The American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society (AESF), the Metal Finishing Suppliers Association (MFSA) and the National Association of Metal Finishers (NAMF) have overwhelmingly approved the reorganization of their organizations. Beginning January 1, 2007, the new organization will become the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF). The reorganization is expected to create a stronger, more viable vehicle for advancing the interests of the North American surface finishing industry globally. The name, NASF, reflects the integration of association cultures while preserving the individual identities and traditions of the former organizations.

As a more efficient and unified operation, the reorganization will provide all members - including platers, suppliers, managers, owners, technicians, researchers, academics and students - with a stronger industry voice, an optimized volunteer pool, a reinvigorated committee structure and enhanced member benefits. In addition, with the creation of the AESF Foundation, there will be an increased focus on technical education programs to advance the science and technology of surface finishing.

Efforts are under way to develop a new organizational and administrative structure. NASF and the AESF Foundation will be headquartered in Washington, DC.

For more information, contact John Flatley at 202.457.8404.