Armacoat is attending NATDA in St. Louis

Katelyn Johnson and Brian Benjamin from Armacoat will be attending the North American Trailer Dealers Trade Show in St. Louis from September 4-6, 2014. 

The 7th annual NATDA show is the only industry event that caters specifically to trailer dealers.  All segments of the industry are represented including Living Quarter Horse Trailers, Cargo, Race Car, Horse, Marine, Dump, Flatbed and Toy Hauler markets.

Stop by the Axalta booth to meet with Armacoat or contact us to schedule a meeting if you’ll be attending as well.

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Carlyle’s Axalta is said to tap banks for U.S. IPO

Axalta Coating Systems, the former auto-paint unit of DuPont Co., is working with Citigroup Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on an initial public offering in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.

Axalta, backed by private-equity firm Carlyle Group LP, may raise about $1 billion in the offering, said the people, who asked not to be named because the process is private. The timing hasn’t been set, the people said.

An IPO would mark a quick turnaround for Axalta, which Carlyle bought in February 2013 for $4.9 billion. The Philadelphia-based company is targeting revenue of $7 billion by 2018, a 63 percent jump from the $4.3 billion it posted in 2012, Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shaver said last year.

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Jeff Gordon passes Joey Logano on late restart to win at Michigan

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400

There are hardly any downsides to being in first place in an auto race. But at Michigan on Sunday, getting to first place as soon as possible after the final restart was of the utmost importance.

Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano both knew that whoever won the battle that ensued off the race's last restart was going to win the race. Logano got the jump immediately after the green flag waved with X laps to go, but Gordon pulled to the inside and pulled away for the win.

"That last restart was it," Gordon said. "We had the car to win, our car was amazing, but whoever got out front had such a huge advantage so I got a good restart and [third-place Kevin Harvick] for some reason wasn't getting good restarts – Joey was out there by himself and I was able to get to his [quarterpanel], once I got to his quarter I drug him back and I was able to shoot to the bottom and get by."

Before Gordon was able to pull away too much, Logano had one last chance to get him. He wasn't able to complete the pass and his car got loose underneath Gordon's.

The final 28 laps of the race featured three restarts. Logano had been able to take the lead into turn one on the first two, but not the third. Gordon had a restart similar to his exceptional one at Indianapolis to take the win.

It's Gordon's first win at Michigan since 2001 and his third win of the season, tying him for the series lead with Brad Keselowski and Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Harvick finished second at Michigan, the fourth straight time he's finished second at the track.

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Smart Paint Signals When Equipment is Too Hot to Handle

NEWARK, NJ - Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed a paint for use in coatings and packaging that changes color when exposed to high temperatures, delivering a visual warning to people handling material or equipment with the potential to malfunction, explode or cause burns when overheated.

The technology was commissioned and funded by the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal in response to dangerous conditions in the desert during the war in Iraq, for example, where soldiers reported temperatures near munitions that had sometimes exceeded 190 °F, far in excess of the shells’ design limits.

“It would have been helpful to have had some sort of a calibrated temperature-triggered signal warning, ‘Don’t go near or pick up this shell,’” said Zafar Iqbal, a Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, who led the joint NJIT/ARDEC research team. Referred to as a “thermal-indicating composition” and applied as a coating or a mark on packaging, the material turns different shades of color from blue to red in response to a range of temperatures, beginning at about 95 °F. It was awarded a U.S. patent in May of this year.

“We essentially modified commercial paints and introduced nanotechnology-based concepts to tailor the trigger temperatures,” Iqbal explained, adding that his laboratory is starting to develop inks related to the paints that can be applied by inkjet printers. Iqbal is also developing a related technology that would signal whether a product has been damaged by force, shock or exposure to dangerous chemicals, such as carcinogens, or to radiation.

“A smart coded coating is like a smart skin – it will provide a visual or sensing signal to tell you if there is a problem,” he says, noting that sports helmets used in American football would be one potential application, helping coaches to determine whether a player has received a damaging blow to the head.

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Axalta Coating Systems Announced as Authorised Paint Supplier for Mazda Europe

Cologne, Germany – 03 July 2014 – Axalta Coating Systems, a global coatings leader, announced today that Mazda Europe has renewed its approval of Axalta’s three global refinish brands – Cromax®, Spies Hecker® and Standox®. The agreement, which is valid for another two years, confirms Axalta as an authorised paint supplier to Mazda dealerships and bodyshops across Europe.

Jürgen Knorr, Director, Key Accounts, Refinish Systems for Axalta in Europe, Middle East and Africa, says, “We are delighted that Mazda has decided to continue our relationship as our customer and has approved our three global refinish brands. Under the terms of the agreement we will supply Mazda dealerships and bodyshops with reliable, highly-efficient and top-quality refinish paint systems, and will also offer our color expertise and dedicated training. Also, consulting services will be made available to support the development and growth of bodyshops.”

Christine Plasmans, Finance Director of Mazda Motor Logistics, says, “We have relied on the performance of Axalta Coating Systems refinish paints and the company’s exceptional passion for innovation since 2010. We know we can count on the same high quality refinish paints across the entire Mazda Europe territory which is why there was no hesitation to renew our agreement.”

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