Detroit Bright Design Challenge 2014 Winners Announced

Officials from the College of Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan along with members of the NASF Michigan Chapter have announced the winners of the Detroit Bright Design Challenge.

Students from the College were asked to explore innovative ways to incorporate bright finishes as a premium design element related to SUV’s and the Chrysler brand image, a brand that gave new meaning to Urban Luxury with its Chrysler 300 luxury sedan. Scholarships awards were presented to the following students:

  • Yizhang Lai
  • Yu-Chen Chen
  • Sijia Wan
  • Pranay Raton- Honorable Mention

What is the Bright Design Challenge?
The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) believes that the future of surface finishing depends on the innovative ideas of our youth. We consider it the responsibility of those currently serving the industry to foster and nourish these ideas. As part of this mission, and to spotlight the impact we have on millions of products and households, the National Association for Surface Finishing each year proudly presents The Bright Design Challenge. This ground-breaking creative program is produced as part of the association’s “Surface Technology Initiative” to proactively promote our surface finishing industry.

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Congresswoman Duckworth to Speak at NASF Washington Forum Next Week

Industry leaders are heading to Capitol Hill next week to the NASF Washington Forum to hear opinion leaders, discuss top policy priorities for finishing and meet with federal lawmakers. The major themes of the event will be advancing U.S. competitiveness and strengthening surface technology’s vital role in the nation’s manufacturing base.

The annualCongresswoman Tammy Duckworth Forum reception will be held on Capitol Hill next Wednesday, April 9, and will host Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Now serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Duckworth was one of the first women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot. She was severely injured when her helicopter was hit by an RPG in 2004. Following her recovery, she became an advocate for her fellow soldiers and wounded veterans. In addition to serving as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, she was appointed as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, where she led several initiatives, including an effort to end homelessness among young Veterans. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois National Guard.

“We welcome Congresswoman Duckworth to the Forum, and appreciate her support of U.S. manufacturing and what we do in the surface technology industry,” said NASF President Rick Delawder, whose company is located in Rep. Duckworth’s district.

The NASF board of directors looks forward to welcoming member companies for the Forum. “The Forum is one of the most important things we do as an association. It’s imperative that we as an industry come together to share our concerns, look at the strategic picture of what’s ahead for the industry, and speak with our representatives in Washington,” said NASF Vice-President Erik Weyls, President of Coventya.

New sessions have also been added to the program of nearly two dozen speakers, including Pat Casano, counsel in General Electric’s Washington Office, Andrea Fava, senior manager of global public policy in Intel’s Washington Office, and labor law and NLRB expert Jonathan Kaplan, partner at Littler Mendelson.

Members can contact NASF headquarters for any questions or further details on the event at passante@nasf.org. See you in Washington!

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2014 SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference Agenda Announced

Agenda features more than 90 speakers and 15 high impact sessions

The 2014 National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Tradeshow, the finishing industry’s highest regarded show, released its much anticipated agenda featuring more than 90 speakers and 15 comprehensive sessions.  Now in its 96th year, SUR/FIN provides the global industrial finishing industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment.  SUR/FIN is the longest running conference in the industry – and the only event produced exclusively by the National Association for Surface Finishing.

“We’re quite pleased with the response we received for papers,” said Brad Wiley of Rolls Royce, Chairman of NASF’s Technical Advisory Committee.  “This conference brings together the brightest minds and the latest technologies and processes available in the surface finishing industry today.  This conference, coupled with its a great tradeshow featuring more than 200 companies, remains the ‘go to event’ in the industry.”

This year’s SUR/FIN is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees, including surface finishing producers, industrial suppliers, service providers and researchers from around the world.  During the course of the event, they will attend session featuring information on:

  • Industry Sustainability
  • Light Materials Finishing
  • Finishing for Electronics
  • Aerospace Hexavalent Chromium and Cadmium Alternatives
  • Best Practices in Surface Finishing
  • Advances in Plating & Surface Finishing I
  • Regulatory Update
  • Hard Chrome Alternatives & Wear Resistant Coatings
  • Automotive Decorative Processes
  • Chemical Milling
  • Corrosion
  • Aerospace Aluminum and Organic Coatings
  • Functional Automotive Finishing Processes
  • Advances in Plating & Surface Finishing II
  • Clean Manufacturing and Processing

Find out how these and other industry topics are featured in this year’s agenda.  Visit NASFsurfin.com to view the agenda and register online.

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NASF Management Conference a Resounding Success

The NASF annual Management Conference hit a record attendance in Maui last month. The meeting was held February 23-27th, with a conference program that showcased relevant and timely peer-to-peer discussion that covered business contingency planning.

The panel discussion featured Mitch Marsh of Finishing Services, Jim Greenwell of Reliable Plating, LaVaughn Daniel of Danco, and Brent Burleson of Hubbard Hall. Coventya President and NASF Board Vice President Erik Weyls moderated the informative discussion.

Robert O’Neill, one of the most highly decorated Navy SEALs of our time, presented the keynote address. Mr. O’Neill delivered a riveting presentation on his experience as a former team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and highlighted the role of effective leadership in executing strategy, managing operations and achieving long-term success in your organization.

Attendees also heard the latest on Washington and global developments from the NASF team, as well as the state of the association briefing by NASF President Rick Delawder.

Tony Revier and Michael Siegmund accept awards at the 2014 NASF Management Conference

One of the highlights of the event was a short program of special recognition honoring key leaders of NASF who have recently served as national directors or officers during NASF’s turnaround, including:

  • Jim Jones, DIFCO
  • Ken Hankinson, KCH
  • Tony Revier, Uyemura
  • Michael Siegmund, MacDermid
  • Jerry Wahlin, AAA Plating

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