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Hubbard-Hall And The Lasting Tribute At The Sept. 11 Memorial

19. November 2014



Hubbard-Hall, a supplier of chemicals for the industrial finishing segment, had a hand in the national September 11 Memorial at the site of the former World Trade Center.


One of Hubbard-Hall's customer was responsible for installing a stainless steel parapet around reflecting pools that sit in the footprint of where the twin towers once stood. The metal is engraved with the names of all those people killed in the attacks in 2001 and 1993.


The customer was tasked with providing a durable, corrosion resistant black finish to the panels and Hubbard-Hall’s Black-Magic product line was chosen.


The 9/11 Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site. The Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The Memorial Plaza is one of the most eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. More than 400 trees surround the reflecting pools. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.


Swamp white oak trees create a rustling canopy of leaves over the plaza. This grove of trees bring green rebirth in the spring, provide cooling shade in the summer and show seasonal color in fall. A small clearing in the grove, known as the Memorial Glade, designates a space for gatherings and special ceremonies.

Fischer Expands Manufacturing Capacity In Germany

17. November 2014



Fischer, the world-renowned specialist for coating thickness measurement and material analysis, is in the process of doubling its manufacturing capacity with a new state of the art building in Sindelfingen, Germany.


This will consolidate the production and warehouse areas, which had been previously spread out between several buildings. The 85,000 sq ft building was built with 4,800 tons of recycled stone from the previous buildings on the site and will be energized with a 110 kW solar array.


Completion date is scheduled for early 2015. Fischer says it has set a clear sign for the further development of the site and for the continuation of the established growth strategy.


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Axalta Coating Systems Celebrates 50 Years of Commercial Powder Coatings

14. November 2014



Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, celebrates 50 years of commercially produced latest generation powder coatings, making it one of the oldest powder coating manufacturers in the world.


Axalta got its start in commercial powder coatings in 1964 with the acquisition of the Teodur brand that had been manufactured by Wagemakers Lekbrieken, a Dutch family-owned paint company founded in 1848 that sold its first architectural grade thermosetting powder at its site in Teodur.

Axalta’s powder coatings deliver superior coverage and transfer efficiency with both thermosetting and thermoplastic coatings manufactured under the names of Alesta, Nap-Gard and Abcite. These products have earned a reputation for corrosion resistance, durability due to superior edge coverage, thick film build, and efficiency because no primer is required.


“Axalta Coating Systems is honored to have such rich history, vast experience and great success in powder coatings throughout these fifty years,” said Michael Cash, President Industrial Coatings. “It keeps us motivated each day to continue the legacy by offering great products to our valued customers around the world.”


Nap-Gard has been the worldwide leader in applying standard practices for functional pipe coatings with epoxy. For decades, Nap-Gard FBE grades have been used from the coldest parts of Alaska to the hottest climates of the Middle East.


In 2002, Alesta was created in Europe to meet the need for a superior global decorative powder line. Today, Alesta has evolved into a leading franchise of decorative powder coatings that deliver superior edge coverage and optimum film build, with no primer required. An environmentally responsible choice, Alesta powder coatings are free of solvents and virtually free of VOCs and targeted HAPs.


For the past 20 years, Abcite powder coatings have been protecting water infrastructures, power plants, fences, light poles and many more structures against corrosion in all weather conditions. Abcite has remained successful over the years due to excellent performance and easy application which requires no primer, top coat and virtually no maintenance.

DuBois Chemicals Acquires American Finishing Resources

10. November 2014



Cincinnati-based DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of American Finishing Resources in Chilton, WI.  The acquisition combines DuBois paint pre-treatment expertise with AFR’s coating line fixtures, material handling and coating removal solutions to reduce total cost and provide quality improvements for customers.


The AFR acquisition will expand the service, chemical solutions and lean manufacturing capabilities that DuBois and AFR currently provide to customers. 


“AFR services premier U.S. manufacturers in the transportation, agricultural, consumer products, appliance, telecommunications, lawn and garden and surface finishing industries,” said Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals. “With the talents, products and services of AFR, DuBois is uniquely positioned as having the most comprehensive manufacturing and paint line offering of any competitor in the market.”


The addition of AFR to the DuBois portfolio expands both organizations ability to assist customers in increasing paint line transfer efficiency and throughput.


"We are so very pleased to join the DuBois team,” Matt Kirchner, President of AFR, offered the following statements. “If anything, our service levels will be even stronger as 125 DuBois sales and technical representatives across North America collaborate and partner with the AFR team to effectively respond to the needs of our customers and deliver additional value."


Founded in 1920, DuBois manufactures specialty chemical solutions. DuBois has substantially increased its position in metal working fluids and surface treatment recently through the acquisition of Perkins Products, Galaxy Associates and Angler Industries.  The company is committed to creating innovative, sustainable products including Pearl-Z biocide free metal working fluids and PACRE heavy metal and phosphate free surface treatment which reduce the total cost of ownership for customers and improve working conditions.


DuBois specializes in the areas of metal finishing/paint pretreatment, metalworking/lubricants, water/wastewater treatment, maintenance/equipment cleaning, paper chemicals, food processing cleaning/sanitizing, and transportation cleaning.


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Gelling, Advincula Are Plenary Speakers at 2015 Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coating Symposium

10. November 2014

Dr. Victoria Gelling.


Victoria Gelling and Rigoberto Advincula are the Plenary Speakers at the 2015 Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coating Symposium, to be held Feb. 9-13 in New Orleans.


Registration for the event is now open at


"People involved with technical and marketing aspects of the coatings industry are invited to attend the 2014 Waterborne Symposium," says Melanie Heusser, Waterborne Coordinator. "Both new entrants as well as veterans of the industry will find the Symposium stimulating and informational, with plenty of opportunities to interact with peers and experts."


Dr. Gelling is a Technical Director in Performance Coatings at The Valspar Corporation in Minneapolis, MN.  Before her time at Valspar, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University.  She gained a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of North Dakota then completed a doctorate in Chemistry at North Dakota State University.  Her principal research interests are the use of electrochemistry to monitor the health and degradation of polymeric materials and the transitioning of laboratory electrochemical techniques to the field.  During her career, she has studied various coating systems from the traditional to the novel, such as electroactive conducting polymers.  She has experience with numerous lightweight metal alloys from her research concentrating on aluminum and magnesium corrosion inhibition; focusing on environmentally compliant non-chromate coatings.


Advincula is Professor of  Macromolecular Science & Engineering at CASE Western Reserve University. His research interests: Design, synthesis, and characterization of polymers and nanostructured materials capable of controlled-assembly, tethering, and self-organization in ultrathin films. This includes functional macromolecules, coordination polymerization, polymerization on surfaces, electropolymerization, and preparation of nanoparticles and hybrid materials. Properties include: smart coatings, electrically conducting, photoluminescent, electroluminescent, energy harvesting, optically active, and biocompatible. Surface sensitive spectroscopy and microscopy is systematically utilized to probe materials properties and biological phenomena. We are also involved in investigating nanoparticles, nanostructured surfaces, and nanocomposite materials for sensor and bioapplications. Other applied studies include packaging, coatings, biomaterials, plastics, and process development.


Details of the event:

-Short Courses February 8 – 10, 2015
-Technology Showcase Exhibit Hall February 10 – 12, 2015
-Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium, February 11 – 13, 2015
-Student Poster Session and Informal Interview Session, February 12, 2015
-Paper Awards, February 13, 2015


WHERE: The Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, T: 1-504-525-2500.


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