Improve your Quality

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.

Quali Middle East Seminar in Dubai

In May, the seminar on Safe and Efficient Powder Coating Process of the Quali Middle East Association (QMEA) took place in Dubai. The event, which was organized and held with the support of Albertus de Boer, IFO Middle East and responsible for training and seminars at QMEA, was attended by 71 interested participants from the aluminum sector. In addition to the specialist lectures, many participants welcomed the opportunity to gather ideas for their own work processes during the course of the event and to exchange their expertise.

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.

Qualisino training in Hangzhou

On March 24 and 25, a two-day training session oft the Chinese Qualisino quality association took place in Hangzhou.

On the training course, Mr Holz from Qualisurfal chairmen and co-managing director of IFO, Ms. Li Yuan from Qualisino as well as Mr. Ding and Mr. Crane from the IFO lab passed on their knowledge of quality assurance in surface finishing processes.

The 52 participants took advantage of the time between lectures and specialist contributions to exchange experiences and information After the meeting, all participants were able to take a look at the practical lab operation by visiting the Laboratory of IFO China, where test equipment and laboratory methods were presented in detail.

Qualisino ist the general licensee in China for the internationally recognized quality marks QUALICOAT and QUALANOD.

QUALISTEELCOAT Releases Specifications 4.0

QUALISTEELCOAT has released version 4.0 of their specifications. Meanwhile, more than 80 certified coating companies in 12 countries hold this quality label and about 100 coating systems of 25 material suppliers have been approved. The main objective was to improve structure and readability. Moreover, further coating systems have been adopted and an appendix about the implementation of EN 1090 has been added. The English version can be downloaded on , the German version on


The Executive Board of Qubus GmbH and Ifo GmbH in Schwäbisch Gmünd have granted power of attorney to Nicole Kässer, head of commercial administration.

Since 2007 Nicole Kässer has been responsible for the joint administration of the two tightly-knit enterprises. For four years, she has been heading the commercial administration of the owner-managed service providers in surface engineering and is particularly responsible for the organization, management and controlling of the entire commercial administration as well as for calculation, controlling and budgeting.

” The continuous growth of the enterprises required to adapt and consolidate management structures and fields of responsibility to this development. By granting Ms. Kässer power of attorney we also want to appreciate the high entrepreneurial responsibility of Ms. Kässer and the affiliated commitment to the enterprise. We are very glad that Nicole Kässer joins and strengthens our management team “, said Michael Müller, Managing Director of Ifo – Institut für Oberflächentechnik.

The managing partners of both enterprises congratulated their new proxy holder on behalf of the entire enterprise on the appointment.



New Managing Director for dual leadership of Ifo-Institut. Marc Holz succeeds Managing Director Hans Pfeifer.

The previous head of the body of experts, research and development has been appointed member of the executive board from 1st August 2016 and took over the management of the worldwide acting testing institute together with Michael Müller, co-founder and managing partner of Ifo. Marc Holz, graduate chemist, thereby succeeds Hans Pfeifer who hands over the management of the institute due to his age.
“I am looking forward to the new tasks “, said Marc Holz. „It is a great challenge for me to further shape and advance our unique network of services for enterprises in surface engineering together with my colleague Michael Müller and all our employees. “
Together with the associate company Qubus - Planung und Beratung Oberflächentechnik GmbH and locations in Dubai, China and the Netherlands Ifo - Institut für Oberflächentechnik offers their services for enterprises in surface engineering worldwide. More than 80 qualified engineers and technicians work in the business fields inspection and testing, certification, creation of expert’s reports, contract research, laboratory services, facility layout planning, environmental legislation and management systems.



Marc Holz, Hans Pfeifer and Michael Müller

SF China 2015

18.–20. Nov. 2015 | Shanghai | China

18.–20. Nov. 2015 | Shanghai | China

Wir stellen aus: Halle E1 | Stand H05-09 | 18.-20. Nov. 2015 | Shanghai | China
We'll be there: Hall E1 | Booth H05-09 | 18-20th Nov. 2015 | Shanghai | China