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Darrick Gula, director of North America business development for Bolta US, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the 2018 Sur/Fin conference and trade show, to be held June 4-6, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gula joined Bolta in October, after leading the chrome plating and anodizing departments at General Motors in Warren, Michigan. Previous to GM, Gula had led Harley-Davidson’s paint division in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The U.S. EPA say they will meet with states and territories on managing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), which is often used in the finishing industry.

The National Leadership Summit will take place in Washington, D.C. on  May 22-23.

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Students in Birmingham, UK, are being challenged to showcase the potential uses of magnesium within the aerospace sector as part of a competition sponsored by Birmingham City University and Meridian, the world’s largest producer of magnesium components.

At 1.8 g/cm³, magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials. It also is the eighth most abundant chemical element in the earth’s crust and is completely recyclable. However, misconceptions surrounding the element’s properties have resulted in a historical aversion to designing products with magnesium instead of less-sustainable and heavier metals.

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The International Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) will co-host the International Thermprocess Summit (ITPS) and the International Finishing and Coating Summit (IFCS) July 30-August 1, at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.

This is the first-time the two conferences will be held in conjunction with each other, highlighting synergy between the two industries and providing expanded opportunities for participants. The executive-level summits are co-sponsored by Products Finishing, Industrial Heating and Heat Treat Today publications.

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PPG donated aerospace coatings to Air Heritage in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for restoring a C-47B Skytrain military transport aircraft known as Luck of the Irish. PPG provided Desogel EAP-9 adhesion promoter, Desoprime  HS 7233 high-solids military epoxy primer, and Desothane HS 8221 high-solids semi-gloss military and defense topcoat for Air Heritage volunteers to paint the aircraft as it looked when it flew its final World War II mission on May 28, 1945.

According to Duane Utter, PPG global segment manager, military coatings and defense products, the exterior of the repainted aircraft not only has been restored to its former glory but also will benefit from technological advancements in coatings.

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