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PCI Custom Coater Forum Attracted Dozens to Las Vegas

3. April 2014



The Powder Coating Institute held its Custom Coater Forum in Las Vegas on March 27-28, attracting powder coaters from all over the U.S.


The Custom Coater Forum provided peer group and roundtable discussions on business solutions, new product technologies and PCI programs.


Discussion topics included:

Design Guidelines for Better Powder Performance

Advances in Quality Testing and Inspection

Plant Productivity and Troubleshooting

Innovative Marketing Techniques for Custom Coaters

Achieving Maximum Potential for You and Your Staff

Certification and Training

What's New at PCI for Custom Coaters

Interactive Round Tables


Other activities for custom coaters included a Networking Reception at New York-New York Hotel and Casino and a PCI Custom Coater Steering Committee Meeting.


For more information on additional PCI events, please visit




Hospitality Suites at ECOAT14 Will Draw Big Crowds

1. April 2014



More than a dozen hospitality suites and over a dozen more table-top exhibitors highlight what will be on display at ECOAT14 during the Electrocoat Association’s conference April 22-24 in Orlando, FL.


Companies supplying equipment, chemicals, paint, ancillary equipment and finishing applications to the electrocoat industry will display their products and services at the show.


The hospitality suites are a major attraction to attendees, as they can visit various companies and enjoy light food and drinks, and sometimes even games and fun activities.


Table-top exhibitors will also be on hand to answer questions about their products and services.


For more information, please visit



Axalta Coating Systems

George Koch Sons, LLC

Baker Technology Associates, Inc.

Oshkosh Finishing Services

BASF Corporation

PPG Industrial Coatings

CelTech Inc.

Synder Filtration

Controlled Power Company

Therma-Tron-X, Inc.


UFS Corporation



Filtration and Separation Technology LLC/Parker Hannifin



ACT Test Panels LLC

The Crown Group Co.

Atum Services Inc.


Bethel Engineering Systems, Inc.

Fischer Technology, Inc.

Calvary Industries

Gusher Pump

Chemetall US Inc.

Henkel Corporation

Chemical Coaters Association Int'l

KMI Systems Inc.

Coral Chemical Company

The Magni Group, Inc.

PPG recognized as John Deere Supplier of the Year

28. March 2014
PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has earned recognition as the Enterprise Indirect Material and Services (IM&S) “Supplier of the Year“ in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. PPG was also awarded Partner-level status for 2013.


“Supplier of the Year” is Deere & Company’s highest recognition. PPG was selected for the honor in appreciation of its dedication to providing products and services of outstanding quality, its risk-minimizing Secure Launch Excellence process and its commitment to continuous improvement.


Courtney Jungjohann Deemer, Scott Leis, John Meincke, Kevin Braun and Chancey Hagerty accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies in Moline, Ill. PPG supplies electrocoat, liquid and powder coatings, and pretreatment chemicals to John Deere’s global operations.


Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.


PPG offers a comprehensive array of electrocoat, pretreatment, liquid and powder products for metal finishing to manufacturers in numerous industries. In addition to providing a broad range of industrial coatings and a full spectrum of color choices, PPG backs its products with industry-leading technical expertise delivered through an international customer support network. With 50 years of experience in e-coat, PPG offers solutions to some of the industry’s toughest corrosion challenges.

Luvata's David Myers Elected President of Electrocoat Association

27. March 2014



David Myers, Director of Manufacturing and Technology for Luvata ElectroFin, has been elected President of The Electrocoat Association.  David was instrumental in the founding of The Electrocoat Association and previously served two consecutive terms from 1999 thru 2005 as president for the association.


David more recently served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for The Electrocoating Association as well as on the Conference Steering and Operating Committees.  In 2010 David received The George E.F. Brewer award for his contributions towards the development of electrocoat technology.


David has played a key role in the success of Luvata’s coil coatings business including its recent expansions into Mexico and Italy.  Luvata offers two proven protective coatings for HVACR equipment - ElectroFin E-coat and Luvata Insitu. Insitu is applied to coils and cabinets on location, whereas ElectroFin E-Coat is a factory-applied, full-immersion solution. These coatings extend the lives of HVAC/R heat transfer coils and components while reducing maintenance and operating costs.


For more information on the Electrocoat Association, please visit

Duralar Establishes U.S. Headquarters in Tucson

26. March 2014


Italian manufacturer Duralar Technologies, a global nanotechnology company and developer of the state-of-the-art Duralar family of ultra-hard coatings, will establish its U.S. headquarters in the Tucson region of Arizona. The company has leased a 5,000 square-foot building at 7620 North Hartman Lane and plans a $6 million capital investment. The new facility will be open by May 2014.


Duralar Technologies was cofounded by P&P Holding and Andrew Tudhope, a Silicon Valley engineer/entrepreneur with a number of successful high-technology ventures to his credit. P&P Holding is also the parent of two other coating companies, Protec Surface Technologies and ProtimLafer, both of Italy. The breadth and depth of this coating experience along with the merging of Silicon Valley and Italian technologies gives Duralar a significant advantage in the marketplace. Duralar coatings incorporate proprietary diamond-based nanotechnology that provides unprecedented hardness for numerous applications in industries such as oil and gas, automotive, pulp and paper and aerospace.


Duralar Technologies’ European headquarters are located in Bedizzole, Italy, which is also home to the company’s research and development and equipment manufacturing operations. The company has additional facilities and offices in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. Duralar’s new U.S. headquarters plans to hire approximately 30 new positions over the next year. The jobs at the facility will be a mix of material science, chemical and electrical engineering positions, technicians and management positions.


“We believe the Tucson region is an emerging technology hub. We chose this market for several reasons, including access to technology at The University of Arizona, an attractive cost of living and strong regional support," said Andrew Tudhope, president of Duralar North America. "The process was smooth from start to finish.”


Through TREO (Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc.), the company worked with a variety of partners including the Town of Marana, Pima County, Arizona Commerce Authority and CBRE.


“We’re thrilled to welcome Duralar Technologies, who joins more than 30 headquarters who call Southern Arizona home,” said Joe Snell, TREO president and CEO. “Our technology strengths continue to be an attractive asset for economic development success.”

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