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Axalta and Hempel Inc. Form Strategic Oil and Gas Pipeline Coating Partnership

15. July 2015

Axalta and Hempel partnered up for coating natural gas transmission pipes in North America.


Axalta Coating Systems (Houston), a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, announced the forming of a strategic relationship between Axalta and Hempel (USA) Inc. The relationship will enable the formulation/availability of a coating system that boasts external coatings with significant corrosion protection and internal coatings with advanced flow efficiency for natural gas transmission pipes in the North American oil and gas pipeline market.


“We, at Axalta, are thrilled to partner with Hempel to offer a full product line of world class powder and liquid coatings for the North American market,” Ron Hull, Axalta North American sales manager, states.


This new relationship combines the corrosion protection found in Axalta’s fusion-bonded epoxy powder for external pipe for oil and gas pipelines with Hempel’s advanced, liquid, flow-efficiency epoxies for internal coating. The resulting product is a corrosion and abrasion-resistant internal and external coating designed to be suitable for even the harshest of environments.


“By pairing Hempel and Axalta’s product offerings, we offer the gas-pipe industry an unparalleled technology and competitiveness platform,” Hempel U.S.A.+ Downstream Segment Manager, Martin Miller, explains.


This new relationship provides customers with an excellent value-proposition for the quickly growing gas transmission business in North America.


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IHEA to Host Fall Business Conference

By: Edited by Jess Larkin 13. July 2015

IHEA networking events are a highlight of every meeting.


The Industrial Heating Equipment Association's (IHEA) 2015 Fall Business Conference will be held on September 1 and 2 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown following the IHEA fall seminars in Columbus, Ohio. The association holds this conference each fall to bring IHEA member company representatives together for committee meetings and key informational presentations on issues important to members.


This year attendees will hear fromIHEA President, B.J. Bernard and Executive Vice President, Anne Goyer about ITPS Americas in 2016, sponsored by IHEA. The program will also feature a presentation about makerspaces, the latest trend in manufacturing training. Chief Operating Officer at the Columbus Idea Foundry, Casey McCarty, will provide some background on this new training initiative. A representative from the U.S. Department of Energy will discuss new opportunities for working with the DOE and ways IHEA can be involved in upcoming projects. IHEA also announced that Michael Collins of MPC Management will introduce, “What to Know to Grow,” a presentation that examines how to evaluate your company’s needs and choose the right strategy and offer apprenticeships to bring in young talent to help grow your company.


Attendees get valuable information from speakers at the IHEA Fall Business Conference.


Along with the informative presentations and committee work, there will be a networking event at the Columbus Clippers baseball game on Tuesday evening, September 1st. Just a short distance from the hotel, guests will be treated to a private picnic area at Huntington Park to enjoy dinner and socialize before the game. This promises to be a great time to catch up with colleagues, meet new members and take in America’s favorite pastime.


If you are interested in becoming an IHEA member and would like to attend the meeting to learn more about the association, we encourage you to register for the meeting. Nonmembers who attend the IHEA Fall Business Conference and join IHEA before the end of 2015 will receive a credit for the difference in member/non-member registration fee on their first year’s dues.

AESF Foundation Scholarship Recipients Announced: Xu and Shinde Awarded 2014 Scholarships

8. July 2015


AESF 2014 Scholarship Recipients


The AESF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) located in Washington D.C., announced the winners of the 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Yunfei Xu, PhD candidate at Harvard University, and Shinde Manish, PhD candidate at Wichita State University, were chosen as the 2014 Scholarship Award Program recipients for their research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering.


Since 2012, scholarships have been awarded annually to individual students for their research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering by the AESF Foundation.


“This is a very prestigious award meant to give students the ability to pursue their passion in the plating and surface finishing industry,” President of the AESF Foundation, Bob Srinivasan, says. “We want to give these students who display excellence in this science the opportunity to advance their knowledge and contribute to the future of surface finishing technologies.”


Undergraduate and graduate applicants were chosen on the basis of four major factors: academic record, personal statement, work experience and extracurricular activities. Both honorary scholarship recipients will receive a $1,500 award toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing technology.


With the future of plating and surface finishing industries dependent on technological advancements, the NASF and its educational arm, the AESF Foundation, know that education programs and scholarships help foster breakthroughs with students studying chemical engineering, material science or engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, environmental engineering or chemistry.


“It is vital that our organization supports the educational endeavors of students in these fields of study,” President of the NASF, Erik Weyls, says. “We applaud these future innovators for their research and commitment to our industry.”


After careful consideration of the six finalists for the 2014 Scholarship Award Program, the following award recipients were selected:



Yunfei Xu, Harvard University


Yunfei Xu, China, is a PhD candidate in chemistry at Harvard University. Having previously studied noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for water splitting reactions, his current research is focused on surface chemistry and catalysis. Passionate about extracurricular activities, Yunfei Xu co-authored 10 publications, including research articles, reviews, a book chapter and two patents during his undergraduate program. In 2013/2014, he served as a fellow in both Venture Club and the Alumni Relations board of the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association (HCSSA). Xu is now the 2014/2015 co-chair of Alumni Relations for HCSSA.



Manish Shinde, Wichita State University


Manish Shinde, India, is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University. After being introduced to studies in nanomaterial as an undergraduate, Shinde applied his curiosity to produce his master’s thesis work with nanomaterial in dye sensitized solar cells. Pursing his curiosity, Shinde’s doctoral dissertation will focus on creating a replacement for hexavalent chromium products that would be best suited for the metal finishing industry. Aside from educational research, Shinde is a research engineer for the National Institute of Aviation Research where he is involved in different aspects of coating as well as research and development. Presently, he is involved in research of aviation coatings for increased performance for corrosion and heat reflective coatings.

Florida Finishers Corp.'s 2016 Mid-Winter Conference is Feb. 10-11

6. July 2015

Exploration Tower at Cape Canaveral is a stunning architectural landmark providing visitors both fun and education. With seven floors of exhibits and interactive play.


The 6th annual Florida Finishers Corp. Mid-Winter Conference and Exposition will be February 10-11 with the theme “To Plating ... And Beyond."


The conference will be at the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. Hotel accomodations are at Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront in Cocoa Beach, Florida.


Located along the East Coast of Florida in Port Canaveral, Exploration Tower is a stunning architectural landmark providing visitors both fun and education. With seven floors of exhibits and interactive play, Exploration Tower includes something for everyone. Visitors will have access to the indoor and outdoor observation decks, nearly 5,550 feet of exhibit space, an auditorium, a café, a gift shop and much more.


A special bus tour of the Kennedy Space Center has been arranged especially for attendees on Friday, February 12.  Event registration is not required to join the tour.  Friends and family are welcome.


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Metokote Receives Honda Supplier Performance Award

1. July 2015



MetoKote Corporation’s facility in Huber Heights, Ohio was recognized at the annual American Honda Supplier Conference in Columbus, Ohio last month. Honda honored 53 suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying service parts that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura vehicles.  


This is the second year in a row that the Huber Heights facility has received this recognition.  Accepting the award on behalf of MetoKote were Suzy Bailey (Customer Service), Jim Herron (Production Manager) and Frank Zack (Plant Manager).


MetoKote has provided American Honda with service sheet metal parts for more than 21 years, including large bulk heads, bumper assemblies and various small brackets.  Many of the parts require custom labeling and packaging, and are sent directly to Honda’s distribution facilities.


The annual supplier awards recognition event was attended by more than 680 Honda North American suppliers. Honda Suppliers hit a record breaking $26.3 million worth of parts in 2014 for the more than 1.8 million Honda and Acura passenger vehicles produced last year in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


“MetoKote is proud to be the recipient of the Supplier Performance Award,” said Jeff Oravitz, MetoKote President and CEO. “We have built a partnership with Honda over the past two decades. Both Honda and MetoKote strive to deliver an exceptional product. To be recognized for our efforts reinforces our dedication to meeting – and exceeding – our customer’s needs.”


MetoKote serves more than 60 customers in the Greater Dayton area and across the United States. The Huber Heights facility has two electro-coating (e-coat) monorail systems and one liquid paint line. The facility also performs value added sub-assembly, custom packaging, bar coding and hem seal operations on finished parts. For more information, please visit

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