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Buildings Can Now Eat Pollution
With an innovative use of titanium dioxide pigment in its facade, a new hospital in Mexico City is able to convert nitrogen oxide in the air into harmless chemicals.
In 2011, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) officially unveiled a building panel that could “eat” pollution out of the air. Not only that, but the panel, using the chemical reaction of titanium dioxide and sunlight, could also clean itself. The original panels were unremarkable, modest looking pieces of aluminum, but the use of silver titanium dioxide pigment they were painted with triggered a burst of innovation. Now, less than two years since Alcoa introduced the technology, the science of buildings that literally digest pollution is on the verge of entering mainstream architecture.
Buildings around the world have begun implementing the technology, with Mexico City’s Torre de Especialidades (pictured below) being the most recent -- and most striking. The building, a hospital, utilizes a new titanium dioxide tile called proSolve37e, developed by the German company Elegant Embellishments. Its mesh-like façade looks like a white, futuristic honeycomb and improves upon Alcoa’s original design by greatly increasing the surface area of the titanium dioxide, allowing a higher amount of the pollutant nitrogen oxide to be broken down.<more>
Jotun to phase out lead chromates
Jotun plans to phase out lead chromates from all of its paint and coatings formulations in 2014
Marine coatings company Jotun has announced that it plans to phase out lead chromates from all of its paint and coatings formulations.
As part of its Jotun GreenSteps initiative, lead chromates, a toxic chemical compound, will be phased out in 2014.
Lead chromates are used in the manufacture of paints and varnishes, and applications relate to products requiring protection against corrosion or bright colours with a good resistance.
According to ECHA, the European Chemical Agency, lead chromates have been given a ‘sunset date’ of 21 May 2015, which means that use of the substance after that date requires authorisation<more>.
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|Berger Paints holds
Srinagar: Berger paints India ltd. India’s second largest decorative paint company organized dealers’ meet at Nageen Club Srinagar.
On the occasion dealers from all the districts of Kashmir valley were Present.
Speaking on the occasion Vikas Mahajan (ASM) Berger Paints India Ltd. discussed about company plans of expansion in the valley.
Gold Card and Silver Card dealers of the Company were facilitated for their outstanding performance and Prize distribution function was also held wherein dealers were presented with mementos and Gifts.<more>
Changes in Americoats India Pvt. Ltd.
Jaidip RoyChoudhary has informed IPC in his email, "Americoats India Pvt Ltd has been bought by a high profile industrialist group. We are now knows as "Royal Spectrum Private Limited." from 15th April, 2013; though our Brand Logo “AMERICOATS” remains the same".
"We have shifted the plant from Surat (Gujarat) to Bilimora (Gujarat) and production will resume from 4 th May, 2013.", he said,
We will keep you udpaded on any new developments.
PPG completes $1.05 billion acquisition of Akzo Nobel coatings unit
PPG Industries said today it completed its $1.05 billion acquisition of Akzo Nobel's North American architectural coatings business.
The purchase, the second largest in PPG's history, strengthens the Pittsburgh company's paint and coating business, which is anticipated to benefit from a revival of the U.S. housing market.
"PPG has expanded its reach in all three major distribution channels, including home centers, independent paint dealers and company-owned paint stores," chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch said in a prepared statement.
The acquisition includes about 600 Akzo Nobel paint stores in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean and 23 manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout North America. The unit employs about 4,700.<more>
New anti-fouling compound
Antifoulings manufacturer Jotun has launched SeaLion Resilient, a high performance marine coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology.
Following extensive research and testing, Jotun has introduced the industry’s first anti-fouling coating that includes epoxy-polysiloxane, a compound of resins and hardeners that provides highly resilient hull protection. When combined with Jotun’s proven Fouling Release Coatings (FRC) technology, the epoxy-polysiloxane in SeaLion Resilient prevents settling of organisms on the hull and produces a glossy, smooth surface optimised for owners seeking to reduce costs related to dry-docking and maintenance.
SeaLion Resilient has been specifically formulated for owners and managers seeking improved maintenance and docking efficiency. The properties of SeaLion Resilient significantly reduce the risk of mechanical damage and maintain hull condition throughout the service period. <more>
JOTUN signs agreement with KidZania Cairo to sponsor Paint House activities in the edutainment city
According to the agreement, JOTUN will provide KidZania's kids with the Paint House experience, being the exclusive paint partner of KidZania, while catering for all needed paints for the kids' activities. The Paint House has always been an important educative and entertaining activity within the edutainment concept of KidZania.
Visitors of the Paint house will be trained to use Jotun paints while painting the interior and exterior walls of the Paint House. State-of-the-art training and supervision will be provided to Paint House visitors, to guarantee a long-remembered, entertaining and insightful experience.<more>
Akzo Nobel to Close Production Sites in Germany - Executive
Akzo Nobel, one of the world's leading paint and coatings companies, will close production facilities in Germany to help offset the impact of weak European demand, executive committee member Werner Fuhrmann told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview.
Production sites across the globe are being reviewed and Germany won't be spared, he added. Akzo Nobel could make do with a 10%-20% cut in its 230 plants across the world, 90 of which are in Europe, Mr. Fuhrmann said.<more>
Good cats wear black: Black nanoparticles could play key role in clean energy photocatalysis
A unique atomic-scale engineering technique for turning low-efficiency photocatalytic "white" nanoparticles of titanium dioxide into high-efficiency "black" nanoparticles could be the key to clean energy technologies based on hydrogen.
Samuel Mao, a scientist who holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division and the University of California at Berkeley, leads the development of a technique for engineering disorder into the nanocrystalline structure of the semiconductor titanium dioxide. This turns the naturally white crystals black in color, a sign that the crystals are now able to absorb infrared as well as visible and ultraviolet light. The expanded absorption spectrum substantially improves the efficiency with which black titanium dioxide can use sunlight to split water molecules for the production of hydrogen.<more>
How Butterfly Wings Can Inspire New High-Tech Surfaces
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio.
Researchers here have taken a new look at butterfly wings and rice leaves, and learned things about their microscopic texture that could improve a variety of products.
The Giant Blue Morpho butterfly (foreground) is among natural objects that inspire Ohio State engineers Bharat Bhushan (left) and Gregory Bixler (right).
For example, the researchers were able to clean up to 85 percent of dust off a coated plastic surface that mimicked the texture of a butterfly wing, compared to only 70 percent off a flat surface.
In a recent issue of the journal Soft Matter, the Ohio State University engineers report that the textures enhance fluid flow and prevent surfaces from getting dirty – characteristics that could be mimicked in high-tech surfaces for aircraft and watercraft, pipelines, and medical equipment.
“Nature has evolved many surfaces that are self-cleaning or reduce drag,” said Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. Winbigler Professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State. “Reduced drag is desirable for industry, whether you’re trying to move a few drops of blood through a nano-channel or millions of gallons of crude oil through a pipeline. And self-cleaning surfaces would be useful for medical equipment – catheters, or anything that might harbor bacteria.”<more>
Researchers' smart coating makes super-protective surfaces possible
A new technology, developed at Queen’s University, could see contaminants, ice, fingerprints and graffiti losing their grip on a wide range of surfaces. Discovered by researchers Guojun Liu and Dean Xiong (Chemistry), the coating has shown promise in repelling undesired water and oil-based deposits on multiple surfaces including glass, metal, wood, ceramics, plastics and fibres.
Lorama Inc.a leading manufacturer and supplier of novel additives to the paint and coatings industry, is working with the researchers and PARTEQ Innovations, the university’s technology transfer office, to commercialize the technology for a broad suite of uses, including anti-graffiti, anti-icing, anti-fingerprint or smudge, and anti-fouling.<more>
Insect eating paint
Coral Paints has launched a paint that can eliminate flying and crawling insects! Artilin is ready to use, easy to apply and most importantly, NON TOXIC. It is thoroughly safe for human beings and pets. Its efficiency in killing flies, mosquitos, cockroaches, dust-mites, termites and eliminating cobwebs has been approved by European Laboratories and Government ministries. Click here for video
Electrically Conductive Polyurethane Adhesive - Polytec PU 1000 from Intertronics
Kidlington, United Kingdom, April 13, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Adhesives specialists Intertronics are delighted to announce availability of Polytec PU 1000, an electrically conductive polyurethane which addresses applications in die attach, bonding of components in hybrid circuit applications and surface mount technology (SMT); areas where silver filled electrically conductive adhesives have been used for many decades. Usually such adhesives are epoxy-based, two-component or premixed and frozen single-component systems, but now the Polytec PU 1000 polyurethane solution provides an alternative with many advantages, including flexibility and room temperature cure.<more>
New Wood Powder Coating Article Details Powder Coated Wood Curing Methods
GCC Coatings continues to provide educational materials to potential clients and customers with its latest powder coated wood curing article. The company is building a wood powder coating virtual reference collection to help spread the word about how the process works as well as the features and benefits of its use.
In its latest full disclosure article, powder coated wood manufacturer, GCC Coatings, explains the types of heat ovens that could be used to cure a powder coat. The newest article provides a concise, yet in depth analysis of the three curing ovens being used by powder coat wood manufacturers.
Curing is the final stage of the process; occurring just before the parts are packaged. During this crucial step powder coated parts are rapidly heated to the optimal curing temperature. Giving the parts time to cure allows the powder to create a strong, durable bond. In ‘There’s More Than One Way to Cure a Powder Coat’, the company also reveals which cure method it uses and why.
“Of the three options I really think we chose the best curing system,” said GCC Coatings President Troy Greenberg. “It allows us to get the parts to the perfect temperature without causing any damage at all to the part.”<more>
BASF to cut 500 jobs worldwide
BASF is rethinking its businesses and making a series of cutbacks
The world's largest chemicals maker, BASF, has said it will cut 500 jobs at its plastic additives and pigments divisions in the face of lower-cost competition from Asia.
The company says the jobs will be shed by 2015.
The biggest losses will be in Basel, Switzerland, where 350 jobs will be cut.
They come on top of a restructuring programme which aims to lift earnings by 1bn euros ($1.3bn; £850m).
The company said the current cuts were prompted by a "changed market environment".
It added it would make the cuts "in a socially responsible manner", and would try to find other jobs for those affected within other BASF companies.
BASF plans to move further into the area of specialised and higher profit-margin chemicals.
Last month, it said it was combining its water, oilfield and mining solutions businesses, resulting in about 200 job losses.
Last year, BASF also said it would make savings at its construction business, leading to the loss of 400 posts.<more>
PPG Industries expands in China
PPG Industries has opened an automotive coatings center in China that will focus on the development of automotive coatings in the country.
The facility in Tianjin, China, has been opened along with a waterborne coatings manufacturing facility, the largest such plant PPG has in the world. PPG (NYSE: PPG) has customers in China as well as around the world from the Chinese facilities.<more>
China witnessed an output of 1.89 million tonnes of TiO2 in 2012 and the output in 2013 is expected to increase by 10%-15%.
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Innovation is not Dead
“An innovation is something new or different that has been successfully brought out into the world and creates a positive impact. It can be something new or different, because most innovation is about renewal, or taking a fresh look at existing inventions or capabilities.
The key here is that it must be something that has been brought successfully out to the world; if it hasn’t, it’s probably an invention, not an innovation. Invention is about insight, while innovation is about impact.”
Bill O’Connor – Dell
I talk about innovation every day. It’s what we do at PCR Group. And I find that Bill O’Connor’s words ring true. There’s no doubt that we technologists invent things. As a matter of fact a couple guys on our staff recently filed a patent application for some really cool powder technology. Inventions are one thing. If you take the sum total of powder coating inventions granted by the United States Patent Office since 2001 your search yields 441 patents. Surely not all of these have made the impact that would qualify them as innovations. I would say the vast majority are quirky little ideas spawned in the laboratory by scientists hunkered down around a molecule or two. Whether these inventions are true innovations that bring commercial success is anyone’s guess.
So where can we find innovation? In past missives I’ve written about the dearth of innovation characteristic of our fair technology over the past decade or so. All too many technical groups have
played it cozy – avoiding projects possible of breakthrough impact because of financial and/or staffing constraints. Some technical managers avoid innovation out of the pure fear of making blunders. In addition plenty of global players have shifted their technical energies to emerging geographic markets where technologists play catch-up with Western technology. You can’t expect innovation in these theaters, at least not anytime soon.
In spite of these harbingers of doom I’m seeing innovation emerging from unexpected places. Most are relatively small enterprises that pushing back the frontiers of powder coating technology in their own unique manner. These organizations embody the nimbleness to create innovation as they keep a keen eye on the customer while brandishing fearlessness rare at mega-corporations. Let’s take a look at a few examples:
Powder Coating on Molded Plastics: UV curable powders are back and have been crafted to
perform on molding grade plastics such as ABS, PC/ABS, nylon and polypropylene.
Anti-microbial Powders – the next generation of anti-microbial technology will not rely on silver ion mechanisms. These appear to offer better economics and higher efficacy for killing bacteria.
Thermal Spray Powder Application – innovate engineering has led to better film thickness
control, more precise heating and improved safety.
Self-cleaning Coatings – photocatalytic titanium dioxide has been incorporated into powders that destroy the dirt that can accumulate on exterior surfaces.
Smog Eater – a novel powder coating product absorbs smog-producing nitrogen oxides and
thereby reduces environmental air pollution.
Thermal Marking Powders – thermochromic powder technology reversibly changes color with
UV Color Shift – photochromic powder coatings have been developed that change color with the intensity of UV exposure.
Lotus Effect – super hydrophobic surfaces produced by novel powder formulations.
In-mold Coatings – an old concept gets revived with optimized chemistry and process
3D Dye Sublimation – innovators have perfected a process to transfer a pattern to a three
dimensional powder coated object.
Bio-based Polyesters – improvements have been made to the original concept materials. The
new generation of resins offers improved UV resistance and coating smoothness.
Some this technology is ground-breaking and some may be the door-opener for new applications and markets. Of course some may be one-hit wonders that break into the industry only to fade into coating technology oblivion begging the question as to why they didn’t make it big.
Regardless of the eventual outcome of these forays into uncharted waters, they are a clarion call for all of us to imagine new ways to solve market needs and emerging customer requirements. It is the imagination of the enterprising entrepreneur or the budding young chemist that changes our paradigms. Not all invention delivers impact, but creativity and vision can take a clever idea from a curiosity to innovation. And innovation changes our world.
If any of you readers would like further details regarding any of these innovative developments, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Regardless of the eventual outcome of these forays into uncharted waters, they are a clarion call for all of us to imagine new ways to solve market needs and emerging customer requirements.
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