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Friday, 30 September 2016

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Kirsten Wrede
26 September 2016 15:52:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Digital, automated, connected?

At the moment, the IAA Commercial Vehicles, the world’s most important trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, is taking place in my hometown Hanover. Years ago, I visited the show and was impressed by enormous cranes that wouldn’t fit in any exhibition hall.

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Sonja Schulte
19 September 2016 10:52:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Graphene: The new panacea?

I recently read an article in the journal "Nachrichten aus der Chemie” entitled "What became of the graphene hype?” A provocative title, to be sure, but there’s probably an element of truth in it. In the early 2000s, the scientific world hailed this newly discovered two-dimensional carbon modification as the new panacea. The enthusiasm has waned somewhat in many quarters since then, but hasn’t quite disappeared altogether – it keeps resurfacing in the coatings industry. Question is: can it really deliver on its promise?

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Vanessa Bauersachs
2 September 2016 14:45:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Back to the future

How will the chemical industry look like in 2030? The German chemical industry association (VCI) has recently updated their study on the German chemical industry in 2030. Many of the prognoses are also valid for the European paints and coatings industry.

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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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