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Damir Gagro
29 April 2011 15:03:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Nature: one step ahead

What distinguishes synthetic from natural surfaces? A spontaneous answer could surely be: synthetic surfaces are more resistant. That is why they have been developed.

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Sonja Schulte
21 April 2011 12:39:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Why is waterborne technology still a future trend?

Recently, at the European Coatings Congress we performed an on-line survey among the congress attendees. We wanted to know which technologies survey participants judged as the most important future technology in their industry sector. It came as no surprise that most responses were in favour of waterborne technology. This was pretty the same result as in 2009. When talking to several coatings experts I learned that most waterborne systems performe at least as well as solvent borne systems. Thus, it seems to me, that this technology is already established and I am asking my self, why coatings experts still judge it as one of the most important future technologies?

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
15 April 2011 01:41:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Smart Coatings and Nanocoatings

I have recently been discussing with a colleague some need and initiatives for smart coatings that save on energy. One of the ideas that I am particularly interested in on IR-reflecting coatings with thermochromic behavior.  Perhaps something that reflects sunlight during summers and absorbs them during winter.

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Sonja Specks
8 April 2011 11:21:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Scarcity of raw materials

Maybe the story started during the worldwide recession. Raw material suppliers shortened investments and further developments and even had to decrease their headcount. During this period the demand by coatings manufacturers for raw material decreased, too. Both needed to adapt to the challenging fact of smaller sales volumes. Therefore, I can understand that it was not possible to increase the production capacity as fast as the economy became cured. But still it seems to be a fact, as I heard lately during the European Coatings SHOW, that it is very tough to buy titanium dioxide nowadays for a reasonable price. Softening agents seem to be less available, too.

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