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!
12 March 2015 08:44:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal …and the winner is?
Tension is rising: who is going to win the European Coatings AWARD 2015?The best paper presented at the European Coatings CONGRESS in Nuremberg on 20 and 21 April will once again be honoured with an attractive trophy and prize money. And it will afterwards be published in the European Coatings JOURNAL.
The European Coatings SHOW broke the thousand mark: this week the 1,000th exhibitor has registered for the European Coatings SHOW. The highest number ever. So international and so diverse as never before. A wonderful feeling! To me, this means I have to run more at the ECS to meet industry experts and see what the coming two years have in store when it comes to coatings developments. As one thing is for sure, the ECS sets the pace.
Ukraine, Syria, the Middle East, the list of crisis areas is getting longer and longer. Of course, political crises always have consequences for the economy and naturally the paints and coatings industry is no exception.
At the beginning of the year, I like to tidy up my flat in order to get rid of unwanted and useless things. This time I discovered an article in a pile of newspapers and magazines. This article begins with: "Electrical-Coating – A charge alternating from positive to negative should protect ship hulls from fouling. Via this the acidity of the surrounding water is changing constantly and this repels mussels and algae”. This is what I call an exciting research project.