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Virtual Meeting – September 14, 2021

The Detroit Colour Council held a virtual meeting featuring Madison Maxey, Founder & CEO of Loomia.  Madison’s presentation on Designing and Manufacturing Soft, Flexible Circuits (E-textiles) for Auto Interiors, Wearables, and More can be viewed in the link below:



Virtual Meeting – June 8, 2021

Detroit Colour Council Presents: Radar/Autonomous Vehicle Applications for Pigments

The Detroit Colour Council held a webinar with the Dr. Maximillian Mussotter of BASF and Jon Lawniczak of Eckart presenting.  A recording of the presentations may be viewed by clicking on the following link:

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Pigment Influence & Challenges in Radar Applications
Presenter: Dr. Maximillian Mussotter, BASF Color & Effects
Email: maximillian.mussotter@basf.com

Development of Radar Transmissive Metallic Colors
Presenter: Jon Lawniczak, Market and Technical Service Manager ECKART America
Email address: jonathan.lawniczak@Altana.com


Virtual Meeting – April 13, 2021

Detroit Colour Council Presented:  International Color Day with Mary Mello, Science & Technology Color Specialist, PPG Industries.

To view the presentation, please click here:  https://detroitcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/4-13-2021-Mary-Mello-International-Color-Day-2.pdf

Mary has a unique background in color and industry.  From color communication, matching, batch correction, color science, development, education, technology, R&D, technical, special effect pigment analysis, digital imaging, database development, and color trend research and styling for on and off road vehicles, and recreational boating customers. Mary has over 25 years of color education from industry programs designed for color communication, database development, theory, pigments and effect pigments.

Currently, Mary is a Science & Technology Color Specialist at PPG located south of Milwaukee in Oak Creek WI. She uses the color trend research and styling color development for special industrial customer that are on and off road vehicles, and recreational boating customers. She is very active with the color styling team and pigment team within PPG

Virtual Meeting – January 28, 2021

Detroit Colour Council Presented: Additive Overview and HP MJF Technology:  How to achieve color, texture and finish on additive applications

Use this link to view a recording of this virtual event:  https://altana-events.webex.com/ec3300/eventcenter/recording/recordAction.do?theAction=poprecord&siteurl=altana-events-en&entappname=url3300&internalRecordTicket=4832534b0000000411dfd51e635d66eb5ef49aa02e8d5ca4b42c89da6087aa8c8ebf5f07045ddf5d&renewticket=0&isurlact=true&format=short&rnd=7701562061&RCID=fb140edda02022e98de41f988e174c50&rID=207635907&needFilter=false&recordID=207635907&apiname=lsr.php&AT=pb&actappname=ec3300&&SP=EC&entactname=%2FnbrRecordingURL.do&actname=%2Feventcenter%2Fframe%2Fg.do


Aaron DeLong:  3D Printing, HP Inc.

With over 20 years in the automotive industry, Aaron has spent much of that time at IAC, a tier1 supplier focusing on interior plastics. He has been using additive manufacturing as a tool for prototype development, manufacturing aids and innovation enablers for most of his career. Joining HP in 2019 focusing on enabling OEMs to realize the benefit of additive as a cost avoidance tool in development, validation and to address parts on vehicles through a production road map.

Taking standard as printed grey or natural parts to an automotive fit and finish level has been one of the enablers for class A interior and exterior on vehicle parts.

Join us for a review of additive technologies available today and how parts made on these and MJF can achieve color, texture, and finish.

Virtual Meeting – Detroit Colour Council July 21st, 2020

Since we’re currently prevented from hosting “in-person” gatherings, the Detroit Colour Council held a virtual meeting with Greg Shrider from BYK Gardner USA presenting on Color & Effect Measurement.  The meeting was very well attended and we look forward to bringing you more virtual content.  Thanks to BYK for hosting the event.  The link to a recording of the presentation can be found below:

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Recording password: FuPn3SAj

Detroit Colour Council receives 2019 Best of Farmington Hills Award

Farmington Hills Award Program Honors the Achievement

FARMINGTON HILLS October 21, 2019 — Detroit Colour Council has been selected for the 2019 Best of Farmington Hills Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Farmington Hills Award Program.

Each year, the Farmington Hills Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Farmington Hills area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Farmington Hills Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Farmington Hills Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Farmington Hills Award Program

The Farmington Hills Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Farmington Hills area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Farmington Hills Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Farmington Hills Award Program

Farmington Hills Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@2019-community-awards-notification.net

Gift from Detroit Colour Council Supports Students in KDAC’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is pleased to announce the awarding of scholarships made possible through a gift from the Detroit Colour Council (DCC), a Detroit-based professional society that promotes communication and education focused on color science and design.

Two students in KCAD’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion, Jennifer Caceres and Hadley MacIntosh, were each selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“KCAD and the Fashion Studies program are grateful to the Detroit Colour Council for their vital support of our students and their investment in the next generation of creative professionals,” said Associate Professor and Fashion Studies Program Chair Lori Faulkner.

“This scholarship will position recipients to make the most of their KCAD education and emerge prepared to succeed in a wide variety of creative careers.”
Caceres, a junior in the Fashion Studies program, is working to take advantage of the program’s opportunity to apply to spend her senior year studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She’s also earning a minor in Interior Design, and plans to pursue a career in the fashion industry upon graduating.

“This scholarship has made it possible for me to be one step closer to my goals,” said Carceres. “I will work very hard and eventually give something back to others, both through my career and possibly a scholarship for future students.”

MacIntosh, a sophomore, has aspired to be a fashion designer from a young age. After a fruitful first year at KCAD, she’s excited to continue growing and learning in the Fashion Studies program.

“I want to thank the Detroit Colour Council for its generous contribution toward my tuition, and for helping make my dreams a reality,” said MacIntosh. “It truly means so much to me to have the privilege to attend KCAD. This first year was more than I could have ever hoped for, and I learned so much.”

Since its founding in 1955 by a small group of designers, the DCC has grown to a membership that currently extends throughout the U.S. and Canada. A majority of DCC members are employed by suppliers to the automotive industry, and members represent a wide variety of professional functions including engineers, designers, sales people, scientists, consultants, and lab technicians.

The gift to KCAD is the latest in a long line of assistance the DCC has provided to organizations in Michigan.

“The Detroit Colour Council is very pleased to be able to assist our future designers in their education. We look forward to their continued success,” said Detroit Colour Council President Lisa Benedict. “This award allows the Detroit Colour Council to be closer to the community that we serve.”



March 26, 2019 Meeting

The Detroit Colour Council had a great turnout at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College to hear presentations from Sally Erickson Wilson and Brianna Williams from the College for Creative Studies on “Future Thinking:  Color” and from Kristen Dolzynski of Victoria’s Secret on “A Color Symposium:  Fashion and its Evolution”.

Bill Longley, formerly of the Ford Motor Company, was also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the DCC and color education.