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Sonja Schulte
28 October 2010 15:42:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Analysing sustainability

No doubt - sustainability is on everybody's lips these days. But how to measure it reliable? Of course there are methods available such as life cycle assesment (LCA), carbon footprint (CFP) and eco-indication 99 method. However, up to now no agreement is made within the coatings industry which of these methods is the best in terms of feasability and comparability. Jan Besamusca, DSM suggests to measure the CFP and recalulated it to the solid product.

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Damir Gagro
22 October 2010 12:06:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Nanomaterials and the end-of-life question

Nanotechnology and novel materials are innovation drivers when it comes to the development of clean and efficient technologies. An industry dialogue recently held by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research gathered material and nanotechnology R&D experts and environmental professionals who focused on opportunities and challenges of nanomaterials for environmental technologies.

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Damir Gagro
14 October 2010 11:04:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Less raw materials, higher prices and no end in sight

Delivery difficulties for and disproportional price increases of many raw materials are challenging the coatings industry. According to national and international associations prices for certain raw materials have increased drastically – in the worst case by up to 50 %.

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Sonja Schulte
7 October 2010 15:34:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
DOE- useful or not?

Design of experiments (DOE) is quite often a topic of hot debate in discussions with coatings experts. In my opinion DOE is good tool to reduce the time required to develop novel coating systems. On the other hand I am doubting that this tool is really used by paint manufacturers, especially by SMEs. Most of the formulators believe that personal experience in coatings development is more important than anything else. Those people do not believe in statistics and software. What is your preference?

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Sonja Schulte
30 September 2010 13:23:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Green adhesives

Two weeks ago I attended the FEICA European Adhesives & Sealants Conference in Helsinki, Finland. The program was mainly focused on market topics. The good news is that markets for adhesives are growing globally next year. However, I was specially interested in technical trends in adhesive formulation. Apparently, many people are working on bio-based and degradable systems. Experts I talked to expect these products to be available on the market in 1 to 2 years. However, some interessting research results are already available.

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Kirsten Wrede
23 September 2010 11:38:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
News about carbon nanotubes

A while ago I wrote about carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in this blog (see my entry of 26 January, 2010). Enthusiastically I recorded that CNTs have the potential to generate completely new materials and products with characteristics and combinations thereof that were not feasible with previous technologies. In the meantime a lot of new findings have been published, basically agreeing to this assessment.

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Kirsten Wrede
10 September 2010 12:16:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Trends in plastic coatings for automotives

For decades, the use of plastic components in automotives has experienced enormous growth rates. While the outer designs of automobiles have become more and more similar, it is the interior of a car that can now distinguish one model from another. Coatings have come to play an important role in this respect. They can improve the surface of both exterior and interior parts visually, but they are also used to generate comfortable tactile properties like soft-touch, warm, matte and leather-like.

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Sonja Schulte
2 September 2010 13:47:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
PU coatings: a success story

I just edited a review article on polyurethane coatings, which will be published in the October Issue of the European Coatings Journal. Polyurethane polymers started their trimphal procession in the 1930s and it is still going on, e.g. 2k systems account for 80% of topcoats/clearcoats  in car refinish. Nowadays formulating low VOC, waterborne coatings with PU is possible without sacrifying performance.The newest generation of wateborne systems can match the performance of most solvent-based systems. Market perfomance of PU coatings is also quite well. Although the economical crisis affected the coatings industry in general an annual growth of 6% in isocyanate consumption over the next fice year is predicted. The coatings industry still has a lot of new developments for PU coatings in store for a greener, safer and smarter future, but there is still scoope for improvement.

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Kirsten Wrede
27 August 2010 11:42:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Promising approach for antifouling paints

A sustainable life for the "inhabitants" of the sea - that's the overall goal of the "Marine Paint" research program. This project, carried out at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, is aimed at developing new and effective marine antifouling paints, which are more environmentally friendly than those in use today.

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Kirsten Wrede
23 August 2010 12:45:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
ECS in sight : What trends will be set?

At the moment my days are filled with preparations for the European Coatings SHOW (ECS) 2011. More than 170 papers have been submitted for the  European Coatings CONGRESS wich will run concurrently to the ECS. Out of these papers the program committee has to select 108 papers for the CONGRESS. I'm wondering what will be the trends this time. We received many papers dealing with environmentally friendly and sustainable coatings. Biobased raw materials will also play an important role in the congress program as well as "traditional" topics such as protective coatings and polyurethanes. What do you think will be the main trends at the ECS 2011?

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