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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.
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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.

As Sur/Fin chairperson, I know our volunteer committee has been working hard to make this year’s show something that finishers, suppliers and OEMs will remember for quite some time.

The event gets started Monday, June 4, with a series of technical sessions in the morning, followed by a keynote address at 1 p.m. by Darrick Gula, director of North American business development for Bolta US. We are confident attendees will gather lots of information from Darrick, a person who has worn many hats in the finishing industry, including previously working as the global process lead for chrome plating and anodizing for General Motors.

A “soft opening” on the trade show floor at 5 p.m. Monday will give attendees the opportunity to meet exhibitors in a casual setting, and we know from past shows that this is where many important introductions and networking among attendees takes place.

The trade show and conference kick off at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning with the annual meeting of the National Association for Surface Finishing, an award presentation for industry leaders and even more technical sessions. At 9 a.m. is our second keynote address, in which Cleveland Indians broadcaster Matt Underwood will discuss his experiences and how finishers can relate them to their own careers and personal lives.

The exhibit area also opens Tuesday, and here’s a bit of advice to all attendees: Take advantage of the expertise of the 180+ suppliers who will be represented on the show floor. Whether it be chemistry, equipment or auxiliary finishing services, these experts in their fields will be more than happy to discuss with you any issue you may be having at your shop or facility.

Tuesday afternoon, the show floor will also feature a special program from Products Finishing showcasing results of its Top Shops Benchmarking Survey and recipients of the Top Shops awards, as well as highlights of the Products Finishing 40-Under-40 initiative, which we believe will benefit any young professionals associated with the finishing industry. 

Later on Tuesday, we will gather at the nearby Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a great night of food and drinks, music, and fun, an opportunity to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of our finishing community. It is sure to be a blast for everyone, with live music from the Surfin’ USA band.

On Wednesday, the technical sessions and exhibit floor will be open once again for attendees to garner as much knowledge and information as they can. The highlight of this last day of the event will be the Plating Boot Camp that will take place in the afternoon, serving as an introductory course on the plating process.

We’ll be providing more information about the activities and happenings that will take place at Sur/Fin as we get closer to the date, and you can check out our website at nasfsurfin.org for the latest details.