Sherwin-Williams Debuts 21 Colors in Color Trend Forecast

Sherwin-Williams’ Second Annual Color Forecast includes 21 colors across three collections that it predicts will shape OEM and customer habits within three to five years.

Haviland Products Company Expands Surface Finishing Staff

Haviland Products Company recently hired Alex Beck as a technical sales account manager. The company hopes to continue expanding its surface finishing market.

ACA Releases Two Market Analyses for the Paint & Coatings Industry

Two paint and coatings industry market analyses are available from ACA and the ChemQuest group. They cover international markets and the future direction of the industry.


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.

Powder Coating

PCI Publishes Global Powder Coatings Market Report

The Powder Coating Institute’s 2019 market report contains data on the global paint and coatings market, end-use markets for the powder coating industry.


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.

Parts Cleaning

Webinar Discusses Reducing Cleaning Costs by 35%

Webinar explains the economics that determine the optimal disposal point of a cleaner bath.


Index Contracts on Weak Backlogs and Exports

October Finishing Index: 47.3

Powder Coating

Finishing Index Makes Progress Back Toward ‘50’

August Finishing Index is 48.2, indicating that overall business conditions contracted for a second month, but at a slower rate than previously recorded.

Liquid Coating

Finishing Index Ends 30 Consecutive Months of Expansion

June Finishing Index is 47.5, over five points lower than the reading from the same month one year ago.

Even in Good Economic Times, Are You Still Hungry?

Through the first half of 2019, the U.S. economy did quite well, but don’t be complacent.

The Metalworking Economy: Expectations and Observations at Odds

Even though most economists are demonstrating that the global economy’s growth trends are leveling off, machine shop owners still seem to be showing signs of business optimism.

Powder Coating

Parker Ionics to Become Division of New Parker Engineering of America

The company says it is poised to leverage the more than 50 years experience of its parent organization, Parker Engineering Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, to become a leader in the North American paint finishing market.


Is it Time to Revisit your Plastic Metallization Process?

The plating on plastics (POP) market has evolved to include an ever-broader range of substrates, huge increases in selective plating demand, using tools such as two-shot molding and laser ablation.

Abtex Corp. Promotes Saner to President

Jason Saner joined Abtex in June 2013 as market development manager and was promoted to lead the Systems Group in 2014 and to vice president of sales and marketing in 2015.

IFCS Presents: Cybersecurity and an Unpredictable Economy

Is your company positioned to defend a cyberattack? How about a sudden economic downturn? If the answer to either of these questions is no, the organizers of ITPS/IFCS say they have two must-attend sessions for you.

Parts Cleaning

Choosing Cleaning Wipes for a Specific Process

There are so many different cleaning wipes on the market. MicroCare’s Mike Jones offers some information to help you choose the right ones.

Powder Coating

Sherwin-Williams Recognizes Vendor Award Winners

Mirka Abrasives earned Vendor of the Year and Excellence in Sales awards, Sames Kremlin also was recognized with a Sales Excellence Award, and Roo Glue won the New Market Growth Excellence Award.

Liquid Coating

PPG Market Manager Receives Metal Construction Association Award

Forty-year PPG veteran Scott Moffatt was recognized for his volunteer contributions to the organization.

Hubbard-Hall Adds Market Manager

Hubbard-Hall Inc. has added Ted Saltzman as market manager for Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Parts2clean Reveals Parts Cleaning Market Trends

A first visit to parts2clean in Stuttgart, Germany, is eye-opening to the importance of the parts cleaning market.


California Metal Finishers Holding Legislative Action Day May 8-9

The event is designed to get across to the state officials that the surface finishing industry contributes $15 billion to the California economy and employs over 100,000 people in the state.


2017 Finishing Industry Economic Forecast

What the team at Gardner Business Intelligence sees ahead for the industrial finishing industry in 2017.