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Monday, 29 August 2016

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Kirsten Wrede
25 August 2016 14:19:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Progress in eco-friendly adhesives

How far have companies come in developing environmentally friendly adhesives? I’m wondering since I’ve done an interview with a large raw material supplier for adhesives.

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Sonja Schulte
22 August 2016 10:17:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Marine paints: These are the challenges they have to overcome

According to VSM (German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association), advances in technology are being driven by the three E’s: emissions, efficiency and energy. Energy efficiency is a key area where marine paints need to improve.

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Jan Gesthuizen
8 August 2016 13:57:00 | Posted by: Jan Gesthuizen, Vincentz Network
Why a low oil price is bad for the coatings industry

The price of oil has just hit a new low – in the US you can get a barrel for under $40. At first sight, this might seem to be a good thing for the coatings industry, because it lowers the prices of raw materials. In the long term, though, it might not prove so beneficial.

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Vanessa Bauersachs
28 July 2016 15:30:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
No pearls before swine

Using pig waste to make asphalt? If it weren’t for the fact that April’s Fools is months away, I would have thought this news a joke. In fact, researchers from the North Carolina A & T State University have successfully used pig manure for the production of asphalt – thereby replacing bitumen containing petroleum.

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Kirsten Wrede
21 July 2016 10:24:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Wouldn’t it be nice – relief for hay fever sufferers

Every spring the torment starts anew: while green plants and colourful flowers start to bloom, my nose itches and I have to sneeze quite often. Even breathing at night becomes difficult. What a relief, when summer advances and pollen concentration decreases. If you are, like me, allergic to pollen, you will probably like this new research project.

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Sonja Schulte
14 July 2016 13:51:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Megatrend: Multifunctional coatings

In meetings with colleagues, we regularly talk about the topics we should cover in our journals and at our events   – the latest trend in the coatings industry, where developments are headed, and so on. Almost inevitably, somebody will mention multifunctional coatings. Whenever megatrends are discussed at conferences, you can be sure, too, that multifunctional coatings will be mentioned. Which begs the question: are the multifunctional systems which are already available fit for market?

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Vanessa Bauersachs
24 June 2016 15:42:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Bye-bye Britain

Britain has said no to the European Union. This is an outcome of the referendum I neither expected nor hoped for – an opinion I probably share with a fair share of Europeans. Possible consequences of the Brexit have been discussed for months – something that is also important in the international chemical industry.

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Kirsten Wrede
16 June 2016 13:53:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Hats off to young scientists

I would like to join my colleague Vanessa Bauersachs who showed her delight about some positive news that stick out of all those recent shocking reports (see her blog post of 26 May). I have also come across something delightful: three junior researchers from Germany have received a renowned award for the development of a biodegradable gelatine-based adhesive.

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Jan Gesthuizen
6 June 2016 11:12:00 | Posted by: Jan Gesthuizen, Vincentz Network
Colour e-ink: Is there a future now for printing?

I don’t have an e-book reader. Why? Because they are only available in black and white, and the screen is too small for my liking. So, I diligently buy printed books, even though my bookshelves are bursting at the seams. But my attitude towards e-readers might change very soon.

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Vanessa Bauersachs
26 May 2016 15:57:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Great chance, great challenge?

The closing of the camp in Idomeni, negotiations between Turkey and Europe – the refugee crisis is and remains present. Between the problems and open questions it is good to hear positive news atleast every once in a while - such as stories about people who have found a new job in Europe or are able do their practical training here.

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