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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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Axalta Starts Expanded Resin Production Facility in Mexico

28. April 2016


Axalta Coating Systems has started production at its expanded resin manufacturing facility located at its Tlalnepantla campus outside Mexico City. The investment to expand infrastructure will enable the company to support its customers with the latest coating technologies that are used in a wide variety of the company’s liquid coatings.


The additional polymer resins that can now be produced in Mexico provide the backbone of Axalta’s traditional solventborne and latest generation waterborne coatings. A key ingredient of all coating layers, resins provide the chemical structure that help make Axalta coatings durable and able to withstand the effects of weather and ultraviolet radiation.


“The opening of this facility, which takes place as Axalta celebrates its 150th anniversary, reflects the extensive operations and technology expertise based in Mexico that we were able to draw on to design and construct a production complex which joins what is already a world-class production facility and one of our largest operations centers in the world,” says Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and CEO. “Our investment in this facility will enable us to support our customers with the latest coating technology and reflects our long-term confidence in both the future of Mexico and our expectations for continued growth across the region.”


The new facility integrates the highest standards in engineering and safety, relying on the latest technology to automate virtually every step of the production process and improve operational efficiencies, reduce waste and further reduce the environmental footprint from our operations. The entire Tlalnepantla facility operates under an “Industria Limpia” (“Clean Industry”) designation in recognition of its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of coatings production. A combination of talent and effort provided by entirely local resources made it possible to conceive and complete the entire project in only 14 months on time and on budget.


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