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Who Wants to Tighten Up Cash Flow?

Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Business Smarts, Material Insights, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who Wants to Tighten Up Cash Flow?

Charles “Red” Scott is credited with saying, no doubt in his signature Texas drawl, “Cash ain’t cash until it’s cash.” The famous corporate leader, who died in 2013, was talking about cash flow. Staying competitive and excelling in your industry require a strong cash flow system. Without one, you are at risk of unnecessarily spending money on things that aren’t critical or urgent. With a system in place, you can more effectively build funds to invest back into your company, strengthen your chances of getting business loans and...

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Sales Are Up! 4 Ways to Ensure Your Finishing Line Keeps Up

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Business Smarts, Coatings | 0 comments

Sales Are Up! 4 Ways to Ensure Your  Finishing Line Keeps Up

With the upsurge in the economy, our customers have recently experienced steady sales growth. Generally, a rise in sales equates to positive gains. However, attaining higher production targets on the finishing line can lead to changes and disruptions that hurt the bottom line. Here are 4 ways you can routinely evaluate your finishing line design plan to help maintain your business objectives. 1. Carry Out Design Audits: Designing a flexible, efficient finishing line can be time-consuming and intense, and it’s easy to say, “Job well...

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2015 Trends: Color & Cabinetry

Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Business Smarts, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

2015 Trends: Color & Cabinetry

Get this year’s top design styles, with a focus on wood. When consumers start asking for it, you will be ready. (Download a PDF of the trends here.)  2015 COLOR OF THE YEAR: CORAL Coral Reef, a vivacious hue, is AcromaPro’s Color of the Year 2015. Upbeat and optimistic, Coral Reef celebrates a time for renewal and is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can be used to liven up any space. “Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary,” says...

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Shades of Gray in Cabinetry Finishes

Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Coatings, Wood Coatings | 0 comments

Shades of Gray in Cabinetry Finishes

Consumers, retailers and manufacturers ask for it often, but there is a lot of gray area when it comes to getting a gray finish right. The trend shows up primarily in the residential cabinetry industry, and it’s been going strong for about four years. A more opaque driftwood look was first on the scene, where applying a gray glaze and pigment often got the job done. But during the last 18 months, a semi-transparent look—between a paint and stain—has been what is hot. With no signs of stopping, we’re sharing what we’ve learned about...

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2014 Recap: 4 Topics to Promote 2015 Finishing Excellence

Posted by on January 7, 2015 in Business Smarts, Coatings | 0 comments

2014 Recap: 4 Topics to Promote 2015 Finishing Excellence

The last six months of Accessa’s blog focused on getting your finishing business ready for 2015. Here are eight of the best stories, organized by topic, and summarized for your browsing pleasure. Four of the most important high-level topics any finisher needs. It’s finishing wisdom from the Accessa Coating Solutions blog. Get caught up— begin 2015 with a great finish. Topic 1—STRATEGIC ALLIANCES Two stories that illustrate how joining forces can give your business instant competitive advantage: Leverage an industry ally for a clear...

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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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