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New raw materials: not all seem to be interesting for paint manufacturers

Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal

About four weeks ago I blogged about a new kind of pigments which can be dispersed without using a bead mill. I received a lot of emails and comments on this blog. I never received so much feedback on any other blog before. Why is this topic so interesting for the paint manufacturers? Yes, you can save a lot of energy and time. Of course this makes your production more efficient and at the end you earn more. But, saving costs alone does not make a paint producer successful, does it? Is innovation also important for being successful? And if so, shouldn`t every new development in raw materials be as interesting as the new pigment I mentioned above?

I meet a lot of people within the coatings industry. Innovation is a big buzz word within our industry. But first of all, what is innovation? According to Wikipedia "innovation is finding a better way of doing something”. Thus, the use of a raw material which reduces labor time and energy consumption within the production process is obviously a way of "doing paint production better”.

We all know that the raw material suppliers work hard on the development of new binder systems, new additives, fillers, etc. All of these new materials help to produce high-performing coatings systems. Some materials improve the performance, some are easier to use, others may have a lower prices etc.. Some examples of new raw materials developments of the last weeks I heard about:

-          Emulsifier for VOC-free epoxy coatings

-          Dispersant for solvent-borne pigment inks suitable for food packing

-          PETIA and organotin-free 6-functional urethane acrylates

-          A new green bismuth vanadate

-          Two news 100% active defoamers

-          A new additive based on macromer technology

-          Hybrid emulsion offers surface activity

-          Special-effect copper shades without copper

But what makes an innovative new raw materials really interesting for paint manufactures? I´m still puzzled.

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Sonja Schulte
European Coatings Journal
Sonja Schulte
Editor-in-Chief, Science & Technology
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