INDIANAPOLIS - Eric Dumain, Reichhold Inc. Technical manager for Powder Coating Resins, received the first annual Carlos Ortiz Best Paper Award at Powder Coating 2002 for the paper, "GMA Acrylic Resins in Powder Coatings." The paper was presented during the Formulator's Conference at Powder Coating 2002 in Indianapolis.

In his presentation, Dumain described the design and use of GMA acrylic resins as primary film-forming resins in automotive applications and decorative coatings. The resins also can be used as additives to provide improved flow and leveling properties and stain, chemical and crater resistance in polyester hybrid, polyester TGIC and polyurethane powder coatings, Reichhold says.

The paper was chosen for the award by conference attendees. The award is named in honor of Carlos Ortiz, a noted expert on powder coatings who died suddenly last year. Ortiz worked for The Glidden Co. and was considered a pioneer in the technology's early development.