Cefla North America names new lab manager
December 2, 2021 | 11:15 am CST
Cefla finishing lab

Cefla North America's lab features new technology including robotic finishing. The company recently named a new lab manager.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Cefla North America, a supplier of surface enhancement technologies to the United States and Canada, has named Jude Zimmermann as its lab manager.

Zimmerman has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations. His background is heavily involved in printing, wood and metal boutique finishing, metal fabrication, and CNC.

Jude Zimmermann was named lab manager at Cefla North America's Charlotte facility.

A Milwaukee-area native, he recently relocated to Charlotte to oversee laboratory operations. With his team, Zimmerman will facilitate daily testing either on behalf of Cefla customers, via virtual testing, or alongside them to conduct testing that achieves the customer’s finishing objectives. 

Within the finishing laboratory, he will also be involved in planning, budgeting, and coordinating with the company’s service division on new machine builds.

Cefla North America houses the largest laboratory dedicated to finishing professionals second to its global headquarters in Imola, Italy, and is the company’s largest investment outside of Italy, the company said.

The lab enables customers to test substrates and coatings in an environment that does not disrupt their production. The lab also serves as a center of research on the trends, techniques, and technologies available to the finishing industry. The lab also features vacuum technology and manufactures a line of vacuum coating finishing systems available in the U.S. and Canada. 

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