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12 JANUARY 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM has a unique advantage in our market, as they have served industry special- ists and contractors for years — it's a win-win for our high standards of coving installations mixed with their high level of performance coatings," said Heather O'Brien, president of Easycove. "We are confident this partnership will collaboratively meet the demands for faster, more consis- tent coving installations as required by experts in the resinous flooring indus- try." For more information, contact: Easycove, www.easycove.com Reader Inquiry #4617 recently won the renowned "Top 10 China Powder Coating Product" award for its Nap-Gard epoxy powder coatings products, for the innovation behind their durability, anti-corrosion properties and ability to help meet sustainability goals. e Society of Coatings and Finishing, an affiliated organization to the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC), organized a commit- tee of industry professionals to select the winners based on several criteria, including market advantage, product and application benefits, and sustainability. In addition, public Internet votes were also counted. Axalta said its Nap-Gard is recognized for innovation qualities such as its 100 percent solids formulation and absence of targeted harmful air contami- nants, which combine to address China's environmental protection agenda. For more information, contact: Axalta, (855) 547-1461, www.axaltacs.com Reader Inquiry #4620 BASF, Concrete Group Partner to Preserve Alcatraz Island e Concrete Preservation Institute (CPI), in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service, recently conducted a 12-week field school trip on Alcatraz Island in which seven CPI participants used BASF's building solutions materials to restore iconic Easycove's New International European Distributor Easycove announced it has partnered with SPI Performance Coatings as its exclusive European international distributor for Easycove brand coving products. e agreement includes distribution of 1", 4", and 6" (2.5, 10.2, and 15.2 cm) coving products as well as its high-performance adhesive. Under this agreement, SPI Performance Coatings has been given exclusive international selling rights of Easycove products to all European Union (EU) member states and Switzerland. "SPI Skanska USA Building, Smartvid.io to Align Smartvid.io, a cloud-based platform for analyzing photos and videos from industrial environments, announced a national collaboration w ith leading construction management firm Skanska USA Building. T he pilot program w ill support the use of the Smartvid.io platform at select Skanska project sites around the United States to test and deploy machine-learning software for organizing field data such as photography and videos. "Construction jobs provide many unique challenges on a daily basis," said Oliver Smith, a Skanska direc- tor. " T he implementation of drone technolog y and other data capturing technologies can provide enhanced solutions to the areas of safety, quality control, logistics and planning, visual communication, and security, to name a few." For more information, contact: Smartvid.io. Inc., (844) 382-7300, w w w.smartvid.io Reader Inquiry #4618 Seymour Midwest Hires Vitoux as Chief Operating Officer Seymour Midwest, a family-owned global supplier to the specialty hand tools market, has announced the appointment of Bob Vitoux to the company's executive committee as chief operating officer. Vitoux comes to Seymour Midwest with a career that includes public accounting, automotive, and orthopedic experience. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Steinway Musical Instruments, based in New York, New York. Prior to Steinway, Vitoux managed increas- ingly larger teams at the orthopedic manufacturers of Zimmer, DePuy, and Biomet, culminating with his role as vice president of commercial operations at Biomet. For more information, contact: Seymour Midwest, (574) 267-7875, www.seymourmidwest.com Reader Inquiry #4619 Axalta's Nap-Gard Wins Coating Product Award Axalta-Huajia Coatings, a joint-venture company of Axalta Coating Systems, Industry Briefs