The desire for protection from molds, viruses, bacteria—indeed, microbes of all kinds—did not begin with the onset of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability is essential for a chemicals-based company’s success. Investors, customers, and consumers expect companies to implement environmentally sustainable changes while assuming the social responsibility of managing consumption and production.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are ideal tools for accelerating product development, particularly in technical fields such as coatings. The application of design-of-experiment approaches and widespread use of advanced statistical analyses already enable coating formulators to better optimize product characteristics while meeting growing regulatory and sustainability requirements.
Powder coatings are widely used on many different metal substrates to provide durable, high-performance coatings with an attractive finish. With the development of powder coatings that cure at lower temperatures, this coating technology is making significant inroads in certain wood-based applications.
In addition to their excellent durability and corrosion protection, powder coatings are attractive because they are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and it is possible to recover and reuse nearly all over-sprayed material. These properties make them ideally suited for use in many automotive coating applications.
Sustainability has many different definitions, but in general it is understood to involve the adoption of practices that minimize harm to people and the environment while providing some form of societal benefit.
The performance of paints and coatings in their intended purposes must be proven before any new product reaches the market. For paints and coatings designed to protect assets in exterior environments, accelerated testing is one means by which formulators assess the specific performance properties relevant to different end-use applications.
Controlling noise is a challenge faced in many settings, including automotive, aerospace, construction, marine, appliance, and other applications. Noise can be generated via soundwaves (airborne) or vibration (impact).
Exterior architectural coatings are expected to maintain their appearance for many years despite constant exposure to sunlight, wind, rain, and harsh weather conditions. That performance is increasingly expected from thinner and thinner layers of paint, making it even more challenging to protect applied coatings from light- and heat-induced degradation. Formulators are fortunate to have access to advanced additive chemistries that...
Life was anything but normal in 2020, and with widespread distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine unlikely to take place until later this year, many personal and professional challenges will remain in 2021. Based on 2020 sales data, Irish-based paint manufacturer Curator has identified three color trends resulting from the pandemic: growing interest in pink and purple as people seek to...