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  IPC-E Newsletter: October  2003  
  Welcome to the October edition of the IPC e-newsletter.

This edition of the newsletter contains:

News features.
The Powder Coating Manual (Part 20)
Exhibitions and Conferences in October and November 2003

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    News Features      

Yahoo Groups Blocked in India 

Unexpected this is, and unfortunate...

The Indian government's Computer Emergency Response Team has imposed a  ban, on the 'kynhun' group. The forum carries postings by the secessionist group the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council. Yahoo! was asked to remove the forum and refused to comply, according to reports.

 The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) that was responsible for the directive for the ban has clarified that it was not Yahoo! Groups, but the particular group ‘Kynhun’, that it wanted the ISPs to ban. ISPs, it seems, could not do the selective blocking and instead went for the blanket block. 

The ban on this group run by an obscure Indian separatist movement has ended up blocking hundreds of unrelated Yahoo forums, preventing nearly all of India from using the popular on-line service

For the time being, it appears that the inconvenience that the users are facing, is not due to the government directive, but due to the constraints in technical implementation.

The "IPC-e-newsletter" and the "e-biz-newsletter" are posted through Yahoo groups. We are unable to access and edit our data stored on our group. The subscription service through our website  is also unavailable within India.  However,  an earlier test mail has reached almost  all our subscribers. We are sending the October 2003 edition through the yahoo groups and hope that it reaches the subscribers. We will keep you informed about any further development and hope that the ban would be soon lifted. Meanwhile we are looking for other alternatives.

Feedback from our subscribers,

"That's funny. If our government blocked websites and email addresses that contained "material against the Government" we would have no internet in this country! ha!", Rik, USA

 ' Please try to keep this group up and running.  It has provided excellent information." , Dr. Jesse Zhu. 

Also Thanks to,
Mr Melvin K Lee, Akzo Nobel Nippon Paint, London
Ms. Ruby Vatcha,Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Mumbai
Ratnakar Gokhale, Interpon
Kurt Buyse, Oxyplast Belgium
Gurvin Singh, Coatec India
Vinayak.Goodlass Nerolac Paints Ltd.
N. Vijay Kumar, Belgium
Yohance Naeem, AMT Masking 
for immideate response and support

Special thanks to BBC New Delhi bureau's Sanjay Majumdar who noticed IPC's message on the "CERT" message board and called in to learn about the ban. Sanjay is working on a story on the ban on yahoo groups in India.  

India blocks Yahoo! Groups
(The Register, UK) 
Govt not on sound wicket on yahoo issue
(Mid-Day Mumbai, India)
Govt has no right to block Yahoo group (Sify, India)

Is the government right in blocking all Yahoo groups? (Economic Times, India )
India bans a Yahoo group (The )
Yahoo! Groups blocked in India (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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Asian Paints To Set Up Shop In TN 

Chennai, Sept 14: Asian Paints (India) Ltd (APIL) is planning to set up a Rs 120 crore state-of-the-art greenfield paint manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu. The paint major has evinced keen interest in establishing a unit in the Sriperumbudur industrial park of the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamilnadu Ltd (SIPCOT) in the outskirts of Chennai. 

Informed sources told FE that after several rounds of discussions, the company has finally agreed to set up a world-class paint manufacturing plant in the industrial complex located in the outskirts of Chennai. They have approached SIPCOT for acquiring about 25 acres to 30 acres of land within the complex for the new facility. APIL is expected to take the final call on the project within the next 15 days. 

“Originally the paint major had plans to set up a unit in Pondicherry for manufacturing one lakh tonnes of paint per annum. Now, the company has decided to set up operations in Chennai. They are looking at investing close to about Rs 120 crore for this new venture”, sources said. 

APIL has had informal discussions with the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board for obtaining approval to set up the plant, they added. 

In India, the company already has manufacturing facilities at Bhandup in Maharashtra, Ankleshwar in Gujarat, Patancheru in Andhra Pradesh, and at Kasna in Uttar Pradesh. The present combined production capacity of all the four plants is about 2.31 lakh tonnes per annum. 

Asian Paints has presence in about 23 countries across the world either through joint ventures or through subsidiaries. This would include countries like Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Egypt and Mauritius, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman. In about 12 markets, APIL operates through its subsidiary, Berger International Ltd and in Egypt through SCIB Chemical SAE. 

According to sources, SIPCOT has about 2,400 acres of land in Sriperumbudur industrial complex. Of this, the state agency has developed about 850 acres of land in the first phase with basic amenities. They have already allotted about 250 acres of land to about five-six major companies including world’s largest float glass manufacturer Saint Gobain.

Asian Paints picks Akzo Nobel’s 65% Fiji firm pie  

Asian Paints, India’s largest paints company, is continuing with its overseas acquisition spree. The company today said it was buying out global chemicals major Akzo Nobel’s 65 per cent stake in Taubmans Paints of Fiji, completing its fourth overseas acquisition in the last two years. 

Asian Paints will also buy out the 35 per cent stake held by Fijian Holdings, the local partner in Taubmans. Taubmans is Fiji’s fourth largest paints company. The total acquisition cost is $1.42 million (around Rs 6.5 crore). 

“Taubmans’ operations, product range and segment presence are complimentary to our existing operations in Fiji. This will enable us derive numerous synergies from this acquisition,” said Ashwin Dani, vice-chairman and managing director, Asian Paints. 

The acquisition will be funded internally by the company’s Fiji subsidiary, Asian Paints South Pacific, which is the largest paints company in the island country. The acquisition will also include Taubmans’ paint business in the neighboring Samoa Islands. 

The buyout will also take Asian Paint’s market share in Fiji to over 50 per cent from around 40 per cent. Asian Paints has acquired the Singapore-based Berger International, Scib Chemical of Egypt, Hawcoplast Chemicals in India and Pacific Paints, Australia. 

According to company sources, Asian Paints has spent Rs 111 crore on acquisitions in the last two years. 

Along with Berger International’s operations in 11 countries, Asian Paints has now spread over 23 countries and stands among the top 10 companies in the world in the decorative paints sector. 

“This is an effort to further consolidate our leadership position in Fiji and also strengthen our presence in the South-Pacific region,” Dani added. 

Taubmans has one manufacturing unit each in Suva and Samoa islands near Fiji. It had recorded $2.0 million consolidated sales in the financial year 2002. 

Rohm and Haas opens plant in India

Mumbai, India, August 11, 2003–Rohm and Haas Company, USA, the $6.0 billion worldwide leader in manufacturing of specialty chemicals and materials, today inaugurated its first Adhesives and Sealants and Coatings Manufacturing and Technical Service Facility in Taloja, India. Raj L. Gupta, Chairman and CEO of Rohm and Haas Company USA, inaugurated the new facility in the presence of US Consul General, Angus Simmons, local officials and senior company representatives.

Speaking on the occasion, Raj L Gupta, Chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas Company USA said, “The investment in a state-of-the-art manufacturing and technical service center in India further demonstrates our commitment to this country and to the Asia Pacific Region. Differentiation and innovation in technology, adapting our business model to the needs of the local market and, and sound financial management are the three cornerstones on which Rohm and Haas has built its successes. We are committed to bringing new and innovative products from our global portfolio to the marketplace."

Rohm and Haas Company’s investment is US $20 million in this new manufacturing and customer support facility, situated at MIDC Taloja. The plant will have a production capacity of 25,000 to 35,000 metric tons per annum of adhesives and coatings polymers. The site will produce polyurethane, polyester and water based adhesive formulations for flexible packaging applications, and acrylic emulsions for pressure-sensitive adhesives. The plant will also produce a full range of water-based latex emulsion polymers used in paints and coatings, and for construction, leather, textile and non-woven applications.

"The demand for our products and services, particularly in the Architectural and Functional Coatings and Adhesives and Sealants markets, has continued to grow since we re-entered India in 1995 as a wholly owned subsidiary. This facility will strengthen our presence in this country by providing high-quality products, responsive technical service and application support, timely local supply, and cost efficiencies to our customers. As other markets develop, our dream is to introduce all the global businesses of Rohm and Haas into the country over time” added Harish Badami, Country Manager for Rohm and Haas India.

The new facility will serve the domestic Indian market as well as export needs of the Asia Pacific Region, Middle East and South African markets. The MIDC Taloja industrial zone near Mumbai is less than an hour’s drive from JNPT, Nhava Sheva on the west Coast of India. The Taloja plant now becomes a part of Rohm and Haas Company’s global network of more than 100 manufacturing, technical service and research sites in 26 countries. The plant is equipped with advanced process control, as well safety and environment protection features that are in line with the company’s stringent global standards and practices. 

A talented staff of 55 people is employed at the facility, which also includes a sophisticated customer service and application support laboratory for its coatings and polymers and adhesives and sealants industry customers.

Managers strike after threats of sackings

SENIOR men in suits formed an unlikely picket line outside a Melbourne factory 

The 35 managers, supervisors, technicians and administrative staff from glaze and powder coating manufacturer Ferro Corporation walked off the job a week ago, leaving their staff to toil on without them. They have been after being told they will lose their jobs on January 1 if they do not accept reduced conditions. The scientists, purchasers and accountants must accept the removal of their annual leave loading and a cut in redundancy payments from four weeks per year of service to eight weeks in total. 

The managers are being supported by their union, the Managers and Professionals Association. 

Managers and Professionals Association executive officer David Sweet said the striking bosses had been threatened with the sack if they did not sign new contracts by October 1.

"This 'sign here or be sacked' approach to workplace relations is just as unacceptable to white collar workers as it is to blue collars," he said in a statement.

The Premier Meeting Place for the Radiation Curing Industry
RadTech Europe 2003 Conference & Exhibition

From November 3 – 5, 2003 the Estrel Convention Centre in Berlin is the European meeting place for the radiation curing industry. RadTech Europe 2003 Conference & Exhibition provides a forum for the industry to become informed on the latest developments, to learn more on application areas and to meet experts, suppliers and end-users.

Today the UV/EB technology is in use in a wide variety of industrial segments such as graphic arts, packaging, wood furniture, fibre optics, building panels and automotive parts, etc.. Under the motto “UV/EB – Meeting the Challenge” the RadTech Europe programme committee has set up a compact and international conference programme containing more than 120 presentations and posters. International experts demonstrate economical and technical merits of recent R & D developments, new fields of applications, new processes, equipment and products.

Cyclics Corporation announces Clarehill as European rotomolding partner
Source: Business Wire 
Publication date: 2003-09-09

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 2003--Cyclics Corporation announces a new partnership with UK rotomolder Clarehill Plastics Limited. The agreement gives Clarehill rights to develop rotomolded CBT resin for the British Isles, with the option of working with Cyclics, on market development activities in other European countries. Cyclics flagship product, CBT(R) resin, can be used to make thermoplastic rotomolded parts that can significantly expand molders' offerings. Powdered CBT resin has been demonstrated in traditional rotational molding equipment to make parts with better surface finish, fiber reinforcement, and improved gasoline barrier properties. The unique processing characteristics of CBT improves productivity by allowing parts to be demolded hot and permits molds to be kept at a constant temperature. 
Rotational molding grades of CBT are powders at room temperature that, when heated, melt and react to become the thermoplastic, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). The resulting PBT has improved barrier properties over polyethylene. Fiber reinforced CBT compounds have been rotationally molded successfully to yield higher strength and stiffness for demanding applications. Improved surface finish has also been demonstrated since the thinner melt viscosity can better mimic the mold surface. 

"This material represents a genuine and significant breakthrough for rotational molders. It will permit them to apply the benefits of rotational molding to sectors that traditionally have been the territory of blow molders, injection molders and vacuum formers." said Brian McCann, Managing Director at Clarehill. "We have had tremendous success test molding CBT resin, and are excited about the partnership we have established with Cyclics to commercialize this novel product." 

"CBT resin will allow rotational molders to tap markets that were previously inaccessible using traditional rotomolding plastics," said John Ciovacco, President and CEO of Cyclics Corporation. "We are very encouraged with the product development effort at Clarehill and look forward to the introduction of products made from CBT resin." 

Cyclics Corporation, headquartered in Schenectady, New York, manufactures innovative plastics that offer breakthroughs in processing, making new products possible and changing the economics of existing ones. Cyclics products are useful in structural composites, compounding and powder coating, where the water-like viscosity of these resins allow for excellent processing, extremely high filler volumes and enable processors to improve performance and productivity. 

Clarehill Plastics is headquartered in the heart of Northern Ireland and services a diverse and demanding customer base throughout the British Isles and exports to continental Europe. They currently employ 50 people and have a sales force covering the British Isles and distributors in key European markets. Recent investments in people, processes and products ensure that Clarehill is particularly well positioned to benefit from the ever-more dynamic and demanding sectors in which the business operates. 

Dow to acquire Celanese acrylics business 
Coating Flash September 22, 2003

The Dow Chemical Company and Celanese AG announced that they have reached an agreement for Dow to purchase the acrylics business of Celanese for an undisclosed amount. Dow will acquire Celanese's acrylics business product line, including intellectual property, inventory and technology for crude acrylic acid, glacial acrylic acid, ethyl acrylate, butyl acrylate, methyl acrylate and 2- ethylhexyl acrylate, as well as acrylics production assets at the Celanese Clear Lake, Texas facility. In related agreements, Celanese will provide certain contract manufacturing services to Dow, and Dow will supply acrylics to Celanese for use in its emulsions production. 
According to Andrew Liveris, President of Dow's Performance Chemicals group, "This proposed acquisition positions our current acrylics activities into a complete, integrated acrylic acid chain, establishing Dow as a major presence in higher value, less cyclical, downstream markets. It sends a strong message to customers that we are committed to providing a secure, long- term source of quality acrylic-based products and a broader offering of acrylic esters." David Weidman, Chief Operating Officer of Celanese, commented, "This agreement helps fulfill our strategic commitment to a more focused portfolio and puts Celanese and the acrylics business in a better position to generate value."

FARBE&LACK-Award 2003
Coating Flash September 22, 2003
Tunja Jung, Ciba Specialty Chemicals AG, is the winner of the FARBE&LACK-Award 2003, which was announced during this years Technical Conference of the Coatings and Pigments Section (Fachgruppe Anstrichstoffe und Pigmente, APi) of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) in Warnemünde on 16 September. Ms. Jung's award-winning paper on "Novel Routes in Radiation Curing: Photolatent Bases" reports on new substances, which are stable and inactive in the dark, but efficiently release tertiary amines or amidines upon irraditation with daylight. These bases are capable of acting as true catalysts for a variety of curing mechanisms, effecting a "chemical amplification" of the photoinitiation. In this way, curing can be initiated in, e.g., various epoxy systems, in coatings which cure via Michael addition mechanisms, or in polyurethanes, where the bases activate the polyol component. The photolatent bases enable formulators to realize "Cure on Demand" systems - curing only begins after illumination.. In ready-to-use systems, this allows for an enormous increase of open times or shelf life of the systems. The corresponding paper will be published in the October 2003 issue of FARBE&LACK. 

Weathering: BASF and Q-Panel developed new Florida test 
Coating Flash September 22, 2003
BASF and Q-Panel Lab Products said they have developed an accelerated Florida acid-etch test method that is reported to reduce the time required to test a coating's resistance to acid rain by a factor of 13 to 1. The companies said the test method was developed in response to the automotive industry's need for decreased cycle times and increased testing throughput. A patent is pending for the new process, which is reported to reproduce long-term acid-etch performance in three weeks rather than a year, the companies said. Acid etch, caused most commonly by rain, refers to the damage to a vehicle's finish that looks like water spots and cannot be removed by washing or waxing.

The testing procedure, named the BASF Accelerated Acid Test method, uses a new model of Q-Panel's Q-Sun Xenon Test Chamber and proprietary aqueous solutions to reproduce, in an accelerated time frame, the effects of acid rain combined with heat and sunlight. 

John Boisseau, senior Development chemist, BASF Automotive Coatings, said the new process will help boost productivity, reduce costs and speed the time to market for automotive-coatings technologies. At the same time, he said the method "maintains a high correlation to actual outdoor exposure and is dependably reproducible." Boisseau is one of the developers of the new test method.

Patrick Brennan, Q-Panel Lab Products senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, predicted that the new test process is destined to become the industry-standard method. "In terms of repeatability and reproducibility, this test meets all the requirements to become an ASTM or DIN standard, which means it would be globally applicable," Brennan said. "Once it becomes widely adopted, this process will move the whole industry forward in one of the most vital paint testing areas."

Man hit 182 mph while drunk in Lamborghini 
LEHIGHTON (AP) — A man drove his Lamborghini Diablo at 182 mph while driving drunk, police said.

William J. Faenza Jr., 35, of West Penn Township, swerved around traffic on westbound Route 443 in Mahoning Township, Carbon County, forcing other cars from the road, before finally pulling into a gas station Sunday, police said.

Mahoning police officer Audie Mertz said he smelled alcohol on Faenza's breath, and that Faenza was uncooperative.

Faenza, the former chief executive of K-Bar Powder Coating Inc. in Quakertown, said the sports car can go as fast as 200 mph, but he was not driving nearly that speed in the 55 mph zone. 

"The wheels shake at 70 mph," said Faenza, who noted the car had a bent rim. "The 182 is impossible. He never would have caught me."

Schulte Corporation
improves on-time delivery and increase productivity with new manufacturing technology.

With new state-of-the-art finishing lines and welding lines, SCHULTE Distinctive Storage has increased capacity, enhanced production efficiencies, and improved on-time delivery. 

During the past year, SCHULTE – the leading provider of home storage and organization products – invested capital in manufacturing technology. After rigorous testing, the first products rolled off the new finishing line at the company’s manufacturing plant in Bloomington, IN. 

The finishing line has increased production speed by 25 percent. The new equipment coats the heavy-gauge steel used in SCHULTE’s ventilated wire products in an exclusive epoxy coating. The coating is considered the strongest and most durable on the market. 

Commenting on the new equipment, John Kokenge, president and CEO, said: “These initiatives are consistent with our commitment to use advanced engineering and manufacturing technology to enhance our quality and service to customers. Ultimately, these improvements provide a competitive edge for SCHULTE, and for the builders and installers who distribute our products.”

Not only is the new line producing more efficiencies, it is also producing less hazardous waste. The environmentally-friendly powder coating used for finishing on all metal parts eliminates volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions during the curing process. A new Fluid Bed Burn-off system removes all organic and inorganic material without harmful discharge to the environment, and allows for faster cleaning of part hangers. What previously took six to eight hours is now complete in about an hour, cutting energy use in half. Through capital investment in water recirculation and treatment equipment, SCHULTE also uses five times less water at the Bloomington plant compared to four years ago. 

The equipment has also generated interest among other companies using a similar process. In the past few months, SCHULTE has conducted in-plant demonstrations for ITW GEMA and their customers. 

“We now have one of the best-performing finishing lines in the industry,” said Steve Koehl, Plant Engineer. “The finishing and welding lines are major capital investments in technology but it’s paying off in on-time delivery and satisfied customers.”

SCHULTE’s new welding line, which will begin operating in late September, features some of the latest welding and automation technology available. Designed for ease of use and rapid setup/changeover, the new line will produce up to five miles of shelving per shift, and nearly double the company’s production and capacity rates. 

“SCHULTE has brought several new products to market in the past few years that are now industry leaders,” said Patrick Taylor, Vice President of Operations. “It took an investment in manufacturing technology like this to maintain our high level of quality while also achieving increased through-put.”

With the increase in production, SCHULTE’s Operations team also doubled its floor space by moving the distribution center to a 180,000 square-foot facility. Between the plant and the distribution center, SCHULTE now has 345,000 square-feet of manufacturing and distribution space. 

All of these improvements impact order fulfillment which is handled by SCHULTE’s Direct Sales team. Since the new lines began operating, Direct Sales has implemented a system that alerts customers what has been ordered, when it will arrive, and whether any items are on back-order. 

“We improved our inventory reporting so Operations and Direct Sales could communicate more efficiently,” said Michael Wood, SCHULTE’s Direct Sales Manager. “Now our inventory status report eliminates many of the hiccups we were experiencing in tracking product. We’re able to provide customers with more detailed information regarding their order.” Based in Cincinnati, OH, SCHULTE Corporation is the leading provider of high-quality home storage and organization products. For more than 80 years, SCHULTE has produced superior home products and innovative storage solutions for every area of the home. 

To learn more about SCHULTE’s line of products, call 513-489-9300 or visit 

New Toby depot facility to employ 70

Details on 

TOBYHANNA Tobyhanna Army Depot's $30 million Industrial Operations Facility is open for business.

The new 91,000-square-foot, facility is designed to refinish the many parts used in the communications-electronics systems repaired or overhauled at Tobyhanna.

About 70 employees will be working in the facility by October. It opened on July 23.

It consolidates painting, plating, sandblast, ultrasonic and steam cleaning operations and the chemistry laboratory into an integrated, ISO 9001-certified facility.

Eight paint booths in the painting shop have downdraft air supply systems that minimize sidedrafts, preventing overspray. The shop also has four walk-in ovens and two floor conveyor ovens, all with maximum temperatures of 500 degrees for powder coating applications. 

Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network.

Tobyhanna has about 3,200 workers, making it the largest employer in the region.

Cathodic protection: Cathelco acquired business of Jotun
Coatings Flash - September 08, 2003

Cathelco Ltd has acquired the cathodic protection business of Jotun A/S creating the world's largest combined manufacturer of electrolytic antifouling (EAF) systems for seawater pipework and hull corrosion protection equipment for the shipping industry. In this new venture, Cathelco have purchased the assets of Jotun's ICCP and pipework anti-fouling activities in return for Jotun owning a 10% share of Cathelco. This will result in a company with an anticipated GBP 7.5 million turnover.
Cathelco is already the leader in the marine pipework anti-fouling market with a record of 8,000 installations on ships of all sizes over a period of more than 40 years. They have also developed an impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) system now fitted to around 4,000 vessels. 
By merging their pipework anti-fouling and ICCP activities, Cathelco and Jotun will create a market leader manufacturing complementary products. The new Cathelco Jotun company will also have the advantage of combining two worldwide sales networks. "This is very important for customers because representation is close to hand for owners, shipyards and repair facilities, wherever they are in the world. It also provides the ability to respond quickly to tenders and technical enquiries", said Justin Salisbury, managing director of Cathelco Ltd. "There is a strong affinity between our activities and we have an existing business alliance. The merger will strengthen this relationship and enable us to move forward by providing comprehensive equipment and coating packages to customers," he added. Frank Mohn, the director for Marine Coatings at Jotun A/S highlighted the strategic position, "Our joint aim is to offer our customers improved solutions in total corrosion protection - the combination of premium paint systems and the market leading cathodic protection."

News in Brief

Powder Coating in  Parkes
Parkes Champion post, Parkes NSW Ausralia, reports on its website that the Catholic Church in Parkes is under repair and the framework within the tower that is rusting will need powder coating to prevent further deterioration.

Jenson & Nicholson, restructuring !
Mr Bikash Mullick, Business Manager - Industrial Coating Division (South & West) Jenson & Nicholson (India) Ltd. informed IPC, "Our existing promoter is trying to restructure the organisation and it is in progress."

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    Exhibitions, Seminars, Course, Lectures  

7-9 October 2003, St. Petersburg, Russia

A specialised trade fair aimed at demonstrating a wide range of polymer materials, including adhesives,sealants, inks, coatings, elastomers, synthetic resins, polyurethane, associated products and manufacturing equipment for enterprises in all branches of economy. Details 

8-9 October 2003, Seoul, Korea
For further information, please contact: Coatings Sector, dmg world media (uk) ltd, Queensway House, 2 Queensway, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1QS. Tel: + 44 1737 855167; Fax: + 44 1737 855034 or 8554698 or go to:  

8-10 October 2003, Ghent, Belgium
This exhibition is a European trade fair for surface treatment technology. For further information, please contact: Mr Jan Peynenborg, J. P. Consult, Park Ragheno, Dellingstraat 34/1, B 2800 Mechelen, Belgium. Tel: + 32 (0) 15 43 10 50; Fax: + 32 (0) 15 43 11 50 or go to: 

12-14 October 2003, Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai
Industrial Minerals Events, Park House, Park Terrace, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7HY, UK. Tel. +44 20 7827 9977 Fax. +44 20 7335 3994; 

16-18 October 2003, Verona, Italy
For further information on this exhibition / conference on powder coatings, please contact: La Rivista del Colore Spa, Via Torri Bianche, 3P, 200259 Vimeracte, Mi, Italy, Tel: + 39 039 629041; Fax: + 39 039 62904208 or go to: 

21-22 October, Vienna, Austria
This is the ninth international conference organised by Rapra, on the topic of additives, modifiers and compounding. For further information, please go to: 

14-15 October 2003, Metropole Hotel, Brussels.
Contact: Chris Brooke, ECMSA (Association of Planners, Marketers, Researchers and Business Intelligence Professionals in the chemicals and allied industries), PO Box 29, B1435 Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium. Tel. +32 10 650975, Fax +32 10 659706, , 

21-24 October, 2003, Sinsheim, Germany
For further information on this international trade fair for painting and powder coating, please contact: P. E. Schall Fairs & Exhibitions, PO Box 1261, D-72633, Frickhausen, Germany. Tel: + 49 70 25 92 06 0; Fax: + 49 70 25 92 06 620

22-23 October 2003, Manchester, UK
Eighteen papers will be presented over two days, together with poster sessions and a table-top exhibition.
For further information on the conference, please contact Yvonne Waterman, OCCA, 967 Harrow Road, Wembley HA0 2SF, UK. Tel: +44(0) 208 908 1086: Fax +44(0) 208 908 1219 or visit  for full details and on-line registration.

26-29 October 2003,
Society for Protective Coatings,  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Registrations will be accepted by phone at 412-281-2331 ext. 202 and online at 

28-30 October, 2003, Indianapolis, USA
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3-5 November 2003, Berlin, Germany
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5 November 2003, BRE, Watford, UK
This one day Symposium organised by OCCA, The Paint Advisory Bureau and Quality Marque Advice and Consultancy forms part of technical programme presented by the Thames Valley Section of OCCA.
For further information on the symposium, please contact Yvonne Waterman, OCCA, 967 Harrow Road, Wembley HA0 2SF, UK. Tel: +44(0) 208 908 1086; Fax +44(0) 208 908 1219 or visit  for full details and on-line registration.

4-5 November 2003, Royal National Hotel, Russel Square, London, UK
Aiming for a Healthier and Safer European Workscene. Contact: Mary Meadows, Angel Business Communications Ltd., 34 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HE, UK, +44 (0)1926 512424, ; or go to: 

10-12 November 2003, Kirchburg, Luxembourg
European Commission/European Patent Office combined PATINNOVA and EPIDOS Annual Conference. More information at: 


12-14 November 2003, Philadelphia, USA
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  Powder Coater’s Manual ------- Powder Application Equipment (Part - 21)  
1. Fluidized Bed Application

Early in the history of powder coatings, thermoplastic materials were applied by the fluidized bed dip process. The fluidized bed is a container that holds the powder material with an air chamber at the bottom referred to as an inlet plenum. The container and the plenum are
separated by a membrane that is porous enough for air to pass through but not porous enough for solids to pass through. Compressed air is introduced into the plenum and up through the fluidizing membrane. As the compressed air passes up through the container, the powder particles are suspended in the airstream. In this suspended state, referred to as fluidization, the powder/air mixture behaves somewhat like a liquid.

Fluidized bed application is accomplished by preheating a metal part and dipping it into the fluidized bed of powder. The powder material will fuse upon contact with the hot part, creating a thick continuous film (10-20 mils) on the metal surface. In cases where the part does not have sufficient mass to completely fuse the powder, the part will be put through a short post-cure cycle, typically 3-5 minutes at 400 to 500 °F (204 to 260 °C).

Electrostatic Fluidized Bed Coating

Electrostatic fluidized bed application uses the same fluidizing technique and the conventional fluidized bed dip process but with much less powder depth in the bed. An electrostatic charging media is placed inside the bed so that the powder material becomes charged as the fluidizing air lifts it up. Charged particles of powder move upward and form a cloud of charged powder above the fluid bed. When a grounded part is passed through the charged cloud the particles will be attracted to its surface. The parts are not preheated as they are for the conventional fluidized bed dip process.

2. Electrostatic Spray Application
Electrostatic spray application uses a fluidized bed as a feed hopper to hold the powder and fluidize it so that it can be pumped to the tip of a spray gun using compressed air for transport from the feed hopper to the gun tip. The spray gun is designed to impart an electrostatic charge to the powder material and direct it toward a grounded workpiece. This process makes it possible to apply much thinner coatings with a wide variety of decorative and protective features.

The electrostatic charge can be imparted with voltage, called corona charging, or by frictional contact with the inside of the gun barrel, called tribo charging.

In a corona charging system, a voltage source generates current through a voltage cable that carries it to the powder gun tip. Powder is pumped through the gun and out of the gun tip using compressed air. As the powder passes through the electrostatic field at the gun tip, it picks up a charge and is attracted to a grounded substrate. The part is then conveyed into an oven for curing of the powder. In the cure oven, the powder melts and cross-links to a hard film to complete the process. Electrostatic spray application of powder is the most common application method. The parts to be coated are cleaned, dried, and cooled, the coating is applied and cured at the required temperature for the required time and then cooled for removal from the line. An electrostatic spray application system includes a delivery system and a charging system.



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