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NASF Science and Engineering Scholarship Competition Now Open

15. September 2014


The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Open to national and international applicants attending an accredited college, NASF’s Scholarship Program supports student research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due December 9, 2014.


Undergraduate and graduate students studying chemical engineering, material science or engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, environmental engineering or chemistry are encouraged to apply. Undergraduates must be a junior in standing or above when applying and must be of senior standing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Honorary scholarship recipients will each receive an award in the amount of $1,500 USD toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing industries. Interested applicants should visit for complete program information.


NASF is pleased to congratulate these 2013 scholarship award winners for their contributions to the future of the surface finishing industry. Each recipient was chosen on the basis of four major factors: (1) academic record, (2) personal statement, (3) work experience and (4) extracurricular activities.


Harman Khare

Harman Khare is a postdoctoral researcher in nanotribology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on multi-scale experimental studies in the tribology of solid lubricant materials, such as surface coatings and nanocomposite materials, and conventional engine oils for reducing friction and wear. The NASF Educational Scholarship has enabled Khare to communicate his research to his peers in surface mechanics and tribology and the broader science and engineering community.


Yunfei Xu

Yunfei Xu 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 2 patents during his undergraduate. 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.


Hao Song

Hao Song is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering and materials science at Wayne State University. He is currently developing a sustainability metrics system to comprehensively evaluate the sustainability performance of electroplating systems. Song recognizes the significant environmental and social challenges the surface finishing industry faces. His goal is to help engineers have a better understanding of electroplating systems from a sustainability point of view to guide appropriate decisions toward sustainability development.


Robert Swasey

Robert Swasey is an undergraduate manufacturing engineering technology major at Brigham Young University. He began to explore the possibility of a career in surface finishing after taking a material removal class, where he was introduced to a number of surface finishing technologies and manufacturing processes. In addition to landing an overseas manufacturing internship related to surface finishing, Swasey’s long-term goal is to enter the aerospace industry or medical equipment industry upon graduation.


For further information on the NASF, visit or contact Phil Assante at (703) 887-7235.

EPi, Eric Olander and Luke Donald Pair Up For First Tee Program

10. September 2014

PGA Tour great Luke Donald and EPi President Eric Olander.



EPi-Electrochemical Products and President Eric Olander have teamed with with PGA Tour great Luke Donald to help with the First Tee of Greater Chicago, a program to assist students play golf.


EPi and Olander are financially supporting the First Tee of Greater Chicago, a youth development initiative of the World Golf Foundation that is supported by the leading organizations in golf including the Masters Tournament, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and United States Golf Association.


Plus, Olander and struck up a friendship with Donald after attending a private wine tasting event with him. Here is the story on the First Tee of Greater Chicago website, which recently spotlighted EPi and Olander as a major supporter:


From the First Tee of Greater Chicago website:


The power of social media led our August Donor Spotlight, Electrochemical Products, Inc, to The First Tee of Greater Chicago.  After learning about Luke Donald’s Taste of The First Tee on Donald’s Twitter account, Eric Olander, President of Electrochemical Products, Inc (EPI), did some investigating into the event and The First Tee of Greater Chicago.  Olander quickly discovered that our mission is something that he wanted to get behind and support so that he could help to make a difference with the next generation of kids.


Olander has attended the annual Taste of The First Tee for the past three years and has been a Birdie-Level sponsor for the past two years, enabling him to attend a private clinic with Donald prior to the wine tasting.


EPI has been in business for over 60 years and supplies customers worldwide with an extensive line of products in the areas of electroplating, metal blackening, corrosion inhibitors, antiquing and oxidizing, metal cleaners, metal brighteners, surface preparations, trivalent chromate finishes, and phosphate finishes.  They have been a leader and innovator in the development and manufacturing of chemicals for the metal plating and metal finishing industries.


While their headquarters are just outside of Milwaukee in New Berlin, Wisconsin, Olander and his EPI colleagues make the trip down to the north shore every year for the wine tasting event as he has been a huge fan of Donald’s since he joined the tour.


“I admire his golf swing, creativity and development of golf shots, as he really is an artist on the course.  Luke and his wife Diane provide so much leadership in the community with all that they give back,” said Olander.


We truly appreciate all that Eric and EPI have done to support The First Tee of Greater Chicago and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.



Pneu-Mech Systems Relocates Headquarters

8. September 2014


Pneu-Mech Systems MFG LLC has moved into a new corporate headquarters in Claremont, North Carolina.


"In an effort to adapt to additional sales and product offering growth, the move has become necessary to better serve our customers," said President Jim Andrews, who will be at the new location along with Jerry Trostle, the Vice President of Sales, the sales group, product development and estimating.


In addition to the move Pneu-Mech Systems MFG LLC has added  Leif  Josefsson as Vice Presidentof Engineering and Product Design.  Mr. Josefsson has over 40 years of paint finishing design experience.


For more information please visit Pneu-Mech Systems MFG LLC at



Asterion Acquires Southeastern Chemical, Inc.

4. September 2014

Blair Vandivier and Doug Trageser.


Asterion LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana has acquired Southeastern Chemical, Inc.  Asterion LLC is an industry-leading surface technology company of metal finishing chemistry for the majority of Southeastern’s valued customers.


For Southeastern’s customers, the transition from working with Southeastern Chemical to working directly with Asterion, LLC will be  seamless, said Asterion President Blair Vandivier.  Doug Trageser, former president of Southeastern Chemical, has agreed to join Asterion, LLC as our Technical Sales Representative in the Southeastern U.S., and will continue to provide the highest levels of service. The acquisition will allow Asterion to provide a complete line of surface finishing technologies, commodity chemicals, and related equipment to businesses located in the Southeastern United States.


“This is another step in Asterion’s  growth plan," Vandivier said. "Southeastern has had 37 years of exceptional customer service and technical expertise. Asterion plans to continue this tradition of high service with superior technology.  We believe that Doug Trageser will help Asterion continue to provide the highest level of service and expertise to our clients.”


Asterion was formed in 2010 by the merger of New Surface Technologies, LLC and Benchmark Products, Inc.   Vandivier said joining with Asterion  brings Southeastern’s  clients a full line of chemical products together with Asterion’s full resources  of  technical support.


Asterion's main office phone is 800-428-0719. More information can be obtained by visiting

UK’s Nasmyth Group Acquires California-based Technical Metal Finishing

1. September 2014



Nasmyth Group has acquired of California-based Technical Metal Finishing to create Nasmyth TMF, offering a range of metal surface finishing capabilities including precision masking, anodizing and chemical film coatings, passivation, painting and non-destructive testing.


Peter Smith, Chairman and CEO of Nasmyth Group, said these processes complement those offered by Nasmyth Group’s four metal surface finishing businesses in the United Kingdom providing precise, aerospace industry and Nadcap-approved treatments for metals. He said the ability to address the requirements of major U.S. aerospace companies through the provision of such processes makes Nasmyth TMF a valuable addition to the comprehensive capabilities that Nasmyth Group already has in these technologies.


“There are numerous opportunities offered by this acquisition and the establishment of Nasmyth TMF,” said Chris Sosa, Nasmyth TMF’s General Manager. “These range from technology transfers in both directions, through expansion resulting from the introduction of new customers, to the further development of new processes and the funding of future growth.”


Craig Hanriot, the former owner of TMF, will be working with the global Nasmyth team to identify and develop new metal finishing opportunities in the USA, Europe and Asia.


“Continued strategic expansion forms one cornerstone of our ongoing strategy to strengthen the Group’s worldwide presence and provide our customers with continuously enhanced, fully integrated, precision engineering solutions on a global scale,” Smith said.


Established in 2003, Nasmyth Group brings together as an effective team the collective expertise, resources and technology of 14 customer-orientated, precision engineering businesses located in the UK, the US and India. The Group’s Head Office is in Coventry, UK.


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