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New Product Blueprinting: How to Avoid Commercial Risk in New Product Development

By Dan Adams, The AIM Institute Technologists in the coatings industry work hard to bring high-value innovation to their customers. Unfortunately, many of their technical successes fail for commercial reasons. In the future, this will change. If you make coatings for other companies—or ingredients for coatings producers—your business-to-business (B2B) customers can help you eliminate most […]

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Entering The Second Decade of the 21st Century: The State of the U.S. Paint and Coatings Industry

 By George R. Pilcher, The ChemQuest Group, Inc. Insight into the state of the U.S. coatings industry is valuable for many—whether you are directly employed by paint and coatings companies or suppliers of specialty chemicals used within the industry; serve as an industry observer interested in correlating the health of the industry with similar enterprises […]

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When Collaborators Collaborate

Collaboration is the process of working together, individually or in teams, and innovators must have good collaboration skills to drive new technology towards commercialization. It is not an easy process, but mastering a few key elements can enhance any collaborative effort in a big way.

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How Megatrends Drive Innovation

By Victoria Scarborough, Ph.D., Materia Prima Ventures The innovation pipeline is long and must be fed continually with new ideas to sustain multi-year new product development. How do you anticipate the needs of your customers and guide future product development? Where do you look for guidance? Global megatrends represent changes in our world that have […]

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Bridging Silos Through Communities of Practice

By Victoria Scarborough, Ph.D., Materia Prima Ventures Coatings companies just keep getting bigger and bigger. The hierarchal nature of companies and the size of mergers creates organizational structures that effectively separate employees into silos that result in hampered communication and collaboration. Since both are the backbone of innovation, poor interdepartmental coordination can create a tortuous […]

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Bright Outlook for Industrial Maintenance Coatings

By Cynthia Challener, CoatingsTech Contributing Writer Demand for industrial maintenance coatings, whether on a regional or global scale, generally reflects the health of the economy. Although 2018 was a good year for the sector, the market is not without challenges. Changes in environmental regulations and increasing expectations for greater sustainability and performance at lower cost continue […]

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