Industry News, Science and Technology, and Market Insight
Demand for concrete for both exterior and interior flooring applications in residential and commercial settings is growing significantly due to the strong health of the construction market. Here, CoatingsTech examines the current market for decorative concrete coatings, discussing the major categories, preparation requirements prior to application, and significant challenges in reducing the application time and enabling faster return-to-service.
Axalta has launched Montana Big Sky™ Low VOC Basecoat. Introduced in Canada, this 3.5 lb/gal (420 g/L) VOC-compliant refinish coating is formulated to deliver high performance, good coverage, and excellent color matching capability. The complete system includes undercoats, colorants, clearcoats, solvents, and accessories for automotive refinishing needs. For information, go to www.axaltacs.com/bigskylv_ca/en_CA.html.
Nippon Paint Marine has launched a biocide-free, low-friction self-polishing copolymer antifouling technology. Aquaterras is a marine coating developed without biocide materials or silicone. The technology adopts an advanced antifouling mechanism based around anti-thrombogenic polymers used in construction of artificial hearts and blood vessels in the medical sector. Details are available at www.nipponpaint.com.