A Look at the Finishing Supply Chain and Workforce
The May 2021 issue of Products Finishing puts a focus on supply chain disruptions and the workforce skills gap.
The May 2021 issue of Products Finishing is now available. This month we take a look at supply chain disruptions in the wake of COVID and the current ramifications, as well as what it might mean for the future of the finishing industries. We also take a look at efforts to bridge the skilled labor gap in workforce.
Here are a few of the stories you’ll find inside:
- As the COVID pandemic continues, coating suppliers work to navigate raw material shortages and chemical price increases.
- Education and outreach initiatives aimed at addressing workforce skills gap.
- A case study involving a recent cleaning evaluation that has yielded a new synthetic grease remover formulation.
- How flexible hones can allow complex parts with cross-drilled holes and other difficult-to-access features to be deburred, honed and surface finished.
You’ll also find technical articles and Ask the Expert clinics offering best practices and troubleshooting. As always, the issue includes insightful columns and the latest news and innovations in the surface finishing industry.
If you have a story that might be of interest to a wide audience of coaters of finishers, get in touch with editor in chief Scott Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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