Adopting renewable innovations is often a challenging task and current percentage ratios of sustainable components remain quite low. So what about a totally bio-based and fully controllable deposition process for the formation of biological coatings? How does that sound to you?
It’s that time of year again for listing the top coatings manufacturers in various regions. Such rankings are usually based on annual sales. By that measure, PPG has snatched top place away from Akzo Nobel to become the world’s largest paints and coatings manufacturer with sales worth 13.15 billion euros in 2014. For its part, Akzo Nobel posted sales of 9.6 billion euros in the same year. Six other European companies are also to be found among the world’s top 20.
It’s really not so easy to find interesting news to share with you in this "dead season" - or "cucumber season”, as we would say in Germany. I’ve browsed a lot of relevant websites, and suddenly I found something striking:
Recently, I attended the Maker Faire in Hanover, an event where innovators present their newest products and technologies. One of my highlights there was watching 3D printers in action, producing all sorts of objects from simple vases to dog statues to a bust of Kim Jong Un, which bore an almost uncanny resemblance to said North Korean. With all the more interest, I read that researchers have found a way to print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets.
Everybody is talking about storytelling. Books dealing with this topic are often bestsellers as even a story about storytelling is already a told story. Confusing? Yes, it is and I will try to put things straight again.
Can you believe it? Only recently I have filed away all my material on the recent European Coatings SHOW and CONGRESS, and already the next big event – the American Coatings SHOW and CONFERENCE 2016 – is looming on the horizon! I became aware of this when I returned from my holidays and read the news on our website, according to which the ACS is once again among the fastest-growing biennial shows in North America.
I’ve been back in the "business as usual" mode for a while now, but the EC Congress which paralleled the European Coatings SHOW refuses to leave me alone. Along with David Sykes of the PRA, UK, I compiled the programme on the basis of the abstracts that were submitted – as always.
On the way boarding an airplane, people have to queue in the gangway for a short time. The moment before you are welcomed by the crewmembers, you have a look at the door of the plane - maybe too close in some instances. I start thinking: "Isn’t this rust at the welding line?... How old might this plane be…?”