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BASF, Shell told to pay $382 mln by Brazil court
(Reuters) - German chemicals maker BASF and oil major Shell have been told by a Brazilian court to pay $382 million into a compensation fund for former employees at a pesticides plant who said their health suffered from working there.
BASF said on Tuesday it would appeal the ruling and would continue talks with the plaintiffs and with Shell to reach an out-of-court settlement.
A Shell spokeswoman said: "Shell does not agree with this decision, but we will abide by it until appeals have been ruled on by higher courts".
In its annual report, BASF had said Shell operated the site in the Brazilian municipality of Paulinia until 1995, when Shell sold it to American Cyanamid. BASF, which bought the plant in 2000, claims the site had been contaminated by Shell.<more>



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   Infomercial from Jotun Powder Coatings  
Jotun Powder Coatings announces global launch of ‘Reveal Tempo’ low temperature curing product

Revolutionary powder engineered to meet demands of OEM industry and help drive in more productivity, energy savings and ability to coat
more heat-sensitive objects

July XX, 2012

Jotun Powder Coatings, one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of powder coatings, has announced the global launch of ‘Reveal Tempo,’ a new generation low temperature curing product. This revolutionary powder coating addresses the demand of today’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) market for a powder coating that cures faster and/or at low temperatures, driving an increase in productivity, a reduction in energy costs and the ability to coat more heat sensitive objects. ‘Reveal Tempo’ has been developed for both wet and dry applications, allowing it to be used for a wide range of applications ranging from appliances to fixtures and furniture.

‘Reveal Tempo’ can cure at temperatures as low as 130°C/20min, and as high as 180°C/ 3min, giving users a range of benefits when compared to standard technology. Users can significantly increase the number of goods coated, enjoy up to 25% in energy savings, coat heat sensitive objects, facilitate the curing of pre-assembled materials, or even combine several of those benefits, resulting in a mix of increased productivity and energy savings.

“We are very excited to launch this innovative product to the global market. ‘Reveal Tempo’ is our answer to the OEM market’s growing demands for a low temperature cure powder coating that is highly productive, energy efficient, and meets the corrosion, chemical and mechanical requirements of the industry,” said Vivek Pande, Sales Director at Jotun Powder Coatings India. “The call for a highly efficient and eco-friendly low curing product has long been a key focus area for the powder coating industry. The release of ‘Reveal Tempo’ demonstrates our ability to meet these requirements.”

‘Reveal Tempo’ offers superior mileage and appearance and can be easily applied at a thickness of 55 µm or even lower when it is applied on an organic primer such as an e-coat. The new product, once applied, delivers an overall good flow and smooth finish. ‘Reveal Tempo, which’ is available in standard white, light colors and a range of other colors, is eco- friendly and does not contain any solvents, so no amounts of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are released into the air. Unused or over sprayed powder can be recycled with minimal wastage, and disposal is easy and safe. In addition, all Jotun Powder Coatings’ products do not contain lead.

 Vivek Pande believes that Reveal Tempo is set to bring powder coatings to a whole new level, further saying, “We are the first manufacturer to launch this solution on the market at a global level. ‘Reveal Tempo’ is an engaging and dynamic new product that answers the consumer demand for productivity as it cures in only a matter of minutes while also answering the demand for energy savings and heat sensitive substrates as it cures at 130°C.” -ends-

About Jotun

Jotun is one of the world's leading manufacturers of paints, coatings and powder coatings. The group has 74 companies and 39 production facilities in 43 countries on all continents. In addition, Jotun has agents, branch offices and distributors in more than 80 countries. Jotun's total sales in 2010 were NOK 13,452 million, and have today 7,800 employees. The Jotun Group has four divisions, and its head office in Sandefjord, Norway.

Jotun Powder Coatings is committed to develop, produce and deliver solutions that create value through consistency in application, enhanced appearance and superior durability. Jotun Powder Coatings operate in three key segments, Industrial and Specialities, Architectural and Functional. As a powder manufacturer, Jotun powder coatings are environmentally friendly and do not contain any solvents,  unused or over sprayed powder can be recycled with minimal wastage and disposal is easy and safe. All Jotun powder coatings products are lead free.

For further details contact:

Divya Murali
Marketing Manager
Jotun Powder Coatings
Jotun India Private Limited,
502, 5th Floor, Boston House,
Suren Road, Andheri East,
Mumbai - 400093

Telephone : +91 22 28224600
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  Infomercial from Wise Exhibition(Guangdong) Co.,Ltd  
SF EXPO, The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition
Time: May 21-23, 2013
Location: Poly World Trade Center,Guangzhou,China

China Surface Engineering Association Electroplating Branch
China Surface Engineering Association Painting of Branch
Powder Coating Institute
Guangdong Coating Industry Association
Guangdong Electroplating Association
Wise Exhibition (Guangdong)Co.,Ltd.

Executive Organizer
Wise Exhibition (Guangdong)Co.,Ltd

International Cosponsors
National Association for Surface Finishing
Korea Plating Industry Cooperative
Singapore Surface Finishing Society(SSFS)
Metal Finishers’ Association of India
The Society for Surface Protective Coatings,India
Brazilian Surface Treatments Association

Concurrent Events
International Surface Finishing Development Theme Forums
Surface Finishing New Products&Technology Promotion Conference
International Painting New Technology Seminar
GuangDong International Surface Finishing Technology Forums
GuangDong&GuangZhou Electroplating Association Annual Conference
Awarding Ceremony for Outstanding Surface Finishing Enterprises
The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Coatings, Printing Inks & Adhesives Exhibition

Exhibition General
As a most professional and quick-growing surface finishing industry's event, SF EXPO is always committed to improving the surface finishing industry in all aspects, creating the biggest value for the clients and providing all surface finishers with a perfect platform for business cooperation, technology exchange and information share. The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition is jointly organized by China Surface Engineering Association Electroplating Branch, China Surface Engineering Association Painting Branch, and Wise Exhibition (Guangdong) Co., Ltd..The organizer continues its cooperation with domestic and overseas associations and international media to hold co current conferences, industry summit, and technology seminars. The worldwide excellent surface finishers and industries come together to discuss the dynamic global development in surface finishing industry and sustainable development or solution for energy-saving and environment-friendly production so as to improve product value. On the basis of its accumulated rescources and professional operation experience, the scale and effect of the 10th exhibition will be greatly improved to 20,000 square meters' exhibition area and 300 predicted exhibitors. With its 20,000 professional attendees, it will be one of the most important surface finishing pageant in the world.

SF EXPO 2011 Review
The 9th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition was held in Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center on 11-13th, May, 2011. Through the two-year strong propaganda, this event has attracted 238 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions. Its exhibition area reaches 15,000 square meters. The three days exhibition was visited by 14498 attendees and 21 associations and big-scale enterprise groups from all over the world. Cocurrent events were held: The 9th Guangzhou (China) International Coatings, Printing Inks & Adhesives Exhibition, International Symposium on Surface Finishing Industry Development and New Product, Technology Promotion Conference, Members' Assembly of Marketing Working Committee of China Surface Engineering Association, Annual Meeting of Guangdong and Guangzhou Electroplating Association, The International Plating Technical Forum (Guangdong Electroplating Association), Awarding Ceremony for Outstanding Surface Finishing Enterprises, etc.

Exhibition Highlights
The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition is jointly hosted by two authoritative and influential national associations -China Surface Engineering Association Electroplating Branch and the Painting Branch
The biennial exhibition attracts more exhibitors and visitors with its careful preparation and advertising compaign.
Exhibitors benefit from the firm exhibition theme, clear target audience division and high supply-demand match.
Professional organization and market operation are achieved by the host, Wise Exhibition (Guangdong) Co., Ltd., which was founded in 1999 and now is one of the governing unit of Guangdong Exhibition Association. Wise is always committed to planning and organization of professional industry exhibitions, building brand events, integrating industry rescources and accumulating millions of enterprise data. Currently, a complete plan was formed for modernized exhibition organization and control.
This exhibition became renowned and influential in the world through worldwide advertising compaign.

Exhibit Scope
1) Surface finishing equipments such as shot peening, shot blasting, bench drawing, polishing, abrasion and surface treatment materials;
2) Painting/Coating wire,Coating engineering design,Painting/Coating equipments and auxiliary equipments;
3) Industry coating products;
4) Electroplating equipments and auxiliary equipments;
5) Electroplating raw materials and additives;
6) Anti-corrosion materials and equipments;
7) Equipments and technologies such as thermal Spraying, conversion coating, vacuum evaporation coating;
8)Electroplating industry zone, detect equipments;
9)Environmental protection, security and resource recycle equipments; cleaning devices, waste liquid treatment, dust and fume extraction, ventilation and air pollution control.
Participation Fee and Facilities
Participation Fee and Facilities n Fee aeend Facilities
Exhibiting Charge
International Standard Booth (3×3=9m2)
Hall A: RMB 12,800/booth Hall B: RMB 10,800/booth Foreign Enterprise: USD2,250/Booth
Bare Ground (minimum 36m2) Hall A: RMB1,380/m2 Hall B: RMB1,180/m2 Foreign Enterprise : USD250/m2
Advertising Catalogue Fee
Cover:RMB 19,800 Back Cover:RMB 18,000 Second Cover:RMB 11,800 Inside Back Cover:RMB 9,800 First Page:RMB 9,800 Color, full page:RMB 4,800 Literal Introduction:RMB 500
Black and White, full page:RMB2,800
Technology Promotion Conference: RMB 4,500
Same Term Activity Collaboration and Sponsor Fee
A:RMB50000 B:RMB30000 C:RMB10000
(Please contact the co-organizer for detail information)
Booth Features
Facilities for the standard booth: three wallboards (two wallboards inthe corner),
Chinese and English fascia (name-board), a table, two chairs, carpeted floor, two exhibition lights and a paper basket.
Free editorial entries within 300 words in the Exhibition Directory for each exhibitor.
For the bare Ground, no facility is provided and the hall management fee is RMB 28/m2.

For Further Details
Wise Exhibition(Guangdong) Co.,Ltd
Add: Room 1802 Huayou Building, No.5 Si You Xin Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, P. R. China, 510600
Contact: Kobe Luo Tel:86 20 37599090 Fax:86-20-37599151

EmaiI ex360sf@126.com ,   sfexpo@yahoo.cn 
Website www.sf-expo.cn



  Infomercial from Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd

Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Vijay Enterprises is a leading manufacture of powder coating materials (PCM) in India. VIJAY COAT today stands as a Reliable source of High Quality and Durable Powder Coating materials at very reasonable prices. Vijay's PCM find extensive application for industrial and other demanding applications. Vijay enterprises was incorporated in 1995 with a view to supplying quality PCMs to Indian industry. Vijay's manufacturing set up is equipped with best machines from M/s Buss AG Switzerland who are world's largest manufacturer of Powder Coating Machines. Vijay has now established itself and earned a name for its quality supplies and prompt delivery at reasonable prices.

The types of powders manufactured by VIJAYCOAT are as under.
Pure Epoxy
Epoxy Polyester (Hybrid)
Pure Polyester (TGIC)
Pure Polyester (TGIC Free)
Super Durable
Poly Urethane Powder

Types of Finishes manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Semi Glossy
Specialties like Silver, Gold, Copper
Antique Finish
Hammer Tone
Wood Finish
Pearl Finish
Coloured Transparent

Technical Powders Manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Fast Cure
Lower Temperature Cure
Thin Film Powders
Hot water resistance powders
Heat Resistant Powders for automobile silencers
Fire Retardant Powders
Powders for in contact with food stuff (Food Grade)
Electrical Insulation Grade
Lead Free and ROHS Compliant Powders
Reach registered European Powders.

Fusion Bonded Epoxy Powders
Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Reinforcing Bars

Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Pipe Coatings

Administrative Office:
Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Admin. Office :
65, World Business House
Nr Piramal Garden Cross Road
Eliss Bridge, AHMEDABAD
Ph 079-26461540, 65242828, Tel/Fax 079-26461539
Email: vijaycoat@gmail.com  , vijaycoatoffice@vijaycoat.com 
web: www.vijay-powdercoat.com


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Berger Paints looking for buys, both at home and abroad
Berger Paints India Ltd is looking for “suitable” acquisitions.
Mr Abhijit Roy, the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, told Business Line that merchant bankers had been told to look for potential targets — both in the country and abroad.
“In the overseas market, we are looking for acquisition of technology. However, in the domestic market any acquisition move should be driven by the possibility of increasing market share,” Mr Roy said.
The company is implementing a number of greenfield and brownfield capacity addition programmes to increase domestic production from 24,000 tonnes in 2011-12 to 44,000 tonnes in 2012-13. The total project cost is estimated at Rs 250 crore.
The No.2 Indian paint company has entered Poland through an acquisition which boasts of energy efficient and protective external insulation finishing system. Berger Paints is also present in Russia and Nepal through subsidiaries.
“We are definitely looking at opportunities, but at the right price. Though the slowdown effect has affected players globally, the valuations have not really come down from the perspective of buyouts,” he said.<more>

PPG and Asian Paints receive approval to expand India coatings joint venture
Companies add second venture to accelerate growth

PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2012 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced today that it has received the necessary approvals from Indian authorities to expand its coatings joint venture and also to create a second joint venture with Asian Paints Ltd. (APL), India’s largest coatings company. Financial terms were not disclosed.
PPG and APL will expand their current 50-50 joint venture, Mumbai-based Asian PPG Industries, to now serve India’s industrial liquid, marine, consumer packaging and transportation coatings customers. PPG and APL also will form a second 50-50 joint venture, Asian Paints PPG Limited, to serve protective, industrial powder, industrial container and light industrial coatings customers.
“The expansion of PPG’s more than 15-year successful relationship with Asian Paints will position both companies for accelerated growth in nondecorative coatings to take advantage of the long-term growth of the Indian economy,” said Mike Horton, president, PPG Asia Pacific, and vice president, automotive refinish and architectural coatings, Asia Pacific.
Both joint ventures leverage PPG’s global scale, technology and customer relationships with APL’s Indian customer base, manufacturing footprint, distribution channels and local relationships, according to Horton.<more>

Fire at Akzo Nobel India Ltd's Mohali Factory
There was a fire at one of the raw material storage rooms of Akzo Nobel India Ltd's Mohali factory. The standalone fire was controlled and contained quickly by the efforts of the Punjab and Chandigarh Fire Services and the Company's security staff. Except for the Storage room, rest of the factory building is not damaged. The cause of the fire is being determined.

There was no injuries consequent to this fire. The facility is adequately insured and no significant loss in revenue is expected.<more>

Slowing economy begins to hit Asian Paints sales
The volume contraction in the domestic decorative paint business came as another negative surprise
R Sree Ram
The Asian Paints stock plunged 3.4% to Rs. 3,598 on Monday after the company said its sales growth in the June quarter slowed to 12.3%. In the previous four quarters, the paint maker, on an average, posted a 24.7% rise in sales. This time analysts were expecting the company to register around 20% growth in sales. But high inventories at dealers and weak demand led to a subdued performance in the June quarter.
The volume contraction in the domestic decorative paint business came as another negative surprise. Emkay Global Financial Services notes that the volumes at the domestic decorative business declined by 2% in June quarter. According to the brokerage house, the company has been posting a volume growth of 9-20% in most of the previous 12 quarters.
Pritesh Chheda of Emkay Global Financial Services said in a note, “In Q1FY13, Asian Paints registered volume decline of 2% (after adjustment of industrial paints business) in domestic decorative paint business; delivery was below expectations. There was no adverse base as well, since Q1FY12 had a normalized volume growth of 14.6% yoy.” <more>

‘We may feel some heat in the second quarter’
Mr Abhijit Roy, Managing Director, Berger Paints

Although crude prices eased recently, gains were erased by rupee depreciation At a turnover of Rs 2,660 crore, Berger Paints is now the second largest paint company in the country. In an interview to Business Line, the Managing Director, Mr Abhijit Roy, explained his vision to take company to newer heights.

Berger is exploring acquisition opportunities in India and abroad. Will you kindly elaborate the strategy behind?
In India, we are primarily looking forward to add volumes. In abroad, the guiding force is access to technology which can be brought back to India.

How did you gain from acquisition of Bolix in Poland?

As a business, Bolix is turned around. We are now planning to launch “Bolix EIFS” – an energy insulation finishing system – in India in another couple of weeks. It guarantees 30 per cent savings on electricity bill.

Is EIFS a paint? How costly is this product?

It is not a paint. It’s a system by which we put a thick layer of foam on the wall and paint it to protect from weather. This technology is popular in Europe to protect from cold. In India, we developed it for energy savings.
It will be useful for businesses such as call centres, cold storages, etc which remain operational round the clock. The product is tested at the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) at Roorkee.
The product is 12-15 times costlier (per sq ft basis) than normal paint. But the cost can be easily recovered through savings on electricity bill.

Which technologies you are now eyeing to access through future acquisitions?
We are looking forward to technologies in various product categories such as industrial paint, high end wood coat. Wood coat is used in premium wood products such as kitchen cabinet, etc.
A good part of your raw material should  <more>

New paint uses sun to self-clean
Ingredient could be used in paint for antibacterial walls or to coat touchscreens
New sunlight-activated plastic lawn furniture keeps itself clean and white after two years of sitting outdoors, new research finds. The same ingredient that kills bacteria and fungi in that plastic could one day go into paint for antibacterial walls and a coating for smudge-resistant touchscreens, the researchers say.
Scientists have long studied how titanium dioxide, a chemical commonly found in paint, sunscreens and cosmetics, destroys microbes and the stubborn layer of slime they create when they colonize a surface. When titanium dioxide molecules are exposed to sunlight, it kicks off a chemical reaction that creates free radicals, which penetrate the cell walls of bacteria and fungi and damage their DNA. <more>

Dulux assigns digital duties to 'Bang in the Middle'
Dulux will allocate between 5 to 10 per cent of their media budget to digital
Akzo Nobel India has brought in Bang in the Middle on board as the digital communication partner for Dulux Paints. Bang in the Middle would be responsible for strategising and implementing a suite of digital services to spruce up Dulux’s online presence.
Naresh Gupta, managing partner, Bang in the Middle, told Campaign India that the agency won the business following a pitch.
"Dulux will allocate between 5 to 10 per cent of their media budget to digital. Hopefully by next month the first bit of work on social media will be released. Its an ongoing process and we will be releasing work consistently," he said.

Pushkar Jain, marketing manager, Dulux, Akzo Nobel India, said, “We are actively engaging in the digital space so as to create interactive dialogues with our consumers and even reach out to a larger audience base. Through our association with Bang in the Middle, we hope to impact consumer behavior through digital experiences.<more>

PPG Industries earns recognition as John Deere ‘Partner-level supplier’
PITTSBURGH, July 2, 2012 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2011 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.
Pittsburgh-based PPG was selected for the honor based on its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. PPG supplies electrocoat, liquid and powder coatings, and pretreatment products to John Deere’s operations globally.
Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.<more>

New Paints Prevent Fouling of Ships' Hulls
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology have spent nine years developing new environmentally friendly and effective antifouling paints through a joint research program called Marine Paint.<more>

AkzoNobel inaugurates its biggest office complex world-wide in China120709 office opening
AkzoNobel today officially inaugurated its new China head office in Shanghai. It’s another amazing milestone AkzoNobel achieved in its history in China by moving all its 21 businesses in China into one office building. Accommodating up to 1,000 employees who in the past worked in different premises in the city, the China new head office now became the biggest AkzoNobel office complex worldwide.

Mr. Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, unveiled the company’s new China head office and said: “China is one of the first countries I visited after I officially took over as CEO of AkzoNobel. I am excited to be part of AkzoNobel’s growth in China today. The opening of the new China head office underlines the crucial role that China, and the 21 businesses we have based here, are playing in our sustainable growth strategy. China is the second largest contributor to our global revenue. And its potential is huge. We will definitely continue to grow here and are committed to investing in our business and people in China.”<more>

Jotun increases production in China
Jotun Group, the manufacturer of paints, coatings and powder coatings, has pledged to increase its presence in China by offering continuous investment in the coming years.

As part of its efforts to address the growing demands of the Asian market, the group recently unveiled its powder coatings factory and regional research and development center in China.

With a total investment of 200 million yuan ($31.4 million), the new production facility for powder coatings was established at its original factory, which is located in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, and focuses on the production of protective coatings and decorative paints.

The factory in Zhangjiagang covers an area of 130,000 square meters with production capacity for powder coatings of about 10,000 tons a year.<more>

Your Lawn Furniture Could Clean Itself One Day
Eventually your lawn furniture is going to get gross with mould, algae, moss, fungi or other bacterial yuck. While you get to go in and take a shower, your furniture just festers. That’s unless it’s made with titanium dioxide, as these German researchers discovered.
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology in Germany are experimenting with covering lawn furniture and other surfaces with a photocatalyitic coating of titanium dioxide. These molecules are “activated” by UV light, causing them to go after organic molecules with a chemical fury. The press release from the institute explains:<more>

Asian Paints Q1 results on July 20, 2012
Asian Paints Ltd has informed BSE that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on July 20, 2012, inter alia, to consider the following:1. To consider and approve the audited financial results of the Company for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 (Q1).2. To consider and approve the unaudited consolidated financial results of the Company for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.Source : BSE <more>

Innovative Method to Control Phase of Titanium Dioxide at Room Temperature
A new method to control the phase of titanium dioxide (TiO2) at room temperature has been developed by a research team from North Carolina State University (NC State). The innovation is expected to make the material more efficient in several applications, including optical communication technologies, smart sensors, antimicrobial coatings, hydrogen production and photovoltaic cells.

A new technique allows researchers to control the phase of the titanium dioxide by modifying the structure of the titanium trioxide and sapphire substrate.
Commonly, TiO2 is available in one of the two critical phases, called anatase and rutile. The atoms in TiO2 arrange themselves in one of the two phases or crystalline structures and the arrangement demonstrate the material’s electronic, chemical and optical properties. Hence, each phase has different features. The anatase phase is suitable for applications like hydrogen production and can also be used as an antibacterial agent, while the rutile phase is ideal for applications, such as optical communication technologies, smart sensors and photovoltaic cells.<more>

Absorbent Paint Could Soak Up Chemical Weapons, Protecting Vehicle Occupants From Deadly Gas
U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tank U.S. Army via Wikimedia Commons
Syria’s regime announced for the first time this week that it has chemical weapons, and stands ready to use them if attacked. A new type of paint could potentially guard against it, protecting tanks and armored vehicles with a special chemical-absorbing topcoat.
Scientists at the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, like a British DARPA, worked with a company called AkzoNobel to develop the paint. It contains super absorbent silica gel, the same stuff that comes in those little bead-packets inside new shoeboxes and bags. The material can absorb chemicals, like maybe nerve gas, before they could reach a vehicle’s interior.

It would be a nice topcoat for a special type of paint that can be easily peeled off. This could make it easier to clean — when the nerve gas is soaked up, and the tank is back in a safe area, soldiers could just peel off the paint and throw it away. The Engineer says the paint is sticky like a Post-It is sticky — adhesive enough to hold it in place, but easy to remove.<more>

INESFLY Africa launches new paint product to fight malaria INESFLY anti-malarial paint comes to Ghana
Management of INESFLY Africa Project, a manufacturing company on Monday launched its product christened ‘INESFLY Paint’- a powerful and cost effective tool to control malaria.

Dr Pilar Mateo, Inventor and Spanish Scientist, launching the product in Accra explained that, INESFLY is a coated insecticide, acaricide and growth regulator of arthropods that present its active ingredients in micro-encapsulated and has a low and gradual release mechanism with a long residual action.<more>

DuPont Q2 figures good but performance chemicals slip
DuPont net income slipped 3% in the second quarter due to a slide in sales in its performance chemicals, electronics, and safety and protection divisions.

Performance chemicals saw sales of $2bn, down 1% – volumes were down 10%, a fall offset by a 9% rising in selling prices. These lower volumes reflect continued softness in titanium dioxide, particularly in Asia Pacific and Europe, and weakening demand in fluoropolymers, claimed the company.

However, overall DuPont said that its business was doing well<more>

BASF Predicts The Future–In Color
Paint manufacturer BASF just released its color forecast that projects out to five years. If you’re contemplating what color to paint your next project, check this out. BASF says that we’re headed for more color. Currently black, white and silvers make up from 50-80% of their production. What they’re forecasting for the coming years is, “Future colors will be ‘naturally cultivated’ with nuanced berry and copper tones, along with natural colors such as brown, blue and green,” said Paul Czornij, Technical Manager for the BASF Color Excellence group. “The increasing inclination of society to celebrate beauty in earth tones and more traditional green and blue hues is the basis for this trend.”

Especially the color green will be seen more in the coming years. “There are signs from automakers and consumers that the desire for more color on the roads is continuing. We will be tapping into further color spaces, such as bronzes and emeralds,” says Mark Gutjahr, Head of Design for BASF in Europe. “The continued high value assigned to the notion of ecology may now again be signified by the color green.”<more>


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Dear Joe,

I am in powder coating and anodizing since 1998 and am presently working in Nigeria. I have peeling of the powder on thick aluminium profile of about 3 mm thickness or more like , though I follow the curing schedule in calibrated oven with temp tracker and chromate pretreatment. Generally dark colors like RAL 8016, 1303 and 9007,etc have a tendency of peeling on the thick profiles. Can you offer some solution?



Dear Aboobaker:

Thank you for the question. I would start by eliminating possibilities. First check the powder for complete cure. Take a known sample (small test part?) that has been coated and cured to specification. Then check solvent resistance as a measure of cure. Use acetone or a similar solvent. Next check adhesion issues. Take a very clean test part, abrade the surface with sandpaper or Scotchbrite. Then clean thoroughly with solvent and then run through your chromate system. Run one clean part without the chromate as well. There may be something amiss in your chromate system. Also check your coating thickness. Is it abnormally high? Too thick may cause adhesion issues. Also try another powder or powder supplier.

Please let me know if any of this helps solve the problem.

Kind regards,


Dear Joe Powder:
What could be weather effects on epoxy polyester coated iron; sunny and salty environment and sun exposure?
Regards, Ayoub

Dear Ayoub
The weather effects would be quite severe. The epoxy-polyester based powder will resist corrosion if formulated correctly, but the UV exposure would quickly degrade the coating. The degradation would manifest itself as chalking, yellowing and eventual polymeric breakdown. If a very thick coating (epoxy-polyester) were applied this may provide protection for a longer period of time, but the coating would be incrementally eroding. Regardless of which technology you consider, it is imperative to have excellent cleaning and metal pretreatment.

As for the best system for your to consider - I recommend a high quality polyester or polyurethane applied to a zinc phosphate or iron phosphate pretreatment. An even better system would be a epoxy primer followed by a polyester or polyurethane topcoat.
Best regards,
Joe Powder

Please forward any questions or comments to askjoepowder@yahoo.com.



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