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.
Recently I attended the Coating Summit 2015 – the global strategy and networking forum for senior coatings executives. These senior executives from the global coatings industry agreed that it was an attractive industry which offered huge promise - especially in high-growth markets - and plenty of opportunities. However back home meeting people within the European coatings industry I heard, that this view might be too optimistic.
Whenever I do interviews with industry professionals, I like to ask them how they came to take up a career in the coatings world. It’s funny how different the answers are. Only recently, I met an ambitious young man at a coatings company supplying the graphic arts industry.
To think about how to spend the money we earned through our work is one of our first world problems. A lot of people in this world don’t even have enough money to buy things that satisfy the basics needs. I think, it is therefore an ethical necessity to act socially responsible. This could mean to look for the attribute "organic” or "bio” while you shop groceries. Sometimes we consider this ethical attitude and buy our food at a local market or directly at a nearby farmer. On other days we go to one of the huge chains or supermarket around the corner. That’s how we humans are, not always consistent but at sometimes we at least try to act politically and ethically correct.