Tim Pennington

Tim Pennington is Editor of Products Finishing magazine, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to joining the magazine, Tim held reporting and editing positions at several major newspapers. He was a reporter and editor in the news and sports departments at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post. He was also an NFL writer for USA Today covering the Cincinnati Bengals. Tim left the newspaper field and joined several marketing and public relations firms before joining the PGA Tour as the marketing director a Champions Tour event in Cincinnati. After serving as community relations director for a large Ohio city, Tim re-entered the publishing world when he became editor of Products Finishing, a publication which has served the finishing industry for more than 80 years.

SFCHINA2012 Attracts 10,000+ To Guangzhou

By: Tim Pennington 18. December 2012

With China has become the world's biggest finishing market, organizers say the 25th edition of the China International Exhibition for Surface Finishing & Coating Products (SFCHINA2012) Nov 28-30 was well attended, with results that exceeded all its past years on at the Guangzhou International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
“Despite the European financial crisis and global economic slowdown, SFCHINA2012 was bigger and better than its previous show held in Shanghai 2011 in many aspects, making it a truly super finishing exhibition for the industry,” says a spokesperson for Sinostar International and SFCHINA Exhibition Ltd., the event orgasnizers.
By the numbers:
--Covered gross exhibition area over 14,000 sqm
--10,644 visitors, including 9,518 domestic and 1,126 overseas visitors
--292 exhibitors from 20 countries/regions, including 73 new exhibitors
--2,154 representatives of exhibiting companies attended the show
--825 attendees for 21 sessions of on-site technical programs
In addition to showcasing the latest products and technologies on the exhibition floor, SFCHINA also featured 21 sessions of technical programs.
SFCHINA2013 Shanghai will be held on Nov 20-22, 2013 in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Pudong District, Shanghai.

CCAI Finishing Pavilion And Conference Sets Records at FABTECH 2012

By: Tim Pennington 14. December 2012


CCAI’s third Finishing Pavilion and Conference at FABTECH – which took place from November 12 – 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center ‑ was the best yet, says CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer.
FABTECH drew a Las Vegas record 25,903 attendees with 5,300 evaluating paint and powder coating, and more than 3,000 evaluating plating processes. More than 160 individuals attended CCAI FINISHING Conference sessions at FABTECH as well.
“We received many terrific comments from exhibitors during tear down and following the show and all of the conference attendees I had a chance to chat with told me the conference sessions provided great information,” Goyer said. “A quick flip through the conference evaluations showed that our sessions were very highly evaluated as well.”
Goyer provided these important show and conference statistics:
•CCAI’s 2012 FINISHING Pavilion at FABTECH was the largest yet, encompassed more than 25,000 net square feet – approximately 2,000 more than last year in Chicago and double of our first event in Atlanta in 2010.
•CCAI’s FINISHING Conference exceeded all expectations with a total of 351 FINISHING educational sessions sold to more than 160 FINISHING Conference attendees. That’s a 30% increase over last year in Chicago and double of that in Atlanta. 
•The opening day of the show in Las Vegas set an all-time record high for first day attendance, meaning that more than 15,000 people picked up badges that day (FABTECH does not send out badge prior to the show).
•Final overall attendance (measured by number of people that actually pick up a badge on site at the show) was 25,903, up 4,000 from the last time the show was in Las Vegas and exceeding the projected attendance of 25,000.
•An outstanding State-of-the-Industry panel that included CCAI Custom Coater member Shivie Dhillon drew several hundred people to the FABTECH Theater.
•The FABTECH Student Mentoring Program brought local Las Vegas students through the show floor to give them a firsthand look at finishing processes. Special thanks to John Cole of Parker Ionics and Mark Schmidt of DeVilbiss/Ransburg/BGK/Binks for volunteering to serve as mentors and escorting students through the FINISHING Pavilion.


NASF Bright Design Challenge Kicks Off Jan. 16

By: Tim Pennington 12. December 2012


As part of the "NASF Surface Technology Initiative" to promote the vital role of surface finishing in society, the 2013 NASF Bright Design Challenge is right around the corner.


Kick off in Detroit is scheduled for January 16. The event is timed perfectly for the Detroit Auto Show, and the NASF Board will also be meeting in town to fully support the event.

Polaris North America, manufacturer of ATVs, Motorcycles and Snowmobiles, will be our partner along with the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies.


The Bright Design Challenge Scholarship Program is fully supported and funded by NASF and its members. Other sponsors include Atotech, Coventya, Enthone, Macdermid and Uyemura.


For sponsorship information, please contact Cheryl Clark at to get involved in the program.

AnoStyle Offers Anodized Color Options For iPhone, iPad

By: Tim Pennington 10. December 2012

A Michigan anodizing company is trying to corner the market on colorizing Apple’s popular new iPhone and iPads by offering to anodize the device’s outer shell in an array of vibrant colors.
AnoStyle in Rochester, MI offers the service for $249 per phone with about a one-week turnaround time. The company says its closest competitor, Colorware, is charging $850 for the service.
The company says it is partnering with “the No. 1 device skin and protection company, Ghost Armor” to offer better protection for the iPhone and iPad surfaces, resisting the scratches that are becoming prevalent on the new iPhone 5 device.
Customers place their order online, remove their phone’s memory card (they recommend backing up the phone, too), and then mailing it to AnoStyle to be anodized. They complete a “21-point inspection” to make sure the phone still works, and then mail it back.
The big question: does taking apart the iPhone or iPad void the warranty?
“In short, yes,” AnoStyle says. “Any modification, like AnoStyle, typically voids your manufacturer’s warranty as well as any extended warranty you may have purchased.”
To contact the company, call AnoStyle at 248-266-6606 or via email at

NASF Sues EPA Over Hex Chromium Rules

By: Tim Pennington 28. November 2012


The National Association for Surface Finishing has filed a legal challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final chromium electroplating National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAP.
The NASF's Christian Richter and Jeff Hanapel said the plating trade group filed two court actions: a petition for judicial review of the ruling in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and a request for reconsideration of the rule with EPA. (Click here to read both documents on the NASF website.)
"The NASF is arguing that the EPA should reconsider the final NESHAP for chromium electroplating and anodizing facilities because the agency's final decision is not supported by sound science, does not have a rational basis in the record, relies on data and methodologies that are a departure from and not a logical outgrowth of the proposal, and is otherwise arbitrary," Richter and Hanapel said in a statement.

The NASF provided is a brief summary of the issues NASF raised in its challenge. In its petition for reconsideration, Specifically, NASF questioned:
  • --EPA's revised cost analysis and underlying data and the Agency's failure to submit the revisions for public notice and comment; 
  • --EPA's justification of new emission limits based on the use of non-PFOS fume suppressants without any scientific data;
  • --EPA's interpretation of provisions of the Clean Air Act and its claim that the revisions to final rule were justified as "developments in practices, processes, and control technologies" that require new, more stringent emission limits;
  • --EPA's inadequate response to comments regarding EPA's emissions and risk modeling results, and specifically the information provided by NASF's survey of chromium electroplating facilities; and
  • --EPA's failure to comply with the requirements of Regulatory Flexibility Act by declining to convene a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act ("SBREFA") panel to consider the impacts of the proposal on small businesses within the chromium electroplating and anodizing sector. 
In addition to the NASF's filing, the environmental group Earthjustice also filed a legal challenge on behalf of Sierra Club claiming that the final rule was not stringent enough. Richter and Hanapel say these actions will prompt NASF to argue that not only should EPA revise the final rule to more reasonable levels based on scientific data, but that EPA should not make the rule even more stringent pursuant to the claims of the Sierra Club.  
"For now, NASF must wait until EPA responds to the petitions for reconsideration of the final rule from both parties," Richter and Hanapel's statement said. "If EPA grants reconsideration of the rule, then it would initiate a new rulemaking process. If EPA denies reconsideration of the rule, the parties would argue before the federal appeals court over whether the rule should be overturned"
They say that if the court upholds the final rule, then it would be effective, but if it overturns the rule or portions of the rule, then EPA would be required to vacate the final rule and initiate a wholly new rulemaking process.
"The NASF will continue to pursue this issue aggressively and will be seeking the full support of the surface finishing industry, as the agency's actions here create a precedent for future finishing regulations that have little to no scientific basis," they said.


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