What is our industry prepared to do, when the customers demand a more environmentally friendly powder coating? The powder coating industry has the potential to suffer significant losses if steps are not taken NOW to meet customers demands. In a world where becoming a better steward of the environment is a top goal for must corporations, the demand for change in our industry is soon to follow. Not only are companies looking to lower the amount of materials sent to the landfill, they are looking to create value of their waste. Application equipment manufactures can focus their efforts on reducing the amount of waste generated during application, but elimination of all waste generated is hopeful thinking at best. So, what is happening to all the waste, expired, off-spec, or otherwise un-wanted powder coating? Let’s review current options, discuss new technologies, and begin an industry wide collaboration to prepare for the reformation of the powder coating industry!
Brian Spicer, Co-Founder, Innovakote World Wide, LLC