Sustainability

Specialty Chemicals Fundamental to Coatings Innovation

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Specialty chemicals impact the performance of products they are used to manufacture, either during processing or when in use. Whether single compounds or mixtures of chemicals, specialty chemicals exhibit unique functionality that can benefit many different types of end uses, such as biocides, or are designed for use in a particular market segment, such as paints and coatings. In 2018,...

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Challenging Preservation Options: Towards Biocide-free Waterborne Coatings via Innovative Binders and Additives

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Increasing regulatory restrictions mean that there are limited preservation options currently available to the paint and coatings industry for both in-can and dry-film preservation. Experimental binders and thickeners that are more robust to microbial spoilage offer a potential solution and pass challenge testing even when formulated into waterborne paints.

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Novel Cashew Nutshell Liquid-based Waterborne Curing Agents Designed for High-Performance and Low-VOC Protective Epoxy Coatings

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A series of zero-volatile organic compound (VOC) waterborne epoxy curing agents based on cardanol, a non-food chain and renewable biomaterial, has been developed to meet stricter regulation, as well as high-performance requirements. This article presents the latest performance studies of applying those new Cashew Nutshell Liquid-based waterborne curing agents in typical formulations for heavy duty, industrial, and transportation coatings applications....

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Waterborne Symposium Examines Science and Technology

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As New Orleans, LA,  prepared for an  onslaught of Mardi Gras revelers, more than 250 coatings industry formulators, scientists, chemists, and technical managers came together in the Crescent City for the 47th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium (Waterborne Symposium), held February 16-21. They joined more than a dozen students and professors from the University of Southern Mississippi...

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Waterborne Coating Technologies Steadily Advance Despite Challenges

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The global waterborne coatings market was valued at $73.19 billion in 2017 and predicted to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 5.0% from 2018 to 2026, according to Transparency Market Research. The overall rising interest in sustainability, which manifests in the form of stricter environmental regulations and growing customer/consumer demand for more environmentally friendly products, is the key...

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Supplier Perspective on Key Trends in the Paint and Coatings Industry

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 At the end of each year, it is important to reflect on key developments that occurred during the previous 12 months, while anticipating and planning for the coming year ahead. For the coatings industry in 2019, topics of interest ranged from overarching trends such as sustainability, durability, and digitalization to issues related to specific segments of the market, such as...

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Sustainability, Durability, and Ease of Use Drive Exterior Wood Coating Developments

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Despite growing interest around the world in the use of concrete and composite materials, wood remains widely used in exterior architectural applications, including siding, decking, fencing, and similar applications. Coatings continue to play an important role in maintaining the appearance and protecting the integrity of wood. “Exterior wood has conveyed quality and beauty for centuries, but that beauty requires significant...

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