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Sonja Specks
16 December 2011 11:30:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Environmental safety is a must

More efforts are necessary to save our environment - our future. I ask for more cooperations - not only between universities or institutions and industry, but much more between the industrial companies. I claim for much more networking to gain more sustainable alternatives. Without losing know-how, but gaining cost saving, avoiding drawbacks and efficient realization of new developments. Here are my arguments - what do you think?

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Kirsten Wrede
11 August 2011 14:17:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
New biobased resins - a real revolution?

In times as poor in exciting news as the summer months, this information took me by surprise: "North Dakota State University researchers develop revolutionary biobased technology from crop materials".

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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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Sonja Specks
25 February 2011 08:24:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
High solids versus waterborne technology?

As a known fact waterborne coatings have successfully substituted solventbornes in a variety of systems. Another eco-friendly alternative are high solid coatings. Both systems differ in their chemistry, as well as application and drying technology, and thus do not compete, according to Dr. Marie Bleuzen, Group Leader Architectural Coatings, The Dow Chemicals Company. In the Expert Voices column of the February issue of the European Coatings Journal she said "I believe that high solids and waterborne technologies will stay mutually exclusive since they are very different from a formulation and application points of view." Dr. Jørgen H. Olsen, R&D Manager Woodcare at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints has a different opinion:

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Sonja Schulte
13 January 2011 12:48:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Sustainability versus performance

Green coatings are so en vogue and they have been for quite some time now. The use of renewable raw materials could be one way to produce more sustainable coatings. These days more and more press releases reach our editorial office advertising biobased, sustainable materials. My feeling is, that this will be again a big trend at the ECS in Nuremberg in March. However, currently biobased paints only serve a small niche market. Additionally, performance requirements of the coatings are independent of the raw material source.

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Kirsten Wrede
23 December 2010 10:57:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Waiting for the BPD revision

Currently everybody is waiting for the revision of the Biocidal Product Directive (BPD), which aims to harmonise the European market for biocidal products and their active substances. The European Commission's proposal for the improvement of the directive is currently under discussion in the European Parliament and in the Council and is said to be adopted soon.

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Sonja Schulte
28 October 2010 15:42:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Analysing sustainability

No doubt - sustainability is on everybody's lips these days. But how to measure it reliable? Of course there are methods available such as life cycle assesment (LCA), carbon footprint (CFP) and eco-indication 99 method. However, up to now no agreement is made within the coatings industry which of these methods is the best in terms of feasability and comparability. Jan Besamusca, DSM suggests to measure the CFP and recalulated it to the solid product.

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Kirsten Wrede
23 August 2010 12:45:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
ECS in sight : What trends will be set?

At the moment my days are filled with preparations for the European Coatings SHOW (ECS) 2011. More than 170 papers have been submitted for the  European Coatings CONGRESS wich will run concurrently to the ECS. Out of these papers the program committee has to select 108 papers for the CONGRESS. I'm wondering what will be the trends this time. We received many papers dealing with environmentally friendly and sustainable coatings. Biobased raw materials will also play an important role in the congress program as well as "traditional" topics such as protective coatings and polyurethanes. What do you think will be the main trends at the ECS 2011?

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Miriam von Bardeleben
19 August 2010 10:21:00 | Posted by: Miriam von Bardeleben, European Coatings Journal
Can the deco DIY industry deny the trend towards low-VOC?

It is an undisputable fact that decorative paint markets are being tilted more towards growth in the decorative DIY segment, rather than the professional or construction segment. More than ever this segment seems to be driven by environmental awareness. Legislation continues to push decorative paints towards low-, if not no-VOC formulations. This prompted IRL to conduct a survey of the greening of the decorative coatings sector. Asked about their business strategy paint makers indicated that the current standing of the industry is that about 70% of decorative paint makers in Western Europe produce...

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