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Industries face surprise environment inspections
ABU DHABI — Jotun, the paint factory in Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah industrial area, was taken by surprise when four inspectors from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) turned up at its gates, followed by a bus full of journalists.
“We are here to conduct an environmental inspection,” announced Abeer Sajwani, one of the EAD inspectors.

In 2012, EAD issued 1,427 environmental permits, as well as 259 permits for chemical traders. In addition, the agency conducted 676 inspections of the permitted facilities and 133 inspections for ground water wells.

There are about 1,400 facilities such as factories and estate developments in the Abu Dhabi emirate and EAD’s 20 inspectors conduct regular visits to make sure they all environmentally safe.<more>

Is Titanium Dioxide in Food Harmful?
The latest review on diet and the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) suggests that of all dietary factors, animal protein from meat and fish is most associated with a higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

One potential risk factor that I had never heard of, though, was micro- or nanoparticles. Foodstuffs in developed countries contain increasing quantities of microparticles such as titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is used by the millions of tons as a whitening/brightening pigment to make white-colored paint, but also as an additive to make white-colored food. It’s added to food so much so that people eating conventional diets may be ingesting a trillion particles of titanium dioxide every day.

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First use of 3 major green technologies

Nippon Paint launched an automotive coating technology revolution

The first automotive coating line in China that integrates PN1400 E-coat technology, IPP primer-less technology and 2K Generation III Clear coat technology was put into use at Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen in Wuhan, Hubei Province. BKNP Automotive Coatings (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., provides products and supporting services, including E-coat, Basecoat and 2K Clear coat products to the paint line of this automotive production plant, the capacity of which is estimated at 300,000 vehicles annually.

"What we deliver to our clients are the latest cutting-edge automotive coating technologies in Asia. These technologies will not only have superior performance but also increase the value proposition to our clients. It will also significantly contribute to VOC emission reduction and energy conservation," said Michael Yang, president of Nippon Paint China Industrial Use Unit. The introduction of these technologies at this painting line positions Nippon Paint as a leading integrator of green technologies in China. It certainly ushers in a new era of energy conservation and environmental protection for automotive coating technology.<more>




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   Infomercial from Jotun Powder Coatings  

Jotun Powder Coatings reveals global launch of ‘Guard Endure’

Latest range offers long term protection and superior resistance to scratches, rubbing and marring Jotun Powder Coatings, one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of powder  coatings, has announced the global launch of ‘Guard Endure,’ a high-quality range of powder coatings offering superior resistance to scratches, rubbing and marring as compared  to other standard powder coatings in the market today. Available in a wide range of  colours, ‘Guard Endure’ provides consistently better and longer protection across a wide  range of applications, particularly for the furniture and fixture segments

“The global launch of this new product is focused on addressing the demands of the furniture and fixtures markets for a high quality powder coating that can offer both superior protection and durability,” said Vivek Pande, Sales Director, Jotun Powder Coatings India. “The unique capabilities of ‘Guard Endure’ will give manufacturers and users the confidence of enjoying their furniture and other coated objects for a longer time.”

Today’s furniture in homes, schools and public areas are openly exposed to a lot of wear and tear, like bumps, scratches, scuffs and abrasions. Despite this, consumers still expect their furniture and fixtures to last longer. The level of expectation is even higher for furniture manufacturers, who expect their products to endure tough conditions from assembly to delivery. Looking to address these demands, Jotun Powder Coatings has developed ‘Guard Endure,’ which provides tough scratch and mar resistance — ensuring that the furniture, fixtures, shelving and other coated objects are not only protected but also maintains its original appearance, regardless of its colour.

We tested Guard Endure for one of our major clients that require a powder coating with enhanced scratch resistance. Following a series of trials against other powder coatings, Guard Endure was the only product that could consistently meet the tough scratch & mar resistance specifications that our demanding client had in mind. With its easy application properties, very good adhesion and the fact that it comes in a full range of colours, we will definitely use this product for our current and future needs.”

Sunil Edlabadkar - Vice President, Savera Auto Comps Pvt. Ltd. (Aurangabad)

‘Guard Endure’ does not require any investment in special equipment by manufacturers and applicators. The new product is highly recommended for home and office furniture, lighting, racks and shop fittings, among others. Another unique capability of ‘Guard Endure’ is its flexible curing temperature, which translates to improved productivity and energy savings. Higher productivity is achieved by curing the product only for a few minutes, whilst energy  savings are attained by the option of curing the product at a low temperature, such as 160°C or even 150°C.

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 all continents. In addition, Jotun has agents, branch offices and distributors in more than 80 countries. Jotun's total sales in 2012 were NOK 15.8 billion, and have today 8,600 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, 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
Telefax : +91 22 28205900
Mobile No: + 91 9920375258
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  Infomercial from Mitsuba  
  Infomercial from Mitsuba  
  Mitsuba Systems Exhibited their Products in the lndexpo 2013 from Mar.9th to 11th at Aam Bagan Ground Sakchi, Steel City- Jamshedpur, India.

It was indeed a great experience participating in Indexpo exhibition in Steel City, Jamshedpur. The aim was to fulfill customers need & explain them about our latest powder coating equipment's. At the stall at Jamshedpur Indexpo we met our existing customers of North Eastern region. Major reason behind participating in the exhibition was to target & generate enquiries in North Eastern region of India. In the exhibition the mitsuba’s Products from the Sprayright Series 700 Premium and the Multistatic Series 700 Supreme were displayed. The visitors shown great interest in these products. Some information about the forth coming products was also shared. The exhibits and the stall were handled by Mr.Ashish Ranjan, Mr.Santosh Ankolekar and Mitsuba's Eastern Region representative Mr.T.Banerjee.

For further details
MITSUBA SYSTEMS (INDIA) PVT. LTD. 34/H, Laxmi Industrial Estate,
New Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai - 400053, INDIA.
Tel: +91-22-2631 8633 / 6692 4151-52-53 Fax: +91-22-6692 4154
Email: sales@powdergun.com 
Website: http://www.powdergun.com 



  Infomercial 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



  Infomercial SF EXPO  
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 Electroplating Association
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
The 2nd International Symposium on Surface Finishing Industry Development and Friendship Party

Secretary General Administrators Meeting for China Electroplating Association

China Surface Engineering Association painting of Branch Administration Conference

Forum for coating engineering contract evaluation standards

The 3rd Surface Tec & Coating Asia 2013

Guangdong and Guangzhou Electroplating Association Annual Conference

Guangdong International Surface Finishing Technology Forums

Surface finishing New Products and Technology Promotion Conference

Award Ceremony for Outstanding Surface Finishing Enterprises

The 10th Guangzhau (China) International Coatings, Printing Inks and Adhesives Ezhibition

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.

Exhibit Scope

Electroplating Zone:
Electroplating equipments and auxiliary equipments; Electroplating raw materials and additives; Electroplating industry zone, detect equipments; Anti-corrosion materials and equipments; water treatment.

Coating Zone:
Painting/Coating wire,Coating engineering design,Painting/Coating equipments and auxiliary equipments; Industry coating products; thermal spraying equipment.

Mechanical Finishing Zone:
Standard/Manual Shot-Blasting Machine, Peening Machine, Sand Blasting Machine, types of Spray Gun, Spray Nozzle, and Glove, etc.
Steel Shot, Stainless Steel Shot, Steel Grit, etc.
All kinds of Lapping Machine, types of Polishing Machine and Polishing Fluid, types of Deburring Equipments.
The materials and wearing parts of Grinding and Polishing, such as Abrasive Band, Abrasive Wheel, Buffing, Nylon Wheel, Hemp wheel, etc
Other methods about Mechanical Finishing or Preprocessing.

Vacuum Evaporation Coating Zone:
Equipments and craftwork of Vacuum Evaporation Coating, ITO material, detecting instrument, etc

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.

SF EXPO, The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition

Invitation to The 2nd International Symposium on Surface Finishing Industry Development and Friendship Party for Global Associations

Hosted by CSEA(China Surface Engineering Association), The 2nd International Symposium on Surface Finishing Industry Development and Friendship Party for Global Associations will be held as the concurrent meeting of SF EXPO 2013 on May 21st,2013 in order to promote new technology and communications in the development of global surface engineering industry, quick industrial development and fierce market competitions. Its 2011 session has invited over 200 attendees. Experts from USA, Korea, Brazil and India delivered 8 professional speeches. Based on the experience of the 1st session, expert representatives of this session will share the surface engineering industry information, show the regulations about environmental protection and waste treatment and exchange experience in association management to assure a sustainable growth.

China Electroplating Association
China Surface Engineering Association Painting of Branch
WISE Exhibition (Guangdong) Co., Ltd

Invited Associations:
Powder Coating Institute (America)
National Association for Surface Finishing (America)
The Institute of Metal Finishing (Britain)
Surface Engineering Association (Britain)
Singapore Surface Engineering Association (Singapore)
Federation of Electroplating Industry Association (Japan)
Korea Plating Industry Cooperative
Australia Institute of Surface Finishing
International Nickel Institute
Taiwan Surface Engineering Industry Association
Hong Kong Metal Finishing Society
Hong Kong Electroplating Commerce Association

Forum Topics:
Development of surface engineering industry in different countries, relative policies and advanced experiences;

New technology trend in surface engineering;

Industry problems and settlements;

How to strengthen global cooperations in foreign trade, to solve new problems, to create new trade platform and opportunities.

Senior management of export-oriented enterprises, R&D directors, product managers, purchasing managers, experts and technicians from universities, colleges and associations

May 21st, 2013

13:00 :                    arrival and sign-up
13:30 :                    forum starts
13:30-17:30        speeches
17:30                    forum closes

Place: Multi-function Conference Hall in Poly World Trade Center

For Further Details
Wise Exhibition (Guangdong) Co.,Ltd
Phone 020-29193588 29193589 29193590
Fax 020 -29193591
Address Room A & B, 3rd Floor, Wanyihuaxuan Building, No.10 Jinju Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R.China
Zip Code:510300

Contact: Mr. Kobe Luo
E-mail: sfexpo@yahoo.cn 
Tel.:+86-20-29193588/29193589/ 86-20-29193585
Fax: +86-20-29193591
Website www.sf-expo.cn 



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Asian Paints to acquire Sleek Group; foray into kitchen space
Asian Paints to acquire Sleek Group; foray into kitchen space
It's always been more about homes than paint so for Asian Paints, moving into providing kitchen solutions is a logical step up the value chain. It has acquired a 51% stake in Sleek Group, a leading organised player in the modern kitchen space. It's the first such step for the decorative paints company following its decision taken in July 2012 to explore opportunities in areas of home improvement and decor.

"It may be an un-related business for a paints company, in terms of distribution and manufacturing, but we find it to be a brilliant strategy for Asian Paints as it will now be able to sell a new home-buyer paint, water proofing and a modular kitchen," says Abneesh Roy, associate director, Edelweiss Capital.

"To take our brand to the next level in a fairly nascent and unorganised market, we needed a strategic partner to develop our back-end and dealer network", says Rajesh Ahuja, managing director of Sleek International. "We found such partner in Asian Paints, the Indian multinational with a 30,000-dealer network", he adds.<more>

Berger Paints subsidiary to acquire architectural paints biz of Sherwin Williams
Berger Paints India�s wholly owned subsidiary, Brushworks Paints Ltd, has agreed to acquire the architectural paints business of Sherwin Williams India Pvt Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

Berger Paints India Ltd has informed BSE that the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Brushworks Paints Ltd, has agreed to acquire the architectural paints business of Sherwin Williams India Pvt Ltd.In this regard, the Company has submitted to BSE a Copy of Press Release.Source : BSE<more>

Rapid Coat expands capacity
Rapid Engineering Co. Pvt. Ltd. has just added a new line capable of manufacturing around 800 kg/hr. to  the  existing capacity of around 1,400 kg/hr

Ajit Gupta said, "Ofcourse this is the theoretical capacity. In practice the output is governed by lot size, formulation, clean-up & colour change time, breakdowns, maintenance, ambient temperature and worker absenteeism etc.
At present we are operating at around 400 tons/month and hope to achieve 600 tons/month in the coming months.
The main difference now is the new building, we are gradually moving into, which has been designed for this production and the massive up-gradation of the infrastructure. In addition we have some taken on some very experienced and capable people to ensure quality.
We also manufacture Plastic Powder Coatings which are primarily used for wire fabricated products like fences, refrigerator shelves and baskets etc".

Changes in Americoat (India)
Americoats will now nr knows as "Royal Spectrum Private Limited." from 15th April, 2013; though the Brand Logo AMERICOATS remains the same. The plant from Surat (Gujarat) is also being shifted to a new place.

More on that in our next edition of our newsletter

Hit by Re fall, Q4 margins to mirror Q3: Kansai Nerolac
After Kansai Nerolac Paints entered in talks with auto companies to raise the paint prices the stock has been rallying substantially. HM Bharuka, MD of the company told CNBC-TV18 that the fall in titanium dioxide prices will benefit decorative paints segment.

After Kansai Nerolac Paints entered in talks with auto companies to raise the paint prices, the stock has been rallying substantially. HM Bharuka, MD of the company told CNBC-TV18 that the fall in titanium dioxide (Tio2) prices will benefit decorative paints segment (for household and office premises).

When talking about the expectations from Q4 in terms of the combined operating margins, Bharuka says, the company should be able to maintain whatever it has achieved in Q3 and does not think there would be any improvement. Bharuka also mentions that while Tio2 prices have gone down from USD 4200 to USD 2800, rupee depreciation has also affected the profitability of the comapny.

Below is the verbatim transcript of HM Bharuka's interview on CNBC-TV18

Q: What is going so right for all the paint companies ? Are you seeing a sudden, sharp fall in titanium dioxide prices?

A: May be it is not going right for the others but it is going right for the industry. It is more negative for others than positive for the paint industry as of now.

Q: What is the trend in the titanium dioxide prices itself, how have they moved, what is the price this quarter compared to last quarter, has there been a fall in the last few days?

A: Too much has been read into the fall in titanium dioxide (Tio2) prices. We need to look at Tio2 prices, from USD 1700-1800 it has gone up to USD 4200 and from there it has come down to USD 2600-2800. That is temporary, infact the prices have started rising again. So, whatever slowdown we are seeing globally and the inventory got created and the result of that Tio2 prices have gone down. However, off late it has risen again. So I don't think we need to read too much into the fall in Tio2 prices as of now.<more>

Cytec Industries Inc : Cytec Coating Resins Brings UV/EB Curable Resins and Gelcoat Technologies to JEC Europe 2013
Brussels, February 28, 2013 --Cytec Coating Resins is excited to be participating in the 'JEC Europe 2013' composites show and conference in Paris March 12-14.<more>

Epichlorohydrin (ECH) Market Estimated 1,926 Kilo Tons by 2017
The report "Epichlorohydrin (ECH) Market, By Applications (Epoxy Resins, Synthetic Glycerin, Water Treatment Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals) and Feedstock (Propylene, Glycerin) - Global Market Trends and Forecast To 2017" defines and segments the global ECH market by volume consumed and revenues generated. The epichlorohydrin consumption will grow from an estimated 1,520 kilo tons in 2012 to 1,926 kilo tons by 2017, growing with a CAGR of 4.8% during the same period.<more>

Explosion leads to fire at AkzoNobel plant in La Porte
LA PORTE, TX (KTRK) -- An explosion rocked a chemical company in La Porte, creating a massive fireball and smoke that could be seen for miles around.
The fire broke out at the AkzoNobel plant in La Porte at about 1pm Monday. Emergency workers responded quickly to the thick black smoke and bright orange flames that billowed out of the AkzoNobel plant. The 80 to 100 employees and contractors were quickly evacuated, but one didn't escape without injury
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Plant officials confirm one contractor was hurt and transported to a local hospital. It's exactly the kind of scenario that's on the minds of all plant workers in the area.

"You're worried about the welfare of the people who actually have family at home and have to come and do it every day," said nearby plant worker Mike DeBaca. "You just hope these companies are here for their employees." <more>

Woodlands Secondary students win award for paint made from egg shells
Woodlands Secondary students
have found a way to recycle egg shells and clam shells to create environmentally-friendly paint.

While paint is normally made from calcium carbonate extracted through mining and quarrying, the group of four students has found an alternative method to extract the compound for paint.

The students, who are now in Secondary Two, partnered Nippon Paint, and they crushed and filtered the shells to extract the calcium carbonate. Their paint passed the standard tests and is comparable to normal quality paint.

For their efforts, the group received the top award in the secondary school category of the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition organised by SembCorp Marine's subsidiary, Sembawang Shipyard.<more>

Jotun successfully hosts fun day for mothers and kids of Jeddah International SchoolJotun with Jeddah International School
Jotun Paints Saudi Arabia, successfully hosted a fun day of games and activities for the mothers and children of Jeddah International School recently. The event, which is part of the school’s celebration of Mother’s Day, was attended by over 250 students aged five to twelve, from different nationalities. Throughout the day, Jotun hosted interactive games, activities and entertainment demonstrating on how easy it is to clean up a wall that is painted with ‘Fenomastic Stain Resistant,’ Jotun’s latest innovative offering that prevents all kinds of stain penetration through the layers of indoor paint allowing it to become easily cleaned despite several washes.<more>



Ask Joe Powder

"Ask Joe Powder"
"Ask Joe Powder" is a question and answer column authored by Kevin Biller of the Powder Coating Research Group. Mr. Biller has over 30 years experience formulating and manufacturing powder coatings. He welcomes your questions regarding powder coating technology. Please write to: askjoepowder@yahoo.com or post your question through the your facebook id http://letsfinishit.com/askjoe.htm

Dear Joe;

What is the most reliable way to measure transfer efficiency for powder coat? To spray same known amount powder to the plate is a way but not reliable because of the variables such as distance, voltage…What is your suggestion?

Best regards

Dear Ozlem,

Sorry for the delay in my response - we have been quite busy in the lab lately.

There are a few techniques to measure transfer efficiency. The simplest is to set up a fixed gun in your laboratory spray booth and evenly feed powder to the gun. Hang a test panel at a fixed distance from the gun and apply the powder under constant conditions. Specifically:

1. Clamp your spray gun with a ring stand. Set it up inside the spray booth.
2. Tape the trigger to the "on" position. Do this with the gun control turned off.
3. Hang a test panel 20 cm from the discharge of the gun. A 150mm x 300mm test panel is a
good size.
4. Set your air velocity and voltage/current. Use standard conditions.
5. Set up a consistent powder feed. This can be with a fluidized hopper or a vibratory feeder.
We use a vibratory feeder for best precision.
6. Weigh test panel to 0.1 grams precision.
7. Load feed system (hopper or vibratory feeder) with a prescribed amount of powder.
8. Turn on feed.
9. Turn on spray gun at the control unit.
10. Feed powder for 5 seconds.
11. Weigh test panel.
12. Bake test panel and measure film thickness.
The weight of the powder is the most important value to record, however the film thickness
offers corroborative data.

Another technique is described in detail in the Powder Coating Institute's Technical Brief #10. You can purchase a copy from their website www.powdercoating.org  under the "Store &
Resources" tab. Click on "Materials & Publications".

Kind regards,
Joe Powder



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