I am starting to hear some promising news from customers and suppliers that 2010 is looking to be up 10-20% this year!
We will not achieve the numbers we did in the boom years. At least we are taking the first step in the right direction. Do you want to learn about the latest metal finishing trends, new processes and equipment? Go to Sur/Fin 2010 in Grand Rapids, MI. Please click on this video about Sur/Fin 2010 and Grand Rapids make sure your speakers are on! www.meetgrandrapids.com/surfin.php.
This year we have some very exciting changes and keynote speakers. First show hours are on Tuesday and will be their usual time, but on Wednesday we have new hours. We will close the the show from 2-5 pm. At 5-6:30pm we will have the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) three member panel discussing many of the challenges of the automotive industry and where it is going in the future including a discussion on electric cars. After the panel we will open the exhibits until 9 pm and have our industry event night on the show floor. Thursday morning we will have USCAR discuss their latest initiatives and that afternoon we will have a plant tour at Amway just 15 minutes away from the convention center.
Monday afternoon we start off with a golf outing with the local NASF Grand Rapids branch. Two new program changes we are most excited about are the Dept. of Defense will conduct a Military Vehicle Workshop as part of the technical conference program. The other change is the West Michigan Chemical Coaters Association Intl (CCAI) will be holding a four hour program on powder coating and e-coating on Tuesday. We are also going to have Dr. Kenneth Mayland return to Sur/Fin to discuss the latest on the economy and what the future holds. To learn more go to www.nasf.org.