Welcome to Italian Finishing School.

Each year the Italian Finishing School is held at Cefla LAB, the world’s largest finishing laboratory located in Imola. 

What is the Italian Finishing School?

IFS is an exclusive 5 day event during which Cefla Finishing
combines thought-leading theory with practical hands-on demonstrations in the 3000 sqm laboratory. Customers, lacquer and coating suppliers take part to test new coating solutions, experimenting new techniques and obtaining industrial results for the technologies which will be offered to the market. 
The course is held in English and time will be split more or less
equally between classroom sessions and laboratory experience.

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Courses which provide theoretical and practical training:

  • Manager/Operator of Finishing Line
  • Buyer of Industrial Machinery /Plant Manager
  • Maintenance Manager/ Operator
  • Quality Assurance & Control Manager

Seen from an objective point of view participants discover the best ways to approach each process, optimising production efficiency and improving economic aspects.

Topics are addressed by independent experts as well as Cefla’s own product specialists, each of whom are highly specialised in one single technology.

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What topics are dealt with?
IFS is a chance to share experiences and examine the following processes:

  • sanding

  • wrapping

  • roller-coating

  • spray-coating 

  • drying 

  • digital printing

What can I get out of IFS?

Whatever your role in the world of surface enhancement technologies, IFS 2019 will give operators both a detailed introduction to all finishing processes as well as specific information and tips regarding the latest methods and technologies.

Speakers will address topics such as the chemical composition of different materials, each finishing process in detail, as well as equipment maintenance. Participants will also learn how to manage processes as a whole and indications will be given as to how you can benchmark a process and evaluate all aspects.

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Cefla Finishing is the only company able to create a professional training experience of this overall scope and specific detail in a context where participants will get to grips with real-life situations in the world’s largest finishing laboratory.

How do I sign up for IFS?

Next edition: March 4-8, 2019

The course is open to a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 participants. Contact us to find out the fee per person, which includes:

  • all training modules over 5 days
  • meals and accommodation
  • shuttle service to and from Bologna airport or Bologna train station

Only inbound and outbound rail tickets or flights are excluded from the total fee.

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I was very pleased with this training, we shared our experience with high-level teachers, in a unique LAB powered by innovative machinery. Finishing is a fantastic mix of art & science, but also a process very difficult to manage; we absolutely need opportunities like this to refresh and update our knowledge in order to constantly improve our results. Thanks IFS!”

Pietro Attubato, Finishing Dept. Manager at Boffi Spa

It was great to have the opportunity through IFS to leverage the experience of colleagues from other companies on problems and issues I face everyday in my job. I learned a lot through this and want to thank all my training colleagues who helped me reach the improvement goals I had been given by my company.“

Massimiliano Meoni, Finishing Line Manager at Falegnami Italia