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ECS in sight : What trends will be set?

Monday, 23 August 2010 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

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?

At the last ECS in 2009 green, water and sustainabilty were important topics. Waterborne technology is established in the market and the performance gap to solventbased coatings is closed for most applications. Today sustainabilty, carbon footprint and raw materials from renewable resources are important topics for the coatings industry. Measuring carbon footprints is still quite challenging as well as determing a life cylce analysis of products. Therefore my guess is, that exhibitors will present more raw  materials with a higher "biobased" content and materials that improve durability. Longer lasting coatings save (production) energy and water, and therefore are environmentally friendly and will produce less CO2. Maybe functionality will be also a trend, especially smart materials....Perhaps I am totally wrong. What is your opinion?
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