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Tony Mash
26 June 2014 10:17:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
Sustainability: The goal seems to be in sight, but out of reach…

I once heard tell of a man who approached a railway employee asking the way to somewhere far away and being told that it was best not to start from here in the first place. Sometimes I sense that the coatings industry is in the same position when it comes to addressing sustainability. It knows where it wants to go but can’t see how to get there. Occasionally there is a glimpse of something new that will help identify the best route to take, and there were several such moments at the recent American Coatings SHOW in Atlanta.

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Sonja Schulte
19 June 2014 16:58:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Dispersing pigments without bead mills?

The dispersion of fillers and pigments in one of the most important and most energy consuming steps during paint production. When the requirements on fineness are high or the solid matter is difficult to disperse the dispersion with the dissolver is often insufficient. Thus paint producers often are forced to add another step – the milling process with a bead mill. This of course takes more labor time and more energy. A few weeks ago a producer of organic pigments for water-borne and solvent-based coatings systems presented at a conference a new kind of pigments which can be sufficiently dispersed only by using a dissolver. The speaker stated that no bead mill is longer needed. I think, if this holds true paint production will be revolutionized. But, what is the secret behind this technology?

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Damir Gagro
12 June 2014 09:00:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
The battle for talents

Is really a battle going on? Even though it sounds ominous, we can foresee that the situation will get more and more serious, as a shortage of brains and talents is approaching at a fast pace.

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Kirsten Wrede
5 June 2014 12:14:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Dominating grey

I have just returned from my first visit to Scotland. There were so many nice things to see – the castles, the mountains, the "Lochs” (lakes), the historic monuments… But when it comes to colour, I can’t help but thinks of GREY – grey is the dominating façade colour, not only in the cities, but also in the small and very small villages.

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Sonja Schulte
22 May 2014 09:57:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
How to solve problems: More openness and trust, please!

It’s well known that the coatings industry tends to be a bit conservative and secretive. Paint makers guard their recipes with the same fervour as Gollum watches over his treasure in "Lord of the Rings”, and they are loath to tell their raw materials suppliers anything about the other ingredients in them. Some even go so far as to refuse to say what they use the raw material for. And they are quite entitled to do so. But what if there's an issue with the paint because it fails to perform as expected, or what if someone would like to collaborate on further developing a particular product?

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Miriam von Bardeleben
15 May 2014 12:03:00 | Posted by: Miriam von Bardeleben, European Coatings Journal
In what way do we expect to be rewarded for sustainable behavior?

No matter what their age is, it is easier for people to show a required or desirable behavior, if their compliance is directly rewarding for them. This is true for many situations, and it is also valid for the task of increasing sustainability within the coatings industry. Everyone is in favour of eco-friendly raw materials and processes, but someone has to pay for this kind of added value in the end.

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Michael Richter
8 May 2014 09:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Old effects newly explained - closer look at titanium dioxide

The localisation of electrons is a major aspect for catalytic activity of any given compound. This is why scientists from Vienna had a closer look at a particular white pigment – titanium dioxide.

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Tony Mash
1 May 2014 16:48:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
The ACS conference in Atlanta revealed technical advances that can contribute to Sustainable Development, but hurdles remain when it comes to adoption and measurement

The American Coatings Show (ACS) was a great success in terms of organisation and enjoyed a record number of attendees. Regrettably, the exhibition element of the show rather downplayed Sustainability. Despite enthusiastic promotion of waste paint recycling, I noted that even those companies displaying ingredients with improved environmental footprints elected to promote potential functionality enhancements and said very little about upstream sustainability credentials; a significant contrast to the European exhibition in Nuremburg a year ago. However, the technical conference that accompanied the exhibition was a very different matter.

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Sonja Specks
24 April 2014 14:44:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Coatings preferences – national differences?

German punctuality, British humor, French cuisine – we all know these stereotypes. They work well, although German trains might come late, some British have already lost their humor while talking about football and also some French might have burnt their Coque au vin. But these prejudices are deeply in our heads. So my question is: Are there (individual) national coatings tastes?

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Tony Mash
17 April 2014 09:00:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
Should coatings be formulated to ensure that their ingredients can be recycled safely?

What happens to a coating or a coated product when its prime application has been completed and it must be disposed of? Is that the end of the line? We talk about ‘cradle to grave’, but can the ‘grave’ in the form of incineration and landfill be avoided? Can coatings be formulated to enhance the recyclability of the substrates that they decorate or protect? In order to be good managers of the world’s resources, a positive response to these questions HAS to be found.

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