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Powder Perspective: July-August 2017

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017

PCI Updates Coatings Comparison App>>

The PCI Coatings Comparison Calculator has been updated. Ensure that you have the most up-to-date app, along with a link to upcoming PCI events, by following the directions below.

To obtain the new version, remove the old app from your phone and go to the Apple Store or the Google Play Store to download the new version. When you search, use the words “Coatings Comparison Calculator” and you should see the app with the PCI logo. You can also use these links:



“All powder coatings are not created equal so this app is a simple tool to help in evaluating and comparing the material cost of a powder coating versus a liquid coating and for comparing one powder coating to another,” says Craig Dietz with Axalta Coating Systems. Using information such as volume solids, application or reclaim efficiency, specific gravity, product cost and applied thicKness, the app calculates and compares the cost of each material.

It offers a visual comparison between powder and liquid material cost, or the app can be used to evaluate each coating material individually. There are many other advantages to using a powder coating finish and linKs to additional information highlighting these advantages can be accessed from within the app. Additionally, view upcoming PCI events, simply by using the app. PCI also offers a web-based version of the calculator at

“The Coatings Comparison Calculator is great tool from a reputable site. I have it saved on my favorites tool bar and will be visiting often when I am quoting jobs,” states Allison Lee of Coatings Plus in Boise, Idaho.

Sherwin-Williams Completes Its Divestiture of Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings Business to Axalta >>

On June 1, 2017, The SherwinWilliams Companyannounced that it has completed its divestiture of the assets related to Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings business to Axalta Coatings Systems for $420 million in cash. Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings business had revenues of approximately $225 million in 2016 and is one of the leading providers of coatings for OEM and aftermarKet industrial wood segments, including building products, cabinets, flooring and furniture in North America. Sherwin-Williams divested the business as a result of the regulatory reviews by the United States Federal Trade Commission and Canadian Competition Bureau of the acquisition of Valspar by Sherwin-Williams.

STCI Opens Product Development Lab>>

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has announced the opening of its new Product Development Laboratory in Americus, Ga. Planning for the lab started in the Spring of 2016 with the official opening taKing place in January of 2017.

The primary functions of the lab include developing innovative products, improving current technologies, and producing rapid color matches. Other lab features include analytical worK, corrosion testing, environmental research and testing, manufacturing, and customer support.

Color matching equipment and software combined with an upgraded database of improved pigments provide for color matching capabilities and quicK turn-around times. A styling room is available for critical color matching/styling worK and spaces designed for customer collaboration and employee training were included in the design.

Ivancic Joins PCI Board >>

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) recently named Sue Ivancic, account executive in Nordson’s powder coating division, to its board of directors. Ivancic begins her term immediately. Prior to being appointed a board member, she served as PCI’s education committee chair and as the PCI events subcommittee chair.

“The board’s vote to appoint Sue came as a result of her level of involvement in PCI and dedication to our ongoing efforts to promote powder coating technology,” says Trena Benson, PCI executive director.

“I really consider it an honor and feel very fortunate to worK with—and learn from—all the other industry experts on the PCI board,” Ivancic says.

Say Hello to PCI’s Newest Members >>

Custom Coaters

Coating Specialists

LubbocK, TX •


Metaltech Products, Inc.

Lebanon, MO •


Schaffer Industrial Finishing

Centuria, WI •



Gametime, Inc.

Ft. Payne, AL •



Florence, KY •


Raw Materials

AGC Chemicals Americas

Exton, PA •


Indorama Ventures Xylenes & PTA LLC

Huntsville, AL •


PCI® Platinum Membership

AKzoNobel Opens Facility in Chonburi, Thailand>>

Responding to current and expected production needs for Thailand and South East Asia region, AKzoNobel has opened a new Performance Coatings production facility in Chonburi, Thailand. With an investment of €31 million (approximately $34.7 million USD), AKzoNobel expands its footprint with this ninth production site in the South East Asia region.

Collins, corporate director of AKzoNobel’s Performance Coatings business, says, “This new facility… will play a Key role in driving organic growth for the Performance Coatings business. The large size of the new site and the already established infrastructure enables later-phase investments for expansion. The Chonburi site will then provide opportunities for possible future expansion and growth in the region.”

Furthermore, the new Chonburi site follows AKzoNobel’s sustainability vision: the plant uses state-of-the art technology pioneered in the United States and Europe that will maximize operational efficiency and minimize waste generation. It also adds to AKzoNobel’s organic growth momentum and provides a continuous sustainable footprint. The Performance Coatings businesses supported include metal, protective, specialty and marine coatings. The site also provides future expansion opportunities for powder coatings.

HenKel Partners with Fiat Chrysler to Save Weight, Improve Process and Material Performance >>

HenKel and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are set to discuss their close cooperation in the development of ground-breaKing new treatment processes applied to the latest version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Both companies shared the podium at Surcar 2017, the international meeting on automotive body finishing, in Cannes, France, on June 29-30. FCA and HenKel worKed together for almost three years to develop and tailor HenKel materials and systems for FCA’s specific needs.

Weight reduction in car bodies is causing significant changes to the processes applied in body and paint shops. Lighter car bodies manufactured from mixed steel and lighter metals liKe aluminum are requiring new approaches to surface treatments. The new processes are providing car maKers not only with the opportunity to use lighter metal structures, but they are themselves using materials that are lighter than previous generations of treatment products. Processes and procedures are changing significantly as new materials and application technologies are launched.

At Surcar, Roberto Selvestrel from FCA Materials Engineering Paint and Manfred Holzmueller, sales director Transplant OEM Business at HenKel, discussed results achieved by using new metal treatment systems applied to the new Giulia, created through close cooperation between body engineering, process and materials engineering, and the process material supplier. They shed light on a holistic approach involving state-of-the-art multi-metal pretreatment technology as well as acoustic, structural, sealing and coating technologies in the body and paint shop.

The Bonderite two-step metal pretreatment process was developed by HenKel for multi-metal bodies with very high aluminum contents (up to 80 percent), providing superior corrosion performance while reducing investment and processing costs. The dip-coating process uses zinc phosphate in the first step to treat the steel, followed by aluminum treatment in the post rinse.

“Aluminum can be eaten up by the acids normally used to phosphate steel, so there is a need to find a balance in the treatment process,” says Holzmueller. “Furthermore, we are reducing the need for cleaning and maintenance. FCA has taKen a major step forward with the simultaneous implementation of numerous new technologies and processes for the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Bonderite is a registered trademarK of HenKel and/or its affiliates in Germany and elsewhere.

PPG Withdraws Proposal and Will Not Pursue Offer for AKzoNobel >>

PPG has withdrawn its proposal to combine with AKzoNobel and will not pursue a public offer for all the issued and outstanding shares of AKzoNobel. PPG made the final decision June 1 after careful consideration, including the staKeholder interests of both companies.

“We were hopeful throughout this process that AKzoNobel’s Boards would see the merits of our compelling proposal to combine our two great companies and create significant shareholder value and a more sustainable business for the future. We strongly believe a combined company would create more opportunities and provide more benefits for our collective customers, employees, shareholders and society in general,” says Michael McGarry, PPG chairman and chief executive officer.

“We made a final attempt for engagement late last weeK and through a letter to AKzoNobel. In that letter, we addressed AKzoNobel’s stated commentary around value, certainty, timing and staKeholder considerations, and provided additional and specific commitments and assurances including a significant breaK-fee and an offer to negotiate a nominal price increase as part of an agreed transaction. However, AKzoNobel’s Boards have consistently refused to engage and did not respond to our call or letter. As a result, we believe it is in the best interests of PPG and its shareholders to withdraw our proposal to AKzoNobel at this time.

“As always, PPG remains focused on identifying growth opportunities that will drive value and strengthen our company. We remain committed to our longstanding disciplined approach to business portfolio management and cash deployment.

“I want to thanK PPG’s many employees for their interest and support throughout this process, especially those who worK within our facilities in the Netherlands. I also want to thanK those staKeholders in the Netherlands who were open to and welcomed the opportunity to learn about the possibilities that a business combination could provide. We are proud to call the Netherlands home to many of our employees and businesses, and we looK forward to our continued growth in this important country.”

FABTECH Is BacK in Chicago>>

Now in its eighth year, CCAI’s FABTECH Finishing Pavilion and Education Program is the place for finishing professionals to enhance their sKills, learn from industry experts, exchange best practices and explore the latest technology and advancements in the industry. Months before the start of FABTECH 2017, the Finishing Pavilion is more

than 95 percent sold with close to 200 exhibitors. As FABTECH returns to Chicago’s McCormicK Place, an expected 50,000 attendees will have access to over 750,000 net square feet of exhibit space filled with more than 1,700 exhibitors showcasing everything from welding, forming, fabricating, stamping and finishing.

The Finishing Pavilion is pacKed with suppliers that will bring products, services, innovative ideas and equipment to attendees interested in all finishing technologies, including powder coating.

CCAI is offering 30 percent off any finishing educational session by using code FINISHING30 when registering. This offer is only available for CCAI’s finishing sessions, which you can find on the FABTECH website under the Education tab. You can also review all the abstracts for the finishing sessions at

“It’s been amazing how CCAI’s Finishing Pavilion has grown since we first partnered with FABTECH in 2010,” says CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer. “We’ll have more than 50,000 net square feet of exhibit space devoted to industrial finishing this year in Chicago, our largest show floor presence yet. Additionally, our education program features a lot of new information and presentations. It’s great to see CCAI’s Finishing Pavilion and educational offering grow and get better every year. FABTECH truly is where the finishing industry meets each year.”

will find the education sessions that are pertinent to the powder coating industry as well as a list of the Finishing Pavilion exhibitors. To view complete up-to-date information and the exhibitor and education program listings for the entire show, visit

To register, clicK on the red Register button on the top of the FABTECH home page. Attendees can register for the exhibits for free prior to November 3 by entering Promo Code FBCCAI during the on-line registration process. After November 3, a $50 registration fee applies for the show. Finishing Pavilion exhibitors can also provide you with an expo pass that will allow you free on-site show registration, a $50 savings. Contact any Finishing Pavilion Exhibitor for an expo pass to use on-site if you cannot preregister by November 3.

Powder Education Program>>

For complete session descriptions visit and clicK on Education. Here are the scheduled education programs related to powder that you will find at this year’s event.

Monday, November 6, 2017

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Powder Coating Basics - A Fundamental Understanding of a Powder Coating System

John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems, Inc.;

Michael Withers, Axalta Coating Systems;

FranK Mohar, Nordson Corporation


RacK up Profits with Productivity and Efficiency Scott Rempala, Mighty HooK

Improve Your Coating Quality with Clean HooKs and RacKs

James Malloy, Kolene Corporation

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Understanding the Benefits of Centrifugal Wheel Blasting

Carl Panzenhagen, Blast Cleaning Technologies

Abrasive Blasting: Best Practices, Cost Savings and Automation Brian Kenimer, Blast-One International

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Reverse Osmosis Basics

Abigal Grommet, Therma-Tron-X, Inc.

Process Control for the Cleaning and Prepaint Industries

Robert BodaK, Chemetall US, Inc. - now part of BASF Group

Basics of Cleaning and Pretreatment –

Keys for Success in the Modern Coating Shop

David ChalK, DuBois Chemicals

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Bicycle Manufacturing Gears up with Powder Coating

Jeffrey Hale, Gema USA Inc.

Not All Doors Are Finished the Same Way

Steve Romer, Sames Kremlin, Inc.

Innovative System for Efficient Closed Head Drum Pretreatment

Adam Halsband, Epcon Industrial Systems, LP Lessons Learned in Powder Coating over

Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel

Joe Langemeier, AZZ Metal Coatings


Cost Considerations for a Finishing Line

Jason Gatton - Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. LLC

A Case Study Judging the Feasibility of Purchasing a New Finishing System Nicholas Liberto, Powder Coating Consultants

Future of Finishing – Designing Your Paint System for the UnKnown

Joshua Gilmore, IntelliFinishing

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Be Nice to Mother Earth! Remove Oils & Soils from Your Wastewater; Recycle Your Aqueous Cleaning Solutions

Raymond Graffia, Jr., The Arbortech Corporation

Where the EPA Stands on Phosphates in Wastewater

Robin Deal, Hubbard-Hall

Understanding Waste Treatment and Why It’s Important to Your Company

Al Enrique, Coral Chemical Company


Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Powder Coating Operations

John Cole, ParKer Ionics & MiKe Wittenhagen, TCI Powder Coatings

Effects of Fluidization on the Spray Application of Powder Coating

Jeffrey Hale, Gema USA Inc.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Meaningful Customer Service for the Finishing Industry - How to Bring Your Customers BacK

Martin Powell, Engineered Finishing Systems

Managing Perceptions for Your Finishing Business

Troy Newport, The Powder Coating Institute


Batch System Design Criteria

Aaron Hughes, General Automatic Transfer

Best Practices for Manual Pretreatment Applications

KirK Beaster, Chemetall US, Inc. - now part of BASF Group

Innovative Conveying Systems for Batch and Semi-Automated Finishing Systems - Lean Manufacturing Approach to the Finishing Industry

Alex Koza, NiKoTracK


What Are the Major Differences Between Iron Phosphate and Zirconium Based Conversion Coatings, and What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages

Sergio Mancini, BulK Chemicals, Inc.

Learn About the Newest Zirconium-based, Non-phosphorous Pretreatments!

Suresh Patel, Chemetall US, Inc. - now part of BASF Group

Improved Nanoceramic Bath Stability Through Buffering

Joe Caiozzo, HenKel Corp.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Powder Coating Quality Test Equipment

Michael Beamish, DeFelsKo Corporation

Harnessing the Potential of LED Technology to Optimize Your Finish and Appearance

Nicole Boss, LDPI Inc.

PM or Not to PM, “The Hidden Cost of Reactionary Maintenance”

Rich Huston, Therma-Tron-X, Inc.


Troubleshooting Your Modern Cleaning and Pretreatment System Process Prior to Powder Application

David Schimpff, DuBois Chemicals

A Visual Approach to Identifying and Solving Pretreatment Defects

Ken Kaluzny, Coral Chemical Company

Understanding Coating Materials Impact on Finishing Defects

Bob Horton, BASF Coatings & Tom Whalen, TCI Powder Coatings

Who Do You Blame for Defects from Your Finishing Line?

Kevin Higgins & Steve Romer, Sames Kremlin


Selecting the Right Oven - The Correct Oven Pays for Itself

Martin Powell, Engineered Finishing Systems

Oven Retrofit/Rebuild vs. New

Steven Onsager, Westran Thermal Processing

Infrared Oven Applications for Finishing with Liquid and Powder Coatings, Including Case Studies

Michael Chapman, Heraeus

Developments in UV LED Curing Technology and UV-cured Powder Coatings

Michael Knoblauch, Keyland Polymer UV Powder Coating, LLC

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Efficient Curing with Infrared

John Podach, Fostoria Process Equipment, a div. of TPI Corp. & Scott Bishop, Alabama Power Co.


Safety in the Finishing Environment - Paint, Powder, Dust, and Other Considerations

Martin Powell, Engineered Finishing Systems

Personal Protection Equipment - What a Finisher Needs to Know

Nicholas Liberto, Powder Coating Consultants


Solving Age Old Problems in Powder Coating with Today’s Technology

Joe Glassco, Wagner Industrial Solutions

Hunting Down and Eliminating Hidden Costs in Your Powder Coating Operations

John Cole, ParKer Ionics

Knowing When to Upgrade Your System

Matt Ambrose, Nordson Corp.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


The ULTIMATE Powder Coating, an Advanced Session

Stephen Houston, Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions;

Chris Merritt, Gema USA Inc.;

Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons;

Suresh Patel, Chemetall US, Inc. - now part of BASF Group.


Electrocoating Equipment Considerations

Chad Andreae, Therma-Tron-X, Inc.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


A Step by Step Guide to Prevent Corrosion: A Global Enemy

Scott Fouts, Kyzen Corporation

Innovation Update of Novel Polymer Pretreatment Technologies

David Schimpff, DuBois Chemicals

Corrosion Considerations and Lifecycle Cost for Electrical Components

Maria Lamorey, PPG Industries

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


The Evolution of Architectural Coatings

Michael Withers and Manuel Mayer, Axalta Coating Systems & Barry Frost, DuraCoat Products Inc.

Special Events >>

All FABTECH attendees are invited to enjoy these special events free of charge (unless otherwise noted)


Monday, November 6
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

FABx Tech TalKs

Jacques Panis, President, Shinola

Adam Genei, Founder, Mobsteel

Michael Walton, Industry Solution Executive (Manufacturing Industry), Microsoft

Karen Kerr, Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures

Albert Paley, Sculpture Artist, Paley Studios

Jesse James, Welder/Fabricator/Motorcycle Builder/ Television Personality

Paley-James Sculpture Reveal: This is a special presentation following the Keynote. The sculpture will be located at the show entrance on level three.


Tuesday, November 7
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

“Fast N’ Loud” with Richard Rawlings


Tuesday, November 7
5:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

(*Advanced ticKet price: $50)

Enjoy an evening of fun, food, drinKs and networKing during our Industry Night Partyat Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. The evening will include tours of the Visitor’s LocKer Room and the football field, as well as a meet-andgreet with retired Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dan “Danimal” Hampton.


(*$25 additional fee)

Wednesday, November 8
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a networKing breaKfast celebrating the importance of women in the manufacturing sector. This event aims to foster relationships and dialogue between supporters and practitioners in the field. Includes a continental breaKfast and tech tour on the show floor.


Wednesday, November 8
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Inspiring Creativity in the WorKplace

Matthew Luhn, Original Storyteller, Pixar

FABTECH 2017 Finishing Pavilion Exhibitors (As of June 16, 2017)

Company Booth Number
Accudraft Paint Booths A6471
Acme Finishing Co., Inc. A6523
ACT Test Panels, LLC A6333
Adf Industrial Coating A6517
ADF Systems Ltd. A6481
Aesthetic Finishers, Inc. A6322
AFC Finishing Systems A6476
AKzoNobel Powder Coatings A6837
Alconox, Inc. A6273
Alliance Manufacturing, Inc. A6952
American Fabric Filter Co. A6542
American Grinders, Inc. A6335
American Industrial Sales, LLC A6281
Amiberica, Inc. A6853
AMOVA S.a r.l. A6289
Apel International, Inc. A6372
Argon MasKing Corp. A6541
Assured Testing Services A6416
Axalta Coating Systems A6620
AZZ Metal Coatings A6567
Baoji AATi New Metal Co., Ltd. A6557
Baril Coatings USA A6821
BASF Corp. A6314
BCI Surface Technologies BulK Chemicals, Inc. A6848
BEKO Technologies A6433
Blast Cleaning Technologies - div of Metcast A6427
Blast-One A6276
Bonding Solutions A6417
Brush Research Mfg. Co. A6751
Burleigh Industries, LLC A6514
Caldan Conveyor A/S A6537
Calvary Industries, Inc. A6412
Canadian Finishing & Coatings Manufacturing A6518
Caplugs, Inc. A6745
Carbit Paint Co. A6436
Cardinal Paint & Powder A6950
Cardinal Parts and Equipment, LLC A6525
Carlisle Fluid Technologies A6216
Castrol A6719
Cataforesis S.A. de C.V. A6919
Catalytic Industrial Systems A6918
Chemetall A6467
Chemical Coaters Association International A6135
ChemQuest, Inc. A6237
Chemtec North America, LLC A6543
Chris Plating A6755
ClearClad Coatings, LLC A6388
Clemco Industries Corp. A6463
Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions A6442
Columbus Industries, Inc. A6419
Combustion and Systems, Inc. A6321
Coral Chemical Co. A6231
CPR Systems A6379
Custom Fabricating & Supplies A6233
DaifuKu North America A6524
DeFelsKo Corporation A6957
Dinamec Systems A6380
Divine Brothers Company A6420
DMP Corporation A6555
Dosatron International A6988
DuBois Chemicals A6812
Durr Systems, Inc. A6284
Echo Engineering & Production Supplies, Inc. A6819
Eisenmann Corp. A6721
Elcometer, Inc. A6737
Electrocoat Association, The A6418
EleKtroPhysiK USA, Inc. A6942
Engineered Finishing Systems A6444
Enhanced Powder Coating A6569
Enhancement Technologies / Sublitex-Miroglio A6539
EPSI MasKing Co. A6410
Ervin Industries, Inc. A6815
FANUC America Corporation A6563
Filtermedia SRL A6558
Fischer Technology, Inc. A6356
Flex Trim USA A6980
FluKe Process Instruments A6739
Fostoria Process Equipment, div. of TPI Corp. A6212
Frost, Inc. A6181
Gema A6243
General Automatic Transfer Co. A6453
General Fabrications Corp. A6921
George Koch Sons, LLC A6131
Global Finishing Solutions, LLC A6248
GMA Industries A6519
Goff, Inc. A6753
Graco, Inc. A6240
Graphic Products A6516
Guspro, Inc. A6575
HafcoVac A6750
Hedson Technologies North America, Inc. A6989
HenKel Corp. A6319
Hentzen Coatings, Inc. A6235
Heraeus Noblelight America, LLC A6850
Herr Industrial, Inc. A6470
Hosco Fittings, LLC A6956
Houghton International - Surface Finishing A6581
Hubbard-Hall, Inc. A6527
IFS Coatings, Inc. A6252
IHC, Inc. A6526
InteK Corporation A6421
IntelliFinishing A6152
International Thermal Systems, LLC A6187
International Thermal Systems, LLC A6855
InterteK A6369
Iowa Area Development Group A6239
IST International Surface Technologies A6007
Jamestown Coating Technologies A6981
Keyland Polymer Material Sciences, LLC A6323
Klinger Paint Co. A6985
Kolene Corporation A6533
Kyzen A6818
LPI Lift Systems A6336
Magic RacK/Production Plus Corp. A6938
MetoKote Corp. A6945
Micro-Surface Finishing Products, Inc. A6424
Midwest Finishing Systems, Inc. A6155
Mighty HooK, Inc. A6531
Mode Kartela Boya Ltd. Stl. A6520
Munters Corp. A6718
NiKoTracK A6456
Nordic Air Filtration A6437
Nordson Corp. A6224
Northern Coatings & Chemical A6338
NorthStar Products A6580
ParKer Ionics A6431
Patriot Metal Finishing System A6553
Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg., LLC A6914
Polifilm America A6535
Pollution Control Products Co. A6743
Polymer Molding, Inc. A6279
Poppelmann Plastics USA, LLC A6757
Porcelain Enamel Institute A6521
Powder Coated Tough Magazine A6414
Powder Coating A6469
Powder Coating Institute, The A6414
Powder Parts, Inc. A6854
PPG Industries, Inc. A6712
Pretreatment Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. A6438
Proceco Ltd. A6184
Products Finishing Magazine A6310
Protech Powder Coatings A6173
QuaKer Chemical Corp. A6740
QuicKLabel Systems A6844
Richards-Wilcox Conveyor A6370
Rohner A6171
RollSeal, Inc. A6271
Ruwac A6515
SanKyo RiKagaKu Co., Ltd. A6974
Sata Spray Equipment A6714
SciTeeX Group A6459
Sculpt Nouveau A6979
Selas Heat Technology A6425
Sherwin-Williams Co., The A6512
sia Abrasives A6716
Sierra Paint Corporation A6556
Southern Systems, Inc. A6916
Spray Systems, Inc. A6954
Spraying Systems Co. A6841
SprayTech/Junair A6473
Stanza Machinery, Inc. A6287
SunKiss Thermoreactors, Inc. A6561
SuperMax Tools A6976
System Technologies, Inc. A6255
Tanis, Inc. A6839
Technotrans America A6852
Therma-Tron-X, Inc. A6267
Thierica Equipment Co. A6179
Transmet Corporation A6378
Trimac Industrial Systems, LLC A6325
Uni-Spray Systems, Inc. A6316
V & S Galvanizing, LLC A6816
Valmont Coatings A6748
Vapor Technologies A6940
VenjaKob North America, Inc./Nutro, Inc. A6484
Vitracoat America, Inc. A6907
Vogel Industrial Coatings A6943
VulKan Blast Shot Technology A6941
W Abrasives A6318
Wagner Systems, Inc. A6262
Webb-Stiles Company A6544
Yeuell Nameplate & Label A6856

For a complete list of the more than 1,700 exhibitors at FABTECH, visit:

News from NAM

NAM Economic Report, June 19, 2017

As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise short-term interest rates at the conclusion of its June 13-14 meeting for only the third time since the financial crisis. After hiking the federal funds rate in December and March, the Federal Reserve increased rates by another 25 basis points, with a new target range of 1 to 1.25 percent. In making this decision, participants noted recent strengthening in the overall macroeconomy, including better data for consumer spending, business investment and hiring. Beyond this latest action, it is widely anticipated that the FOMC will increase rates one more time in 2017, perhaps as soon as its September 19-20 meeting. Participants also provided an update to the Federal Reserve’s economic projections. The outlook improved marginally from what was released in March. Members now see the U.S. economy expanding 2.2 percent in 2017, up slightly from 2.1 percent three months ago. It forecasts 2.1 percent real GDP growth in 2018.

raising short-term rates, the FOMC also seeks to normalize the size of its balance sheet, which has ballooned to well over $4 trillion. Prior to the Great Recession, it never exceeded $1 trillion. The Federal Reserve set new policy guidelines for reducing its balance sheet, as outlined in an addendum that the committee passed unanimously. Starting later this year, the Federal Reserve will allow $10 billion per month in Treasury securities, agency debt and mortgagebacked securities to not be reinvested. It would then increase that amount by $10 billion each quarter until it reaches $50 billion per month. In doing so, the FOMC’s actions would likely put further upward pressure on interest rates. Hence, its moves will be gradual in nature.

The inflationary picture has been positive for the Federal Reserve. While we had seen accelerations in both consumer and producer prices over much of the past few months, costs appear to have started to slow more recently. The consumer price index increased 1.9 percent yearover-year in May, its first reading below 2 percent since November, and producer prices for final demand goods and services have increased 2.4 percent since May 2016, easing a bit from April’s 2.5 percent year-overyear pace, which was the fastest pace since February 2012. In terms of core inflation, which excludes food and energy costs, consumer prices have risen 1.7 percent over the past 12 months, with producer prices up 2.1 percent year-over-year. Both represent some deceleration from earlier in the year. For manufacturers, many of whom had been concerned about the pickup in pricing pressures in recent months, this should be a welcome development.

Despite the optimism in the Federal Reserve’s moves, many of the economic data points released last week were disappointing. For instance, manufacturing production fell for the second time in the past three months, down 0.4 percent in May. Motor vehicles and parts production led the decline in May, down 2.0 percent for the month and off 1.5 percent year to date, as automotive demand has continued to be weaker than desired so far in 2017. Despite the easing in this latest release and some lingering challenges, the underlying data remain consistent with a manufacturing sector that has turned a corner and has moved in the right direction, especially relative to where it stood at this point last year. Manufacturing production has risen 1.4 percent over the past 12 months, expanding for the seventh consecutive month. In addition, manufacturers in the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank surveys continued to be upbeat in their outlook, with activity strengthening in both June reports.

Consumer confidence was also weaker. The Index of Consumer Sentiment from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters declined in June to its lowest point since November, according to preliminary data. Political uncertainties played into this waning in assessments, with continuing wide disparities in opinions based on partisan affiliation. Along those lines, retail sales fell 0.3 percent in May, signaling a more cautious consumer than we would expect or prefer. Retail spending has increased 3.8 percent since May 2016, a modest pace that reflects some progress from what was seen at this point last year. Yet, the year-overyear growth rate was 5.6 percent in January, its fastest rate since March 2012, but it has eased since then.

Similarly, the housing market has also been softer than desired of late. New housing starts weakened again in May, dropping for the third straight month. Since reaching 1,288,000 units in February, housing starts have pulled back considerably. In May, single-family and multifamily starts slipped for the month, both eight-month lows. On a year-overyear basis, housing starts decreased 2.4 percent from May 2016’s pace of 1,119,000. Yet, that mainly reflects a huge drop in multifamily activity, down 23.0 percent. In contrast, single-family starts have risen 8.5 percent, suggesting a better longerterm trend than the headline figures might seem to indicate. Along those lines, perhaps we will see a rebound during the summer. Homebuilder optimism remains strong, with respondents to that survey predicting healthy gains in activity over the next six months. I am also predicting a bounce-back, which is for 1.25 million starts by year’s end.

There will only be a handful of economic releases out this week, with data focusing mainly on manufacturing and housing. IHS Markit will release new surveys on U.S. and Eurozone manufacturing activity for June, with Europe building on May’s 73-month high in confidence as its economy continues to trend mostly in the right direction. Other highlights this week include the latest figures for existing and new home sales, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s monthly survey and leading economic indicators.

Chad Moutray, Ph.D., CBE
Chief Economist
National Association of Manufacturers

House Listens to Manufacturers, Takes Legislative Step to Strengthen Workforce

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement in support of House passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize the Perkins Act:

“By passing the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the House took an important step to help manufacturers develop a stronger workforce. This legislation will strengthen workforce training programs that give workers the skills needed for many career opportunities that exist in modern manufacturing. Manufacturers will need to fill an estimated 3.5 million jobs over the next decade, and this legislation is a step forward in helping us address the skills gap we face.

“The NAM’s Manufacturing Institute has been leading the charge to help manufacturers work with our nation’s community colleges and technical schools to upskill and upscale the manufacturing workforce. While at the NAM’s Manufacturing Summit, our nation’s leaders made it clear that they are committed to working with the NAM and Manufacturing Institute to build a 21st-century, modern manufacturing workforce. We now urge the Senate to get this legislation to the president’s desk.”

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Global Anti-Corrosion Coatings Market—Forecast to 2023 >>

According to a study by NACE International, the global annual expenditure to mitigate corrosion is in the range of $2.5 trillion, roughly equal to 3.4 percent of the world’s GDP. Protecting assets from corrosion is, hence, a critical requirement for all industries. Various protective, marine, and industrial coatings formulated to protect substrates such as metals and concrete from damage due to corrosion are broadly termed anti-corrosion coatings.

In this study, the global anti-corrosion coating market is analyzed for the end-user industries of oil and gas, manufacturing, water and wastewater, commercial architecture, infrastructure, marine, and power generation. The base year is 2016. The major chemistries involved in the formulation of these coatings are epoxy, polyurethane, polysiloxane, acrylic, and alkyds. The corrosion protection requirement of a coating varies based on the corrosion environment to which a substrate is expected to be exposed. Corrosive environments are rated from C1 to C5 according to ISO 12944-2 classification. Coatings used for protecting substrates in environments C1 and C2 are categorized as low-range coatings, C3 are categorized as medium-range coatings, and C4, C5I, and C5M are categorized as higher-end protective coatings in this study. For more information, visit