25th March 2019

CASF SEES SOLID GROWTH, TACKLES ISSUES

The Canadian Association for Surface Finishing has seen double-digit growth in the past year. Speaking at the February board meeting, CASF president Michael Kuntz, noted that the association had also launched the Ken Lemke Education Fund with a renewed focus on education within the industry, and also held a highly successful Conference in the fall. The association had also welcomed Paola Battiston, chair of the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry at Seneca College, to the board of directors.

"We continue to make great strides in Western Canada thanks to our board member and CASF Western Liaison Rob Newman," Kuntz noted, "and also in the East thanks to our immediate past president Richard Thibodeau."

A number of regulatory matters were key issues for CASF during 2017.  Cap and Trade took effect in Ontario, so that facilities are now faced with the terms and conditions of the auction processes and must ensure they purchase emission allowances for their facilities through the first compliance period.

In January of 2018, this program harmonized with Quebec and California, thereby changing the program structure. Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has sent out invites for PARs and AARs to attend training sessions in January. The post-2020 framework is still not developed, and CASF is monitoring this regulatory instrument for pending amendments.

ECCC published a consultation document in 2017 proposing changes to the Federal Chromium Regulation. CASF responded with a Member Letter requesting face-to-face meetings in 2018 to talk through the fundamental changes being proposed, due to concerns expressed by its member base.

CASF is currently working with the membership and MOECC on potentially expanding the list of contaminants currently under the Metal Finisher Industry Standard. In 2018 CASF will be following up with the members and the MOECC on this issue and what the next steps forward will be.

In April, CASF will host and sponsor the Bright Design Challenge (BDC) at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, MI. Kuntz described the BDC as "a lively, spirited design competition that connects young designers with major OEM design studios. The winners of the contest receive scholarships on behalf of the Association as the competition challenges students to balance style and function with electroplated and other surface finishes.

"I personally helped create the program in the 1990s and it has continued each year since then. It’s a great way to promote surface finishing and our industry to young students who often go on to become lead stylists and designers for the world’s most recognized automotive and motorcycle companies."

This year CASF, NASF and CCS have partnered with Harley-Davidson to design the next generation of motorcycles.

The CASF Golf Tournament will be hosted this year by Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, ON, on Tuesday. September 11. This event always sells out, and Kuntz advised signing up early.

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