SUR/FIN 2021

NASF SUR/FIN is moving to November 2-4, 2021 Please mark your calendars!

In order to provide the best and safest experience for the industry, NASF is moving this year’s SUR/FIN Show and Manufacturing & Technology Conference from July to November 2-4, 2021.

This year’s event will be an excellent opportunity for the industry to come back together after our hiatus. We’re eager to see everyone from across the finishing community – our exhibitors, partners, speakers, colleagues, attendees and guests – and host you in Detroit at the TC Center for a productive and successful show. Please mark your calendars now for SUR/FIN 2021, November 2-4.

We’re confident SUR/FIN 2021 will be the event the industry has been waiting for. There will be many opportunities for networking, education and collegiality in a COVID-responsible environment.

Thank you for your continued support of SUR/FIN and the NASF, and we look forward to a successful event with you as we prepare for November.

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MAMF Golf Outing October 1, 2019

Thank you to all who participated in the MAMF Golf Outing held Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Oak Hill Golf Club. With 60+ players and record number of sponsors of Gold Outing presented the MAMF Environmental Fund with a check of $10,000.

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NASF Recognizes Industry Leaders at Annual Conference

The National Association for Surface Finishing, which represents the interests of professionals throughout the surface coatings industry, presented several prestigious awards during its annual trade event, the 2019 SUR/FIN® Manufacturing and Technology Tradeshow and Conference, held June 3-5 at Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Back Row (left to right): Milt Stevenson, Jr., Curtis Goad, Dr. Keith Legg, Bobbi Burns, Paul Brancato, Jim Hankinson, Paul Skelton, Steve Brown (NASF President), Tony Revier (Awards Committee) Front Row (left to right): Jim Miille, Ray Lucas Not Pictured: Christopher Capalbo

NASF Presidential Award
Ray Lucas, President of Valley Chrome Plating Inc., received the award for his pioneering work with the NASF 1000, a fundraiser which secured support for national industry representation and action.

Silvio C. Taormina Memorial Award
Paul Brancato, Vice President of Epner Technology Inc., recently concluded his term as NASF President and continues to serve in leadership roles with the Masters’ Association for Metal Finishers and the NASF Board of Directors.

August P. Munning Award
The honoree must be a peer-nominated supplier who has made significant contributions to the posterity of NASF. With two patents pending for improved welding and anchored PVC linings, Curtis Goad, CEO of GOAD CO., has been an innovator of tank lining system fabrication and installation for over 40 years.

Scientific Achievement Award
Presented to a member who successfully advanced the theory and practice of electroplating. Dr. Keith Legg, CTO of Corrdesa LLC., has facilitated collaboration between the NASF and the Department of Defense as part of his work with corrosion solutions.

Award of Merit
Paul Skelton, Christopher Capalbo, Bobbi Burns, Jim Hankinson

NASF Fellows of 2019
Jim Miille, Milt Stevenson, Jr.

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MAMF Awards Night

On April 6, MAMF celebrated the industry and its leaders. MAMF President Lina de la Cruz opened the evening with a welcome to the more than 80 attendees at the beautiful Chart House in Weehawken, NJ.

MAMF Awards Night

Honorees included:

Award of Special Recognition for Work in the Industry
Walter Schwartz

Award of Special Recognition for Work on the NJ Air Permit
Michael Banhidi
Wasyl Bojczuk
Bobbi Sica – Gumbinger
Ed Miller
Anthony “Red” Melchione

Stephen Candiloro Memorial Award
New Brunswick Plating

Thank you to our sponsors and attendees who made the evening possible!

MAMF Sponsors

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MINASF Holds 2018 Midwest Seminar

The Michigan Chapter of NASF hosted the Midwest Seminar on September 13th-15th, 2018 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Attendees enjoyed the magic of Grand Hotel while networking with fellow industry leaders.

MINASF would like to thank the following sponsors for their support!

Event Sponsors:

  • Coventya
  • Dynapower Company
  • North American Rectifiers
  • Palm Commodities

Golf Sponsor:

  • Columbia Chemical

Tabletop Sponsors:

  • Coventya
  • Dynapower Company
  • Haviland
  • KCH Services
  • North American Rectifiers
  • Palm Commodities

Conference speakers and topics included the following:

  • Frank Wagner, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
    “Hexavalent Chromium-Free Decorative Technologies”
  • John Pawlowski, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
    “New Developments in High-Speed, High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel Technology”
  • Carla Davidson, DEQ
    PFOS Update
  • PFOS panel discussion:
    • Susan Johnson – Butzel Long
    • Daniel Greene – Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
    • Steve Kuplicki – GLWA
    • Patrick Stanford – Rochem Americas, Inc.
  • Jim Rosenfeld, Butzel Long
    “How the #MeToo Movement has Impacted Companies”
  • Laurie Riegle, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
    “Strategies to Hire and Retain Talent – How to Become a Destination Employer”
  • Collin Peters, Atotech
    “Breaking New Ground with BluCr Trivalent Hard Chrome Technology”
  • Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group / NASF, and
 Beth Gotthelf, Butzel Long
    MINASF – Regulatory Updates
  • Bill Barkeley, Keynote – Blind / Deaf / Adventurer / Storyteller
    “No Barriers”

Visit for photos from the event!

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NASF/AESF Foundation and College for Creative Studies (CCS) Announce 2018 Program Winners

The 2018 annual Bright Design Challenge sponsored by NASF/AESF Foundation in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) located in Detroit, Michigan are proud to announce the winners of the Spring 2018 semester program. This year’s program, “Advancing Identity for the Next Automotive Era” was taught by Associate Professor Raphael Zammit, MFA Chair of Transportation Design, and asked students to reimagine conventions for automotive identity that will be relevant in the coming age of fully electric and autonomous vehicles for the years 2025-2035.

For the past century, vehicle identities (faces) have evolved almost primarily from the design of major functional components such as air intakes (grilles) and lighting (headlamps). Next generation vehicles, however, may rely less (if at all) on such components due to continual advances in technology. While modern vehicles have already been incorporating faux versions of old technologies (grilles & lighting) purely for the sake of familiarity or to maintain the invested brand equity of an ‘established face’, next generation vehicles will need to establish new conventions to convey signature identities in order to not appear antiquated or inauthentic. The exploration, development, and innovation of surface finishes offers an exciting and wholly appropriate avenue for expressing identity in an entirely new context (of the coming era) of advanced mobility.

Course Objectives:

  1. Create new conventions of identity on both the brand and vehicular level through the unconventional research and application of materiality, color, texture, pattern, and form as expressed through surface finishes.
  2. Employ the concept of researched “aesthetic messaging” to elevate the use of surface finishes beyond styling decor, into ‘communicative language devices’.
  3. Celebrate the full creative and expressive potential of surface finishes through the creation of visually compelling video animations that highlight the surface concepts (by targeting viewers focus to those areas on vehicle).

Out of the eight students who participated in the program, five stood out as they skillfully applied finishing to their futuristic automotive concept designs.


1st – Sung Hyun Kim
2nd – Won Choi
3rd – Zinan Nui

Honorable Mentions:
Yeong-soo Choi
Deven Khatri



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NASF Launches 2018 Industry Awards Program

During SUR/FIN 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the Surface Finishing Industry. These volunteers work to further the association on both the local and national stages so the next generation of professionals have even greater support and opportunities. This recognition of key leaders who have gone above and beyond, demonstrate what is unique and admired about our association and I hope you will join us at the NASF Annual Meeting held during SUR/FIN to thank those for their efforts.

NASF will recognize a number of well deserving individuals to receive the following awards:

Award of Merit
Outstanding service of a local and/or national nature – Recipients truly deserving of this award have given a great deal of time, effort and devotion to the industry on either a local or national level.

Taormina Award
One of NASF’s most prestigious awards given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry. Past award winners have been among the most dedicated individuals to improving our industry.

August P. Munning Award
Given to a supplier member who, in the opinion of his peers, has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the Association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—his great interest, hard work, dedication and selfless devotion to the metal finishing industry.

Scientific Achievement Award
Recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in the establishment of fundamental research in the Society.

Presidential Award
Focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.

NASF will be accepting nominations for these awards until March 30th and will be approved by the NASF Awards Committee.

Submit Your Nomination Today!

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