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

GM to invest $2.7B in Brazil, maintain 15,000 jobs

19 March 2019 16:47 - Autonews

General Motors said it would invest 10 billion reais ($2.65 billion) in two of its Brazilian plants located in the state of Sao Paulo.  ...

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Tesla factory injuries idled workers three times as much in 2018

19 March 2019 16:29 - Autonews

The sharp increase in Tesla workers' number of days off the job suggests a greater severity of injuries, said Deborah Berkowitz, a former top OSHA official who called the data "alarming." ...

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Noose hanging at Ram plant adds to industry tensions

19 March 2019 15:54 - Autonews

FCA brought outside investigators into the Ram plant to look into who hung a noose, commonly understood to be a threat of violence against African Americans, but hasn’t found the culprit. ...

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Peugeot family would support more PSA acquisitions

19 March 2019 12:12 - Autonews

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has the backing of the Peugeot family to seek more acquisitions after the company's purchase of Opel from GM. Fiat Chrysler or Jaguar Land Rover are seen as potential candidates for a deal with PSA. ...

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JLR downplays possible side effects of emissions recall in Europe

19 March 2019 12:03 - Autonews

Jaguar Land Rover has downplayed claims that a recall over CO2 emissions that covers tens of thousands of mainly diesel models will affect the drivability of the cars or actually increase other emissions. ...

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EV startup Evelozcity in talks with Magna Steyr for U.S. production

19 March 2019 11:20 - Autonews

Evelozcity is developing an electric car aimed at the mass market, a delivery van and an autonomous ride-hailing vehicle.  ...

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Ford launches Expedition ads ahead of production boost

19 March 2019 10:00 - Autonews

Ford hopes to capitalize on strong demand for its largest SUV with new ads showcasing its comfort and capability. ...

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Toyota first customer for Nvidia's new AV simulation platform

19 March 2019 01:53 - Autonews

Rather than wait decades to do more testing of AVs, companies have adopted simulators as an essential tool for helping record mileage in cyber worlds. ...

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