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Posted by: Matt Akin 2. March 2018

Plenty of Activities Planned for Sur/Fin 2018

If you are in any way connected to the surface finishing industry, then Cleveland is where you will want to be June 4-6, when the community gathers at the Sur/Fin Manufacturing and Technology Trade Show and Conference to learn, meet and discover all the latest in technology and innovations.

The old saying “You don’t know what you don’t know” holds true when it comes to the finishing industry. With more than 80 technical presentation and more than 180 experts in the industry on hand, Sur/Fin will be able to address questions you might not even know you have.

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The National Association for Surface Finishing is seeking nominations to recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the finishing industry for award that will be presented at the Sur/Fin conference in June in Cleveland.

“These volunteers work to further the association on both the local and national stages so the next generation of professionals have even greater support and opportunities,” says Tony Revier from Uyemura International, the NASF awards committee chairperson. “This recognition of key leaders who have gone above and beyond, demonstrate what is unique and admired about our association.”

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Shubham Singh, a student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, won the 2018 Detroit Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment, presented by BASF, an automobile sketching competition. He won $2,500 and a championship belt designed by Mob Steel.

Introduced in 2012, the contest is Detroit’s “Fight Club of Design,” an underground, automotive industry event created to identify emerging talent in car design. Coinciding with the North American International Auto Show, the event featured 15 professional and student contestants competing in front of an audience in three timed, boxing-like rounds. Contestants were judged on sketch quality and adherence to the theme in each round. During the final round, they were asked to incorporate a special color concept into their drawings. BASF created a custom color that it called Paranormal Red specifically for the Sketchbattle.

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Swiss powder coating system manufacturer IGP Pulvertechnik AG has acquired Performance Powders, a Kentucky-based powder coating manufacturer.

“This acquisition was an important next step in our continued growth as a global powder coatings manufacturer,” says Marc Zuellig, the CEO of IGP.

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Protherm, an electric infrared heater and oven manufacturer based in Brandon Minnesota, has completed the purchase of the assets of Process Thermal Dynamics.

Protherm owner Marty Sawyer also owns Trimac Industrial Systems of Kansas City, Kansas, which manufactures process heating and cleaning equipment, including gas catalytic infrared ovens, convection ovens, parts washers, pretreatment washers, and powder coating and paint finishing systems. Sawyer says the combination of Trimac and Protherm brands is a company that designs and manufactures a complete range of infrared and convection solutions. 

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