NASF Industry News - October, 2010

In the News: Modern Plating Corporation, Pioneer Metal, Precision Metalforming Association, manufacturing technology consumption, ZweigWhite, IMTEK, Metalast, AAPEX Learning Forum.

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NASF Names Board Nominees
The National Association for Surface Finishing is pleased to provide you with the nominees for representation on the NASF Board of Directors. View the biographies of the entire list of nominees here. NASF members will be mailed voting ballots the week of October 25, 2010. We hope you will take a moment to review the nominees and ensure that your voice is heard!
Business / Markets
Modern Plating Corporation approved By GM for GMW4700 trivalent zinc-nickel finish
Modern Plating Corporation (Freeport, IL) has announced that the company has been approved by General Motors as an applicator for the GMW4700 Type B Code G high corrosion resistant trivalent zinc-nickel finish in both black and clear. Modern’s zinc-nickel finish virtually eliminates the recess fill, thread fill, stuck washers and touch marks common to other finishes that meet the high performance requirements of the GMW4700 specification.
Parts processed to the GMW4700 black specification are a uniform, semi-glossy black in color.  Parts finished to the GMW4700 clear specification are semi-bright silver in color.  Modern’s finish exceeds the GMW4700 performance specifications in salt spray testing which require no white corrosion at 240 hr, and no red corrosion at 1,000 hr.  The finish is also free of hex chromium.
Modern uses chemistry from MacDermid, Inc. developer of the ZinKlad family of finishes, and this finish is another in the line of ZinKlad finishes being offered by Modern.  Modern is an approved applicator for ZinKlad 96/250 (trivalent zinc), ZinKlad 500 (trivalent zinc iron) and ZinKlad 1000 (trivalent zinc-nickel).
Modern Plating is a 74-year old company specializing in electroplating for the transportation and other major industries.  More information can be found at the company’s website: or by contacting John Nordlof, Sales Manager at . ZinKlad is a registered trademark of MacDermid Incorporated.
Pioneer Metal Finishing acquires Nimet Industries
Pioneer Metal Finishing (Green Bay, WI) has announced the acquisition of Nimet Industries located in South Bend, IN. The acquisition marks Pioneerʼs seventh location and represents a firm foundational block in the companyʼs growth plan.
Nimet has an impressive track record and is recognized for its unique Nituff® and NiCoTef® processes. Nimetʼs commitment to exceptional quality and superior customer service matches Pioneerʼs cultural mantras. The new acquisition will be known initially as a division of Pioneer and will continue to offer proprietary products such as Nituff®, NiCoTef® and Anografics® as well as Type II and III anodizing, electroless nickel, conversion coatings and precision masking. Nimetʼs processes will be available across Pioneerʼs other facilities to all Pioneer customers. Expanding further, Pioneerʼs expertise in specialized solutions for unique applications is more readily available to the growing number of customers in the greater Mid-West region through Nimetʼs strategic location. With an intensified reach into the greater South Bend, Chicago, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis areas, Pioneerʼs services are increasingly convenient.
"Weʼre thrilled about the acquisition of Nimet, it fits our growth strategy and customer- focused outlook. The new Nimet Division further solidifies Pioneer as North Americaʼs leading metal finisher and weʼre confident that Nimetʼs customers will enjoy the benefits of our expanded services, enhanced transportation and sustained dedication to quality," announced Pioneerʼs CEO Bob Pyle. Nimetʼs former owner James Abbott added, "Pioneerʼs acquisition of Nimet makes perfect sense. We share the same cultural values and itʼs a great marriage of technologies. And
Nimetʼs customers will benefit from Pioneerʼs infrastructure and attention to customer care."
A top provider of wear and corrosion resistant coatings and cosmetic finishes, Pioneer Metal Finishing operates plants in Green Bay, WI, Oshkosh, WI, Monroe, MI, Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR, Gaffney, SC and now in South Bend, IN. Recognized as a brilliant solutions source, Pioneerʼs technologies reach into many industries including aerospace, medical, defense, automotive, fluid power and transportation. For more information contact Pioneer Metal Finishing, Box 28440, Green Bay, WI 54324; Phone: (800) 944-7634; E-mail:; Web:
PMA Business Conditions Report: September 2010
According to the September 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) (Cleveland, OH) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies continue to expect steady business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 134 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada.
The September report shows that 22% of participants anticipate an improvement in economic activity during the next three months (down from 25% in August), 59% predict that activity will remain unchanged (compared to 58% last month) and 19% report that activity will decline (up from 17% in August). 
Metalforming companies forecast a dip in increased orders for the next three months. Only 26% of participants expect an increase in orders (down from 38% in August), 49% anticipate no change (compared to 44% last month) and 25% predict a decrease in orders (up from 18% in August).
However, average daily shipping levels improved in September. Forty percent of participants report that average daily shipping levels are above levels of three months ago (up from 22% in August), 39% report no change (compared to 41% in August) and only 21% report that shipping levels are below levels of three months ago (down from 37% in August). 
The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff dropped to 19% in September from 22% in August. This number is significantly lower than it was one year ago when 68% of companies had workers on short time or layoff.
“After a very significant recovery in orders and shipments for the first eight months of 2010 compared to 2009, PMA’s manufacturing members are increasingly cautious as the end of the 3rd quarter draws near,” said William E. Gaskin, PMA president. “Based on information from the 100-company control group, which is a key component of PMA’s Monthly Orders & Shipments Survey, for the first eight months of 2010, the average control group company reported year-to-date 2010 orders and shipments that were up 50% and 42% compared with 2009 levels. Certainly that level of recovery speaks to very poor business conditions in 2009, however it also supports the leading role that manufacturing has taken in an otherwise soft economic recovery. PMA urges the U.S. Congress to act quickly to resolve tax issues such as making permanent the R&D Tax Credit, to not raise income taxes on the 60% of PMA member companies who operate as Sub-S and LLC entities, and to quickly pass the Small Business Jobs Act, which would help free up new sources of credit for the small/middle-market manufacturers who are struggling with restricted credit lines and limited access to capital they need to expand their business.”
The monthly Business Conditions Report has been conducted by PMA since 1979. Full report results are available at PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America.
Manufacturing technology consumption up 58.9% in 2010
July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 10.1% from June and up 72.6% from the total of $154.13 million reported for July 2009. With a year-to-date total of $1,473.79 million, 2010 is up 58.9% compared with 2009.
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTC program. “We are pleased that July sales have exceeded expectations and that we’re not seeing the normal summer doldrums for machine tool purchases,” said Peter Borden, AMTDA president. “IMTS 2010, opening today in Chicago, will be a key indicator of the ongoing strength of the manufacturing recovery that we have seen gaining momentum since January.”
The United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
Architecture/Engineering expert predicts flat industry pulse through the end of 2010
The architecture and engineering industry did not recover as hoped during the first half of 2010 and the same is expected for the rest of the year. According to the 2010 Mid-Year Outlook Update for AEC Firms, published by ZweigWhite, the economic stimulus package funds will dry up by the end of 2010 while many project opportunities from the stimulus are no longer available. Also, the housing market will continue to stifle the construction industry, especially due to lack of assistance from the homebuyer tax credit.
Mark Zweig, ZweigWhite's founder and CEO, predicts that health care, higher education, airport and aviation facilities, water/wastewater, ground water, lead paint removal, highway and bridge, rail and distribution center projects show some potential for improvements. However, discipline-wise architecture, interior design and landscape architecture will all be hit hardest. Overall, he believes 2010 will continue to be a "flat year" for the industry.
ZweigWhite is the nation's leader in enhancing business performance for architecture,
engineering and environmental consulting firms. The ZweigWhite team consists of experts in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, ownership transition, human resources management, finance, marketing, market research, project management and project delivery methods who collectively produce a comprehensive suite of products and services, including advisory, consulting, newsletters, industry reports, executive training, business conferences and more covering virtually every aspect of firm management. The firm is headquartered in
Fayetteville, AR.
Secure online MSDS & Training Management made simple and cost effective
IMTEK (Atlanta, GA) has introduced an advanced Online MSDS Management Solution said to offer more features and benefits than any other solution on the market today. The system handles the complexities of managing many MSDS and related information in a secure environment as well as one that is also very simple, intuitive and user friendly. One of the key features is the ability to manage the system totally independently and bulk upload hundreds of documents in minutes from anywhere in a secure environment.
In addition to managing MSDS information and documents, the system also has expanded capabilities to track inventory, VOC and HAPs information by company, location or department on a global basis. This is a very useful feature that is convenient for environmental compliance and reporting requirements.
IMTEK Environmental Corporation is a trusted global provider of over 300 premier environmental and safety services and products.  The company is a pioneer and market leader in developing online solutions to access, manage and deploy material safety data sheets (MSDS) and safety training.  For further information, please contact IMTEK, P.O. Box 2066, Alpharetta, GA 30023; Phone: (770) 335-5586; Fax: (770) 667-8683; Email:; Web:
Products / Technology
Metalast TCP-HF SP now available
For the past five years, Metalast has offered its environmentally-friendly replacement to hexavalent chromium, Metalast TCP-HF, to the metal finishing and paint industries. It meets all the major environmental directives, including RoHS, REACH, WEEE, and ELV and is also QPL listed for immersion, spray, brush-on and wipe applications.  Although the product is effective in all of these applications, as evidenced by its QPL standing, Metalast felt the need to further optimize the product for spray applications.
As a result, Metalast has announced that Metalast TCP-HF SP is now available as the preferred chemistry for spray applications. Some specific areas of use include using Metalast TCP-HF SP as a corrosion inhibitor in pre-paint, powder-coat and CARC applications for a variety of metal substrates. Much like Metalast TCP-HF, Metalast TCP-HF SP provides excellent paint bonding and corrosion characteristics. Additional information regarding Metalast TCP-HF SP can be found on the product page and technical documents including MDS and TDS sheets downloaded in the Metalast Documents Library (
Coming Events
AAPEX Learning Forum: Hot Topics
Among the 30 education sessions scheduled for the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Learning Forum, six hot topic sessions will focus on timely issues impacting all channels of the aftermarket. Topics include new OEM engine oils, imports, health care legislation, consumer buying habits, global markets and strategies for economic downturn.
All education sessions will be held over a three-day period during AAPEX, Tuesday, Nov. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center Level 1, Marco Polo Rooms 701-706, in Las Vegas, Nev.  The Learning Forum sessions are free-of-charge and open to everyone, except for the Lunch & Learn* sessions, which requires registration and pre-payment of $15 per person.  All AAPEX Learning Forum education sessions are accredited for 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs) by the University of the Aftermarket toward the AAP and MAAP professional designations.
The sessions include:
OEM Proprietary Lubricants: Implications for the Aftermarket, by Marcy Watson, Elpama Communications, Moderator; Panelists: Greg Julian, Advanced Lubrication Specialties (Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association); R. Scotti Lee, Oil Change Express (Automotive Oil Change Association); Alan Thacker, O’Reilly Auto Parts; Eric Johnson, General Motors
2011 Aftermarket Outlook, by David Portalatin, The NPD Group, Inc.
Ten Things Smart Executives Learn From Financial Downturns, by Gene Marks, Quicker! Better! Wiser!
The New Health Care Law: What It Means for Your Business, by Seth T. Perretta, Davis-Harman LLP
Hot International Markets: The Automotive Aftermarket in China, Brazil and Mexico, by Mike Hanley, Ernst & Young, Moderator; Joe DeSantino, JDS Worldwide; Ed Szubielski, Federal-Mogul; Dr. Timothy Weckesser, Sino-Consulting
Today’s Escalating Import Car Parc: How to Capitalize on More Than Just the “Fast Movers,” by Jeff Anderson and Justin Cooper, Experian Automotive
AAPEX is the annual business-to-business trade show representing the global automotive aftermarket and features more than 2,000 exhibitors. AAPEX is jointly sponsored by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the aftermarket affiliate of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). For more information, visit
Technology Information
ASTM International announces new technical publication on Bearing Steel Technologies
STP 1524, Bearing Steel Technologies, 8th Volume: Developments on Rolling Bearing Steels and Testing, is now available from ASTM International (W. Conshohocken, PA). STP 1524 includes 13 international peer-reviewed papers that cover the latest information on bearing steel technologies and features recent research from bearing steelmakers, rolling bearing producers and research and development institutes.  Topics covered include:
  • Bearing steel steelmaking and semi-finished product manufacturing technologies;
  • Material and heat treatment design considerations, including fracture mechanics and structural strength, for rolling bearings;
  • Microstructure behavior in rolling contact;
  • Fatigue life prediction methodologies;
  • Corrosion-resistant steel and hydrogen effects in bearing steels and
  • Micro-cleanliness quality assurance in bearing steels.
STP 1524 is available in both print (252 pages; soft cover 6 x 9”; stock #: STP1524; ISBN: 978-0-8031-7510-5) and as an E-book (stock #: STP1524-EB; ISBN: 978-0-8031-8631-6) for $76.  To purchase ASTM publications, search by stock number on the ASTM Web site  (, or contact ASTM Customer Relations: Phone: (610) 832-9585; E-mail: