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Axalta Announces Auto Color of 2021

Axalta names the yellow-green ElectroLight its 2021 Global Automotive Color of the Year, while its research shows white continues to be a global favorite.

January 2021 Issue: The Changing Landscape of Automotive

The January 2021 issue of Products Finishing puts focus on coating and finishing for the automotive market.

Powder Coating

A Focus on Heavy Castings

Winona Powder Coating invests in heavy-duty line and electrocoating to serve agricultural, industrial markets.

Electrocoating

Dürr Partnership Expands Market Access for EV Batteries

The Dürr Group and Osaka-based firm Techno Smart have partnered to increase EV battery production efficiency. The Dürr Group is also expanding its small-factor battery production tech business and contributing to EV production across multiple departments.

Electroplating

A Conversation With Will Wallace of SAT Plating

SAT Plating general manager Will Wallace talks to Products Finishing about his company’s surface activation technology, plating on composites, and what the changing manufacturing landscape might mean for platers.

Liquid Coating

BASF Releases Tenth Annual Automotive Color Trends Report

BASF’s Coatings division has launched its 2020-2021 Color Trends Report for the automobile sector, delivering a variety of colors to fit aesthetic preferences across the globe.

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ABB PixelPaint Optimizes Automotive Painting Efficiency

ABB Robotics’ PixelPaint cuts custom automotive painting job times in half and eliminates overspray.

Electrocoating

The EV and the Curing Oven

How will the advent of electric vehicles change paint curing processes and oven requirements?

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

Sports Car Manufacturer Embraces Automation with Dürr

Lotus is using technology from Dürr, including painting robots, updated painting supply systems and a new drying rack, to modernize its paint shop.

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.

Coronavirus and Manufacturing as We Enter April

The week of March 23 saw significantly more manufacturers make adjustments to production/capacity as automotive OEMs closed facilities and states closed non-essential businesses.

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.

Anodizing

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.

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