February 2005 Features
Architectural Market Report
During the last 10 years, the foremost driver of technological change in paints and coatings has been reducing traditional solvent use. Regulations designed to reduce air pollution have forced paint makers and their raw materials suppliers to develop high-solids, waterborne, powder and other technologies that have revolutionized the industry. Most of the regulations exist to reduce the use of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that produce ozone.
Nu-Way Uses New Way To Decontaminate Wastewater
In mid-1998, when Nu-Way Industries Inc., Des Plaines, Ill., designer and fabricator of precision metal products, needed a new wastewater solution, the company called on Arbortech Corp., McHenry, Ill. Ray Graffia Jr., president of Arbortech, helped Nu-Way troubleshoot an existing membrane filtration system used to remove oil from solution. Although Graffia started his business in 1981 as a representative products, it was in 1992 that Arbortech built its first membrane oil removal system utilizing polymeric membranes and entered the manufacturing market.
Troubleshooting Pretreatment Systems
In today’s competitive marketplace, it is crucial to maintain the highest quality standards possible. The cost of an imperfect finishing system cannot be tolerated. Regardless of the finishing system in place, you must constantly strive to maximize the performance levels of all components. This is achieved by actively taking control over the entire process, including substrates, pretreatments and coatings. Any reduction in the performance of these variables will hurt production costs and profits, while jeopardizing your credibility with your customers.
Moving On Up: From Grain Elevators To Turnkey Manufacturing
American manufacturing is alive and well at Grain Belt Supply Co Inc., Salina, Kansas. The company started in the grain elevator business in 1949. In 1953, Darwin Sampson, part-owner of Sampson Construction, purchased 25 percent of Grain Belt. Sampson built approximately 450 of the large concrete grain storage elevators that are used in agricultural towns throughout the Midwest. He purchased the balance of the business in 1960 and remains the majority stockholder today.
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RAW MATERIALS SPOTLIGHT: Powder Coatings
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Pigments and Colors
RAW MATERIALS SPOTLIGHT: Processing Solutions
RAW MATERIALS SPOTLIGHT: Protective Apparel
February 2005 Departments
Editors View: Cost of Raw Materials
For the past four years, many sectors of the economy and business were soft or worse. We have had to tighten our budgets, reduce company workforces, and perform more tasks with less people and less capital. We have been in the classic recession situation with too much manufacturing capacity and not enough demand. Some business sectors have done well throughout this period, and others have gradually improved during the past year.
Industry Forum: Corporate Inbreeding Stifles New Ideas