This year’s NASF conference in Las Vegas was said by many to be the “best SUR/FIN” they’d attended seen in some time. With record registration, a busy exhibition hall, over 65 sessions and more, attendees had ample opportunity to learn, build relationships and enjoy a “west coast” location for the first time in memory.
The western venue brought new faces and participation from a segment of the industry that had never before attended the event. The actual program – the revamped SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference – mixed a business outlook with new developments in processes and products, along with the latest on the regulatory scene. The Pentagon also returned for a third year in a row to jointly sponsor the NASF-Department of Defense coatings workshop sessions.
This year’s keynote sessions illustrated the unique aspects of the surface finishing industry – TV personality Rick Dale emphasized the importance of preserving the past, while Rolls Royce’s Dr. Mary Lee Gambone touched on the significance of finishing in the future of the global aerospace value chain.
NASF also sponsored an international surface finishing panel to highlight the future of plating and finishing worldwide. The panelists represented finishing trade associations and companies across four continents, and NASF marked the milestone discussion with the launch of a new initiative – the Global Surface Technology Roundtable. The Roundtable will be a forum to exchange information and inform NASF members on pertinent developments, as well as collaborate on issues of mutual concern.
SUR/FIN 2012 Photos
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