June 11 - 12 2019 Detroit - Michigan - Usa

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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

April  Stevens McNally

Chief Engineer VOME - Global Paint Engineering

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

Bruno Welsch

President & CEO

Jorge  Singman

Vice President - Automotive Systems USA

Jon  Karr

Vice President Paintshop Automation

Bill  Wolf

Director - Paint Operations Manufacturing 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:


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

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

Autonomous Vehicles

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

Industry 4.0 / Customer Satisfaction

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

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Industry News

GMC adds AT4 subbrand, Sierra 1500 features to HD lineup

23 January 2019 01:15 - Autonews

GMC is expanding its new AT4 subbrand and many key features of the Sierra 1500 to its heavy-duty brethren. ...

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Lincoln Aviator to start at $52,195; plug-in hybrid model priced from $69,895

23 January 2019 00:20 - Autonews

Lincoln will begin taking orders for the Aviator in February. The gasoline version goes on sale this summer, while the plug-in hybrid hits showrooms in late summer, Lincoln said Tuesday. ...

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Magneti Marelli to expand operations near Detroit

22 January 2019 22:01 - Autonews

Fiat Chrysler's parts unit Magneti Marelli plans to create 106 jobs and invest $12.6 million at its regional headquarters north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, according to a state memo. ...

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GM, facing losses in Brazil, seeks tax breaks in Sao Paulo state

22 January 2019 21:52 - Autonews

GM's Brazil unit is in advanced talks with Sao Paulo state to receive tax incentives, the company told public officials and union representatives, a few days after telling workers in a memo that it was losing money in the country. ...

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Former Infiniti boss Krueger to head Dyson auto unit

22 January 2019 20:34 - Autonews

Former Infiniti chief Roland Krueger is taking the top job at Dyson's automotive unit, which plans to put an electric vehicle on the road by 2021. ...

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Ford's Farley confirms compact pickup, battery-electric F series

22 January 2019 17:53 - Autonews

Ford is planning a less expensive pickup that would slot below the Ranger, and the automaker eventually will offer battery-electric versions of the F series, Jim Farley, head of the automaker's global markets, told investors. ...

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Lexus takes a shot at NFL QBs in new UX spot

22 January 2019 17:28 - Autonews

Lexus has dropped a new four-minute online video featuring quarterback that adapts the advanced safety systems from the brand's new UX crossover. ...

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Waymo plans expansion in Michigan, will hire 400 people

22 January 2019 16:40 - Autonews

Waymo is partnering with global supplier Magna to integrate self-driving systems on vehicles produced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar. ...

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