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Published: 2/8/2017

Percentage of Shop Sales from 80% of Customer Base
The percentage of customers who account for 80 percent of overall shop sales was at 34.6 percent for Products Finishing Top Shops, while the average of all shops was 27.3 percent. The median was 20 percent, and all other shops had an average of 10 p...

Published: 1/30/2017

Hazard Waste Management Hours Per Week
Hazardous waste management is one of the hardest responsibilities of a finishing shops due to the regulatory requirement of local, state and federal agencies. The average plating shop in the 2016 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey spen...

Published: 1/11/2017

Lou Hirbour, former Technic VP, passes
Hirbour had been with Technic for 50 years, beginning as a salesman in the Northeast U.S. in 1961. In later years, he developed Technic’s West Coast regional sales operations and was instrumental in opening the Asian markets for Technic products.

Published: 1/11/2017

Scrap/Rework Rate as a Pct of Shop Sales
We surveyed plating shops on their scrap and rework rates, and asked them to determine what it was as a percentage of overall sales. The Top Shops came in at a much higher rate of 4.0 percent, which may mean they scrutinize their finished parts more...

Published: 12/9/2016

MAMF Gears Up to Celebrate 100 Years in April
The Masters Association of Metal Finishers, which consists of finishing shops in the New York and New Jersey area, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a Centennial Celebration on Saturday, April 8.

Published: 12/6/2016

Environmental Management Hours Per Week
The 2016 survey showed that Top Shops spent 40 hours per week in environmental management. The average was 26.5 hours and the median was 10 hours. Those shops that are not in the Top Shops program were spending around 2.5 hours per week in environme...

Published: 12/2/2016

Linetec Names Michael Bridenhagen as Inside Sales Manager
Michael Bridenhagen has been named as inside sales manager for paint and anodize finisher, Lintec.

Published: 11/7/2016

Asterion Appoints Mike Woodruff as Technical Sales Representative
Woodruff is responsible for the sales and technical support of the company’s high-performance plating processes, pretreatment chemistry and powder coatings products in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and eastern Arkansas.

Published: 11/1/2016

NASF Report: West Coast Competition Highlights 16 Design Students
Sixteen students compete for scholarship awards through NASF's Bright Design Challenge West Coast.

Published: 11/1/2016

Southern California Platers Search for PFOS Alternatives
SCAQMD, the air pollution control agency for Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, requires platers to use a SCAQMD-certified chemical fume suppressant.