July NASF News


July NASF news, trends, and deadlines you need to know to stay current with the National Association for Surface Finishing and our industry.

Government & Industry Affairs Webinar | AESFF Courses | NASF Membership

Important Dates
  • Environmental Stewardship Part 1 Course Registration Deadline: July 25
  • Environmental Stewardship Part 1: Wastewater Treatment Course: August 8-30, T&Ws
  • Airline & Aerospace Finishing Parts 1 & 2 Registration Deadline: August 22
  • Airline & Aerospace Finishing Parts 1 & 2 Course: September 5-October 27, T&Ws
  • Washington Forum: October 30-November 1
SUR/FIN 2023 by the Numbers

Thank you to all of the attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors that made SUR/FIN 2023 a success!

  • 2102 Registrants
  • 180 Exhibiting Companies
  • 72 Technical Sessions
  • 4 Networking Opportunities including a Welcome Reception, Industry Night brought to you by OAMF, Women’s Reception, and Closing Reception Honoring Young Professionals
  • 3 Keynote Presentations from Sharon Miller – NASA Glenn Research Center, Jeff Szotek – Sr. Technical Specialist, Stellantis, and Tim Hall, PhD. – Research Director, Faraday Technology, Inc.
  • 2 Bootcamp Sessions

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta, Georgia, June 5-7 for SUR/FIN 2024! Exhibitors, be sure to reserve your booth for 2024 as the show floor is already over 70% filled.

2023 Industry Awards

Awards of Merit– This award is given to individuals that demonstrate outstanding service on a local and/or national level. The recipients have worked tirelessly and have selflessly devoted themselves to the industry. Recipients:
Peter Tremmel, Accu-Labs, Inc.
Tom Laken, Finishing Plating Services

Taormina Award– This award is one of the NASF’s most prestigious. It is awarded to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry.
Patrick Hayden, Unimetal Surface Finishing, Inc.

Award of Scientific Achievement– This award recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing, and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts.


  • Tim Hall, PhD., Faraday Technology, Inc.
August P. Munning Award– This award is given to a supplier member who, in the opinion of their peers, has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the Association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—including a great interest, hard work, dedication, and selfless devotion to the metal finishing industry.


  • George Gilbert, Gilbert & Jones, Inc.
Presidental Award– This award focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by NASF members who are actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.


  • Christian Richter, The Policy Group
  • Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group
Upcoming In-Person Courses
Environmental Stewardship Part 1: Wastewater TreatmentWeb-based Course Dates: August 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Registration Deadline: July 25, 2023Member Rate: $1,050
Non-Member Rate: $1,400

Airline & Aerospace Finishing Parts 1 & 2

Web-based Course Dates: September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 30, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27 Registration Deadline: August 22, 2023

Member Rate: $1,400
Non-Member Rate: $1,800

NASF Webinar: Summer Government & Industry Affairs Update

NASF follows federal, state, and international regulatory developments closely on behalf of its members and will hold its summer webinar on July 18, 2023 at 2:00 PM, to review the most important emerging regulations for the finishing industry and how they impact your company.

Please join Christian Richter and Jeff Hannapel of the Policy Group for this members-only webinar.

AESF Foundation Bookstore
The AESF Foundation is excited to announce that our Amazon bookstore is now open! All proceeds from the bookstore go to the foundation which funds our courses, research, scholarships, and more.


Check out Theory and Practice of Pulse Plating edited by Jean-Claude Puippe and Frank Leaman, which is now available in eBook and paperback as well as Advanced Surface Technology: The Authoritative New Surface Coatings Reference by Professor Per Møller, Ph.D. and Lars Pleth Nielsen, now available in hardcover.
NASF Membership

Don’t forget– NASF member fees are past due! If you have not paid your member dues yet, please log in to your account here. If it is your first time logging into the new system, please see the help page here.Contact info@nasf.org if you run into any issues or have any questions.

Interested in becoming a member? Check out our membership options and apply today!

Washington Forum

Mark your calendars for Washington Forum 2023 from October 30 through November 1 at The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City. The Forum includes presentations and briefings from national and global experts on pertinent policy, technical, regulatory, and management issues impacting the surface finishing industry, including environmental regulatory issues, labor and workplace trends, tax policy, economic outlooks, supply chain challenges, globally regulatory developments, and political and election outlooks.Recent speakers at the Forum have included Jake Sherman- Founder, Punchbowl News, Jeff Weiss- Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Marc Freedman- Vice President of Employment Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Chipley- Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center.

Registration will open in August!

NASF 1000
NASF 1000 The NASF 1000 program was established to ensure that the surface finishing industry would have resources to effectively address regulatory, legislative, and legal actions impacting the industry, NASF members and their workplaces. All funds from the NASF 1000 program are used exclusively to support specific projects and initiatives that fall outside the association’s day-to-day public policy activities. The sustained commitment from industry leaders has helped the NASF remain strong and credible in informing regulatory decisions across the nation.Please consider supporting the NASF 1000 program. If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the NASF 1000 program or the broad array of NASF public policy activities, please contact info@nasf.org.
Chapter News

OAMF Golf Outing – July 12
Manakiki Golf Course, Willoughby Hills
35501 Eddy Rd Willoughby, OH 44094

Annual MNAMF Golf Open– August 4, 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Boulevard
Ham Lake, MN 55304

Chicago Midwest Chapter Annual Golf Outing – August 21, 1:00 PM Shotgun Start
Klein Creek Golf Club
1N333 Pleasant Hill Rd
Winfield, IL 60190

Detroit Auto Show Chapter Meeting – September 13-14
Industry Preview Days

MINASF Midwest Seminar – October 5-7
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

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