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Sustainability in the coatings industry


The coatings industry worldwide has been addressing the three pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, and society) for some years, and considerable progress has been made. Some of this improvement has been driven by legislation and some designed to address specific customer needs. There have also been examples of voluntary initiatives by companies with a strong environmental ethos.
Formulation production improvements have been tracked in a measured way by adherents to Coatings Care®. Reductions in injuries, energy consumption, solvent usage, volatile emissions, and waste and shipments to landfills have been confirmed over the past 15 years. The industry has met the demands of an increasingly regulatory environment by reducing VOCs in formulations and, in Europe, observing the regimen of REACH and specific country regulations, such as those in France.
However, the issues that prompted the UNEP Climate Change conferences of 1992 and 2012 have not gone away and still need to be addressed :
World population will rise from its current 7 to 9 billion by 2050. Sources of the majority of raw materials used by the coatings industry are finite. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has grown to levels not seen for 3 million years, and about half of cumulative anthropogenic CO2 emissions between 1750 and 2010 have occurred in the last 40 years.
In the words of Professor Michael Braungart of EPEA, we need to focus on eco-effectiveness rather than eco-efficiency. "Doing the right things rather than doing things right" will speed our way towards a totally sustainable industry : It is generally accepted that 10% of the environmental footprint of coatings is created during formulation, with some 50% generated upstream under the control of the raw material manufacturing industries, and 40% created downstream in use and disposal. However, through its choice of ingredients, the industry can impact the footprint of the whole supply chain, by incorporating a "Cradle to Grave", and not a "Gate To Gate" sustainability concept.
To address this need, the chemical industry has organized a global supplier engagement program entitled Together for Sustainability (TfS). Its goal is to assess and improve sustainability sourcing and reporting practices, including ecological and social aspects. The coatings industry needs to ensure that the ingredients it uses contain only materials that will not harm the environment or society either in application or recycle. Additionally, the use of bio-renewables cannot only reduce the environmental footprint of downstream products but also extend the diversity of supply sources of formulation ingredients. It would be commercially prudent to find bio-renewable alternatives to existing formulation ingredients to cover the situation when oil and its downstream products such as resins go short.
(EPEA)
(PCI)

ASHLAND to increase production


Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., plans to invest approximately $89 million over the next 3 years to expand specialty chemical production at its manufacturing facility in Hopewell, Virginia, U.S.
Ashland said it would increase production of hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC), used as a thickener in latex paints, by approximately 40% in Hopewell and hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC), a high-value technology used to enable time-release delivery in pharmaceutical tablet binders and coatings and other applications, by approximately 50%.
"This expansion, which was already included in the fiscal 2015 capital spending plan we outlined in late January, is consistent with our strategy of investing in higher-margin core businesses where we see improving demand", added Kevin Willis, Ashland's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
(Coatings World)

INVISTA expands production of aliphatic polyols in Europe


INVISTA is bringing production of its TERRIN™ polyols to Europe via its facility in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.
The site produced its first commercial TERRIN polyols in late 2014 and completed the requirements for REACH registration in Europe.
TERRIN aliphatic polyester polyols contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled content, with some containing renewable content as well. Formulators can use TERRIN polyols in lieu of or in combination with conventional polyether or polyester polyols to formulate a variety of polyurethane products.
"We are excited to offer the European market more direct access to our products", said Nadine de Vries, Vice President of TERRIN and Terate® polyols for INVISTA Specialty Materials. "By expanding production of the TERRIN family of polyols into Europe and utilizing an existing INVISTA manufacturing facility, we are able to better serve the growing European demand for competitively priced products with sustainable content".
(PCI)

DSM sells alkyd & acrylic resins production


Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has finalized the sale of DSM Synres to Standard Investment.
DSM Synres produces solventborne alkyd and acrylic coating resins at its site in Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands for the global coatings, adhesives and graphic arts markets since 1947. DSM Synres realizes sales of approximately €50 million with around 80 employees.
Standard Investment, based in Amsterdam, is a hands-on private equity firm focused on small and medium sized enterprises in the Netherlands and Belgium. Since its establishment in 2004, the firm has acquired a portfolio of 18 companies.
(Coatings World)

PPG celebrates 20th anniversary of polysiloxane coatings


PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings (PMC) business is celebrating the 20th anniversary of polysiloxane coatings, for which PPG was granted the first patent on Jan. 4, 1994.
Tim Knavish, PPG Vice President, for protective and marine coatings, said polysiloxane (PSX) coatings have revolutionized the protective and marine coatings industry, expanding into applications such as civil infrastructure, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), government, water and wastewater, petrochemical, offshore, rail, power generation and wind energy.
In the 20 years since being introduced, PSX coatings have been refined continually to meet specific customer needs. Recent innovations include a semi-gloss version for the government marine industry, a single-component formulation for easier maintenance, and a new ultra-low-VOC (volatile organic compound) PSX coating.
Polysiloxane coating technology by PPG offers benefits compared to traditional epoxy coatings systems such as low odor, low VOC content, excellent abrasion resistance, stronger adhesion, extended color and gloss retention, increased corrosion resistance and low surface tension. As a two-coat system, PSX coatings provide cost and labor savings compared to three-layer systems, and they are safer, as they contain no isocyanates.
(Coatings World)

VALSPAR celebrates 50 years of PVDF resin-based coatings


The Valspar Corporation celebrates 50 years of Fluropon 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. Since the flagship architectural coating launched in 1965, Valspar's Fluropon exterior coatings have become the industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications.
In 1965, Pennwalt's corporate headquarters in Philadelphia was the first project to feature Fluropon commercially. The building was brown, one of only five colors available at the time. Today, there are more than 50,000 active code offerings from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallic and pearlescent coatings.
With its high durability and large color palette, these field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen and solar reflective ENERGY STAR. Meeting the American Architectural Manufacturers Association's AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification, Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasion and humidity.
(Coatings World)

PPG expands in Australia


PPG Industries has completed the acquisition of certain assets of Flood® Australia, which manufactures and distributes specialty wood stain and paint additive solutions for consumer, commercial and industrial applications.
Flood products in Australia are distributed at home improvement stores and independent paint dealers. No manufacturing assets or facilities were included in the acquisition. PPG currently manufactures and distributes Flood wood care products in North America.
PPG also announced it has completed the acquisition of REVOCOAT, a global supplier of sealants, adhesives and damper products for the automotive industry, from the AXSON Group. REVOCOAT, headquartered in France, is a world leader in automotive adhesives and sealants and offers a range of automotive assembly products such as complementary epoxy-based products, polyurethanes and water-based emulsions.
(PCI)

Mitsubishi develops bio-based polycarbonatediol


Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation announced that it has developed a bio-based polycarbonatediol, a type of high-performance polyols, and will begin worldwide market development and sales in April of this year. MCC uses proprietary manufacturing processes to produce the new product, which is of an entirely different composition than any other currently available polycarbonatediols.
Polycarbonatediol is the a material mainly used to produce resins such as polyurethane, acrylic, and polyester. With its superior durability, it can be used for automotive interior materials such as synthetic leather for seat covers and instrument panels, automotive exterior coating, and resin coatings for electronic products such as smartphones and PCs. MCC also anticipates strong demand for this new polycarbonatediol in eco-friendly water-borne polyurethane resins.
By using its proprietary technology to create a new polycarbonatediol from renewable bio-based raw materials, MCC has set the stage for production of new products with superior mechanical properties, flexibility at low temperatures, chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, and high hardness, among other special characteristics, which were difficult to achieve with currently available polycarbonatediols.
(specialchem.com)

Symposium & Exhibition : Coatings for Africa 2015


The Coatings for Africa 2015 Symposium and Expo is Africa's only dedicated coatings event, focused on providing proactive strategies for improving the use and understanding of coatings technologies and emerging trends in the industry.
The event is hosted at Johannesburg, S. Africa, between MAY 11-13 and brings together the value chain of Africa's coatings industry, from raw material suppliers to end users and is the biggest showcase of coatings technology, paint and related products on the continent.
(Hypenica)

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