Valspar Launches Website for Coil and Extrusion Division

Valspar recently launched a new website for its coil and extrusion division. Keeping the same domain, the new website provides an easy to navigate layout, that is fresh and functional for visitors. From architects to installers, the new design addresses the needs of all end-users.

With a focus on innovation, Valspar’s new architectural coating website allows users to explore colors, industries, products and projects. An updated project gallery showcases the latest innovative uses for Valspar coatings across a variety of industries. Endless inspiration coupled with educational resources provides users everything they need to transform ideas into a colorful reality.

Visitors have the option to browse by color family or special effect to find the best fit for new projects. With more than 20,000 choices and the ability to create custom colors, the new website displays the wide variety of options in an easy-to-preview format.

The new website also houses a wealth of resources for customers to utilize, along with company news and updates. Visitors will find literature on everything from new coatings to Valspar’s commitment to sustainability. The site also features an education component geared towards AIA certification.

Roofinox America Names Vice President of Sales

David H. Rowe, a 28-year veteran of the metal roofing and wall panel industry, has been named vice president of sales for Roofinox America Inc., a supplier of quality Roofinox stainless steel coil, featuring mechanical properties and an architecturally distinctive matt finish for rollformed roofing panels.

Rowe joins Roofinox from Englert Inc., an American manufacturer of metal and aluminum roofing and wall panel coil, where he was director of product management responsible for the planning, development and introduction of all new products.

At Roofinox America, Rowe will be responsible for the direction and management of all sales and business development operations, including distribution and fabricator and installer relations for the Roofinox stainless steel product line; Roofinox Classic, a brush-rolled material designed for roofing and wall cladding; Roofinox Plus 0.0157, a ribbed surface material for smoother roofing results and economy; and Roofinox Terne-Coated with a tin-plated surface that develops a matt grey patina finish over time.

Rowe’s roots run deep in this market. He joined Englert in ’92 as a member of its sales force and since then held a variety of management positions in regional and national sales, project management and product development. During his career, he was responsible for the development and launch of more than 30 roofing and wall panel products and programs and several strategic partner alliances for related materials.

Among his responsibilities at Roofinox will be the development of alliances with distributors and metal wholesalers, leading manufacturers for roofing and wall-cladding panels and sheet metal workshops—all looking for Roofinox stainless steel’s combination of high longevity with a dull surface without artificial coating. This natural metal was developed in Europe especially for roofing and wall cladding.

Rowe also brings to Roofinox a proven track record for creating, developing and completing architectural detailing and material specifications for high-end commercial, institutional, and residential projects, and will be responsible for counseling, assisting and training customers, including designers, specifiers and roofing contractors.

He is well-known in the roofing fabrication and contracting industry and early on in his career was associated with Bass Associates, a Massachusetts-based contracting company, installing metal roofing and wall panels.

Coil Features Textured Finish

Coated Metals Group has launched its textured steel coil, TEXTUR3D.

Coated Metals Group has launched its textured steel coil, TEXTUR3D.


Coated Metals Group has launched its textured steel coil, TEXTUR3D. The coil’s textured finish has been formulated and designed to provide dimensional depth in the surface, thereby diffusing and redirecting light to provide an appealing look while reducing the appearance of oil canning. TEXTUR3D has been developed to provide a more durable surface and enhanced resistance to scratching and cuffing common with low-gloss or matte finishes while maintaining the same film integrity, weathering performance and resistance to chalking and fading that ULTRA-CLAD is known for. CMG stocks TEXTUR3D in 26-gauge coil and sheets in 13 colors. It is available for order in all CMG standard colors.
TEXTUR3D comes with a 35-year finish warranty.

Englert’s Brochure Outlines 67 Steps in Testing and Quality Control for Metal Coatings

Englert's brochure outlines the 67 different steps Englert takes in testing and quality control to ensure customers of high-quality metal coating.

Englert’s brochure outlines the 67 different steps Englert takes in testing and quality control to ensure customers of high-quality metal coating.

Englert has announced the availability of its new, color, two-page brochure on coating quality titled “Why Choose Englert?”

The brochure outlines the 67 different steps Englert takes in testing and quality control to ensure customers of high-quality metal coating. It explains testing Englert conducts on each coil it paints to ensure quality color, gloss, paint adhesion and durability. The brochure also outlines Englert’s process of continuous monitoring and inspection as each coil runs through its paintline system. Also explained is the 12-step procedure the company employs for tracking each coil that is coated including production reports, verification of amount and weight and correct labeling and packaging.

The brochure notes that each coil that is coated goes through a 67-step quality control checklist to assure that the color being run is identical for every coil processed in that color that day or for additional product the same customer might order months or years down the road.

Valspar Develops Graffiti-resistant System to Protect Coil and Extrusion Building Products

Valspar announces that it has developed an ASTM-compliant graffiti-resistant system, which has been tested and approved for all Valspar Coil and Extrusion building products. With communities around the world affected by defacement, graffiti resistance and removal solutions are needed more than ever. Valspar has aligned with Graffiti Removal Services (GRS) to create a sustainable, cost-effective system.

“We undertook this project to ensure that our customers’—and everyone throughout the value chain—performance and restoration needs are met for the life of our products,” says Jeff Alexander vice president of sales for Valspar. “As incidences of graffiti continue to rise across the country, municipalities are adopting policies that require rapid graffiti removal—the Valspar Graffiti Resistant system will allow our customers to meet those requirements with the products they already know and trust.”

The robust properties of Valspar’s coatings combined with the innovative cleaning system provided by GRS means that this solution not only applies to future projects, but to existing installations with Valspar coatings. GRS’s non-toxic products use a brush-on, wipe-off application with no dwell time to quickly and effectively remove graffiti without damaging the underlying Valspar coating. The water-soluble, biodegradable cleaning system is easy to use and gives maintenance professionals a powerful tool in the fight against graffiti.

“The combination of our high-performance coatings and Graffiti Removal Services’ tested and approved environmentally safe cleaning system can help save building owners significant costs of repainting or replacing panels,” Alexander continues. “We are pleased to work with Graffiti Removal Services to offer our customers a fast and cost-effective removal solution.”

Exterior Coatings Are Field-proven

Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings

Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings

With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings have become an industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications. These field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen, solar reflective and ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallic, pearlescent and Kameleon color shifting coatings.

Fluropon coatings are ideally suited for long-life external use on monumental high-rise structures and pre-engineered buildings’ exterior architectural products made from aluminum, galvanized steel and Galvalume coils and aluminum extrusions. End-uses include: metal roofing and wall panel systems; framing for curtainwall, windows, skylights and entrance systems; louvers and grills, soffits, fascia, mullions, column covers and more.

Examples of projects featuring Fluropon include:

    • 930 Poydras residential tower, New Orleans
    • Sunnyvale Town Center Target Store, Calif.
    • Central Arizona College’s Maricopa Campus, Ariz.
    • Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium, Texas
    • Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral, Fla.
    • Waubonsee Community College, Plano, Ill.
    • Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minn.
    • Paul David Athletic Training Center at Massillon High School, Ohio
    • Aria Resort and Hotel Las Vegas
    • Skyventure entertainment facility, Nashua, N.H.

These and other project examples can be viewed on Valspar’s website.

Fluropon, containing a 70 percent PVDF proprietary resin system, meets or exceeds the American Society for Testing and Materials’ stringent standards, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification. Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasions and humidity.

The Valspar Corporation supports its high-performance Fluropon system with industry-leading technical expertise, color-matching and sustainability resources, responsive customer service and high-priority lead times.

Steel Sheet Meets Emissivity Requirements with Chromium-free Polymer Coating

U.S. Steel Corp. has expanded its Coated Steel Sheet family of products.

U.S. Steel Corp. has expanded its Coated Steel Sheet family of products.

U.S. Steel Corp. has added ACRYLUME E PLUS Coated Steel Sheet to its family of products. The new coated flat-rolled steel has a chromium-free clear emissive polymer coating and provides the quality and performance attributes inherent to ACRYLUME with improved thermal emittance.

ACRYLUME E PLUS offers the environmentally conscious metal building construction industry a chromium-free emissive acrylic coating on GALVALUME Coated Steel Sheet, which is designed to meet challenging solar reflectance and thermal emittance regulations. Prior to the introduction of this product, the emissivity requirements could only be met through pre-painted GALVALUME products. ACRYLUME E PLUS also meets numerous European Union environmental directives including Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH).

The original ACRYLUME, which meets all current environmental guidelines in the United States, will continue to be available to customers for commonly used applications such as metal roofing and siding.

The new ACRYLUME E PLUS provides users with the same benefits as traditional ACRYLUME. ACRYLUME CF, ACRYLUME E PLUS minimizes staining and discoloration issues during storage, handling and installation. It does not require the application of lubricants prior to rollforming.

Brightsmith Coil Coaters Celebrates Anniversary, Advancements

Brightsmith Coil Coaters recently celebrated its fifth year in delivering high standards in coil coating. From its acquisition in 2008, the facility has continued to raise the bar in the industry, paying close attention to quality control to maximize customer satisfaction.

During the past five years, Brightsmith has taken large strides in improving operations, from adding high-tech equipment to mastering customer relations. “Our customers are incredibly valued, so we’ll stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with a product that they can trust,” says Frank Coffey, general manager of Brightsmith.

Upgrades in equipment have provided ample value to, not only the company, but most importantly, customers. A splicing unit for laminates was added to the production line in 2012. It replaces splicing that was done by hand and accommodates polypropylene and polyester films that are 0.5- to 8-mils thick. This process has significantly decreased material waste and improved timing and efficiency.

“Under Brightsmith’s lead as an energy-efficient manufacturer, we are always looking for ways to think green,” Coffey adds. “The new splicer creates less scrap waste, and that is a great thing for our customers and the environment.”

Sustainable advancements at Brightsmith also have included recycling solvents and water used in the coating process, as well as paint drums; reusing plastic ID rings that come off the ID of coils from steel mills for the packaging of painted coils being shipped out of Brightsmith; and using sponges for cleanup and changeovers at the coaters instead of rags. Sustainability at the facility even includes managing energy efficiency of machinery and lighting. As repairs are addressed, 480-volt motors on the process lines are replaced with energy-efficient motors rated at 98 percent efficient energy rather than the standard motor at 88 percent, and fluorescent lighting ballasts are replaced with energy-efficient ballasts instead of the old magnetic ones.

The capabilities of Brightsmith are diverse. Various materials can be run with thicknesses ranging from 0.008 to 0.10 and widths from 18 inches to more than 61 inches, depending on the substrate. Specializations in two- and three-color print systems, embossed plastisol, laminating, and two and three coat paint systems are readily available. Slitting, blanking, stucco, diamond and rough sawn cedar embossing are all obtainable options at Brightsmith. Additionally, Brightsmith utilizes the Henkel wet chemistry cleaning and pretreatments and single-coat dry-in-place treatments to ensure durability.

The introduction of BRIGHTSITE, a new tool that facilitates customers’ experiences with Brightsmith, has been useful in gauging company performance. The interactive website, controlled with a username and password, allows customers to access inventory and production reports at any time. The site is accessible through the Brightsmith homepage.

Efficiency improvements are steadfast at the Brightsmith facility with the addition of rail service in 2013. With each rail car holding 220,000 pounds of material, four tractor trailers are removed from the road. Increasing the company’s yields and widening customer options, the choice can now be made between truck or rail shipping based on an individual’s specific costs and timeframes.

With five years under its belt, Brightsmith’s vision remains unwavering with quality awareness at the forefront of its focus. The company will be offering increased cross training for its employees so they can discover the roles, technology and advancements. “Our staff has more than 400 combined years of coil coating experience,” Coffey notes. “We are taking these abilities and fostering growth to ensure our employees recognize Brightsmith’s uniqueness. In the end, our employees’ knowledge and skills ensure quality, on-time coated products for our customers.”