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Analysis: In 2015, Manufacturers’ Challenges Will Persist, But Demand Should Improve.

In an analysis of business trends for 2015, the Wall Street Journal (1/5, B1, Subscription Publication) predicts that US manufacturers that export will see a continuation of challenges from 2014, when the nation’s trade deficit in manufactured goods grew yet larger – to $606 billion for the first 10 months of the year, mainly due to weak demand in Europe and Latin America, even as the dollar grew stronger and the US increased imports of merchandise from China. In 2015, demand for US goods is likely to be a bit stronger from Europe, Japan, and Latin America, according to economist Daniel Meckstroth of the research foundation MAPI. He also forecasts that the US economy will grow at a faster pace than those of other advanced economies, a trend that would help boost imports to the US.

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As one of many steps in transforming its organization, Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions, Rockwall, Texas, has modified its logo.  The company reports that its market research reveals they were viewed as a spray booth provider. “We felt it important to not only use this time to change our logo and look, but to also line up our talents with the new direction,” according to a company press release.

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While it is true that the ability to reclaim overspray powder is a prominent selling point of the powder coating process, this does not mean that it makes sense for you under every circumstance. Everyone who either has an existing powder coating process or is looking to purchase one must eventually come to grips with this issue.

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The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has announced its first scholarship award recipients for students at University of Akron and North Dakota State University. The Educational Fund is designated for the sole purpose of soliciting, recommending and approving scholarship awards to students who are pursuing studies in fields related to powder coatings. They must be attending an educational institution that offers studies related to the powder coating industry such as polymer science, manufacturing, or engineering.

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Argon Masking Corp.
Monrovia, CA • 303-766-4284
www.argonusa.com

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The 2014 Powder Coating Show, which was held in Indianapolis this past September 16-18, is in the rearview mirror now. Let’s take a look back and reminisce (or see what you missed if you were unable to attend)!

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Everyone says they want innovation in their organization, but when an ambitious employee offers it to a CEO, for example, the idea is often shot down, says Neal Thornberry, Ph.D., faculty director for innovation initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School in California.

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Kevin Biller talks about the association’s scholarship mission and introduces the first three recipients.

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Study after study proves the same thing: Money is only a temporary motivator. All of us like to get a raise or a bonus—even if you are “th...

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While these changes may not be “life-changing,” they are certainly noteworthy and will impact many PCI® members’ calendars. Historically, the association has held its Annual Membership Meeting in late spring and its annual tradeshow in the fall. The upcoming year, however, will bring with it changes in this reoccurring annual events schedule.

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