Advancing a Sustainable Future at Sur/Fin 2016

Monday events focus on importance of the finishing industry to manufacturing with a series of speeches, presentations and forums.
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Sustainability will be the focus of the National Association for Surface Finishing’s Sur/Fin Tradeshow and Conference, which is returning to the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas June 6–8.

While the exhibits and supplier booths will open on Tuesday, June 7, the Sur/Fin conference launches Monday, June 6, with a series of speeches, presentations and forums centered around how the finishing industry is crucial to the sustainability of manufactured products in the U.S. and the world.



“Surface technology adds value to products by making them last longer, look better or perform in ways that would otherwise be impossible,” says Christian Richter, executive director of NASF and a principal at the Policy Group. “In this way, we contribute to the nation’s productivity, improve our quality of life and enhance our safety and security.”

Dr. Melissa Klingenberg of Concurrent Technologies Corp. will deliver the annual Blum Lecture at 2 p.m. on Monday. She received the 2015 NASF Scientific Achievement Award, the first woman to win the top honor in the 57-year history of the award.

Following a round-table forum discussion on Nadcap, Tanya Bolden, director of corporate responsibility products and services at the Automotive Industry Action Group, will speak on emerging corporate sustainability trends for automotive OEMs and the supply chain.

Monday evening will see a welcome reception on the show floor, which includes the announcement of the annual NASF industry awards winners.

On Tuesday, June 7, Sur/Fin starts the trade show part of the program with a keynote address by Sally Gestautas, global substances program manager for Raytheon Co., on the topic of “Emerging Global Regulations Aimed at Reducing the use of Hazardous Materials in Products and Processes in the Aerospace Supply Chain.” Gestautas also chairs the International Aerospace Environmental Group and has led the Aerospace Industries Association’s REACH Working Group and Chemicals Subcommittee.

Sur/Fin is the NASF’s manufacturing and technology conference and tradeshow, connecting hundreds of surface finishing professionals to the industry’s best business opportunities, latest innovations and most influential leaders.




“Whether you’re looking to strengthen your network and grow your business or if you’re simply looking to learn something new, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Sur/Fin,” says Coventya’s Erik Wyles, president of the NASF. “This highly sought after tradeshow and conference offers three days of valuable networking, in-depth conference sessions and direct access to over 150 leading suppliers.”

Numerous scheduled and impromptu networking opportunities will take place at Sur/Fin. Receptions will be held at the convention center on Monday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 7. Additionally, the popular welcome party event, sponsored by the two California NASF chapters, will be held Monday evening, and the bowling party—a special fundraiser on behalf of the NASF 1,000 organization—will be returning.

In between these scheduled events, Sur/Fin attendees will find many opportunities to meet and socialize with industry peers. 


Sur/Fin Schedule At-A-Glance


8:00 a.m.              NASF Sur/Fin 2016 Golf Tournament

1:00 p.m.             Keynote Address

2:00 p.m.             Blum Lecture: Dr. Melissa Klingenberg

2:30 p.m.             Nadcap Session

2:45 p.m.             Sustainability Summit

4:00 p.m.             Featured Presentation: Tanya Bolden

5:30 p.m.             Show Floor Opens; Welcome Reception



8:30 a.m.              NASF Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m.              Keynote Address: Sally Gestautas

10:00 a.m.           Show Floor Opens

10:00 a.m.           Conference Sessions

10:00 a.m.           NASF Awards Presentation

2:00 p.m.             Conference Sessions

6:30 p.m.             2016 Bowling Bracket Bash II



8:30 a.m.              Conference Sessions

9:00 a.m.              Show Floor Opens

9:00 a.m.              Surface Finishing Bootcamp


For additional information, please visit nasf.org.


Originally published in the May 2016 issue.

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