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Buildings Can Now Eat Pollution
With an innovative use of titanium dioxide pigment in its facade, a new hospital in Mexico City is able to convert nitrogen oxide in the air into harmless chemicals.

In 2011, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) officially unveiled a building panel that could “eat” pollution out of the air. Not only that, but the panel, using the chemical reaction of titanium dioxide and sunlight, could also clean itself. The original panels were unremarkable, modest looking pieces of aluminum, but the use of silver titanium dioxide pigment they were painted with triggered a burst of innovation. Now, less than two years since Alcoa introduced the technology, the science of buildings that literally digest pollution is on the verge of entering mainstream architecture.

Buildings around the world have begun implementing the technology, with Mexico City’s Torre de Especialidades (pictured below) being the most recent -- and most striking. The building, a hospital, utilizes a new titanium dioxide tile called proSolve37e, developed by the German company Elegant Embellishments. Its mesh-like façade looks like a white, futuristic honeycomb and improves upon Alcoa’s original design by greatly increasing the surface area of the titanium dioxide, allowing a higher amount of the pollutant nitrogen oxide to be broken down.<more>

Jotun to phase out lead chromates
Jotun plans to phase out lead chromates from all of its paint and coatings formulations in 2014
Marine coatings company Jotun has announced that it plans to phase out lead chromates from all of its paint and coatings formulations.
As part of its Jotun GreenSteps initiative, lead chromates, a toxic chemical compound, will be phased out in 2014.
Lead chromates are used in the manufacture of paints and varnishes, and applications relate to products requiring protection against corrosion or bright colours with a good resistance.
According to ECHA, the European Chemical Agency, lead chromates have been given a ‘sunset date’ of 21 May 2015, which means that use of the substance after that date requires authorisation<more>.




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  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:
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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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Berger Paints holds dealers’ meet
Srinagar: Berger paints India ltd. India’s second largest decorative paint company organized dealers’ meet at Nageen Club Srinagar.

On the occasion dealers from all the districts of Kashmir valley were Present.
Speaking on the occasion Vikas Mahajan (ASM) Berger Paints India Ltd. discussed about company plans of expansion in the valley.
Gold Card and Silver Card dealers of the Company were facilitated for their outstanding performance and Prize distribution function was also held wherein dealers were presented with mementos and Gifts.<more>

Changes in Americoats India Pvt. Ltd.
Jaidip RoyChoudhary has informed IPC in his email, "Americoats India Pvt Ltd has been bought by a high profile industrialist group. We are now knows as "Royal Spectrum Private Limited." from 15th April, 2013; though our Brand Logo “AMERICOATS” remains the same".

"We have shifted the plant from Surat (Gujarat) to Bilimora (Gujarat) and production will resume from 4 th May, 2013.", he said,

We will keep you udpaded on any new developments.

PPG completes $1.05 billion acquisition of Akzo Nobel coatings unit
PPG Industries said today it completed its $1.05 billion acquisition of Akzo Nobel's North American architectural coatings business.
The purchase, the second largest in PPG's history, strengthens the Pittsburgh company's paint and coating business, which is anticipated to benefit from a revival of the U.S. housing market.
"PPG has expanded its reach in all three major distribution channels, including home centers, independent paint dealers and company-owned paint stores," chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch said in a prepared statement.
The acquisition includes about 600 Akzo Nobel paint stores in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean and 23 manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout North America. The unit employs about 4,700.<more>

New anti-fouling compound
Antifoulings manufacturer Jotun has launched SeaLion Resilient, a high performance marine coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology.
Following extensive research and testing, Jotun has introduced the industry’s first anti-fouling coating that includes epoxy-polysiloxane, a compound of resins and hardeners that provides highly resilient hull protection. When combined with Jotun’s proven Fouling Release Coatings (FRC) technology, the epoxy-polysiloxane in SeaLion Resilient prevents settling of organisms on the hull and produces a glossy, smooth surface optimised for owners seeking to reduce costs related to dry-docking and maintenance.
SeaLion Resilient has been specifically formulated for owners and managers seeking improved maintenance and docking efficiency. The properties of SeaLion Resilient significantly reduce the risk of mechanical damage and maintain hull condition throughout the service period. <more>

JOTUN signs agreement with KidZania Cairo to sponsor Paint House activities in the edutainment city
According to the agreement, JOTUN will provide KidZania's kids with the Paint House experience, being the exclusive paint partner of KidZania, while catering for all needed paints for the kids' activities. The Paint House has always been an important educative and entertaining activity within the edutainment concept of KidZania.

Visitors of the Paint house will be trained to use Jotun paints while painting the interior and exterior walls of the Paint House. State-of-the-art training and supervision will be provided to Paint House visitors, to guarantee a long-remembered, entertaining and insightful experience.<more>

Akzo Nobel to Close Production Sites in Germany - Executive
Akzo Nobel, one of the world's leading paint and coatings companies, will close production facilities in Germany to help offset the impact of weak European demand, executive committee member Werner Fuhrmann told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview.
Production sites across the globe are being reviewed and Germany won't be spared, he added. Akzo Nobel could make do with a 10%-20% cut in its 230 plants across the world, 90 of which are in Europe, Mr. Fuhrmann said.<more>

Good cats wear black: Black nanoparticles could play key role in clean energy photocatalysisGood cats wear black: Black nanoparticles could play key role in clean energy photocatalysis
A unique atomic-scale engineering technique for turning low-efficiency photocatalytic "white" nanoparticles of titanium dioxide into high-efficiency "black" nanoparticles could be the key to clean energy technologies based on hydrogen.

Samuel Mao, a scientist who holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division and the University of California at Berkeley, leads the development of a technique for engineering disorder into the nanocrystalline structure of the semiconductor titanium dioxide. This turns the naturally white crystals black in color, a sign that the crystals are now able to absorb infrared as well as visible and ultraviolet light. The expanded absorption spectrum substantially improves the efficiency with which black titanium dioxide can use sunlight to split water molecules for the production of hydrogen.<more>

How Butterfly Wings Can Inspire New High-Tech Surfaces
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio.

Researchers here have taken a new look at butterfly wings and rice leaves, and learned things about their microscopic texture that could improve a variety of products.

Bhushan and Bixler
The Giant Blue Morpho butterfly (foreground) is among natural objects that inspire Ohio State engineers Bharat Bhushan (left) and Gregory Bixler (right).
For example, the researchers were able to clean up to 85 percent of dust off a coated plastic surface that mimicked the texture of a butterfly wing, compared to only 70 percent off a flat surface.

In a recent issue of the journal Soft Matter, the Ohio State University engineers report that the textures enhance fluid flow and prevent surfaces from getting dirty – characteristics that could be mimicked in high-tech surfaces for aircraft and watercraft, pipelines, and medical equipment.

“Nature has evolved many surfaces that are self-cleaning or reduce drag,” said Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. Winbigler Professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State. “Reduced drag is desirable for industry, whether you’re trying to move a few drops of blood through a nano-channel or millions of gallons of crude oil through a pipeline. And self-cleaning surfaces would be useful for medical equipment – catheters, or anything that might harbor bacteria.”<more>

Researchers' smart coating makes super-protective surfaces possible
A new technology, developed at Queen’s University, could see contaminants, ice, fingerprints and graffiti losing their grip on a wide range of surfaces. Discovered by researchers Guojun Liu and Dean Xiong (Chemistry), the coating has shown promise in repelling undesired water and oil-based deposits on multiple surfaces including glass, metal, wood, ceramics, plastics and fibres.

Lorama Inc.a leading manufacturer and supplier of novel additives to the paint and coatings industry, is working with the researchers and PARTEQ Innovations, the university’s technology transfer office, to commercialize the technology for a broad suite of uses, including anti-graffiti, anti-icing, anti-fingerprint or smudge, and anti-fouling.<more>

Insect eating paint
Coral Paints has launched a paint that can eliminate flying and crawling insects! Artilin is ready to use, easy to apply and most importantly, NON TOXIC. It is thoroughly safe for human beings and pets. Its efficiency in killing flies, mosquitos, cockroaches, dust-mites, termites and eliminating cobwebs has been approved by European Laboratories and Government ministries. Click here for video

Electrically Conductive Polyurethane Adhesive - Polytec PU 1000 from Intertronics
Kidlington, United Kingdom, April 13, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Adhesives specialists Intertronics are delighted to announce availability of Polytec PU 1000, an electrically conductive polyurethane which addresses applications in die attach, bonding of components in hybrid circuit applications and surface mount technology (SMT); areas where silver filled electrically conductive adhesives have been used for many decades. Usually such adhesives are epoxy-based, two-component or premixed and frozen single-component systems, but now the Polytec PU 1000 polyurethane solution provides an alternative with many advantages, including flexibility and room temperature cure.<more>

New Wood Powder Coating Article Details Powder Coated Wood Curing Methods
GCC Coatings continues to provide educational materials to potential clients and customers with its latest powder coated wood curing article. The company is building a wood powder coating virtual reference collection to help spread the word about how the process works as well as the features and benefits of its use.

In its latest full disclosure article, powder coated wood manufacturer, GCC Coatings, explains the types of heat ovens that could be used to cure a powder coat. The newest article provides a concise, yet in depth analysis of the three curing ovens being used by powder coat wood manufacturers.
Curing is the final stage of the process; occurring just before the parts are packaged. During this crucial step powder coated parts are rapidly heated to the optimal curing temperature. Giving the parts time to cure allows the powder to create a strong, durable bond. In ‘There’s More Than One Way to Cure a Powder Coat’, the company also reveals which cure method it uses and why.
“Of the three options I really think we chose the best curing system,” said GCC Coatings President Troy Greenberg. “It allows us to get the parts to the perfect temperature without causing any damage at all to the part.”<more>

BASF to cut 500 jobs worldwide
BASF is rethinking its businesses and making a series of cutbacks
The world's largest chemicals maker, BASF, has said it will cut 500 jobs at its plastic additives and pigments divisions in the face of lower-cost competition from Asia.
BASF plant

The company says the jobs will be shed by 2015.

The biggest losses will be in Basel, Switzerland, where 350 jobs will be cut.

They come on top of a restructuring programme which aims to lift earnings by 1bn euros ($1.3bn; £850m).

The company said the current cuts were prompted by a "changed market environment".

It added it would make the cuts "in a socially responsible manner", and would try to find other jobs for those affected within other BASF companies.

BASF plans to move further into the area of specialised and higher profit-margin chemicals.

Last month, it said it was combining its water, oilfield and mining solutions businesses, resulting in about 200 job losses.

Last year, BASF also said it would make savings at its construction business, leading to the loss of 400 posts.<more>

PPG Industries expands in China
PPG Industries has opened an automotive coatings center in China that will focus on the development of automotive coatings in the country.
The facility in Tianjin, China, has been opened along with a waterborne coatings manufacturing facility, the largest such plant PPG has in the world. PPG (NYSE: PPG) has customers in China as well as around the world from the Chinese facilities.<more>

China witnessed an output of 1.89 million tonnes of TiO2 in 2012 and the output in 2013 is expected to increase by 10%-15%.


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"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

Innovation is not Dead

Kevin Biller

“An innovation is something new or different that has been successfully brought out into the world and creates a positive impact. It can be something new or different, because most innovation is about renewal, or taking a fresh look at existing inventions or capabilities.

 The key here is that it must be something that has been brought successfully out to the world; if it hasn’t, it’s probably an invention, not an innovation. Invention is about insight, while innovation is about impact.”
Bill O’Connor – Dell

I talk about innovation every day. It’s what we do at PCR Group. And I find that Bill O’Connor’s words ring true. There’s no doubt that we technologists invent things. As a matter of fact a couple guys on our staff recently filed a patent application for some really cool powder technology. Inventions are one thing. If you take the sum total of powder coating inventions granted by the United States Patent Office since 2001 your search yields 441 patents. Surely not all of these have made the impact that would qualify them as innovations. I would say the vast majority are quirky little ideas spawned in the laboratory by scientists hunkered down around a molecule or two. Whether these inventions are true innovations that bring commercial success is anyone’s guess.

So where can we find innovation? In past missives I’ve written about the dearth of innovation characteristic of our fair technology over the past decade or so. All too many technical groups have
played it cozy – avoiding projects possible of breakthrough impact because of financial and/or staffing constraints. Some technical managers avoid innovation out of the pure fear of making blunders. In addition plenty of global players have shifted their technical energies to emerging geographic markets where technologists play catch-up with Western technology. You can’t expect innovation in these theaters, at least not anytime soon.

In spite of these harbingers of doom I’m seeing innovation emerging from unexpected places. Most are relatively small enterprises that pushing back the frontiers of powder coating technology in their own unique manner. These organizations embody the nimbleness to create innovation as they keep a keen eye on the customer while brandishing fearlessness rare at mega-corporations. Let’s take a look at a few examples:

Powder Coating on Molded Plastics: UV curable powders are back and have been crafted to
perform on molding grade plastics such as ABS, PC/ABS, nylon and polypropylene.

Anti-microbial Powders – the next generation of anti-microbial technology will not rely on silver ion mechanisms. These appear to offer better economics and higher efficacy for killing bacteria.

Thermal Spray Powder Application – innovate engineering has led to better film thickness
control, more precise heating and improved safety.

Self-cleaning Coatings – photocatalytic titanium dioxide has been incorporated into powders that destroy the dirt that can accumulate on exterior surfaces.

Smog Eater – a novel powder coating product absorbs smog-producing nitrogen oxides and
thereby reduces environmental air pollution.

Thermal Marking Powders – thermochromic powder technology reversibly changes color with
temperature gradients.

UV Color Shift – photochromic powder coatings have been developed that change color with the intensity of UV exposure.

Lotus Effect – super hydrophobic surfaces produced by novel powder formulations.

In-mold Coatings – an old concept gets revived with optimized chemistry and process

3D Dye Sublimation – innovators have perfected a process to transfer a pattern to a three
dimensional powder coated object.

Bio-based Polyesters – improvements have been made to the original concept materials. The
new generation of resins offers improved UV resistance and coating smoothness.

Some this technology is ground-breaking and some may be the door-opener for new applications and markets. Of course some may be one-hit wonders that break into the industry only to fade into coating technology oblivion begging the question as to why they didn’t make it big.

Regardless of the eventual outcome of these forays into uncharted waters, they are a clarion call for all of us to imagine new ways to solve market needs and emerging customer requirements. It is the imagination of the enterprising entrepreneur or the budding young chemist that changes our paradigms. Not all invention delivers impact, but creativity and vision can take a clever idea from a curiosity to innovation. And innovation changes our world.

If any of you readers would like further details regarding any of these innovative developments, please drop me a line at kevinbiller@yahoo.com .

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