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…?”
Coatings are omnipresent in daily human life. However, their functions are mostly overlooked by people outside the paints and coatings industry. Should we work on making coatings more visible outside the industry?
I have to admit, I am a little jealous of nature´s way to invent new things. How nature is dealing with complex molecules to solve problems in a playfully way. I really like the concept to have an eye for small and hard to discover details in nature in order to find solutions for our lives. Let´s try this concept of creating ideas with the example of a carnivorous plant.
Innovation at the European Coatings SHOW and CONGRESScentred principally around the consolidation of some recent technical breakthroughs together with incremental improvements in performance and functionality across all types of formulation ingredient. Only occasionally did we see examples bordering on radical change.
The printing ink industry is increasingly doing research towards renewable raw materials. However, the majority of printing inks does still contain petrochemical substances. How could the conversion to "green” materials be accelerated?
At the moment the media is discussing the historically low oil price and related costs for raw materials. All of us are expecting the moment in which this advantageous situation will change into the contrary again.
We all know the advantages and disatvantages of isocyante based coatings systems. Exposure to free isocyante can result in adverse health effects such as respiratory diseases and severe allergic sensitization. Further isocyantes undergo irreversible side reactions with water which can be problematic for the application of isocyated based coatings such as PUR coatings in humid environments. There is also a need in many application for faster drying and hardness development that can achieved with current isocyante chemistry. However, typical approaches to faster dry times using isocyante chemistry usually lead to shorter formulation pot-life. Now two different isocyante-free approaches will be presented at the European Coatings CONGRESS. Both offer decoupling of pot life and curing speed while offering performance comparable to established systems. In my opinion, this is a real breakthrough in coatings technology!