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Axalta Celebrates 150 Years in Coatings

2. February 2016



Axalta Coating Systems is celebrating 150 years of creating innovative industrial coatings. Axalta’s first products were developed in Germany in 1866, and since then the company has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of liquid and powder coatings.


“All of us at Axalta are excited to reach this important milestone in the history of our company,” said Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver. “Over the next 12 months we will celebrate our past and build on our extensive knowledge and experience for the next 150 years. With nearly 13,000 employees and 120,000 customers in 130 countries, we will continue to use advanced technologies to develop next generation coatings while providing outstanding quality and service in the years ahead.”


From the earliest products that supplied European carriage manufacturers with colorful coatings in the nineteenth century, Axalta evolved to meet the needs of an automotive industry that flourished in the twentieth century. In the 1920s, Axalta introduced the first quick drying multi-color lacquer line for automobile production in the U.S. Company scientists developed the L,a,b color equations that became a key analytic tool in the catalogue of color science. In the subsequent decades, technology at Axalta evolved to produce coatings that were increasingly durable and productive. In the 1980s, the company ushered in the first environmentally responsible liquid coating systems with the introduction of waterborne coatings. 


Building on experience acquired with its original Spies Hecker and Standox products, Axalta branched out to provide refinish technicians with improved coating products and systems. In the 1990s, the Cromax family of waterborne products was introduced to automotive body shops. Handheld spectrophotometers and VINdicator™ color tools were developed to help provide excellent color matching which saves repair time and reduces waste.


As the need across many industries evolved, so did Axalta’s portfolio of products. To serve a growing number of industrial customers, Axalta introduced Nap-Gard powder coatings for oil and gas pipeline manufacturers. Today, both functional coatings and a wide array of decorative Alesta powder coatings are used in thousands of applications. Voltatex electrical insulation coatings enhance the productivity of motors and a host of electrical components. Vehicles ranging from heavy duty trucks and buses to trains and other rail stock rely on Imron to protect their vehicles from the elements while using vibrant colors to build recognition for their brands.


“We have been expanding both the global capabilities and global reach of Axalta,” added Shaver. “We have accelerated our investments to expand production capacity in Germany, Brazil, China, Mexico and India. We announced construction of a new Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia, PA and began construction of an Asia-Pacific technology center in China that will keep our technology at the cutting edge. We’ve taken strong regional brands and introduced them globally. All of these measures, plus the many advances we are making in color technology, are focused on meeting the needs of our customers well into the future.”  

Precision Coating Acquires Boyd Coatings Research

29. January 2016

Donald Garcia, chairman, Boyd Coatings Research and Robert DeAngelis, president, Precision Coating Co.



Precision Coating of Boston, Massachusetts, has acquired Boyd Coatings Research, a provider of coating application services based in Hudson, Massachusetts. Together they will provide extensive and complementary fluoropolymer (Teflon/PTFE) application services to the medical device and highly engineered components markets.


Having developed proven coating processes for thousands of unique parts for over 50 years, company officials say each company has earned the trust of customers by providing expertise and exceptional service. They say combining the companies creates a platform to deliver quality, service, and coating application capabilities that exceed any vendor in the fluoropolymer coating space, with the strength to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of the global medical device market.


The company will be headquartered in Hudson, Massachusetts, and customer contacts will remain the same.


“We will combine and leverage the best practices from each organization to deliver an unmatched level of service and customer focus for current and future customers," said Bob DeAngelis, President of PCCI. "Key initiatives include expanded automated coating capacity, enhanced organizational capabilities with an increased focus on engineering and quality, including PTFE formulation, and opening a coating facility in Costa Rica for our international customers.”


“We think our customers will share our excitement as we strengthen our product offerings," said BCR’s President Dick Downey, who will act as Chief Integration Officer. "The combined company will establish a global R&D center in the Hudson facility to accelerate advances in coating deposition control and related capabilities.”


For more information on the capabilities of PCCI and BCR, visit and

BASF Wins 2015 Nissan Award

27. January 2016

Bill Kosteniuk (right), BASF Business Manager, Asian Accounts accepts the Monozukuri Spirit Award from John Martin, Senior Vice President, Nissan, NA Purchasing, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.



BASF Automotive Coatings received the Nissan “Spirit of Monozukuri” award at the annual automotive supplier conference in Franklin, Tenn.


The award recognizes suppliers who contribute an outstanding commitment to improved efficiencies and total cost savings to Nissan.


“BASF’s collaboration with Nissan has resulted in a strong relationship where we both have a true win-win,” said Bill Kosteniuk, BASF Business Manager, Asian Accounts.


BASF began supplying coatings to Nissan in 2013, and currently provides coatings for the models Rogue, Pathfinder and Infinity QX60.

Burton Metal Finishing Rebuilds After Fire

25. January 2016




Burton Metal Finishing in Columbus, Ohio, is back in the swing of things after rebuilding following a 2013 fire at their plant. Last summer, Burton held their grand re-opening at their rebuilt facility, and is now growing faster than ever.


The fire occured Oct. 4, 2013, and it took Burton almost two years to get things built back up.


Burton Metal Finishing has been family-owned and operated since their beginning in 1987. They offer decades of industry experience and provide exceptional customer service. Their father, Dallas Burton, founded the company to meet the metal finishing needs of customers in the greater Columbus area. 


When the new plant re-opened, the new features are an automated and computerized control system that checks each part as it progresses though the line. Other improvements to their quality control operations are the addition of an x-ray machine and implementing Skype video communication for customer interaction. The company says the new video communication will save time and money by allowing customers to visually examine a part before it completes quality inspection.


Each aspect of their new facility has been carefully planned to modernize our operations and facilitate excellence in the finished product they deliver to customers, the owners say.

NRA Funds Scholarships for Gunsmithing, Metal Finishing

21. January 2016



Nearly $100,000 in the National Rifle Association Foundation grants have funded Montgomery Community College scholarships for its gunsmithing program since 1994, a program that includes a larger portion on metal finishing.


These merit-based scholarships help spur high academic achievement and pristine attendance records while providing students with the freedom and flexibility to undertake notably challenging projects.


The MCC gunsmithing curriculum is designed to prepare the student to diagnose malfunctions, determine the best methods of repair, and develop skills in the repair of firearms. Students can choose from a gunsmithing degree, diploma or certificate in a daytime or weekend program. Students are taught:

  • Machine shop - including tooling and blueprinting
  • Firearm diagnostics and repair
  • Laws and regulations governing firearms and businesses


More than two-thirds of class time is spent in the shops applying what you learn in the classroom. Because of the school’s NRA affiliation, students can take advantage of NRA short-term gunsmithing, knife-making and armorers courses taught by nationally-known experts. Firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Sig Arms, Glock, Beretta USA and Sturm Ruger have all brought their armorers schools to the MCC.


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