The editorial staff have just finished putting together the programme for the EC CONGRESS. This, Europe’s biggest congress on coatings technology, will offer 144 presentations on the latest technologies and developments that can be used by paint makers to research innovations and develop products. Too often, though, research and development work takes a back seat to everyday business (handling queries, troubleshooting, etc), with the result that many innovative ideas simply fall by the wayside. I have set to wondering if that might threaten the competitiveness of the coatings industry in western Europe in the long term.
Why is powder coating still a niche market? I don’t understand why we don’t hear about breakthrough technologies from this coatings segment at all. This hesitation is a mystery to me, as powder coatings obviously exhibit a lot of benefits – especially when it comes to the environment.