HSP values have proven themselves in the world of formulations. Common tasks such as finding good solvents (or blends) or ensuring compatibility between components in a formulation become much more rational and efficient when the HSP values of all the key ingredients are known, either from your suppliers or internally, and HSP distance calculations are used routinely to find the best combinations.
For companies looking for high-performance, nontoxic, sustainably produced solvents, a new bio-based solution offers a safer and high-performing alternative to the toxic dipolar aprotic solvents traditionally used in the paint and coatings industry.
WACKER has developed a dispersible polymer powder that allows manufacturers to formulate interior wall paints in powder form. The technology does not require the addition of biocides and offers key advantages when it comes to storing and transporting paints.
The European Coatings Show provided attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest technology in the industry. This article provides a glimpse at some of the advancements and new solutions presented at this year’s event.
PCI recently asked Holger Hüppeler, Head of the Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit at the specialty chemicals company LANXESS, some questions about his first 18 months in his new role, trends in the pigments market and the future direction of the business unit.
In recent years, the focus has been on the development of durable and sustainable coatings, looking for solutions that would support the transition from fossil to bio-based products with equivalent performance.
The introduction of energy-curable polyurethane dispersions (UV PUDs) to complement the traditional radiation curing technology profoundly changed the market landscape by bringing coating performance and sustainability to the next level of requirements.
The demand for durability as well as for water-miscible products and those that generate little or no VOC has resulted in the launch of a hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS), offered initially to customers in Europe and introduced this year in Asia.
Our October issue has a big focus on powder coating technology. We also feature information on rheology, metallic effect pigments and the role and challenges of distributors. October includes distributor profiles as well.