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NASF REPORT: SUR/FIN 2012 Excels in Las Vegas
Technical Editor, NASF
With record registration, a busy exhibition hall, over 65 sessions and more, attendees had ample opportunity to learn, build relationships and enjoy a “West Coast” location for the first time in memory.
The western venue brought new faces and participation from a segment of the industry that had never before attended the event. The actual program developed by the NASF’s Technology Advisory Committee—the revamped SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference—mixed a business outlook with developments in processes and products, along with the latest on the regulatory scene.
The conference was also considered the best in recent memory, covering the latest advances in surface finishing technology, as well as dealing with important regulatory issues. The light metals, automotive, electronics, aerospace and defense communities heard a variety of timely topics. On Monday, an International Panel discussed industry perspectives in Singapore, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Brazil.
The Pentagon also returned for a third year in a row to jointly sponsor the NASF-DoD coatings workshop sessions.
NASF sponsored an international surface finishing panel to highlight current trends and the future of plating and finishing worldwide. The panelists represented finishing trade associations and companies across four continents, and NASF marked the milestone discussion with the launch of a new initiative—the Global Surface Technology Roundtable. The Roundtable will be a forum to exchange information and inform NASF members on pertinent developments, as well as collaborate on issues of mutual concern.
More than 65 presentations are now available to attendees at nasfsurfin.com. The four major keynotes are available as well, and we’ve summarized them below"