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Colorful Outlook Improves for Finishers

Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Business Smarts, Material Insights | 0 comments

Colorful Outlook Improves for Finishers

The future looks bright for the coatings industry. There appears to be plenty of opportunity for finishers ready to make the leap. As I write this post, a very positive November jobs report was released. Another indication we’re getting the economy back on track. More than a half million jobs were added in the past two months alone. This is more than the estimated 200,000 a month needed to keep pushing down the unemployment rate. At the very least, it bodes well for consumer confidence! Meanwhile, experts say global demand for paint and...

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Nucraft’s Global Business Has a Local Partner

Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Case Studies, Uncategorized, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

Nucraft’s Global Business Has a Local Partner

Since its founding in 1944, Nucraft in Comstock Park, Mich., has worked with customers to create inspiring conference rooms, private offices, reception areas, and training spaces. Accessa Coatings Solutions works closely with the Nucraft team to provide them the expertise, service and wood coatings products they need to do great work. Enjoy our latest video case study. To view more, visit our YouTube...

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Cost & Delivery: Opportunity for Finishers

Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Business Smarts, Material Insights | 0 comments

Cost & Delivery: Opportunity for Finishers

Finishers focus on quality, cost and delivery—“QCD”—for good reason. It’s a popular metric and, if you can do it efficiently, it keeps customers happy. Trouble is, from a management point of view, “quality” always seems to trump cost and delivery. It’s probably because poor quality is so unacceptable. Well, I agree with the latter, but not so fast. Here’s the problem: There’s more potential for a shop to innovate with cost and delivery—A narrow focus on quality negates other, less competitive, perhaps less expensive...

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Troubleshooting 4 Common Coatings Issues

Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Coatings, Electrostatic Coatings, General Industrial, Plastic Coatings, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

Troubleshooting 4 Common Coatings Issues

Some people seem like they are just asking for trouble. The way they act, talk and live suggests that they welcome the next disaster. Part of my job is to make sure my customers aren’t asking for trouble when it comes to their industrial coatings. I have been involved in the industrial coatings industry, in one form or another, for well over 30 years. During this time, I’ve troubleshot a lot of coatings issues. What I’ve discovered is that on average, 99% of the problems and issues people experience are self-imposed. When you do have...

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Forecasting 2015 Manufacturing Costs for Coatings Industry

Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Business Smarts, Coatings, General Industrial, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

Forecasting 2015 Manufacturing Costs for Coatings Industry

People who seem to make the smartest long-term buying decisions in the coatings industry and basic materials industry aren’t lucky or smarter than everyone else. They are more likely diligent forecasters in tune with the market and how it’s affecting costs. STABILITY FOR NOW Right now, and in particularly in the last 12-24 months, manufacturing costs and related costs have stabilized somewhat in the coatings and materials industries. Solvents, resins, steel for containers and plastics for containers are holding steady. While there have...

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3 Better Questions to Ask Industrial Coatings Vendors

Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Business Smarts, Coatings, General Industrial | 0 comments

3 Better Questions to Ask Industrial Coatings Vendors

When it comes to evaluating finishes and vendors of industrial coatings, it’s not necessarily what you ask. It’s how you ask it. Most purchasers, finishing managers and others whose daily lives on the job can be affected—negatively or positively—by the coating they are using are concerned with how well a product is going to perform, how much it’s going to cost and the quality of the vendor’s service. When you are evaluating a new coating or vendor, consider how you get to the bottom of these basic questions and whether you are...

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Customized Solutions, One Customer at a Time

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Business Smarts, Material Insights, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Customized Solutions, One Customer at a Time

The very notion of a “solution” has become overused and overpromised, like “quality” and “service.” As a result, “customer solutions” echo will-fit parts. Sure it’s gonna-kinda fit, but will it work? Will it solve your immediate problem and get you the results you need? Is there anybody assuring you that it will? Do you feel important, or are you all alone on this one? True customized solutions are rare. We’ve confused “customer solutions” for the same thing. There’s a significant difference, but we often miss the...

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Finish Performance: 2 Secrets to Insure Success

Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Business Smarts, Coatings, Material Insights | 0 comments

Finish Performance: 2 Secrets to Insure Success

How do you define finish performance in the first place? Is it a measure of how fast you can lay down a great finish? Is it a test of durability? A certain degree of customer satisfaction? Or is it more like an equation that weighs time, cost and effort against expectations, objectives and lasting results? In any case, a great performance always requires preparation. You have to know what you’re up against in order to achieve any desired finish. The perfection you seek in performance will be determined by how much you discover and prepare...

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Beat the Gun With a Strategic Alliance

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Business Smarts | 0 comments

Beat the Gun With a Strategic Alliance

There’s a famous Indiana Jones scene that all finishers should remember when confronted with problems that get in the way of doing what you do best. In this acclaimed scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, an archaeology professor named Indiana Jones has just survived an exhaustive and harrowing chase through the desert. Clutching his trusty leather whip, Indiana is now confronted by a menacing swordsman advancing on him on a blazing hot day in a Tunisian village. The troublemaker’s long curved blade glistens in the sun and actually makes...

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Finishing Business Opportunities Unleash in the Future

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Finishing Business Opportunities Unleash in the Future

Your finishing business has accumulated a ton of working knowledge. It’s probably what makes you better. But like you, we’re always looking for a new challenge. Where can we go next? What solutions can we find? What problems do our customers need solved? To find new challenges, we listen. We ask. You need a finish that repels dust? Let’s figure it out. Building a new product line that must never allow mold to develop? Love it!  Need a coating that can handle a trip into outer space? Head scratchers suit us best. What’s important, and...

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