MFASC to Exhibit at Largest Conference for Industry Inspectors in California

By: Tim Pennington 30. January 2013


The California Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Forum Board in association with the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Cal/EMA will hold its 15th Annual California Unified Program Conference on February 4-7at the Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove in Orange County.
During the Conference, the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California will have a display booth hosted by Executive Director Daniel Cunningham and various MFASC Board Members over the four days of the training conference. It is an opportunity to promote the metal finishing industry and the associations. It is also a rare opportunity to visit with inspectors on neutral ground and participate in some of the same training sessions. 

The Unified Program is the consolidation of six state environmental programs into one program under the authority of a Certified Unified Program Agency. These can be a county, city or JPA (Joint Powers Authority). This program was established under the amendments to the California Health and Safety Code made by SB 1082 in 1994, and is normally enforced by the Hazardous Materials Division of the local Fire Department or Environmental Health Department.
In short, The CUPA’s are responsible for implementing and enforcing EPA program requirements.

They are the Hazardous Materials Business Plan/Emergency Response Plan, Hazardous Waste/Tiered Permitting, Underground Storage Tanks, Aboveground Storage Tanks (SPCC only), California Accidental Release Program and the Uniform Fire Code Hazardous Materials Management Plan.

The purpose of the conference is to provide training to the inspectors. Training focuses heavily on enforcement; violation classification, evidence collection, working with prosecutors, etc. MFASC members also participate in training sessions that are relevant to the metal finishing industry. Being in those sessions allows us to learn first-hand how the inspectors are taught to evaluate and interpret the requirements and to make sure the instructors are presenting accurate facts. Metal Finishers are often used as examples; usually not in a good way. 





StandardAero Gets Certification for Protective Coatings

By: Tim Pennington 28. January 2013


StandardAero and eight of its aircraft paint technicians have completed the Embry Riddle Aeronautics University/Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) program in aircraft painting. The six week program confers a license in Aerospace Coatings Application (ACA) to those paint technicians who successfully complete the course and pass an examination administered by an SSPC proctor. StandardAero is the first MRO to implement the ACA program into its paint operations.


The ACA program, a joint venture developed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide’s Office of Professional Education (OPE) and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), was developed to verify the knowledge, skills, and abilities of aircraft-specific paint technicians throughout the aerospace industry. The ACA initiative is the very first of its kind; it confers a certification and license to an industry standard for aircraft paint quality, with an emphasis placed upon safety of flight concerns. It teaches core knowledge and promotes a common language regarding the aircraft coatings process.


"For a while now, we’ve been talking about our CompleteCare™ strategy which puts the needs and convenience of our customers at the very heart of everything we do," said Scott Taylor, Senior Vice President, Business Aviation, StandardAero. "This is one of those key foundational elements that quietly supports the strategy. By investing in a team with legitimate credentials specific to their field of expertise, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of the industry; giving our customers a quality of workmanship that is unparalleled in the business and saving them time and money."


Of the fourteen certified Aerospace Coatings Applicator Specialists (ACAS) in existence, eight of them work for StandardAero. The company’s goal is to have 100 percent of their paint technicians ACAS certified within the next 12 months.


"In addition to this new certification for paint technicians, every technician in the company’s Business Aviation sector is a licensed A&P Mechanic. We believe we’re the only MRO that provides the industry with 100% certified A&P mechanics at all of our repair facilities," Taylor added.


BASF and Nissan Announce Streamlined Painting Processes

By: Tim Pennington 10. January 2013

BASF has expanded its partnership with Nissan, now supplying the automaker with coatings and paints for the Pathfinder and Infiniti models at its Smyrna plant in Tennessee, USA.
BASF supplies Nissan with coating solutions from e-coat and basecoat to clearcoat. BASF is also working on more streamlined technologies with Nissan in emerging markets such as China.
“Nissan is a very important customer for us and we have been working closely for a long time,” said Laurent Vaucenat, Global Account Manager for Nissan at BASF’s Coatings Division. “BASF’s innovative solutions and services, as well as our leading-edge technologies, have convinced Nissan to extend their collaboration with us, especially with our 3 Wet waterborne coating technique.”
The most notable advantage of the 3 Wet waterborne system is the elimination of one drying phase. Previously, car bodies required two 30-minute rounds in the drying oven, after application of the primer, and the basecoat / clearcoat. In the new method, these three layers are applied wet-on-wet, and then subsequently dried. This shortened process leads to shorter production time, less energy consumption, streamlined paint lines and – above all – lower emissions.
BASF is the unique supplier of "sprayables" (primer, basecoats and clearcoats) for Nissan’s European production sites in Sunderland (England), St Petersburg (Russia) and Barcelona (Spain).
“We are where our customers are. This is why we are increasingly expanding our presence in growing markets like China, where we currently supply Nissan’s Huadu plant,” says Vaucenat.
BASF also has long-standing supply relationships with Nissan in Japan and India. In 2012, the close partnership resulted in an award from Zhengzhou Nissan Auto Co., Ltd., honoring BASF with the “Excellent R&D Supplier Award” for the excellent quality in the supply of environmentally friendly car paint.

White Stays Atop the World’s Car Color Ranks

By: Tim Pennington 3. January 2013

White/white pearl dominates the global automotive color popularity ranks for the second consecutive year, according to the 2012 DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, released today. Black/black effect moves into second place in the global ranks this year, largely due to the increased popularity in the Asia Pacific market as this color has a worldwide perception of high quality and luxury. Silver fell to third, as its popularity has waned due to its overall gradual decline, especially in the critical large automotive markets of Europe and Asia.
The DuPont report, in its 60th year, is the largest and longest running report of its kind in the automotive industry. It is the only report to include global automotive color popularity rankings and regional trends from 11 leading automotive regions of the world.
White/white pearl moved to top the ranks in Europe in 2012, and was in the leading position as the most popular car color in North America (U.S. and Canada), Japan, South Korea, Russia, South Africa and Mexico. Overall, white/white pearl represents 23 percent of the global market in DuPont’s 2012 report.
Over the past decade, white has held significant rankings in automotive color popularity and is widely seen in other consumer products worldwide. During this timeframe, white’s popularity had been highlighted across all vehicle segments, though historically, it had been most popular among the truck segment. Past advancements in pearlescent whites enabled this color to initially break into the luxury segments.
“Today, white tri-coats are more readily applicable to the global manufacturing base and evoke quality and value among a variety of vehicle segments,” according to Nancy Lockhart, DuPont color marketing manager. “Solid whites have been seen in vanilla shades, stone shades and the current preference of bright whites.”
Black/black effect led among vehicle color popularity in China, but took second place in the global ranks with 21 percent of the world’s share of automotive color. Silver rounded out the top three global color choices, topping the ranks in South America, Brazil and India, but slipped four percentage points to just 18 percent of the overall global automotive market from 22 percent last year.
“Silver peaked during the start of the digital age between 2000 and 2006,” said Lockhart. “We’re seeing more luxury vehicle purchases now that the economy has started to stabilize, and vehicles painted black/black effect are seen as luxury status symbols in several key global markets.”
Red, gray and brown/beige each gained a percentage point since last year’s report, while blue maintained equal share from the 2011 rankings.
The top global vehicle colors in DuPont’s report are as follows:
1.         White/White Pearl – 23 percent
2.         Black/Black Effect – 21 percent
3.         Silver – 18 percent
4.         Gray – 14 percent
5.         Red – 8 percent
6.         Blue – 6 percent
7.         Brown/Beige – 6 percent
8.         Green – 1 percent
9.         Yellow/Gold – 1 percent
10.        Others – 2 percent

Global Ceramic Coatings Market Worth $5.98B In 2013

By: Tim Pennington 1. January 2013

London-nased Visiongain’s analysis indicates that the global ceramic coatings market will reach a value of $5.98 billion in 2013, as emerging market demand for various consumer items indirectly increases demand for ceramic coatings, and as the need for cost-effective solutions for ceramic coatings to improve productivity and efficiency of machining equipment grows in importance.
The ceramic coatings market is therefore forecast by Visiongain to record solid growth over the next decade, as ceramic coatings become more popular.
The Visiongain author of Global High Performance Ceramic Coatings Market 2013-2023 report commented that ‘the ceramic coatings market is expected to grow well over the forecast period as strong economic growth in the emerging markets will facilitate ceramic coatings demand. Ceramic coatings are also in demand in the developed world, where they are increasingly used to improve efficiency and productivity, and strengthen parts, delivering cost-savings.’
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