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Winona Powder Coating Gets UL Recertification

4. May 2016


Winona Powder Coating, the largest high volume powder coater in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, said that they have been awarded recertification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), meeting standards in both the United States and Canada.


Winona’s UL recertification, along with the company’s ISO9001 and JDM F17 certifications, conveys its dedication to meeting customers’ high expectations.


“We are proud to serve as the exclusive powder coater to two of the top industrial component suppliers in the world,” said Brian Bailey, president of Winona Powder Coating. “We understand how important it is for a customer to be able to offer a product that is UL certified throughout the entire supply chain. It’s a real asset to be able to offer this service to our customers that need and value UL certified powder coated components. We are constantly striving to raise the bar in order to compete with any in-house situation and meet our customers’ needs of exceptional quality levels.”


In addition to the UL recertification, Winona is currently in the process of seeking the AAMA 2604 specification. This specification is applicable to coatings of at least 30 microns thickness and intended primarily for commercial and architectural-grade applications. Over the next few months, tests will be conducted to evaluate abrasion resistance, chemical resistance and weathering. This specification recognizes high-performance coatings that can involve non-phosphate pretreatments, a necessity in some markets where phosphate pretreatments are not allowed due to environmental concerns.

Global Automotive 2015 Color Popularity Report

3. May 2016


White has continued to increase in popularity, topping out this year as the number one color globally, according to Axalta Coating Systems’ Automotive Color Popularity Report. This report looks at automotive color popularity by global geography and by a variety of vehicle segments.


White overtook silver in 2011 as the most preferred vehicle color preference. Since then, white has continued to gain popularity on all vehicle types in most regions, while silver has continued to decline. Customers in Asia (41 percent) and Africa (46 percent) prefer white more than in other parts of the world.


Since 1953, white has been one of the top five colors during all but three years. Whites have evolved and today they are available in a rich variety of alternatives from stone white solids and vanilla shades, to cool bright whites and pearlescent whites.


After white at 35 percent, there is a big drop to black, the next most popular color at 18 percent. These are followed by silver at 13 percent, gray at 10 percent, red at seven percent, and blue and beige/brown tied at six percent. At the least popular end of the spectrum, yellow was found on only two percent of vehicles, green on one percent, and all other colors on two percent of vehicles.


While the neutrals of white, silver, gray and black dominate, red and blue continue to be the top colorful choices, with red especially winning over vehicle buyers.

Automatic Coating Limited Celebrates 50 Years

2. May 2016


Automatic Coating Limited in Scarborough, Ontario, an applicator of liquid and powders coating in North America, is celebrating 50 years in the corrosion coating industry.


Automatic coating is a family business that was founded by Harold Bamford, and has lead the way by developing and investing in state-of-the-art equipment and holds patent and patent-pending technology in the application of coatings to increase life cycle and reduce maintenance cost. ACL operates in naval, pipeline, aerospace and manufacturing industries.  


Through ACL Pipe Line Services, Automatic Coating offers a complete range of managed services, including shop applied pipe coating, field coating services and pipe viper automated system for pipe rehabilitation, the world's first environmentally friendly automated coating system. 


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team for their hard work and dedication and our customers for the great partnerships we have developed over the years. They are what make our company great,” says Brad Bamford, President of Automatic coating. “We will continue to lead the way in innovation to ensure our customers and employees and the Canadian economy continue to thrive.”


May Go-To Gal: Kally Powell, Production Coordinator, All-Color Powder Coating Inc.

1. May 2016

Kally Powell, Production Coordinator, All-Color Powder Coating Inc.


All-Color Powder Coating Inc.’s Kally Powell efficiently juggles office duties while keeping management in line. Customers typically go directly to Kally for quick responses. Kally is definitely the “Go-to-Gal” in the shop.


Know a guy or gal in the industry who should be recognized? Email Jess Larkin at


Originally published in the May 2016 issue.


CCAI, PCI Hold Joint 2016 Annual Meeting in Colorado

28. April 2016
The Westin Riverfront Beavercreek will host CCAI & PCI’s 2016 Annual Meetings next June.

The Westin Riverfront Beavercreek will host CCAI, PCI’s 2016 Annual Meetings next June.


The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will co-locate for their 2016 Annual Meetings from June 19-23 at the Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek in Vail, Colorado.


CCAI will conduct their annual social activities, committee meetings and business meetings to start the week followed by several events held in conjunction with PCI including a welcome reception, joint general sessions and a golf outing.  PCI will round out the week with their association committee meetings and PCI business. This concept has been under consideration for the past two years as both the CCAI & PCI boards have been looking for ways that members can reduce the number of meetings they attend each year and also reduce the costs of attending various meetings.  While there is some slight deviation from past annual meetings, members will enjoy all the regular annual meeting traditions and events while gaining the opportunity to meeting new industry peers.


“The co-location of CCAI and PCI’s annual meetings allows industrial coatings users, suppliers and custom coaters the opportunity to learn and network with the entire industry in one trip,” notes CCAI President Kevin Coursin.  “By co-locating, it brings better efficiency and helps reduce travel expenses and meeting costs which we hope will allow more members to attend.  Combined with one of our country’s prettiest spots, we believe this will be one of best annual meetings yet.”


Likewise, PCI President John Sudges agreed with Mr. Coursin, “There are many benefits to this co-location.  In addition to the items mentioned above, both organizations retain their own independent and time-coordinated business segments of their meetings, while the organizations will share common general session and social activities.  It’s a win-win for both organizations.”


CCAI’s meeting will run from June 19 – 22 while PCI’s meeting will run from June 20 – 23.  Joint events and sessions will take place from Monday evening, June 20 through Wednesday morning, June 22.  Several registration categories will be available for members so they can choose whether they wish to attend either the CCAI or PCI meeting or attend both meetings.


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