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The following features appear in the October 2014 issue of CoatingsTech:
 

Cost-Savings, Increased Sustainability, and Improved Performance Drive Demand for Energy-Efficient Coatings—Cynthia Challener, CoatingsTech Contributing Writer

Homeowners, commercial retailers, and managers of industrial plants all want to minimize their costs, reduce their environmental footprint, and increase the performance of their key assets. One way to achieve these three goals at once is to boost energy efficiency. In the past, doing so required installing insulation. Today, however, numerous coating technologies can help reduce undesired heat transfer and significantly lower energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a wide range of applications.

 

Deck Restoration Coatings—Tom Tepe, Dow Coating Materials

Wood decks are popular home features that add outdoor living space but require regular maintenance to preserve aesthetics and functionality. A unique and growing category of thick-film coatings has emerged based on the value proposition of restoring instead of replacing well-weathered decks. Within this space, scientists have identified key binder performance properties necessary for coating product differentiation and have defined a screening protocol based on predictive lab tests that show correlation to real-world exterior performance. This protocol was used to screen a broad set of novel binder technologies for key performance properties, resulting in the development of two new binders designed to meet the specific needs of deck and concrete restoration coatings.

 

Economic Update: Bureau of Labor Statistics Introduces Experimental ‘Net Outputs to Industry’ Indexes—Allen Irish, American Coatings Association

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks a number of key economic indicators, including the Producer Price Index (PPI). This measures the average change over time in the prices received by domestic producers of marketed goods and services at all points in the supply chain. In addition to PPI figures for the coatings industry’s outputs, the BLS tracks key raw material inputs to paint and coatings manufacturing. Additionally, for a number of years, ACA has published a consolidated “paint materials” figure based on work conducted by its Management Information Committee. BLS, in consultation with ACA, has launched a new product that coatings manufacturers might determine is a useful yardstick for measuring the prices for inputs into production. This new measure looks at inputs to production, and includes—but is not limited to—raw materials and containers.

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