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Vanessa Bauersachs
2 April 2015 09:46:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Moving to greener pastures in printing inks

The printing ink industry is increasingly doing research towards renewable raw materials. However, the majority of printing inks does still contain petrochemical substances. How could the conversion to "green” materials be accelerated?

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Michael Richter
26 March 2015 11:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Sugar based raw materials – a charming solution!

At the moment the media is discussing the historically low oil price and related costs for raw materials.
All of us are expecting the moment in which this advantageous situation will change into the contrary again.

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Sonja Schulte
19 March 2015 05:57:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Isocyante-free 2K coatings systems:decoupling of pot-life and cure speed

We all know the advantages and disatvantages of  isocyante based coatings systems. Exposure to free isocyante can result in adverse health effects such as respiratory diseases and severe allergic sensitization. Further isocyantes undergo irreversible side reactions with water which can be problematic for the application of isocyated based coatings such as PUR coatings in humid environments. There is also a need in many application for faster drying and hardness development that can achieved with current isocyante chemistry. However, typical approaches to faster dry times using isocyante chemistry usually lead to shorter formulation pot-life. Now two different isocyante-free approaches will be presented at the European Coatings CONGRESS. Both offer decoupling of pot life and curing speed while offering performance comparable to established systems. In my opinion, this is a real breakthrough in coatings technology!

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Kirsten Wrede
12 March 2015 08:44:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
…and the winner is?

Tension is rising: who is going to win the European Coatings AWARD 2015?The best paper presented at the European Coatings CONGRESS in Nuremberg on 20 and 21 April will once again be honoured with an attractive trophy and prize money. And it will afterwards be published in the European Coatings JOURNAL.

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Sonja Specks
6 March 2015 14:24:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
ECS 2015 - an event full of superlatives

The European Coatings SHOW broke the thousand mark: this week the 1,000th exhibitor has registered for the European Coatings SHOW. The highest number ever. So international and so diverse as never before. A wonderful feeling! To me, this means I have to run more at the ECS to meet industry experts and see what the coming two years have in store when it comes to coatings developments. As one thing is for sure, the ECS sets the pace.      

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Tony Mash
26 February 2015 09:35:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
Should the reduction in the price of oil impact technology development in the Coatings Industry?

Will the rout in the oil market prompt the Coatings industry to drag its feet when it comes to reducing carbon footprint? Greenpeace has a message here.

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Vanessa Bauersachs
20 February 2015 13:11:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
How is the paints and coatings industry affected by political crises?

Ukraine, Syria, the Middle East, the list of crisis areas is getting longer and longer. Of course, political crises always have consequences for the economy and naturally the paints and coatings industry is no exception.

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Michael Richter
12 February 2015 11:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Back to the future - without biocides?

At the beginning of the year, I like to tidy up my flat in order to get rid of unwanted and useless things. This time I discovered an article in a pile of newspapers and magazines. This article begins with: "Electrical-Coating – A charge alternating from positive to negative should protect ship hulls from fouling. Via this the acidity of the surrounding water is changing constantly and this repels mussels and algae”. This is what I call an exciting research project.

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Sonja Schulte
4 February 2015 16:25:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
The global coatings industry: The best is yet to come!

Recently I attended the Coating Summit 2015 – the global strategy and networking forum for senior coatings executives. These senior executives from the global coatings industry agreed that it was an attractive industry which offered huge promise - especially in high-growth markets - and plenty of opportunities. However back home meeting people within the European coatings industry I heard, that this view might be too optimistic.

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Kirsten Wrede
29 January 2015 09:07:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
How did you come to choose a coatings career?

Whenever I do interviews with industry professionals, I like to ask them how they came to take up a career in the coatings world. It’s funny how different the answers are. Only recently, I met an ambitious young man at a coatings company supplying the graphic arts industry.

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