in time for the next show in June of 2018.” In use since 2008, O&S stood for “Oberflächen und Schichten,” the German translation of  “Surface Finishes and Coatings.” As such, it was not only more restricted in scope, but also aimed more at German-speaking professionals, even though the show targets an international audience. In 2016, 23 percent of the exhibitors and 21 percent of the trade visitors came from outside Germany, primarily from neighboring European countries. “For us as organizers, it’s also very helpful to have uniform branding across our entire portfolio of surface technology trade shows,” explains Daebler. In Germany, the event takes place every other year, alternating with the SurfaceTechnology Area at the Industrial Supply trade fair, which itself forms part of the Hannover Messe portfolio of events. Other SurfaceTechnology trade shows outside Germany include the annual SurfaceTechnology EURASIA in Istanbul and SurfaceTechnology NORTH AMERICA, taking place in even-numbered years in Chicago, where it is staged in parallel with IMTS. Also forming part of the same brand family is parts2clean, the International Trade Fair for Industrial Parts and Surface Cleaning, which takes place every year at the Stuttgart exhibition center. parts2clean pavilions are also a regular feature of SurfaceTechnology EURASIA, and this year for the first time they are being staged in parallel with the CMTS event in Toronto in Canada. The company claims the parts2clean event will remain separate because its brand constitutes a separate category, covering a specific upstream link in the processing chain for industrial surfaces. Be on the lookout for the upcoming Deutsche Messe surface technology trade shows: SurfaceTechnology Area: April 24-28, 2017, part of the Industrial Supply trade fair at HANNOVER MESSE (Hannover, Germany) parts2clean pavilion: September 25-28, 2017, co-located with CMTS (Toronto, Canada)  parts2clean: October 24-26, 2017 (Stuttgart, Germany) SurfaceTechnology EURASIA: March 15-18 2018, featuring a parts2clean pavilion (Istanbul, Turkey) SurfaceTechnology GERMANY: June 5-7, 2018, (Stuttgart, Germany) SurfaceTechnology NORTH AMERICA: September 10-15, 2018, co-located with IMTS (Chicago, USA)   For more information, visit surface-technology-germany.de.  

 

IHEA 2017 Fall Seminars Set for Greenville, South CarolinaOpen in a New Window

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will host its 2017 fall seminars at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20.  IHEA’s 48th Annual Combustion seminar and its annual Safety Standards and Codes seminar will take place over the course of the two days. IHEA’s Induction seminar will be a half-day event on Tuesday afternoon, September 19. Attendees to all events will enjoy access to IHEA’s tabletop dxhibition and reception on Tuesday afternoon. “We are excited to return to Greenville, South Carolina, with our fall seminars and tabletop exhibition,” says IHEA executive vice president, Anne Goyer.  “With the Southeast’s strong manufacturing base, we have a very high interest in our seminars. This was evident when the seminars sold out the last time we held them in this area.” Held concurrently, the Combustion seminar features industry professionals from leading heat processing companies who deliver pertinent information in combustion technologies. The Safety Standards and Codes seminar covers critical safety information for those involved with a wide range of industrial thermprocess applications. IHEA’s Safety Seminar speakers have a firsthand working knowledge in the development of the NFPA 86 standard. IHEA’s newly developed Induction Division has created a concise, half-day seminar that highlights the basics of induction technology, the applications and equipment used, along with the advantages of induction for improving plant operations. Details are being finalized for the educational seminars and combined tabletop exhibition.  For more information, visit ihea.org.    

 

MicroCare Launches New Website with nPB Solvent InformationOpen in a New Window

MicroCare Corp., manufacturer of critical cleaning, coating and lubrication products, announces the launch of its new informative website for companies currently using the popular solvent normal propyl bromide (nPB). The goal of the new site is to help companies reduce operating costs and enhance worker safety with this chemical, as well as to introduce new cleaning technologies to those companies. The site offers information and advice on those looking to change from TCE, perc and methylene chloride to newer, safer alternatives. In the mid-1990s the toxicity value of nPB was set at 100 parts per million, which the company says is low but manageable. Today, the toxicity rating has been lowered to one part per ten million, with cancers and reproductive issues related to over-exposures. Regulatory bodies around the globe are looking to eliminate nPB, TCE, perc and methylene chloride within the next few years. The site aims to help companies learn about this transition and manage the process successfully. “A safe cleaning environment is, by definition, an efficient and cost-effective cleaning environment,” says Tom Tattersall, MicroCare chief operating officer. “Nobody has more expertise in critical cleaning than MicroCare, and with our experience of over 300-man years in vapor degreasing, nobody knows solvents and the right way to use them better than MicroCare.” The information on the site is presented at two levels. First, MicroCare says, some companies are buying these solvents without any technical support or professional guidance, and they have been known to use them incorrectly in their vapor degreasers. “The toxicity standards for these products are being tightened and their use will become problematic,” explains Mike Jones, MicroCare vice president. “We know there are a lot of people out there who are concerned about using the product but don’t know who to ask for help. This web site is engineered exactly for them.” The second level of the web site is for those companies that have decided to replace their old-style cleaners. Today, the more efficient, safe and affordable new cleaning chemistries that can replace nPB, TCE and the others are not always “drop-in” replacements and changes in hardware or procedures may be required. “This web site isn’t about selling. It’s about helping,” Jones added. “Once people become aware of the risks and the liabilities from these cleaners, they always start looking for alternatives. Today there are many better, safer choices. This website helps companies to find the best alternative.” For more information, visit the new site at npbreplacements.com or visit microcare.com.   

 

Training Hours Per Year Per EmployeeOpen in a New Window

  More than 58 percent of shops provide their employees with 8 to 20 hours of formal training each year, the largest segment in the 2016 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey. Just under 14 percent provided between 21 and 40 training hours each year, while roughly 18 percent of shops provided less than 8 hours of formal training. Only 10 percent of shops gave their employees more than 40 hours of formal training each year.  

 

Arlington Plating Co. Completes Major ExpansionOpen in a New Window

Arlington Plating Co. announces a major expansion at its Palatine, Illinois, headquarters resulting in enhanced operations and production capabilities. The recent addition of a 35,000-square-foot facility aims to substantially grow the company’s campus to over 90,000 square feet. The expansion enables increased production capacity, as well as new warehouse and shipping space. Corporate, sales and support staffs have been relocated to the new addition. According to the company, the expansion coincides with the recent opening of the company’s aluminum anodizing line and is essential to meeting customers’ current and emerging surface finishing requirements. “2017 is proving to be an exciting year of growth at APC,” Richard Macary, president of Arlington Plating Co. says. “The multi-million-dollar investment made to our facilities tangibly demonstrates our commitment to advancing new products and services for our customers.” All correspondence should continue to be sent to 600 S. Vermont Street, P.O. Box 974, Palatine, Illinois, for both Arlington Plating and its SelectConnect Technologies division. For further information, please contact answers@arlingtonplating.com.  

 

Eric K. Thiele Joins Chromaflo as Chief Financial OfficerOpen in a New Window

Chromaflo Technologies, a global supplier of colorant systems, chemical and pigment dispersions, appoints Eric K. Thiele as chief financial officer. In this role, Thiele will report to Scott T. Becker, President and CEO Chromaflo Technologies. Thiele’s responsibilities will include leading all financial functions, including financial planning and analysis, internal controls, capital expenditures, cash and treasury management, tax, risk management, real estate, credit and banking relationships and financial systems across the organization. Thiele will be based out of the Ashtabula, Ohio, corporate office. Thiele earned a B.A. degree in Economics from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A with a concentration in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. Thiele worked for PPG for over 20 years with various finance leadership roles. Most recently, Thiele was the vice president and business controller for the Architectural Coatings and Protective and Marine Coatings segment. Prior to this, Thiele was the corporate treasurer, PPG. Thiele previously was the CFO Asia Pacific PPG and resided in Hong Kong.  “Our organization will benefit to have such a creative, experienced and operationally strong executive with industry experience join our team,” says Scott T. Becker, president and CEO.  “Eric has a strong track record for success and a keen understanding of our industry; I look forward to his contributions to support our growth.”  For more information, visit chromaflo.com.   

 

Dr. Martin Jung Named Head of BASF’s Global Business Unit - Surface TreatmentOpen in a New Window

Dr. Martin Jung, senior vice president of BASF, has been appointed head of the global business unit Surface Treatment of BASF’s Coatings division, which comprises the Chemetall business acquired from Albermarle in December 2016. He succeeds Joris Merckx, who led the Chemetall business since 2007. Jung has overseen the integration of Chemetall into the BASF group. Before assuming his current role, Jung led the Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions Europe business unit of BASF’s Coatings division. He studied chemistry and mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Jung received his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. Jung joined BASF in 2000 and held different management positions within the group in Germany and overseas, including senior vice president of Global Research Structural Materials and vice president of Marketing Amines, Europe. The Coatings division of BASF develops, produces and markets automotive OEM and refinish coatings as well as decorative paints. In 2016, BASF acquired Chemetall, a global supplier of applied surface treatments for metal, plastic and glass substrates in a wide range of industries and end markets.  For more information, visit basf-coatings.com.