#AUTOMOTIVE

FANUC Receives GM Supplier of the Year Award for 2019

It is the 16th time—and the 15th consecutive year—FANUC has received General Motors’ supplier award. 

Liquid Coating

Pneu-Mech Systems Hires Business Development Manager

Rick Aquino’s experience has involved work with large multinational companies including automotive OEMs.

Electroplating

Hard Chrome Enterprises Inc. Acquired

The plating company has served the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer sectors since 1969. 

GM Gives BASF 2019 Supplier of the Year, Overdrive Awards

It is the 15th Supplier of the Year Award General Motors has given to BASF. 

Electroplating

Columbia Chemical Granted General Motors Decorative Plating Color Style Approvals

Columbia Chemical has received color approvals from General Motors for its TriCOL Trivalent Chromium Plating Process.

Liquid Coating

Orion Engineered Carbons Expands Germany-based Operations

Orion Engineered Carbons, a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, a reinforcing filler and color pigment for industrial and automotive coatings, is building a new logistics center at its largest manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany.

Electroplating

Joe Saad Retires from Acme Manufacturing Company

Highly recognized globally as an industry expert in metal finishing, Acme VP of Sales & Maketing Joe Saad has been instrumental in the development polishing automation solutions for automotive trim, truck bumpers, aluminum wheels, plumbing components, hand tools and builders' hardware during his career.

Electroplating

Coventya's Plating Process Alternatives are PFAS-Free

PFAS-free technologies, such as Tristar trivalent decorative sulfate and chloride-based chrome processes, meet OEM automotive trim requirements.

Liquid Coating

Auto Body Paint Shop of the Future Aims to Improve Production Agility

Geico Taikisha will implement Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA applications as the manufacturing execution system of its Smart Paintshop aimed at improving production efficiency in auto body painting.

Electroplating

Atotech introduces new passivate for electroplating market

Atotech’s Tridur ZnNi H5.2-plated parts can be combined with aluminum alloys and used in the automotive industry to minimize contact corrosion.

Electroplating

Uyemura Expands Sales, Distribution In Pacific Region

Ronatec, a supplier of of metal finishing chemicals and equipment to the automotive, aerospace, hardware, and porcelain enameling sectors, has joined the Uyemura distribution network.  

Electroplating

Volkswagen Approves MacDermid's Trivalent Chromium Process

Volkswagen approves Trilyte Flash SF to meet its global requirements for decorative exterior and interior trim.

Liquid Coating

White Dominates 2019 Automotive Color Distribution

BASF says overall color distribution also reflected in the SUV segment, but generally speaking, small vehicles are more colorful.

Electroplating

VIDEO: A Look at the 2020 Automotive Finishing Market

Michael Guckes, chief economist for Gardner Intelligence, offers a lengthy discussion on what he sees ahead for the automotive sector in 2020 and beyond.

Powder Coating

Sea Glass is Axalta's Global Automotive Color of the Year

Axalta’s 2019 Global Automotive Color Popularity Report reported that blue vehicles are 7% of the global automotive market, fifth overall following white, black, gray and silver.

Electroplating

January Issue: Professional Plating and Automotive Coatings

The January issue of Products Finishing focuses on Wisconsin’s Professional Plating, a 5-time Top Shops award winner, as well as automotive coatings.

Liquid Coating

Grieve Truck Oven Used for Paint Baking

Grieve’s No. 911 is an electrically heated, 500°F truck oven used for paint baking.

Liquid Coating

Axalta Receives Daimler Truck Masters of Quality Supplier Award

The award honors top suppliers of components and services to Freightliner Trucks and Western Star brand trucks.

Electrocoating

Chemetall’s Gardobond Helps Jems Coating Improve Quality, Reduce Costs

Jems Coating provides ecoat finishes for customer-supplied metallic components used in automotive, electrical, construction, recreational and general commercial industries.

Vacuum/Vapor Coating

Sweden's Impact Coatings Developing Hyundai Fuel Cell Coatings

Development agreement of coating technology for metal bipolar plates, a key component of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Liquid Coating

13,000th Dürr Robot Set for GM in Korea

EcoRP E043i will be used to paint the interior of passenger cars at GM in Changwon.

Liquid Coating

UniCure Spraybooths Customizes Coating Equipment

Company manufactures spray booths, collision repair equipment and customized solutions for the automotive finishing and industrial coating markets.

Liquid Coating

Daifuku Designs Custom Material Handling Systems

It also sells SmartCart automatic guided vehicles parts, baggage handling parts and baggage handling conveyors.

Liquid Coating

Dürr's EcoProFleet Enables Modular Paint Workstations

Automated guided vehicles are specifically designed for paint shops.