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Process Technology, a manufacturer of thermal solutions for surface finishing, high-purity and aquaculture applications, has acquired Dynatronix, a manufacturer of direct-current, pulse and pulse-reverse power supplies.

“Our acquisition of Dynatronix complements our product offerings within our core industries,” says Jody Richards, Process Technology president. “Dynatronix’s high-end portfolio of DC, pulse and reverse power supplies fits well with our market strategy. This acquisition also demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality and value to our customers in the surface finishing and high-purity markets by offering a high-quality, made-in-America product line.”

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Automotive paint manufacturers PPG and Axalta are just two of the suppliers that are working with car makers to help autonomous cars “see” as they drive down the road.

According to a story in Bloomberg Business Week, the paint makers are coming up with ways in which those autonomous vehicles could use their coatings to detect where they are on the road and other helpful features.

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Young professionals are vital to the finishing industry, and it is important to acknowledge those making strides in shaping the industry's future. Products Finishing is recognizing our industry's young talent through our annual 40-Under-40 awards program.

We are looking for 40 individuals younger than 40 who are making a difference in finishing, both in their individual companies and in the larger finishing community. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership—whether for a current employer or overall involvement in the industry.

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The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is accepting applications for the Matt Heuertz Scholarship from students who are currently enrolled in education programs that could lead to a career in the finishing industry. The objective of the scholarship program is to encourage advanced education in finishing technologies. 

The application deadline is April 2. Awards will be announced in June at CCAI’s annual meeting in Sarasota, Florida.

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Advanced Plating Technologies has named Matthew Lindstedt president, replacing his father, John Lindstedt, who has been named CEO.

Matthew has been with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, company since 1990. He started in polishing and plating before moving to the maintenance department in 1992. He continued to work at APT during summers and other breaks from Arizona State University. After graduating college and a tour of service in the U.S. Air Force, Lindstedt returned to APT full time in 2003 as the engineering manager. He transitioned into the role of technical sales manager role in 2005, and remained in it until this recent promotion. During his tenure, he is credited with penetrating new markets such as ammunition, firearms and oil/gas, and leading the company to more technically oriented industries.

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