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ECoat16 Call For Papers

27. March 2015



The Ecoat16 Conference Steering Committee is accepting abstracts for keynote and technical presentations at its conference, Feb. 15-17, 2016. 


Conference Speakers will focus on a multitude of relevant topics within keynote addresses, basic sessions and interactive workshops.  Speakers will focus on a multitude of relevant topics within keynote addresses, group sessions/panels, and interactive workshops. The program will emphasize the efficiencies of electrocoating from both cost and process perspectives, as well as troubleshooting and maintaining a system to maximize performance. It will also contain topics of interest to the manufacturing industry as a whole.


Speaking at ECOAT16 gives you and your company


  • Recognition as an industry leader
  • Opportunities for new business relationships
  • A platform to enhance your professional success
  • Complimentary full-conference registration for one Speaker, 50% discount for Co-Speakers


Presentations must be free of commercialism.  Written paper is optional.  Visit to submit your abstract online from the Events Calendar.


Abstract deadline:  April 30, 2015


Questions?  Contact Karen McGlothlin at 800-579-8806 or


Plan now to attend the Premier Event for Electrocoaters - ECOAT16 will be held February 15-17, 2016 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida.


Presented by The Electrocoat Association and Products Finishing magazine, the objective of the conference is to support the expansion of electrocoat technology through the education of finishing industry personnel and those interested in the technology, both as a coating application and also a primer of choice for many other topcoat finishes. 


ECOAT16 features


  • Technical Presentations
  • Concurrent Workshop Options
  • Open-Forum Panel Discussions
  • Exhibit Room/Tabletop Hospitality Evening
  • Industry Awards Luncheon

CCAI Twin Cities Expo Draw Large Crowd

23. March 2015

Expo organizers Deb Savage, Jim Docken, Tim Milner, Paul Pagel and Jim Henningsen.


The Twin Cities chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota hosted a symposium and a paint and powder coating expo at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota on March 18-19.


The symposium was held on March 18 and focused on "Maximizing Performance from Individuals and Teams,"  presented by Judy Hartley, an independent performance consultant/facilitator specializing in leadership and team development and an Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and a member of the Manufacturers Alliance. 


Anne Goyer Opens MN Expo with Key Note Address.


Also on Wednesday, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center provided painter training, where trainers worked with attendees to improve finishing techniques on virtual reality spray equipment.  The training covered the fundamentals of spray application and focused on best practices to optimize spray technique to improve productivity, reduce rework and defects, and decrease air emissions. 


The Expo included a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations and technical seminars.



Expo floor exhibit activity.


Virtual Reality Painter Training.


Axalta Coating Systems Launches Global Technologies for the ACE Market

23. March 2015



Axalta Coating Systems has announced the expansion of its global product portfolio to include manufacturers of agricultural, construction and earth moving equipment (ACE). The combination of Axalta’s AquaEC electrocoat, liquid and powder coatings coupled with the company’s global footprint position the company well to meet the demanding technology and performance requirements of heavy equipment manufacturers.

“We are excited to offer a complete line of products to meet the global needs of our customer base,” explained Michael Bollan, Axalta’s Global Business Director for ACE manufacturers. “Our ability to serve as a single supplier of all three key coating technologies enables us to meet the full range of customer needs with products formulated to meet the highest specification levels of the major manufacturers.”

Axalta has a rich history of developing and supplying a wide range of coating systems for ACE customers including electrocoat, spray and powder coatings. The AquaEC range of electrocoat primers use patented epoxy-based technology to meet high performance OEM specifications, providing superior corrosion resistance with excellent throw power and improved edge protection.


Axalta’s Tufcote liquid coatings are designed to meet the rigorous standards for performance, corrosion protection, gloss and color retention set by leading manufacturers.


Alesta powder coatings deliver superior coverage and transfer efficiency that are designed to enable materials to be coated more productively in less time. Available in a variety of technologies for a broad range of applications, Alesta powder coatings have virtually no VOCs, no targeted hazardous air pollutants and up to 98 percent product utilization, which also makes them the environmentally responsible choice for the ACE market.


Axalta is supporting the global launch of its ACE technology market with a variety of customer support materials, including an innovative brochure. For more information please visit

CCAI Accepting Applications for 2015 Scholarships

19. March 2015

Several 2014 scholarship recipients were recognized at the Wisconsin Chapter golf outing and were able to thank CCAI members in person.


Over the past several years, CCAI has awarded $7,000 in scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program to students at North Dakota State University.  The primary objective of this program is to encourage education in finishing technologies.  As the finishing industry’s education and networking resource, CCAI is happy to announce the expansion of this opportunity to all students to stimulate interest in finishing careers. 


CCAI Board member, Sam Woehler states, “Education is the foundation of CCAI’s mission.  By supporting scholarship programs such as this, our membership is pleased to help attract bright new talent to the industrial finishing & coatings industry for the future.”  The scholarship program is sustained by the National CCAI and donations from CCAI Chapters. 


Our expanded program is seeking individual students needing assistance throughout the United States.  Qualified candidates will have their applications reviewed by the National CCAI Education Committee for the National Scholarship Program.  In addition, their application will be sent to a CCAI Chapter for consideration if they reside or attend a school within our Chapter areas.  Award amount will be determined by the National Board each year dependent upon balance in CCAI Scholarship Fund.  Scholarship recipients will also receive a free one year student membership in CCAI. 


“CCAI wants to invest in our industry’s future,” notes CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer.  “Reaching out to students and schools that can provide the necessary training and education to better the finishing industry is one of our top goals as an association.  We are also in the process of creating a Careers in Industrial Finishing Guide for anyone interested in learning more about the many opportunities available in our industry.  The Guide will be available from CCAI in the next several months.”


To view the criteria of the scholarship program, review the selection and award process and submit an application, visit and click on the EDUCATION tab, then scroll down to Scholarship Program.  The application deadline is April 1, 2015. 

CCAI Southern California Advanced Powder Coating Seminar Presented in Spanish

17. March 2015



The CCAI  Southern California Chapter is hosting an advanced powder coating seminar in Spanish.  This seminar is designed to help experienced users to identify problems and properly resolve the challenges.

The session will cover topics such as:

  • Lines of production efficiency of productive processes
  • Quality Processes
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Areas for Improvement

After this session, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a better optimization of your powder coating finishing systems. 

Date:  Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time:  7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration and breakfast
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Session
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Afternoon Session



Marriott Suites
12015 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA  92840

Rooms are available Friday & Saturday night at the Marriott Suites for $134.  Click here to reserve a room on-line.  You can also call the hotel directly to reserve a room by contacting Annette Martinez at 714-383-6055 and mentioning code: CHCC to receive the special rate.

Cost:  $175 early bird pricing if registered and paid by March 20th
          $200 per person after March 20th

Special CCAI Member Pricing - $150  (not a CCAI member?  Join now to get the discount on this seminar and receive other benefits, like FREE access to our on-line training videos)

Seminar registration fee includes: Powder Coating Manual in Spanish, Breakfast, Lunch, Certificate of Completion


Avanzado de Recubierta de Polvo



En ocasiones, todos enfrentamos dificultades en el proceso de acabado de pintura en polvo. Este seminario de aplicación de polvo avanzado está diseñado para ayudar a los usuarios experimentados a identificar problemas y resolver los retos apropiadamente.

La sesión cubrirá tópicos como:

  • Líneas de producción
  • Eficiencia de procesos productivos
  • Procesos de calidad
  • Mantenimiento preventivo
  • Oportunidades de mejora

Después de esta sesión, obtendrá los conocimientos necesarios para una mejor optimización de sus sistemas de acabado de pintura en polvo.

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