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Monday, 14 October 2019

Performance versus sustainability

Thursday, 16 February 2012 | Posted by: Natallia Abraztsova, European Coatings Journal

On the one hand more and more waterbased anticorrosive coatings are being developed. On the other hand some applications and substrates still use coatings containing chromates, because they show the best performance. What are the ways to find the balance between performance and sustainability?

Strong environmental regulations require sustainable and eco-friendly solutions. On the other hand anticorrosive coatings have to provide high performance and best protection. On the one hand more and more waterbased anticorrosive coatings are being developed. On the other hand some applications and substrates (heavy duty corrosion, aluminum layers) still use coatings containing chromates, because they show the best performance. A big issue is the lack of waterbased binder systems. I’ve just interviewed two experts about corrosion protection for one of our publications. They both advance a view that there will be much more waterbased solutions in corrosion protection in the future, and this future has already begun. Chromates will disappear from the coatings process and will be replaced by environmentally friendly materials. What do you think about it? Is it possible for corrosion protection to be as sustainable as everybody predicts? What are the ways to find the balance between performance and sustainability? I would be happy to share views with you.

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