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Newport Beach Sculpture Showcases Powder Coating

4. September 2015



The new sculpture on display is part of Newport Beach's "Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition" showcases the use of powder coating.


"La Cage aux Folles" is by Warren Techentin, an architect who "took inspiration from cages, follies and the nomadic Mongolian yurt to create his adventurous and interactive 'La Cage aux Folles,'" said a news release from Newport Beach city officials.


Shaped like a giant birdcage, it is located on the grounds of Materials & Applications, an independent, progressive design studio off Silver Lake Boulevard.


The artworks join the 10 current works that have been on display for the past year as part of the city’s Civic Center Park Sculpture Exhibition. The original 10 works will be rotated out next summer and replaced with a new set; the newly installed artwork will be rotated out in 2017.



PPG coatings specified for Turkish Aerospace Industries HURKUS trainer aircraft

2. September 2015



PPG Industries aerospace coatings have been specified by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the initial production of its HURKUS new-generation basic trainer for the Turkish Armed Forces, with the potential for additional aircraft if production is extended.


Fifteen aircrafts will be painted with Deft military polyurethane topcoat and eco-friendly lead- and chromate-free epoxy primer as well as specialty coatings for specific functionality to perform in the HURKUS trainer aircraft’s demanding operating environment. These include high-solids Desothane HS/CA 8100 abrasion-resistant topcoat, Desoto high-temperature epoxy primer and topcoat, DeSoto high-solids integral fuel tank coating and an antistatic coating.


According to Mustafa Harman, PPG aerospace sales manager for Turkey, TAI is not only an original equipment manufacturer but also a key aviation industry subcontractor that is well acquainted with PPG’s coatings as well as its sealants and transparencies.


“TAI chose PPG coatings for the HURKUS trainer aircraft because its experience has demonstrated the high quality of PPG products and service,” Harman says.


Through its acquisition of Deft Inc., PPG extended its portfolio of military coatings to include the Deft product line.


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PPG Aerospace Donates Coatings To Restore F-4

28. August 2015

Kevin Lee, second from right, PPG senior account manager, aerospace; Jerry Roberts, NEAM executive director; Jim McGuire, restoration technician and an NEAM volunteer; and Kim Jones, NEAM board member and volunteer.



An F-4 Phantom fighter jet on display at the New England Air Museum was restored with coatings and technical talent donated by PPG Industries’ aerospace business to honor the jet’s U.S. Air Force service during the Vietnam War.


PPG donated high-solids Desothane HS/CA 8211 military and defense topcoat in camouflage, Desothane HS/CA 8800 topcoat in gloss white and Desoprime HS/CA 7700 primer. Kevin Lee, PPG senior account manager, aerospace, provided the technical talent and a personal connection to the aircraft manufacturer, McDonnell Douglas.


NEAM volunteer and restoration technician Jim McGuire contacted Lee, with whom he had worked in the past, to ask for PPG help in repainting the F-4, which is on loan to the museum from the U.S. Air Force. McGuire wanted it restored with its paint scheme from December 1972, when the aircraft was flown in a mission that downed an enemy MiG fighter jet. He knew what it looked like from a photo provided by the mission’s pilot and copilot.



“I wanted to use the true military coatings that met the federal standards,” he said.


The assistance by Lee proved to be serendipitous. “My first experience in the aerospace industry came back in 1978 at McDonnell Douglas, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we completely refurbished the F-4 aircraft, including repainting.”


Lee selected PPG coatings that would provide a durable system with good ultraviolet (UV) protection that should retain its gloss and color for years. “This would most likely be the last time this historic airplane is renewed,” he said.




McGuire and a team of volunteers painted the aircraft with Lee’s guidance. McGuire credited Lee and the financial and technical support from PPG for the restoration’s completion. “Words can’t describe the immense pride the crew and I take in having been able to get the lady back in her rightful colors and restore the essence of what this plane was and is,” McGuire said.


“The project was an amazing success,” Lee said, adding, “I worked for McDonnell Douglas for 16 years on the F-4, F-15 and F-18 fighter programs. To this day, for me, there is not a more beautiful airplane in the sky at 600 miles per hour than the F-4.”


The restored F-4 was unveiled this summer for a Vietnam 50th commemoration exhibit at the museum, where it will be on display through September.


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Electrocoating Seminar is Sept. 22-23 in Michigan

26. August 2015



The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International are hosting the 2015 Electrocoating Seminar at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Novi, Michigan, September 22–23, 2015.

An Introduction to Electrocoating will kick off the first day of the classroom-style program, providing some basic electrocoating knowledge to update attendees on the technology before tackling more advanced topics throughout the remainder of the seminar. The discussion will center on efficiency, reducing production and non-production costs and overall system effectiveness in the different areas of the electrocoating process. Industry experts will move through an electrocoating system to expose typical areas of energy, waste and cost savings per component, while also discussing ways to maximize efficiency through racking, enhancements, and so on. Troubleshooting for defects that could possibly plague a system will be discussed and illustrated with actual examples available for inspection.

The seminar will also include a tour to provide attendees with a “real-world” experience to complement the classroom-style learning.

An evening networking event gives attendees the opportunity to meet the presenters and ask questions specific to their company’s needs; refreshments are included.

Registration for the Electrocoating Seminar includes educational program, networking reception, lunch and breaks, transportation to/from the plant tour (if available) and a copy of “Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers” (a $79 value).

Check out the event on our Events page here.

CCAI Awards 2015 Scholarships

21. August 2015

Scholarship winners are seen with their checks presented during the Wisconsin Golf Outing in July.



The Chemical Coaters Association International has named this year’s scholarship recipients.   For the past several years, CCAI has awarded scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program to students at North Dakota State University who major in Coatings & Polymeric Materials.  This year the National CCAI Board expanded the program to include all students in programs (technical schools, high school seniors and college students) geared towards coatings and finishing from around the country.  As a result, CCAI received many qualified applicants and is excited to watch the growth of this program as it attracts bright new talent to the industrial finishing & coatings industry for the future.


The 2015 scholarship winners were announced at the recent CCAI 2015 Annual Meeting in Delray Beach, FL.   Each of the following students received a Matt Heuertz Scholarship of $1,500:  Melissa White, University of Wisconsin Green Bay; Ryley Roeser, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire; and Mitchell Pagel, University of Minnesota.  The Matt Heuertz Scholarship program is sustained by the National CCAI and donations from CCAI Chapters.  


The CCAI Wisconsin Chapter also offers additional scholarships that provide further educational support to those who qualify.  The chapter was pleased to award the following scholarships to some very promising students: General CCAI Chapter Awards of $1,500 each to Ryley RoeserChelsey Bock and Brent Groubert; The Bob New scholarship of $2,000 in memory of longtime industry professional and chapter ambassador to Emily Garczynski; The James Steffes Award of $1,500 to Austin Wheaton; The David J. Wright Award of $1,500 to Marissa White; and The James F. Wright Award of $1,500 to Francis Roushar. CCAI congratulates the young talent recognized here and looks forward to seeing them at future CCAI events.


“Reading through the applications submitted through the National CCAI Scholarship program this year,” notes CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer, “gives us hope for the future of our industry.  At a time when it’s a struggle to attract great younger talent to our industry, our scholarship recipients this year prove that the talent is there, we just need to work a bit harder to engage students and introduce them to the wide variety of careers available in the industrial finishing industry.”


CCAI will be accepting applications for our 2016 scholarships beginning in January 2016, which will be awarded next summer.  Applications can be submitted online at

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