Cabot announces new Premium Wood Finish
Cabot Premium Woodcare has announced the arrival of its newest interior wood product. Premium Wood Finish uses a patented, water-based H20il formula that conditions, seals and protects in one step.
"This new product is a great way to transform furniture," said Russ Neale, Cabot’s marketing director. "Whether it’s a family heirloom that needs an updated look, a great thrift store find that needs a simple touch-up, or a piece of bare wood that needs a little life breathed into it — this product can do it all. It comes in a variety of vibrant colors that lay out smooth to show off the wood’s character, and dries quickly so you can display the finished piece in just six hours."
The product aims to reduce steps and man-hours, resulting in a streamlined application with a fast-drying formula (the finish dries in two and a half hours between coats and fully in six hours).
According to the company, Cabot Premium Wood Finish aims to protect better than leading all-in-one and water-based top coats, resisting damage from water rings and household chemicals like bleach, alcohol and nail polish remover.
Additionally, the product can be applied without a primer or conditioner, and it washes off with soap and water. Its colorfast pigments can be tinted to nearly 30 different colors.
Valspar taps Rimini Street to handle its ERP software
Valspar is trimming its IT budget and handing over the operations of its Oracle E-Business Suite to Rimini Street, Inc., a third-party support provider for enterprise software.
The move is aimed at generating savings for Valspar via its global IT budget and allow the company to dedicate more of its resources toward strategic growth initiatives.
“By partnering with Rimini Street, Valspar was able to reallocate a portion of its total global IT budget to growth initiatives with the stroke of a pen,” said Tom Grooms, Valspar’s VP and CIO. “Rimini Street’s total value proposition, the breadth and depth of all the expertise it brings and the willingness to help us be successful significantly enhances our strategic capabilities as an IT function. Rimini Street’s value is not incremental – it has a multiplier effect on our operations.”
Valspar has been involved with Rimini Street since 2012, though the relationship has grown beyond break/fix software support. Today, Rimini provides strategic guidance, support for customizations, interoperability, performance and interfaces.
“Rimini Street is pleased to be a valued partner to Valspar as it continues to implement its explosive international growth strategy and transform the coatings industry, while expanding and standardizing its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation around the world,” said Seth Ravin, CEO of Rimini Street.
Xicato appoints new sales managers in Europe
Xicato, a provider of LED modules for the retail and hospitality industries, has appointed two new sales managers to its European team.
Ben Hamida will step up to the plate as regional sales manager for France and the Middle East. Previously, Hamida spent 18 years at GE Lighting as international sales manager for Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hamida is fluent in French, English, Italian and Arabic and brings extensive experience to the table in driving LED sales.
Meanwhile, Marcin Demianiuk will serve as regional sales manager for the burgeoning markets in Poland and Eastern Europe. Most recently, he was area sales manager for Samsung and is well-versed in selling new technologies to various companies in the region. He is fluent in English and Polish.
"The number of luminaire manufacturers that are addressing high-quality LED lighting for the professional lighting marketplace is increasing," said Gerhard Rieser, VP Sales, Europe. "In France, Poland, and throughout Eastern Europe, we have seen significant growth and will continue to expand our team as appropriate to ensure we provide the service and technical knowledge that support our customers’ success."