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The Finishing Company Acquires Jet Finishers, Inc.

18. March 2014


The Finishing Company in Addison, IL, which provides coating services for OEM components, has acquired of Jet Finishers, Inc. located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The acquisition further expands TFC's capabilities to provide its customers with turnkey finishing, powder coating and silk screening services for technical coating markets, including the electronics, communications, aerospace, military and medical industries.


Bob Butler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said that Jet Finishers, Inc. brings expertise in powder coating, wet coating, silk screening and masking services that meet the exacting requirements of the military, medical and telecommunications industries. Jet's capabilities include state-of-the-art finishing services for highly technical coatings, specializing in custom production runs.


“We're excited about the acquisition of Jet Finishers, as it provides immense synergy with our existing business and will allow us to expand into new markets and meet the technical requirements for these high tech and high demand businesses. Jet Finishers is a leader in the market and we are proud to bring them into the TFC family of companies,” said Butler.


Additionally, Rand Marks, the former President of Saturn Painting & Screening has joined the new Jet team. Rand brings 35 years of experience in the high end technical coating and hard silk screening markets. His expertise in the electronic, aerospace, architectural and communications industries strengthens the Jet management team, its technical knowledge and the consulting and service we provide our customers.


TFC and its new subsidiary are positioned to leverage their expertise in providing turnkey coating and finishing services to all industries, from exacting technical coatings to electroplating for OEM customers to autodeposition coatings for rubber to metal bonded components.


TFC is an industry leader in providing coating, plating and finishing services to the OEM market. Established in Chicago in 1904, TFC celebrates 110 years in the finishing industry and has established a reputation for utilizing innovative, state-of-the-art finishing processes to provide high quality, cost-effective coated products. The many services offered by TFC include nickel and chrome electroplating, powder coating, autodeposition and aqueous adhesive coatings.


TFC has been recognized for its commitment to developing and using environmentally-friendly processes and coatings, and is undergoing certification for ISO 14001. The company is currently ISO 9001:2008 certified.


Enthone Opens Wafer Level Packaging Applications Laboratory

14. March 2014


Enthone Inc. has opened its Enthone Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) Applications Laboratory. Strategically located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the mission of the Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is to deliver customer-driven solutions to the dynamic wafer fabrication marketplace. Technologies currently being supported at the 5,000 sq. ft. facility include electroplating processes for bump wafer, through silicon via (TSV), copper redistribution layer (RDL), and copper post applications.


The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is staffed by the company’s electronic materials applications experts. Utilizing high-speed stir cup plating systems to simulate industry standards, the facility is equipped to perform lab scale plating and feasibility studies that demonstrate the benefits of manufacturing wafers using the company’s Microfab semiconductor packaging materials and chemistries. Sample plating and testing for process optimization, troubleshooting, bath composition analysis, and characterization of plated features and deposits for bump height, morphology, alloy composition, thin film thickness and SEM cross-sectioning for filling is also being conducted.


“The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory provides our team of applications engineers and R&D chemists a unique opportunity to more closely collaborate with our customers and development partners, while gathering critical feedback to validate and further optimize their manufacturing process,” said Jason Maupin, Vice President Enthone Americas.


The facility will also be used to provide hands-on customer training to support their continuous improvement programs, as well as to obtain a better understanding of how Enthone chemistries may be employed for diverse applications.


Meeting the stringent requirements of the semiconductor industry, the Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is strategically located to support some of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers on new and emerging technologies as they advance their product portfolio and implement higher performance, more cost-effective wafer manufacturing at their facilities throughout the globe.

The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is located at: Enthone, Inc., 235 Vineyard Court #150, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 USA


The Enthone WLP Applications Laboratory is managed by Brian Gokey, Enthone North America Applications Manager – WLP Manager and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Co-located with Enthone joint venture partner, Electroplating Engineers of Japan (EEJA), the laboratory is further supported by the company’s Global Development Applications Centers strategically located in Connecticut (USA), Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, and Shanghai (PRC), as well as the Alent India Research Center in Bangalore, India.


Enthone Inc., an Alent plc company, is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries.  For more information, please visit

PPG Aerospace Coatings Add Character To Cathay Pacific Special Livery

12. March 2014



Coatings by PPG Industries’ aerospace business create the colorful characters and “The Spirit of Hong Kong” livery on Cathay Pacific Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER airplane painted to support the “Hong Kong: Our Home” campaign of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.


The livery features a dark green fuselage with silhouettes of the 110 winners in an online contest calling on Hong Kong people to submit creative entries that illustrate the true spirit of the city.


Eight custom colors of Desothane HS/CA 8800 buffable topcoat by PPG Aerospace were applied over Desoprime HS/CA 7700 primer and waterborne chromate-free DesoGel EAP-12 conversion coating and adhesion promoter pretreatment. The high-solids formulations of the topcoat and primer result in a lower percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


“With an aircraft as visible as ‘The Spirit of Hong Kong,’ it was important for Cathay Pacific to have confidence that it would be a showpiece as it flies around the world,” said Kent Wong, technical services manager, Cathay Pacific. “Having worked closely with PPG Aerospace, we knew we could count on their products to perform and on their people to provide the exceptional service we needed.”


“PPG Aerospace was honored to help Cathay Pacific create the special livery,” said Terence Cheng, PPG coatings segment manager, Hong Kong. “Cathay Pacific has long been a PPG Aerospace coatings customer, and PPG supplied coatings for the first and second ‘Spirit of Hong Kong’ liveries as well.”


Cheng said the PPG Aerospace application support center in Suzhou, China, worked closely with Cathay Pacific to produce paint samples for color matching as well as the blended coatings. “With eight colors needed in a short time period, the PPG Aerospace team at ASC-Suzhou worked quickly to provide the samples and specific size packages of the blended paints.”


The aircraft was painted by Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. in Xiamen, Fujian, China.


PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer of aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies.

PCI Custom Coater Forum Is March 27-28 In Las Vegas

10. March 2014



Developed specifically for custom coaters and OEMs, the Powder Coating Institute's Custom Coater Forum will be held March 27-28 in Las Vegas, and provides sessions on business solutions, new product technologies, PCI programs, round table discussions, and much more.


It is an excellent networking opportunity that helps coaters gain new resources and tools to improve their business, as well as develop relationships with other powder coater, said Dave Lurie, PCI Executive Director.


This year's speakers include:


1. Achieving the Maximum Potential for You and Your Staff? - Michael B. Ross, Mainstream Life Solutions, LLC

Summary: What would happen if your entire staff took the path of greatness? How would your productivity, bottom line, and work environment be affected?  In this session, Michael B. Ross will give you instructions on how to unify your organizational culture through common values. He will also teach you how to leave a legacy of leadership which will affect next generation of Powder Coaters. 


2. New Processes and Equipment to Improve Efficiencies – Mike Thies, GEMA US

Summary: Powder coating systems need to be flexible and efficient to process a variety of chemistry and powder formulations.  This presentation will highlight the advancements in manual and automatic coating systems resulting in improvements in system efficiencies relative to the application process.


3. Innovative Marketing Techniques for Custom Coaters – Russel Smith, Premier Site Furniture

Summary: Learn how to get your brick-and-mortar business in front of the new generation of tech-savvy customers.


4. Design and Fabrication Defects (How we as custom coaters can partner with our customers to provide the best coating system possible) – Chris McKinnon, Aegis Industrial Finishing

Summary: As custom coaters we are often at the end of a long drawn out process intended to provide the end user with a desired product. This presentation will draw on the experience of one custom coater’s work with fabricators, engineers, and architects to adapt product design, specifications, and material to provide an easier to coat product that will perform equally or better than intended and ensure the coating life intended by the coating manufacturer is possible – while giving the end user what they originally envisioned!


5. Best Practices in Troubleshooting your Powder Coating System – Mike Wittenhagen, Axalta Coating Systems

Summary: Presenting a due-diligence approach, emphasizing the importance of regular maintenance to ultimately reduce troubleshooting time and increase efficient, cost effective operations.


6. For Advances in Quality Testing & Inspection – Chris Beninati, Elcometer

Summary: This presentation will cover the latest developments in quality control instruments including uncured & cured film thickness, gloss, climate, surface profile, and cure oven data. It will also cover comprehensive software solutions for both statistical process control and documentation.


Additional activities include:

  • Networking Reception at New York-New York Hotel and Casino
  • Breakfast on both days
  • Lunch on day two
  • PCI Custom Coater Steering Committee Meeting


To register for the event, please click HERE




Products Finishing March Issue Debuts

5. March 2014



The March issue of Products Finishing magazine is hitting mailboxes this week with an emphasis on aerospace, including a cover story from Jerry Bauer and Sam Sutton on Aerospace NESHAP.


Other feature stories this month include:


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