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AIS Adds Key Team Member

Monday, March 16th, 2015

AIS is pleased to announce the hiring of Pat Mormile. Mormile brings an extensive 38-year background in chemistry to the AIS team, most notably in polymers, coatings and new chemical technology.

Mormile has a long relationship with the company dating back to the early 1990s. At the time, Mormile worked for BASF’s Automotive Refinish Research and Development group supporting the collision repair industry.

According to Mormile, “When I first met the company, my initial thought was ‘These guys love innovation.’ Even back then, you could tell that this was very forward-thinking organization.”

Following his time with BASF, Mormile accepted a position as R&D Director with Nippon Paint’s New Technology group in Thailand. Part of a Singapore-based conglomerate, Nippon is Asia’s largest paint manufacturer. His responsibilities at Nippon encompassed innovative coatings product research and development; including new products for Automotive OEM, Automotive Refinish, and General Industrial applications. His role covered a broad range of technologies and applications; 1K and 2K chemistries both solventborne and waterborne, and different “coating layers” including basecoat/clearcoat, monocoat, and undercoat.

Mormile has decades of experience with both polymer synthesis and coatings development and applications. This includes having synthesized polyesters, acrylics, alkyds, and epoxies. In addition to polymer synthesis experience, Mormile has formulated coatings systems for industrial, automotive refinish and automotive OEM applications/ markets.

Mormile’s time working with automotive refinishing has provided invaluable experience. He’s been involved in development and technical service of automotive refinish coatings systems for both general refinish and fleet (commercial vehicle) applications. This includes all “layers” of auto refinish coatings; primers, primer-surfacers, sealers, basecoats, and topcoats (single-stage and clearcoat). Mormile also has extensive hands-on experience with acrylic and polyester synthesis, with an in-depth understanding of structure property relationships. Additionally, he’s gained first-hand experience with spray and application equipment used with auto refinish coatings systems. This includes conventional, HVLP, and electrostatic spray equipment.

Initially, Mormile will explore new coatings technology for AIS customers. He considers himself the company’s Coatings Herald. “My job is to find new technology and solutions that fit into our portfolio,” commented Mormile. “I’ll also serve as a champion for new technology and follow-through, helping the company assess business practicalities for our customers. Emerging chemical science is going to impact many industry segments.”

“I love lab work, but I don’t consider myself a lab rat solely,” added Mormile. “Determining how new technology impacts business really frosts my cookies.”

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