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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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The Metal Construction Association (MCA) awarded its Patrick R. Bush Service Award to Scott Moffatt, PPG market manager for architectural coil and extrusion coatings, during the organization’s 2018 Winter Meeting in San Diego, California. This award recognizes one individual each year who has made significant volunteer contributions to the MCA.

A 10-year member of the MCA, Moffatt has held a variety of volunteer roles with the organization, including serving as a board member for both the association at large and the Metal Roofing Alliance, and as chairman of the program committee.  

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The Twin Cities chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota will host the 2018 Minnesota Paint & Powder Coating Expo and related symposium, March 14-15, at Century College in White Bear Lake, near St. Paul. The two days of seminars and demonstrations are geared toward improving the efficiency of industrial finishing operations.

The symposium will take place Wednesday, March 14, and will focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how finishers can take advantage of the IIoT to remain competitive. It will cover:

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