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The Texas Association of Metal Finishers will hold their annual meeting Sept. 27-29 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin.

The event includes the annual golf scramble on Saturday at 9 a.m at the Crenshaw Cliffside Golf Course.  The golf fee is $230 and covers green fees, cart and practice balls.

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Axalta unveiled a spectrum of colors designed for the future of automobiles in its ‘2019 Automotive Color Trend Report: Color Combo.’ The report showcases unique color combinations, such as Comeback Duo and Smart Duo, as well as the emerging global automotive trends and latest innovations in color science driving them.  

“New color technologies have allowed us to introduce a spectrum of unique colors and effects that not only capitalize on current trends but also address the formulations required to meet the needs of tomorrow’s vehicles,” says Nancy Lockhart, Axalta’s global product manager for color. “This report goes beyond automotive color popularity to consider the relationship of colors and how color is influenced by the emerging transportation market of autonomous vehicles, growing customization needs among consumers and regional preferences.” 

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Here is a look at the upcoming August issue of Products Finishing:

Our cover story takes a look at the new Bolta plant in Alabama, a massive plating-on-plastic facility serving the automotive industry. Bolta’s $48-million Alabama plant specializes in injection molding, plating on plastic and assembly. It opened in 2017 and has over 350 employees and more than 220,000 square feet of production space for the manufacturing of automotive nameplates and decorative trims that must be plated, including badges, grills, wing mirrors and trims for Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen.

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Northern Indiana Anodize (NIA) has opened a 47,000-square-foot, $8 million location in Fort Wayne where it hopes to employ 48 by the end of 2021 and eventually up to 150.

NIA has 23 tanks that are 32 feet long to accommodate aluminum parts up to 28 feet in length, as well as 26 smaller tanks. All the tanks can run sulfuric anodize Type II and III, Class 1 and 2 processes, while the large tanks can also handle 2-step electrolytic architectural anodizing and the small tanks can perform conversion coating and polytetrafluoroethylene processes. The plant also has vibratory finishing processes.

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