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RadTech Auto Refinish Team Sets Up Shop

Published on 2002-12-26. Author : SpecialChem

Chevy Chase , MD - The RadTech Automotive Focus Group has forged a team to promote the potential of UV technology in the automotive refinish industry while expanding its visibility within this market. Raw material and equipment suppliers and coating formulators will participate. "UV offers a high-quality, ultra-fast, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional methods," says David Diehl, of PPG Industries, and RadTech president-elect. "With the widespread use of UV for automotive, the use of this technology by the automotive refinish industry is poised for rapid growth."

The RadTech Automotive Focus Group has generated considerable momentum in the development of UV technologies for the automotive industry. "Each car produced in the United States has some type of UV- cured component," says Chuck Cameron, of Ciba and one of the co-chairs of the automotive group. "We see UV as a truly enabling technology for automakers, which will allow them to do things they couldn't otherwise accomplish like the work that's been done on SMC primers to prevent defects. RadTech has been a leading force in creating more awareness of the benefits of UV in the auto industry. I think the refinish effort is perfectly timed and well suited to our overall mission."

Paul Mills, President of UVPowerhouse, will lead the group as the technology begins to hit its stride and planning begins for RadTech's next biennial conference, in 2004 in Charlotte , NC . "It's the perfect time for us to address this issue," says Mills. "We want to capitalize on the tremendous opportunity RadTech presents to showcase new technology and to incorporate refinish topics into the Automotive Group's agenda."

After setting the goals and objectives for the group, team participants will learn the current state of the technology and support ongoing efforts to expand within the refinish market. Focus on this market will accelerate the technology and application developments, which will aid participating companies by helping them achieve their objectives within the refinish market.

The first general meeting of the Automotive Refinish Team is scheduled for the RadTech Winter Meeting, February 3-4, 2003 , Holiday Inn Sunspree, Clearwater , Fla. Those interested in participating in the refinish team and attending the meeting should contact RadTech at 240-497-1243, mickey@radtech.org . To view a recent article on UV automotive refinishing, please visit www.radtech.org.

UV and EB are high value, rapid throughput processes offering the virtual elimination of emissions and lower energy consumption compared with traditional methods-providing manufacturers with a safe, fast and efficient pollution prevention technology. As a result, the industry continues to grow at over twice the rate of traditional processes.

Source: RadTech

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