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Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (STERC)

The Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (STERC) provides a wealth of useful environmental compliance information to the surface finishing and surface treatment industry.

Their website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, in partnership with the AESF Foundation and the National Association for Surface Finishing. Funding for this project has been provided by US EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program and the AESF Foundation / National Association for Surface Finishing. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Lisa Stobierski, Sr. Program Manager.

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)

Founded in 1982 as the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) by the three largest North American automotive OEMS, AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where companies in the mobility industries have worked collaboratively to drive down cost and complexity in the supply chain. Their membership includes leading global mobility manufacturers, their part suppliers, service providers, and associated global organizations, and government entities. 

Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation

The Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation's purpose is to advance and promote the science and technology of surface finishing and associated manufacturing principles. The foundation provides scholarships and awards to students that are interested in this area of study, and also promotes research and development projects, offer technical education, training programs and certification.

AESF Education Foundation

The Foundation’s three core areas are education, research and scholarship. AESF Foundation was formed in 2006 and offers several distinct learning platforms: Classroom Courses, Web-Based Courses, Home Study Courses and Custom Courses, which are tailored to the individual needs of public and private entities.

AESF is the gold standard in finishing industry education, and the exclusive grantor of industry certifications, from basic CEF (Certified Electroplater Finisher) to MSF (Master Surface Finisher).

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