Thanks to sponsors Chemquest, Alchemy, Evonik and Covestro, four of this year’s conference events will be broadcast live (BL) to coatings professionals not able to attend CTT. If you or your colleagues can not attend this year, register to watch these presentations virtually.
Don’t miss tomorrow afternoon’s panel discussion, which is titled, What Would a 100%-Sustainable Coatings Industry Look Like? What are the hurdles that are preventing us from achieving this, and how can industry work together to accomplish our sustainability goals? Five industry experts from across the value chain will come together to discuss this important topic. This discussion will also be broadcast live to watch from your home or office.
Dr. Crystal Morrison, Founder & CEO of EverRise and Director at ChemQuest, will be delivering the CTT Keynote Address this morning. In her presentation, Leading in the Lab, she will discuss how innovation is an act of leadership, not just an act of creativity. Attendees will receive four specific actions to use to foster empowering leadership and innovation in their organizations. If you aren't attending CTT, you can watch it live or at a later date on PCI's website.
Two presentations received the Pflaumer Brothers Awards for Innovation for the best technical presentations at the Eastern Coatings Show. The Outstanding Paper was awarded to Jacob Shevrin of Evonik, who presented on Enhanced Corrosion Resistance of Waterborne, VOC-Free Coatings with Novel Bipodal Silane Additives. The Most Outstanding Paper was presented to Mengfei Huang of UMass, who presented on Methylene Malonate for High-Performance Coatings.
On Tuesday morning after the ECS keynote address, Rick Mazzariello presented the Rick Mazzariello Lifetime Achievement Award to Samuel E. Firestone. At 92 years old, Firestone has spent his entire career in the coatings industry. Among other contributions, Firestone started Norstone, Inc. in 1982. Although he officially retired in 2006, he still helps out the industry from time to time.
At Booth 719 Fischer Technology is featuring nanoindentation and progressive load scratch testers to measure mechanical properties of coatings. Determine coating to substrate adhesion, hardness, elasticity and self-healing with a click of a button.
To promote innovation and the development of new technology in the coatings industry, the Pflaumer Honors for Innovation awards will be presented at the Eastern Coatings Show May 14-15. Pflaumer Brothers, Inc. of Ewing, NJ, is sponsoring the awards to honor and recognize the two top technical papers presented at the Show.
Kevin D. Braun, Vice President, PPG Industries, will deliver the keynote address at the Eastern Coatings Show this morning at 8:00 a.m. The presentation will explore digital transformation and emerging technologies to meet new demand for products that integrate mobility and environmental protection. The latest advancements in functional coatings will be highlighted, and new solutions for traditional coatings industry challenges will be addressed.
During Monday’s Plenary Session, Dr. Sonja Schulte, Editor in Chief of the European Coatings Journal, invited attendees to participate in a live survey involving key coatings industry issues, including market focus, future technologies, R&D activities and sustainability.
Professor Markus Antonietti of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces presented the keynote address at this year’s European Coatings Conference. He spoke on “Making Coatings More Sustainable and Affordable: Biorefinery Approaches to Monomers, Solvents and Polymers.”
Our September issue features articles and news about wood coatings, intumescent technology for sustainable buildings, tips for outsourcing coatings manufacturing, and an article on a liquid EPDM for waterborne coatings, which was the winner of the PCI Award for Technical Excellence at the Waterborne Symposium earlier this year.