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MetoKote Relocates Performance Test Laboratory

24. March 2016


MetoKote Corp. has relocated its Performance Test Laboratory to a larger space within its Lima, Ohio, facility. MetoKote has offered customers the convenience of an in-house American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) certified laboratory since 1995.


For more than 20 years, MetoKote's A2LA Performance Test Laboratory has provided service to customers doing business at any of the company's 30 facilities worldwide. The new 1,900-square-foot location provides an improved controlled environment, offers more space and the ability to perform hundreds of different test methods for MetoKote customers. Additionally, the new location provides room to grow for future equipment needs. 


“Our Performance Test Laboratory illustrates our commitment to quality and customer service,” says Jeffrey Oravitz, president and CEO of MetoKote Corp. “Moving to a larger space enables us to continue accommodating customer needs in a timely manner. This service also saves our customers time and money by eliminating the need to use outside laboratory services, and our A2LA accreditation offers customers confidence in the accuracy of the testing methods.”


The Performance Test Laboratory is staffed by two full-time employees and offers a variety of services such as salt spray testing, cyclical corrosion testing, humidity testing, QUV accelerated weathering, hardness tests, solvent rubs and more. Bi-weekly panel corrosion tests are performed for our 78 process lines located around the world to ensure optimal process performance. The facility conducts Production Part Approval Process testing, performance specification testing to dictate coating requirements, and collects research and development data. Laboratory personnel also maintain a specification library, which includes material and performance specifications that are used companywide at different stages of the operation. The facility is recertified by A2LA every two years.


Data collected at MetoKote's laboratory is internationally accepted and recognized as part of a mutual recognition arrangement A2LA has with international programs such as the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation. This reduces technical hurdles for customers who operate or market abroad.


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John Fletcher Stands Down as Chairman of ASTM D01 Paint Committee

22. March 2016


Elcometer Limited’s Technical Support Manager, John F. Fletcher, has stood down as chairman of the ASTM D01 Committee on Paint and Related Coatings Materials and Applications after three successive two-year terms in office.


Fletcher received an Award of Appreciation in recognition of his outstanding service as an ASTM Committee Chairman from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2015, at the ASTM D01 meeting in San Antonio, Texas, at the end of January 2016.


Fletcher has stepped down as the ASTM constitution limits an individual to three successive two-year terms as Chairman of D01. He has now become the first vice chairman in support of the new Chair, Cynthia Gosselin.


Fletcher will continue his role as chairman of D01 Sub-committee D01.23: Physical Properties of Applied Paint Films, which holds its Task Group and Sub-committee meetings on the Mondays when the D01 Committees meet. The D01.23 Sub-committee has 31 standards under its jurisdiction.


The D01 Committee currently has more than 630 members and holds two sets of meetings each year in January and June. The Committee is supported by approximately 30 technical sub-committees and a further seven administrative committees. D01 is responsible for a total of more than 675 individual standard test methods, practices and guides, which are published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volumes 6.01, 6.02, 6.03, and 6.04.


These standards have and continue to play a pre-eminent role in all aspects important to the coatings industry including: classification, sampling, preparation, components, application, analysis, quality assurance and end-use performance requirements.


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Hentzen Coatings Awards Newest Approved Applicator, PTF Industrial Coatings

18. March 2016


After a rigorous line audit and physical testing to the AAMA 2605 specification, PTF Industrial Coatings in Hialeah, Florida, was awarded Approved Applicator Status by Hentzen Coatings.


An industry leader in powder and liquid coatings, Hentzen Coatings has been manufacturing fluoropolymer powder coatings for architectural applications since 2003.


“PTF Industrial Coatings is very pleased with the recent Approved Applicator certification by Hentzen,” says Jerry Cabrera of PTF. “The audit and physical testing serves to reassure us that we are delivering the highest-quality coating system.”


After one year, a recertification process will be required for PTF to maintain its Approved Applicator status.


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Carlisle Acquires MS Oberflächentechnik AG

16. March 2016



Carlisle Companies has acquired MS Oberflächentechnik AG (MS), a Swiss- based developer and manufacturer of powder coating systems and related components.


With annual sales of approximately $6 million, MS designs and manufactures customized powder coating systems and components for several end markets and sells primarily to customers in Europe. The company has been owned by Henry Marcon for the past 25 years and operates from facilities in Balgach, Switzerland. MS has 30 employees and a track record of superior system design, consultancy and new product development.


“The acquisition of MS fits squarely into our growth plans and further builds upon the global foundation of a comprehensive technology platform under the new Carlisle Fluid Technologies division," said President Barry Holt. "With the acquisition of MS we open up significant new incremental business opportunities with both existing and new customers who use this finishing technology.”


Powder coating offers an environmentally- friendly, economical solution for harsher environment surface applications. New formulations have opened use of powder on a greater variety of substrates.


With this acquisition of MS, the company adds a fifth brand to its portfolio of well-known Binks, DeVilbiss, Ransburg and BGK brands serving diverse end markets for paints and coatings, including OE automotive, automotive refinishing, aerospace, agriculture, construction, marine, rail and other industrial applications. The business operates from 26 locations in seven countries with 50% of its sales in the Americas and the remainder primarily in Asia and Europe. 


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BASF Opens New Automotive Center in Houston

14. March 2016


BASF opened a new Refinish Competence Center in Houston, Texas, in March. The center includes the latest in virtual and in-person training facilities,  spray booths and market-leading application equipment to enable next generation training for all job functions in the collision repair industry.


“We’re not only teaching the latest painting techniques here in Houston,” says Paul Whittleston, BASF vice president, Automotive Refinish, North America. “We now offer VisionPlus University and Advanced Business Solutions classes to help our customers drive more business through their shops.”


“BASF continues to place a high priority on our presence in Houston and the Gulf Coast market,” says Whittleston. “At BASF we’ve harnessed the power of a world-class talent pool and become one of the region’s major employers. The Refinish Competence Center is another sign of our commitment to the area.”


“Our new training center brings us closer to our customers in the Southwest,” says Nick Maloof, BASF Automotive Refinish Zone Manager. “The new facility can also support industry and networking events, for up to 50 people, to enhance customer interactions. We also look forward to hosting a variety of business groups and industry organizations in our new facility.”


Classes will begin in the BASF Refinish Competence Center in mid-March.

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