June 11 - 12 2019 Detroit - Michigan - Usa 1st International Conference on Automotive Body Finishing in North America


1st International Conference on Automotive Body Finishing in North America

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Emphasizing networking and knowledge sharing, the SURCAR Connect (June 11-12, 2019) is a prominent gathering with enjoyable activities that strength our North American Car Body Finishing Community, support Detroit local causes.

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This 2nd edition of DETROIT Congress (June 16-17, 2020) will be a two-day international conference that enhances successful innovation strategies and presents R&D programs and real experience feedback in the surface finishing field.

Committee Members

Mark Dunn

Vice President Sales

Matt Boland

Vice President Global Transportation Coatings Technology

Mike Nelson

Paint Process Manager

Kevin A. Rahrig

Executive VP - Commercial

Sean McKeon

Vice President – Global Account Management

Rich Everly

Vice President Paint

Mike Boss

President & CEO

Jorge  Singman

Vice President - Automotive Systems USA

Jon  Karr

Vice President Paintshop Automation

Bill  Wolf

Director - Paint Operations Manufacturing Engineering

April  Stevens McNally

Chief Engineer VOME - Global Paint Engineering

2019 Panel Discussions Headlines

An inspiring full-day program dedicated to understanding latest technology and sharing best practices

An inspiring full-day program dedicated to understanding latest technology and sharing best practices:

Mixed Substrate

  • How to ensure the compatibility between Paint Materials, substrate, bonding and sealing materials?
  • How to paint and cure multiple substrate and standard Car Bodies on the same line


  • Best practices that reduce efficiently VOC emissions, hazardous wasted associated with painting processes etc.
  • New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, how to adapt?

Industry 4.0 / Customer Satisfaction

  • The impacts and benefits of an ultimate digital Paintshop – data management, customization, flexibility etc.

Autonomous Vehicles

  • Impact of new mobility (electric vehicles, autonomous cars, rental & shared vehicles) on Surface Treatment and painting

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Industry News

Musk boasts Tesla has 'best chip in the world,' but Nvidia begs to differ

23 April 2019 13:34 - Autonews

Tesla said it started equipping its vehicles with a self-driving computer designed in-house and transitioned away from chips supplied by Nvidia. ...

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Daimler's tie-up with Renault-Nissan may be running out of road

23 April 2019 13:17 - Autonews

Carlos Ghosn's downfall at Renault-Nissan and Dieter Zetsche's retirement as head of Daimler looks likely to end the companies' industrial partnership.  ...

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Musk makes self-driving technology Tesla's costly new calling

23 April 2019 12:52 - Autonews

During an hours-long presentation focused on autonomy, Musk said customers will be able to put their cars onto a shared network of robotaxis. Tesla shares still fell 3.8 percent. ...

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New Ghosn charges may flip the narrative on deposed exec

23 April 2019 12:27 - Autonews

The new indictment accusing Carlos Ghosn of redirecting $5 million from Nissan to his personal accounts threatens to undermine his argument that he is a victim of corporate intrigue. ...

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Toyota establishes research institute in China

22 April 2019 17:06 - Autonews

The initiative is part of the Japanese carmaker's efforts to share more technology with China as it seeks to expand its business in the country by beefing up manufacturing capacity and distribution channels. ...

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Nissan to reject new integration proposal from Renault, report says

22 April 2019 16:47 - Autonews

Nissan's management feels the Japanese company has not been treated as an equal of Renault under existing capital ties, and a merger would make this inequality permanent, the Nikkei report said. ...

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Tesla investigates video of parked Model S exploding in Shanghai

22 April 2019 14:05 - Autonews

The video shows the parked electric vehicle emit smoke and burst into flames seconds later. A video purportedly of the aftermath shows a line of three destroyed cars. ...

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Musk takes on key supplier Panasonic in rare public battle

22 April 2019 13:43 - Autonews

The rift started with reports the companies are tempering expansion plans at their battery plant in Nevada. Elon Musk contends Panasonic is the culprit by operating at a reduced pace. ...

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