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First-Ever, All-Black Yacht Made Possible by Automotive Coatings

26. November 2015



BASF says that never before has a racing yacht been able to achieve an all-black look. Yes, black sails or a black hull, but never a black deck. The company says that we all know black surfaces heat up enormously fast when exposed to heavy sunlight, which is somewhat unavoidable when racing around the world’s oceans.


BASF says that fashion house Hugo Boss was determined to turn heads with a state-of-the art yacht that perfectly embodied their brand. Alex Thomson Racing’s new Imoca 60 racing yacht, also sponsored by luxury brand Mercedes-Benz, is the first entirely black Imoca 60 yacht in the world. This one-of-a-kind yacht, designed by French company VPLP/Verdier, had its unique black aesthetic created by Konstantin Grcic, a world-famous industrial designer.


Konstantin had collaborated with BASF while designing the Myto chairs, which are made entirely of BASF plastic material and now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He hoped BASF had another solution to make his design a reality.


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MetoKote Announces Changes And Appointments

24. November 2015

Jon Barrett and John Shaffer.


MetoKote Corp. appointed Jon Barrett to global vice president and chief operating officer and John Shaffer as global vice president of sales. Barrett has been with MetoKote since 1983, and Shaffer joined the MetoKote family in 2014.


"Mr. Barrett and Mr. Shaffer are assets to our organization," says Jeffrey Oravitz, president and CEO of MetoKote. "I am certain that these talented individuals will continue to build on MetoKote's outstanding legacy and reputation for the highest quality coating services in the industry."


Barrett has held various roles of increasing responsibility at MetoKote, including his most recent role as vice president, business development. In his new role, Barrett will manage business support services and oversee global operational management. Barrett is a native of Cleveland, and attended Ohio Northern University. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children.


Shaffer's most recent position was director, global sales. Since joining MetoKote he has taken on additional responsibilities within the global sales team. In his new role, Shaffer will manage the commercial organization, oversee growth development in several key markets and will report directly to Oravitz. Prior to MetoKote, Shaffer spent 23 years with PPG in various commercial and product roles within their industrial coatings business.  He graduated from LaRoche College and currently resides in Pittsburgh, with his two children.


MetoKote Corp., established in 1969 and headquartered in Lima, Ohio, serves its many customers in 29 facilities throughout the United States and the world. MetoKote provides environmentally sound and cost-effective coating solutions including equipment, coating application, and related management and support services to a wide variety of industries such as agriculture, appliance, automotive, computer, construction equipment, electrical, furniture, industrial equipment, recreational and truck and bus.


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Graymills Corp. Named Manufacturer of the Year

20. November 2015

Left to right, Janet Kaiser, Chair of the AIM Board; Pam McDonough, President/CEO of AIM; Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner; Craig Shields and Kristen Shields DeNoble of Graymills..



Graymills Corp., producer of metalworking fluid systems, parts washers and ink circulating pumps, was presented with the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year award from the Illinois Alliance for Industry and Manufacturing (AIM) at the Making Manufacturing Matter dinner held October 7 in Chicago.


The Manufacturer of the Year award is one of the few given to manufacturing champions from the Chicagoland region. This prestigious honor is for extended commitment to Illinois and for long-term assistance to the economy, local residents and the state. Graymills currently employs about 75 people, and has been achieving success since 1939. The Shields family purchased Graymills in 1980, making them the third owners of the company. Jerry Shields, former president and chairman of Graymills, has been very involved with the Alliance and its Northeastern branch, NORBIC, for decades, promoting neighborhood job growth and community sustainability along with manufacturing success in the region. Craig Shields, the current president and Kristen Shields DeNoble, vice president, are the second generation to oversee the manufacturing company.


The Shields family and employees thank AIM for their recognition of the hard work and continued success of Graymills.


Parker Trutec Plans Building Expansion, New Electrocoating Line

18. November 2015




Parker Trutec Inc. has announced that the Urbana, Ohio, facility will construct a 57,000-square-foot building expansion. This expansion will be required for the addition of a third electrocoating line to the coatings application facility located at 4795 Upper Valley Pike. This new electrocoating process line addition compliments the other electrocoat lines that are already in place at Parker Trutec and is expected to launch mass production by second quarter 2017. The total project cost will exceed $8.0 million.


The 14-station, fully automated electrocoating system will continue to enable an increase in production capacity for both existing and new customers and will also enable Parker Trutec Urbana to achieve tighter quality industry standards for steel, galvanneal and aluminum substrates. This new line features 3,000-pound rated racks and processing tank parameters of 16' × 7'8" × 6'6". Additionally, this line has the capabilities of rack tilting at each station as needed by customer requirements.


The added 57,000-square-foot building addition will be used to house the new electrocoat line. Additionally, the new building will improve production flow and efficiency for large part processing and enable better use of existing floor space throughout the plant. The building addition will add four trucking docks to the existing 29 docks currently in use. Link Construction of Bellefontaine, Ohio, has been selected for the new building installation with construction set to begin as early as late October or early November of 2015 with completion required by mid-2016.


Parker Trutec Urbana started operations in 1988, is a full service surface coating operation catering to a wide variety of customers with a wide range of specifications and requirements for zinc, manganese and iron phosphate, bonderlube, solid lubricant / defric coatings and electrocoating. Parker Trutec uses Henkel phosphate coatings (manganese, zinc, iron and bonderlube) along with Axalta and PPG electrocoating paints.


Metal Finishing Association Hosts Conference and Expo in Queretaro, Mexico Feb. 2016

12. November 2015




The Mexican Association for Surface Finishing (AMAS) has announced the dates for their annual Conference and Expo that will be held in Queretaro, QRO at the Congress and Convention Center from February 22-24.


The theme of the event will be “A Window of Opportunity” highlighting the enormous opportunities that currently exist in the growing manufacturing industry of Mexico. Attendance at the event is expected to include more than 150 exhibitors and 1,000 attendees, from the automotive, aerospace, appliances, electronics, construction, and lighting industries among others.


Participants in this event will have the chance to receive specialized training with international recognition and access to the latest technologies as well as interact with hundreds of professional experts and discuss opportunities in this expanding market driven by the growth of the automotive and aerospace industries in the country.


“This is an unprecedented event for this very important industry in Mexico,” said Marcelo Alvarez, president of AMAS. “The Surface Finishing Industry of Mexico now has access to up to date knowledge on new trends and technologies and very specialized training programs without having to travel outside of Mexico.”


The Mexican Association for Surface Finishing (AMAS) is a nonprofit association created to serve the surface finishing industry of Mexico. The mission of AMAS is to promote business, education and innovation for the industrial surface finishing community of Mexico, including anodizing, electrolytic and organic coatings and finishing in general.


For more information please contact Paulo Moctezuma Executive Assistant for AMAS at 442.161.02.20 or visit


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