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IFO expand their presence abroad

The IFO Institut für Oberflächentechnik (Institute for Surface Engineering) in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany has expanded its site in Hangzhou, China and has opened a new 1,000m2 laboratory there. This is an important step for the affiliated companies IFO (laboratory centre of excellence and inspections) and QUBUS (engineering service provider for surface technology) from Schwäbisch Gmünd. The construction project was launched in 2019 and the site is now in operation so that customers from China and the Asian market also have access to a local service and a unique network of experts in surface engineering.

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PaintExpo postponed

PaintExpo 2020 is postponed. We hope to be able to give you a replacement date as soon as possible.

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IFO at general licensee for Qualisteelcoat in Russia

The IFO Institut für Oberflächentechnik visited RAEA (Russian Aluminum Extruders Alliance) in Russia. RAEA is there since 3rd October the general licensee for Qualisteelcoat. Congratulations and thanks to all participants and supporters at the presentation and workshop on Qualisteelcoat, Qualicoat, Qualanod and Qualideco. The international quality label QUALISTEELCOAT is aimed at coaters of steel and galvanized steel in the interior, exterior and architectural sectors, in particular also the duplex coaters.

10th anniversary of QUALISINO

QUALISINO celebrates its 10th anniversary. At the beginning of September 300 members met for a 2-day meeting and seminar. The Chinese quality association QUALISINO deals with the quality assurance of surface finishing processes. As a general licensee in China, QUALISINO allocates the internationally recognized quality labels QUALICOAT, QUALANOD and QUALIDECO. The “IFO – Institut für Oberflächentechnik GmbH” has been testing all licensees since the association was founded. We look forward to further successful years of cooperation.

InnoTrans 18 th - 21st September 2018

Visit us at the Himolla-booth on the Innotrans 2018.

From 18 to 21 September 2018 in Berlin. Hall 8.1, booth 205.

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PaintExpo 17th - 20th April 2018

Visit us at the QUBUS/IFO-booth on the PaintExpo, the world's leading trade fair for industrial painting technology. 

From April 17 to 20, 2018 in Karlsruhe. Hall 1, booth 1527 

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Quali Middle East Seminar in Cairo

In January the Quali Middle East Association (QMEA) invited all interested companies in Egypt to attend an information seminar in Cairo. More than 200 participants, architects, coaters, and coating suppliers participated in the successful event. Albertus de Boer, IFO Middle East and responsible for training and seminars at QMEA, moderated and guided through the seminars and provided information on IFO-supported QMEA services in the area of Qualicoat, Qualanod and Qualisteelcoat.

The Quali Middle East Association (QMEA) is the general license holder of the quality marks QUALICOAT, QUALANOD and QUALIDECO in the Middle East. A key objective of the association is the provision and promotion of established quality standards and proven production methods in order to ensure a high-quality coating on aluminum and aluminum surfaces.

IFO and QUBUS at the SF China, Shanghai

From 15 to 17 November, SF China, the successful international trade fair for the coating industry, took place in Shanghai.
Companies from the fields of surface technology, corrosion protection, powder technology, robotics and environmental protection presented their know-how to the specialist audience. Also this year, the IFO Institute and Qubus were represented at the GSTC joint stand (German Surface Technology Center), the one-stop shop for surface technology. Marc Holz, Managing Director of IFO Germany, together with his colleagues from IFO and QUBUS in China, can look back on three successful and exciting traide fair days. Together with the companies Munk, Linhoff and Harter Drying Solutions, existing business relationships with customers and partners were cultivated and intensified at the fair, and many new contacts were made.

ALPC Meeting 2017 in Dali, South China

Derek Ding, IFO China, and Marc Holz, IFO Germany, participated in this year's ALPC 2017, the Aluminum Processing Technology Conference, in Dali, southern China. On two days, national and international speakers were invited and had the opportunity to give technologically oriented lectures in front of the representatives of the Chinese aluminum industry. The IFO Institute was also represented at the annual congress with a lecture: Almost 2,000 participants in the conference gained information on the subject of expert activity in Europe during the bilingual presentation by Marc Holz and Derek Ding.

Well equipped for the scratch test according to ISO 12944-9

With its new CNC slot mill, the IFO Institute is well equipped to meet the upcoming new requirements for the test procedure of the test according to ISO 12944-9. The draft standard now requires a milled scratch attachment: For optimum comparability of the test results, the mechanically generated scratch must be placed on each sample plate in such a way that it reaches down to the base material. All newly required standard specifications for cutting depth, alignment and dimensions are easily met by the milling machine used at IFO.