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Axalta Hosts Annual Latin America Distributor Convention in Cancún

25. August 2016

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon addresses Axalta Latin America distributors convention. (Photo: Axalta)


Axalta Coating Systems concluded its annual Latin America regional distributor convention in Cancún, México with more than 600 attendees participating in business presentations and strategic planning meetings. The five-day event offered opportunities for distributors and other customers to hear from Axalta management about the latest global developments from investments in new facilities and R&D capabilities to acquisitions and new products.


“This event is a unique opportunity to come together with our distribution partners and customers from across the Latin America region to celebrate our business achievements over the past year, while also discussing new growth opportunities for the future,” explained Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver who delivered the keynote address at the conference on Thursday. “Across the breadth of the region, the relationships that we have with distributors and end customers are the key to our mutual success. The business reviews and planning sessions provide all of us with a superb opportunity to learn from each other and build on the accomplishments of the previous year.”



“We Paint Winners,” Axalta’s automotive racing slogan, and “Think Big” provided the theme and backdrop of the conference. The close ties between the performance of the company’s coatings and success on the racetrack were underscored by remarks delivered by Jeff Gordon. Retired after 23 racing the Axalta sponsored No. 24 Team Chevy and now a consultant to Axalta, Gordon spoke to the group about the importance of combining latest generation technology, great planning and flawless execution in order to win on and off the track.


Participants at the meeting came from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Axalta Coating Systems Has Carbon Fiber Covered

23. August 2016

Alastair Gibson's "Carbon King" piece, which is made from carbon fiber and finished with Axalta's Spies Hecker. (Photo: Axalta)


Axalta Coating Systems is working with automotive manufacturers in their quest to make vehicles lighter in order to reduce emissions and fuel consumption by replacing standard steel with composites such as carbon fiber.


Axalta applies the technology behind its OEM coatings and refinish paint brands, including one of its three premium global refinish brands Spies Hecker, to develop effective coating systems for car manufacturers using carbon fiber and other light-weight substrates.


But the Axalta coating technology has, for one artist, even wider applications. Mixing artistic skill with a heavy dose of engineering expertise, artist Alastair Gibson draws on his 15 year’s of experience in Formula OneTM to create his carbon fiber sculptures, each impeccably finished with Spies Hecker.


“All the time that goes into the pieces before the coating process - and that can be as much as four weeks – would be wasted if we couldn't get a gorgeous finish from Spies Hecker to show off the weave of the carbon fiber,” says Gibson.


While Gibson has established himself at the cutting edge of carbon fiber sculpture in the eight years since becoming a full-time artist, his career is steeped in motorsport. After seven years in lower racing formulas, he spent 15 years in Formula OneTM, first as lead mechanic for the Benetton F1 Team, and then as race team chief mechanic for the BAR and Honda Grand Prix teams.


And Gibson’s carbon fiber sculptures cleverly incorporate titanium Formula OneTM parts, each of which has a production and part number that can be traced back to a specific car and race. These titanium components form the eyes of the Racing Piranhaand the spine of the magnificent Carbon King, which is based on a lion’s skull. Many pieces are displayed on a section of perma-glass under-floor planks that have been part of Formula OneTM cars.


For more information on Axalta, visit For more information on Spies Hecker, For more information on Alastair Gibson and Carbon Art 45, visit

DeFelsko to Host SSPC Training This Fall.

19. August 2016


DeFelsko has been selected to host several Society for Protective Coatings training events beginning this November at their headquarters in Ogdensburg, New York.


Just a short drive from Canada’s capital region (Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto), the Syracuse International Airport and the newly expanded Ogdensburg International Airport (slated for completion October 2016), these courses provide comprehensive training on the principles and practices of coating inspection.


Courses include the Protective Coatings Inspector Program and a workshop on using SSPC PA2 effectively. Detailed information can be found at


For further information, please contact Terry LaRue, DeFelsko Sales manager at .


To register, call SSPC toll-free at 877-281-7772 ext. 2204 or register online at


Columbia Chemical Adds Kissig, Del Guidice

17. August 2016


Columbia Chemical has added a new lab chemist and a customer service representative.

Lab chemist Christian Kissig most recently served as a research technologist at the Cleveland Clinic.  He earned a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant, and an NIH Fellow. Kissig also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ACS Chemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received numerous academic awards.  In his position at Columbia, Christian ensures product quality is maintained at its highest possible level and serves as a contributing member of the research and development team.  Additionally, he assists the technical service team with sample analysis and reporting the corresponding results to customers so they can properly maintain their plating facilities.

Customer Service Representative Natalie Del Guidice brings five years of retail and business-to-business marketing, buying and merchandising experience to Columbia.  A graduate of Kent State University, Del Guidice works with existing and prospective customers, processing orders, arranging cost effective logistics, and ensuring customer satisfaction for her accounts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  Additionally, she is a member of the Health and Wellness Committee and the Environmental Committee at Columbia.  She is DOT certified and earned her IATA and IMDG international shipping certifications.

For information, contact Columbia Chemical at 330-225-3200,  

CCAI Wisconsin Golf Outing Awards $14K in Scholarships

15. August 2016


The Chemical Coaters Association International's Wisconsin Chapter held its annual golf outing in July, and awarded scholatships to various students.


Prime Coatings' Dan Curtin said the chapter awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships to students at the the Jim Steffes annual Golf Outing that took place on July 15. This event serves as the primary fundraiser for the chapter's James F. Wright scholarship program.  The Wisconsin Chapter of CCAI awards monetary scholarships to individuals that are studying finishing related fields including chemistry, environmental studies, business administration, and engineering among others.


For information, visit HERE



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