Recently I generated my first product overview regarding NIR-reflective pigments. Within my research I encountered one major difficulty. It was hardly possible for me to compile a table in which these promising functional pigments are comparable to each other.
Do you remember those times, not too long ago, when European players within the coatings industry stated that even if they established distribution and production capacities in foreign regions, their R&D capacities would indisputably stay at the European headquarter?
I heard about well working coatings with high corrosion resistance and perfect antifouling properties. The next generation coatings also have even less impact on the ocean and may lead to further reduction of fuel. However, there is still a huge gap.
We have yet to see many of the sustainable development ideas available to the Coatings Industry actively commercialised. That may seem a rather harsh statement which does not recognise what may be going on under the surface (sorry for the pun). The Sustainable Innovation Award organised by the British Coatings Federation signals the industry’s progress to date and provides some directions for future action and investment.