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Investor Group Acquires Twitchell Technical Products

Dallas, TX (July 17, 2015) – Private investment firm Highlander Partners, L.P. has acquired from a Capital Partners affiliate.Twitchell is a Dothan, AL-based manufacturer of engineered polymer fabrics and coatings that are inputs in a diverse set of end... more »

SPOTLIGHT: Development Consortium Targets Smarter Surface Coating

Aurora, IL (July 1, 2015) – A new approach to applying advanced thin-film coatings to high value engineering products is being developed by,, and, all based in the United Kingdom. Cobham also maintains corporate offices in Arlington, VA and a technical... more »

INNOVATION: Jet Edge Aids Solar Vehicle Project with 5-Axis Waterjet

St. Michael, MN (July 1, 2015) – Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. recently helped the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP) by waterjetting several fiberglass composite chassis components for the team’s new car, ‘Eos.’Jet... more »

SPOTLIGHT: AESF Foundation Scholarship Recipients Announced

Washington DC (July 1, 2015) – AESF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), announced the winners of its 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Manish Shinde (left) and Yunfei Xu.Yunfei Xu, PhD candidate in chemistry... more »

Shimco and Keronite Sign Aerospace Agreement

Markham, ON, Canada – Shimco and Keronite signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of metallic, solid and peelable shims in aluminum and titanium for aerospace applications.Matt Hamblin (left), CEO of Keronite and Peter Voss, president,... more »

Powder Coating Seminar Set for Alabama

Taylor Mill, KY – The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) will present its next ‘Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar’ at Alabama Power’s Technical Applications Center in Calera, AL, October 6-7, 2015.Seminar attendee tries his hand... more »

PPG Acquiring IVC Industrial Coatings

Pittsburgh, PA – has reached a definitive agreement to acquire, a specialty powder and liquid coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of more than $100 million. The transaction was expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.... more »

SUR/FIN Conference Schedule Highlights

Monday, June 88:00 a.m. – Exhibitor set-up until 4:30 p.m.1:00 p.m. – Keynote Presentation: Bill Barkeley2:00 p.m. – Blum Lecture: Dr. Hudson Bates2:30 p.m. – Complimentary Nadcap Session (see separate story)2:30 p.m. – Session 1: Electronics2:45... more »

SUR/FIN 2015

The 97th annual SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Trade Show takes place this month at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The event features about 200 exhibits demonstrating some of the latest technological... more »

Nadcap: ‘Raising Your Game to the Quality of Aerospace’

The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) is a global cooperative accreditation program for aerospace engineering, defense and related industries. At SUR/FIN 2015, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF)... more »

Uyemura Expands Management, Production Teams

Southington, CT – Uyemura International Corp. announced five new appointments, including strategic new positions, within the company’s U.S. infrastructure.John Meyers has been named product manager for electroless copper, a new position. He also will... more »

Truck Trailer Builders Get More Color and Finish Options

Cleveland, OH – Through recent advancements in the prepainted aluminum stage of production, truck trailer builders can now apply more colors, specialty finishes and visual effects, according to the National Coil Coating Association (NCCA).While ‘old school’... more »

Boker’s Expands Made-to-Order Capabilities

Minneapolis, MN – Through investment in equipment, technology and process improvement over the past year, Boker’s, Inc. has expanded its made-to-order stampings and washers capabilities for cabinet and furniture makers.The company said the improvements... more »

DeVilbiss Drives Forward with Car Racing Events

Toledo OH (April 27, 2015) – Finishing Brands, manufacturer of DeVilbiss industrial finishing equipment, recently announced sponsorship of the DeVilbiss CRP Audi R8 LMS Ultra, bringing a new look to the car’s exterior, complete with DeVilbiss logo and... more »

Dave Strand Named President and CEO of TPS

New Columbia, PA – Dave Strand was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Thermal Product Solutions (TPS, LLC), effective in early April 2015. Strand has spent nearly 30 years in the industrial oven and furnace industry, including in operations,... more »

CCAI Opens New Salt Lake City Chapter

Taylor Mill, KY – The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) announced the opening of a new Salt Lake City Chapter. An official kick-off meeting was scheduled in April at the Hyatt House.The Salt Lake City chapter plans to offer programming... more »

Powder Coating Show to Highlight Latest Technology

Montgomery, TX – The 2015 Powder Coating Show, May 6-7 in Louisville, KY, will give attendees a chance to preview some of the latest powder coating technology and pick up market intelligence on future trends in the industry.Organized by the Powder Coating... more »

NASF Washington Forum to Focus on Critical Issues

Washington, DC – The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) holds its annual Washington Forum April 14-16, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA. The forum provides attendees with an opportunity to gain insights into the regulatory,... more »

SUR/FIN 2015 Mini Schedule

Washington, DC – The 2015 SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference takes place June 8-10 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Below is a snapshot of the program schedule. The conference portion will cover... more »

SUR/FIN to Tackle Challenges and Opportunities

Washington, DC – The upcoming 2015 SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference is the largest event of the year for the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF).The in-depth program will include key sessions covering topics... more »

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