Joachim Hinz, Spies Hecker
Brand Manager for Europe,
Middle East and Africa, says,
“In order to achieve the required minimal coating thickness, Color
Centrum Vráble s.r.o. used the Spies
Hecker Hi-TEC system products, which
can be applied extremely efficiently. The
snow-white Brutal S1 is a real eye-catch-er that has unsurprisingly already attracted a lot of attention at trade shows
University of Akron Student
Earns Powder Coatings
A University of Akron student pursuing
his graduate degree in Polymer Science
was the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship
from Axalta and the Powder Coating
Institute, Axalta announced.
The scholarship is offered to college
students pursuing degrees related to powder coating technologies.
The winner, Theodore Hammer, works
on the synthesis of unsaturated polyester resins and is focusing his graduate
research on ultra violet-curable powder
coatings, said Mariam Ottun, digital marketing and communications coordinator.
“It’s important that we invest in students because they will be influential in
the industry in the years to come,” said
Michael K. Bollan, Axalta’s business director, Powder Coatings-Americas. “At
Axalta, we are committed to identifying
and equipping future leaders with the
tools they need to succeed.”
PPG Honors Nine Excellent
Suppliers, Including First
PPG has announced nine Excellent
Supplier Award recipients for superior
performance in 2016, including its first
Supplier Sustainability Award winner.
The new PPG Supplier Sustainability
Award recognizes a supplier that dem-
onstrates an industry-leading sustainabil-
ity and safety culture and that is helping
PPG meet its 2020 sustainability goals
through the goods and services it pro-
vides to the global coatings and materials
Based on 2016 performance, PPG
named Olympic Forest Products Co.,
a Cleveland-based pallet management
company serving PPG’s businesses in the
United States, as the premiere Supplier
Sustainability Award recipient.
“PPG is sharply focused on sustainability, and we work to ensure our suppliers
around the world share that focus,” said
Radhika Batra, PPG vice president, global
supply management. “By establishing and
growing innovative recycling, repair-and-return, and scrap pallet programs with
PPG, Olympic Forest Products helped us
reach a total in the U.S. of about 95,000
recycled wooden pallets in 2016, avoiding about 1,300 metric tons of landfill
AkzoNobel Supports Vine Trust Medical Ship
People living in remote and isolated Amazonian communities
will now have access to primary healthcare, thanks to the support of a medical ship operated by Vine Trust and restored using
coatings from AkzoNobel.
Vine Trust’s new vessel, named MV Forth Hope, is expected
to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the
next 20 years to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon.
Outfitted with dental facilities, an operating theater, consultation rooms and a pharmacy, the ship will enable international
medical and dental volunteers, alongside a team of local clinicians, to transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Forth Hope was transformed into a medical ship with the
support of various medical and marine organizations, including
AkzoNobel. Assembled in Scotland, the ship recently began a
6600 mile transatlantic voyage to Peru. Thanks to AkzoNobel’s
high performance coatings, the ship will use less fuel and produce fewer emissions as it travels.
Forth Hope will add to the sustainable program that Vine
Trust has built in Peru. The Edinburgh-based international development charity enables volunteers to provide medical, home-building and care support to communities living in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru, and has been providing healthcare in
the Amazon since 2001.
Vine Trust’s Chief Executive, Willie McPherson, says the im-
pact Forth Hope will have cannot be overestimated. “Vine Trust
has always sought to make a significant and lasting impact on
the people we support. The delivery of MV Forth Hope to the
Amazon will double the current capacity of our Peru Medical
Program, enabling the provision of 200,000 consultations per
year, and deliver invaluable medical services to remote riverine
villages which might otherwise go unserved.”
“We are proud to partner with Vine Trust to advance the ef-
forts to transform the lives of those most in need,” added Oscar
Wezenbeek, managing director for AkzoNobel’s Marine Coat-
ings business. “This initiative is a great example of how corpo-
rates, NGOs and volunteers can make a bigger impact by work-
AkzoNobel’s involvement in the project highlights the
work the company is doing as part of its global Human Cit-
ies initiative. Focused on improving, energizing and regen-
erating communities across the world, the program is one of
many ways the company strives to make people’s lives more
liveable and inspiring.