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Despite weakening demand for passenger vehicles in recent months, the market for heavy-duty vehicles remains healthy. Demand for coatings used on these vehicles and their components is also trending positively, in particular, those that help increase application efficiency and productivity, offer improved durability, and meet evolving regulatory requirements. Formulators are challenged to provide tailored solutions for specific application needs, which vary for chassis, dump truck bodies, tractor-trailer cabs, and high-end buses, to name a few—from electrocoats to high-solids solventborne and powder systems—to newer high-performance water-based coatings.
Phoseon Technology has launched the FireJet™ FJ645 UV LED self-contained, air-cooled curing lamp for flexographic applications. With a 40mm wide emitting window, the FJ645 is engineered to provide longer UV exposure time and greater dose, improving through-cure and adhesion of difficult to cure materials. For more information, visit www.phoseon.com.
Orion Engineered Carbons has introduced the Latin American market to COLOUR BLACK FW 310—the highest-jet carbon black available. It can be used for automotive OEM basecoats, refinish coatings, and high-end industrial applications. The product provides similar performance in water- and solventborne coatings. For details, visit www.orioncarbons.com.