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Optimizing costs and performance – which role plays production technology?

Friday, 25 January 2013 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal

Only a few week to go until the European Coatings SHOW will its open doors again. Besides raw materials, services, lab equipment also one hall will be dedicated for showcasing new developments in production technology. The organizers report growth particularly in the production equipment segment. About 30 per cent of the exhibitors present solutions in this segment – trend still rising. In my opinion one of the most challenging tasks for the coatings industry is to optimize costs without compromising performance and quality. But which role plays production technology exactly in this context? Will we see a huge innovation step in the near future and how will it looks like?

In general, the three most important categories for paint manufacturing costs are:

-          Cost of materials and supplies

-          Cost of energy, water and vehicle fuel

-          Production worker wages

Today I came across with some data from Canada from 2010. According to this data manufacturing costs in the paint, coating and adhesive manufacturing industry group in Canada were dominated in 2010 by the costs of materials and supplies (99% !). Assuming that this in general holds also for manufacturing costs in Europe, I am asking myself how production technology can help to reduce these costs significantly.

Dispersing pigments and fillers is the most important step in paint manufacturing as well as milling. What kind of innovation in production technology is necessary to lower the costs of materials and supplies significantly? Is it possible to disperse pigments even more efficient?

I am looking forward to the European Coating SHOW in order to find out more on this topic.

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