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NASF SUR/FIN 2020 Attendee Registration Now Open

Registration for SUR/FIN 2020 is now open. This annual technical conference and trade show is hosted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and takes place June 15-17 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The event gives attendees access to:

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EuroBLECH 2020 Adds Exhibition Hall for Surface Technology


The 26th edition of the International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition — EuroBLECH 2020 — takes place Oct. 27-30 at the Hanover exhibition grounds in Germany. The event will include an additional hall to host exhibitors of joining technology, as well as surface and tool technology. Currently, more than 95,000 square meters of exhibition space have been booked or reserved, which represents an increase of almost 6% in stand space compared to the 2018 show. Smart sheet metal working is the key focus for the 2020 show. Visit

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The Sherwin-Williams Company announced it is finalizing plans to build a new global headquarters in downtown Cleveland and a new R&D center in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville.

“Our plans to continue investing in Cleveland and northeast Ohio build on our 154-year legacy as one of the region’s top employers and drivers of economic activity,” says Sherwin-Williams Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John G. Morikis. “Driven by our continued need to serve our customers at the highest level, and retain and attract top talent, we intend to create a next-generation workplace environment that ignites creativity, collaboration and industry-leading innovation. We currently operate out of a 90-year-old headquarters building that has served us well, but is no longer conducive to meeting our future needs.”

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ATI Orbital Sander Designed for Robotic Surface Prep


ATI Industrial Automation’s AOV-10 axially compliant orbital sander is designed for robotic surface preparation and finishing. According to the company, the unit has built-in compliance, which makes it suited for a variety of robotic applications, including those that require a light touch. It is said the double-acting motion offsets the weight of the tool to produce the desired finish no matter how it is oriented. Users can mount the AOV-10 directly to a robot or fixture, in any orientation, including upside down. The design is said to be compact and lightweight which suits a range of robot sizes and types, from cobots to industrial models. Visit

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Valence Surface Technologies Acquires Fountain Plating


Valence Surface Technologies has acquired Fountain Plating Co., which provides product finishing services for aircraft engine and critical components for the aerospace and defense industry in the Northeast region of North America. Fountain is located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and maintains Nadcap and AS9100 accreditations along with approvals supporting engine manufacturers and A&D primes, such as Pratt and Whitney, GE, Rolls Royce, Collins/UTC, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin. According to the company, the acquisition is a strategic move by Valence to expand its multiregional footprint and enhance its position on targeted growth platforms in aerospace and defense.

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