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Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013

PCI® Welcomes Newest Staff Members

Say hello to Tamara Hancock, who recently joined the PCI® staff as membership and marketing coordinator. With an extensive background in trade association management, and formerly with the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC Houston), Tamara has 15 years of experience in everything from administration and operations management to marketing/ communications and fundraising. Among her diverse responsibilities at AGC Houston were the development and oversight of a quarterly magazine, weekly newsletter and a membership database that housed over 10,000 records. Tamara is also proficient in establishing and implementing marketing campaigns and maintaining positive public relations. She proudly takes a hands-on, passionate approach to all her work. A native Texan, she attended the University of Houston where she studied English, technical writing and mechanical engineering. She lives in Cypress, Texas, with her husband and two daughters. She can be reached at 832-585- 0770 or via e-mail at

Next, say hi to Ashley Ware, the association’s administrative assistant. Her expertise lies in the areas of bookkeeping and file management. Prior to joining PCI®, Ashley served as an administrative assistant for executives at National Oilwell Varco. In addition to supporting staff in a clerical capacity, at PCI, Ashley is responsible for accounts payable/receivable and inventory management. Ashley is originally from Shreveport, La., but now lives in Conroe, Texas, with her daughter and fiancé. She can be reached at 832-585-0770 or via email at

Finally, please welcome Lori Koning, our national sales manager. Lori joins the PCI® team with more than nine years of experience in business-to-business publishing in both inside and outside sales with a focus on print, events and e-media with BNP Media with more than seven years of experience in the pollution control industry. Lori has a successful track record in creating and launching new custom media programs, e-media products and conference sponsorship opportunities. She is a graduate of University of California, San Diego. She can be reached at 814-833-0681 or via email at

Chemetall Continues to Grow in Blackman Township, MI

Chemetall’s facility in Blackman Township, Mich., produces almost 1,000 chemical products for applications in surface treatment, metal fabrication, cleaning and sanitizing.

In the fall of 2012, the company celebrated the inauguration of this facility, which sits on a 40-acre site. Roughly $25 million was invested in this manufacturing plant, which covers 200,000 sq-ft to house administrative, manufacturing, warehousing operations, and a physical testing laboratory.

The new cutting-edge facility demonstrates our goal to further expand our surface treatment business in the NAFTA region. We are committed to set equally high standards around the globe with regard to superior quality for our customer and to low carbon footprint,” says Joris Merckx, president of Chemetall. As a measure of its dedication to environmental sustainability, Chemetall has installed a semi-automated waste treatment system to reduce process waste water by 90 percent. Automation advancements, including bulk material handling systems, mixing vessels, and packaging lines, have been incorporated into Chemetall’s Blackman Township facility to increase productivity as well as improve product yield and quality for customers.

“High-tech additions to the new Blackman Township site ensure the efficiency of operations for the manufacture of the finest quality chemistries,” Dr. Ron Felber, CEO of Chemetall NAFTA, says. “Customers can be assured of Chemetall’s commitment to their satisfaction through our innovations and service from all of our facilities. Our mission is to integrate our decades of experience in close cooperation with our customers, employees, and communities to produce customized solutions that enhance processes as well as the environment.”

Chemetall, which opened its state-of-the-art facility in the township’s SmartZone, has been growing by 12 percent annually for the past 10 years and is expected to continue that trend, said Felber. Visit for more information.

PCI® Annual Meeting a Huge Success

A healthy mix of business, along with excellent presentations from a wide range of experts, sprinkled with the right amount of networking events made the annual meeting in Sonoma, Calif., May 18-22 a huge success. The largest number of attendees in the past few years had the opportunity to participate in committee meetings and report on the progress of PCI in a number of key areas. Here is a snapshot of the sessions for the PCI Annual Meeting: • An Overview of American Coating Association and Powder Coating Related Advocacy Activities • Value Pricing in the Powder Coating Market • Navigating the Regulatory Environment • Keynote from Dr. Charles Lowery on Leading and Succeeding One of the highlights was the induction of Dr. Phil Phillips of Chemark and Phil Bechtold into the PCI® Hall of Fame. We congratulate these two individuals who spent their careers dedicated to the powder coating market. The site of the 2014 Annual Meeting will be in May in the Sandestin Hilton in Destin, Fla.

PCI® Job Board Is Now Live

The new PCI® Job Board is now live on the PCI® web site, Employers will be able to post positions available and job seekers will be able to post their resumes and look for positions to advance their careers. The Job Board is completely interactive and geared exclusively for the powder coating market. For more information, contact Executive Director Dave Lurie at

Axalta Coating Systems Launches New Identity

Axalta Coating Systems, Wilmington, Del., a global supplier of powder and liquid coatings, has rolled out a new corporate brand identity that captures the scope of its business around the world. The new logo highlights the Axalta name as well as its focus on performance and will provide a consistent and clear symbol of the company and the products and services Axalta provides to over 120,000 customers in 130 countries. See page 33 for an interview with Axalta’s Dave Lazzeri regarding the recent acquisition.

Troy Wins Ringier Technology Innovation Award

Troy Corporation, Florham Park, N.J., won the Ringier Technology Innovation Award for Additives in China’s coatings industry. The award was created to honor those companies that have introduced a new product, technology, or process that advances the coatings industry in China, such as improving efficiency, cost performance, or environmental responsibility. A panel of industry experts evaluated new technologies which debuted and were made commercially available between 2011 and 2013.

Troy was selected for an Additives award for its introduction of Polyphase® 2167, an innovative, zero- VOC broad-spectrum dry-film preservative that not only is highly effective against fungi and yeast, but also creates an antibacterial surface through a unique immobilization technology.

Cytec Coating Resins Now Operating as Allnex

The divestiture of the Coating Resins business of Cytec Industries to funds affiliated with Advent International was first announced in October 2012 and completed on April 3, 2013. Becoming effective on June 1, the adoption of the new name—Allnex—was the first step toward establishing the company’s new identity.

PPG Now Offers E-billing, Uses Social Media

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has introduced a new electronic billing service that enables customers to pay bills online, view account balance and payment information, and sign up to receive email alerts about new invoices or account credits. To sign up online, PPG customers can click on “eBilling” under the “About Us” tab at In other PPG News, PPG has expanded its social media initiative so that it can share news and interact more effectively with customers via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Sharon Bird, PPG marketing communications manager, industrial coatings, says the goal is to enhance customer engagement by providing real-time company and industry news, and by giving customers access to valuable resources.

The PPG Industrial Coatings Facebook Page features frequently asked questions, industry news and project photos. The @PPGIC profile on Twitter provides updates about the business’s products, trade show activities and other topics, while a LinkedIn company page features company news and product information.

Interpon D3000 Fluoromax Awarded Certificate of Material Excellence

In June, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings announced that its Interpon D3000 Fluoromax coatings for architecture have been awarded a Certificate of Material Excellence by Material ConneXion and accepted into Material ConneXion’s library of innovative materials. The Materials Library is the largest collection of advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world. The archive features more than 7,000 cutting-edge materials in eight distinct categories. Interpon D3000 Fluoromax features in the Polymers section.

IHEA Presents Leadership Award to William Bernard II

Surface Combustion President, William Bernard II, was honored with the inaugural IHEA Leadership Award at the IHEA 2013 Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, Calif., for his continued dedication and valuable guidance to the association. He was chosen as the deserving recipient as a result of his inspiring challenge issued at the IHEA 2012 Annual Meeting. Last year, the IHEA Board of Directors outlined a targeted capital campaign to fund important initiatives needed to allow IHEA to move forward with their Strategic Plan. To support the board’s goal and vision, Bernard offered a challenge to the IHEA membership to support the association so these member-focused initiatives could begin. “I would like to challenge all IHEA members to support our industry and the initiatives our board has put forth,” stated Bernard. “Together, we can move the initiatives forward quickly.”

Bernard’s challenge has also allowed the association to implement new software that is building the infrastructure needed to accomplish many of the initiatives in IHEA’s strategic plan. IHEA says it was proud to present its first Leadership Award to William Bernard II.

CCAI Awards 2013 Scholarships

The Chemical Coaters Association International announced the contribution of $3,000 in scholarship money to the North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Coatings & Polymeric Materials Department. For the past four years, CCAI has awarded scholarships to students at NDSU who are majoring in Coatings & Polymeric Materials. The successful recipients are full-time students enrolled in a coatings program, in good standing and with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The CCAI National Board established a scholarship fund to provide awards to worthy colleges, universities and other training institutions that have programs that are related to the coatings and finishing industry. This year, $1,000 will be awarded to an NDSU student majoring in Coatings & Polymeric Materials for the Fall Semester and an additional $1,000 will be awarded to a student for the Spring 2014 Semester.

Additionally, $1,000 is awarded to underwrite the expenses for the Department of Coatings & Polymeric Materials Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, which attracts undergraduates from around the country. Furthermore, by the end of 2013, CCAI will award an additional $2,000 to NDSU for their 2014 Summer and Fall programs, bringing the total of CCAI’s 2013 Matt Heuertz scholarship donation to $5,000.

News Bits

Parker Ionics has hired Michael Nugent as its new southeastern region manager. With more than 36 years of experience in the powder coating market, including stints with other major powder coating equipment suppliers, Nugent brings a great deal of knowledge to the industry and Parker Ionics existing and future customers. In addition to his application and recovery equipment background, he also spent considerable time selling powder for a variety of powder manufacturers.

EPSI has hired Greg Gormley as the newest addition to its sales team. He will control and prospect sales business throughout the Northwest. EPSI welcomes Gormley as he ventures out into the Western United States, supporting and expanding the company name.

B.L. Downey Company LLC has announced that Ron Greene, Jim Cleary, and Tommy Oviedo have succeeded in passing the Class K Wastewater Examination of Technical Competency exam. Utilizing B.L. Downey Company’s Waste Water Treatment System schematics, which treat waste streams from five e-coat lines, Greene, Cleary, and Oviedo attended a Waste Water Treatment System Operation course held by the State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), studied for and passed a three-hour exam, which officially makes them Certified Class K License holders. For more information, please visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency website at and B.L. Downey’s website at www. The Chemark Consulting Group Inc. of Southern Pines, N.C., appointed James Lloyd as senior sales and market strategist, coatings and packaging. The consulting company focusing narrowly on all aspects of the coatings, paints, adhesives, sealants and specialty chemicals value chain, reports they will be improved further with Lloyd’s knowledge, experience and contacts in these segments.