October 2009: Reduce human footprint, combine different technologies, Reach regulations, nanotechnologies are recurrent challenges referred to in the coatings industry. Where do you see the current or future challenges for the coatings industry?
Challenges for Indian OE- paint Industry - Oct 01, 2009
posted by P. B. DESHMUKH, R&D - Applied/ Formulation/ Product development at AsianPPG industries ltd.
Everybody wants cost reduction,let it be a paint cost or process cost.Hence, lower baking schedules, lower flash off times, wet on wet application, same appearance at lower DFTs and lowest paint cost will get priority. It is going to be a difficult job to keep appearnace the same with high solids base coats/ wet on wet systems or forthcoming water based OE products.Since ,there are no VOC regulations ,water based OE paints will take time ( although, Toyota has already anounced to use water based products in their new plant at Bangluru, others will delay the same due to additional investment for modifying existing facility).
posted by Dennis Mclaughlin, R&D - Applied/ Formulation/ Product development
I am constantly facing the challenge of cost reduction in the manufacturing phase. First the emphasis has been on alternative raw material sources and now the process optimization is seen as a source of savings.....
posted by Charlene de Aurojo, R&D - Applied/ Formulation/ Product development
In my company we actually focus a lot on the impact of our products (cradle to grave). The environmental impacts are being studied and the increasingly tightening of the regulations leaves us sometimes at a loss for solutions....
posted by Aurelie suarez, R&D - Applied/ Formulation/ Product development
as REACH is tightening its grip on small volume specialty products we see a tremendous challenge in finding new solutions to improve performances, reduce environmental impact and to maximize efficiency of our processes.
posted by Martijn Fossen, Marketing / Sales at BASF
I think the paints & coatings industry will be driven by a few trends:
1. Greener building blocks (e.g. raw materials from renewable resources, environmental impact)
1. Energy savings. Many coatings need lots of heat to be cured/dried. UV/EB curable coatings is one of the directions is this field. In this perspective I also think solvent based (biosolvent?) will have a revival as we realize that just ´water´ is only part of the solution to go greener. Water needs lots of heat (= energy) to be cured and not all WB coatings are as environmetally friendly as we think (think of NMP, APEO´s).
Awareness of the influencing factors - Oct 23, 2009
posted by Rodolfo Reyes, Product Design / Engineering (Dev. Pack., Parts design...) at Delphi
It is true that the answer will be on greener technologies and that WB coatings are only part of the answer. I believe that making users aware of what works against greener applications and maybe even proposing govn. incentives to use products i.e. creams,etc., that are less agressive on coatings will help. As an applicator we are constanly driven to more durable coatings to make up for higher validation requirements.