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Toefco Expansion Adds 20,000-Square-Foot Coating Facility

11. October 2016


Adding to its already operating two overhead conveyor lines with more than 400 available coating specs, Toefco Engineered Coating Systems in Niles, Michigan increased both its capacity and capabilities with the addition of a new 20,000-square-foot, high-capacity, high-temperature coating facility.


Toefco has been serving customers nationwide for more than 60 years, servicing a number of industries including automotive, agricultural, medical, food processing, compressor, heavy-duty truck and equipment, military and aerospace, and motorsports. 


With a passion for the art and science of coating technology, Toefco has become known industry-wide for a willingness to innovate in construction-formulating coatings that precisely fit with the application's performance requirements.


"We can spray coat anything. Well, almost anything. The insight and commitment that goes into our application and the custom chemical process we use at Toefco really surpasses the 'dip and ship' approach you'll find elsewhere," says Artie McElwee, a Toefco executive manager with nearly 20 years under his belt.


The 20,000-square-foot facility has expanded its production line to meet demands, adding to the facility:

  • The new line has an increased weight capacity of 750 pounds per hook and is capable of running oversized pieces up to 10 feet in length.
  • With the ability to handle just about any high-temperature paint job, the new facility can employ coatings from suppliers such as Magnee, PPG, Valspar, Northern Coatings and others with high-quality results.
  • The facility features a new powder booth, giving customers the option to use high-temp paint or powder processes.
  • Two massive spray booths offer expansion room for future robotics upgrades on the line and use hospital-grade air for 100-percent efficiency and repeatability of results. 


The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location on August 29. For information, visit



Atotech Sold to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billion

7. October 2016


Atotech, a global manufacturer of high technology plating solutions, was sold by parent company Total to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billion, representing 11.9 times Atotech’s 2015 adjusted EBITDA.


Carlyle, which also owns the Axalta Coating Systems brand, is a global alternative asset manager that is well positioned in Asia, Europe and the United States through its significant range of investments, and is one of the most experienced private equity investors in the global chemicals industry.


“Atotech, which is very active in Asia, is the worldwide leader in its high-tech segment, with a business model focused on innovation and customer relationships. Carlyle will enable Atotech to pursue its growth ambitions and serve its customers while respecting its commitments towards its employees and stakeholders. This transaction is part of Total’s portfolio management strategy, which aims to align the Group’s asset base with its business ambition. It also forms part of the $10 billion divestment program over 2015-2017 announced by the Group,” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total.


Equity for the transaction will come from Carlyle Europe Partners IV, a €3.75 billion buyout fund, and Carlyle Partners VI, a $13 billion U.S. buyout fund.


Gregor Boehm, Managing Director and Co-Head of Carlyle Europe Partners, said, “With its intense customer focus and state-of-the-art R&D capabilities, Atotech is poised for continued growth and innovation. We look forward to partnering with the company’s management team and employees to fully realize Atotech’s potential.”


Martin Sumner, Managing Director on Carlyle’s Industrial and Transportation team, added, “Atotech is a strong business with excellent growth prospects in the global plating chemicals and equipment industry. Carlyle looks forward to supporting Atotech’s management team through continued investment in superior technology innovation and solutions for its global customer base.”


The proposed transaction is subject to the applicable legally required consultation and notification processes for employee representatives and to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.



SRG Global Celebrates New World HQ with Opening Ceremony

7. October 2016



SRG Global held an opening ceremony Sept. 19 at its new world headquarters in Troy, Michigan for employees, representatives from Guardian Industries and human resource leaders representing the company’s plants around the world.


The new facility, which opened this summer, was built with the focus of future growth and attracting top talent. The 51,000-square-foot building currently houses more than 250 employees.



“Our vision is to be a trusted global partner, to continue to grow and provide engineering solutions that create superior value for our customers and society,” Dave Prater, President and CEO of SRG Global said while addressing event attendees. “This new facility is another step toward upholding that vision and serves as a flagship for our company.”


As a leading global manufacturer, SRG Global is well-known as a Tier 1 interior and exterior trim supplier, providing solutions that add both style and function for the automotive and commercial truck industries.



The new headquarters was designed to encourage both individual development of each employee and also collaboration between departments to foster innovation and to inspire ideas in a teamwork atmosphere. The facility features an open layout with an atrium and central staircases, natural lighting and several common areas.


For information, visit



AAC 25th Annual Anodizing Conference and Expo Wraps Up

7. October 2016

Jude Runge, President of CompCote International and Chairman of the AAC Educational committee, addresses the audience at the 25th annual Conference.


The Aluminum Anodizers Council held their 25th annual Anodizing Conference and Expo in Montreal Oct 4-6, with visitors from all over the globe coming to hear new technological advances in anoodizing, and to visit with suppliers.


This industry event offered a variety of opportunities for education, technical exchange, and networking geared toward the anodizing community. Events included General Sessions, Focus Sessions, Poster Sessions and Exposition, as well as networking events.


To see a list of speakers at the conference, click HERE

PPG Inaugurates Electrocoat Primer Pilot System in France for Aerospace

5. October 2016

Daniel Bencun, left, PPG aerospace coatings segment manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and Pascal Vanhamme, PPG manager of the Marly, France, coatings research center, cut the ribbon during ceremonies to open a new laboratory and inaugurate an Aerocron electrocoat aerospace primer pilot system.


PPG officials hosted customers for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the PPG coatings research center in Marly, France, to open a new laboratory and inaugurate an electrocoat aerospace primer pilot operation. This is PPG’s second significant investment for an Aerocron ecoat primer installation, increasing global application capability for customer education.


Like the first PPG ecoat aerospace primer system, located near Pittsburgh, the Marly installation will be used for customer application trials and qualifications.


Daniel Bencun, aerospace coatings segment manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, joined PPG Marly Manager Pascal Vanhamme in cutting the ribbon and opening the new ecoat laboratory.


“This is a unique capability and a significant asset designed to benefit PPG customers in this region,” Bencun said of the Aerocron ecoat primer pilot operation. He thanked the customers who attended for their trust and confidence in PPG’s capabilities.


“With keen understanding of its benefits, PPG adapted proven ecoat technology for corrosion resistance from automotive and industrial businesses to meet unique aerospace requirements,” Bencun said. He added that the company is committed to dedicating resources for customers to take advantage of this game-changing technology and optimize its efficiencies. “Investments in research and development like this one in Marly are important to ecoat technology adaptation and implementation within the aerospace industry.”


During the event, PPG experts demonstrated the Aerocron primer application process and discussed technical achievements and next steps for Aerocron ecoat, describing current U.S. and European aerospace operational systems and future systems planned. They also detailed estimated aircraft operational cost savings for fuel based on the reduced weight achieved by uniform coating thickness with the ecoat primer.


PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management and other services. For more information, visit


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