The month of April got off to a busy start with thousands of visitors and exhibitors making their way to Nuremberg for the European Coatings Show!
Such events serve as the perfect platform for networking, meeting business partners, prospects, colleagues and visitors and ECS 2017 was no different. SpecialChem made its debut as an exhibitor this year, making the 2017 edition a special one for us.
It was great to meet industry professionals and experts, visit the halls & other stands. It was interesting to hear from them about their experience at the show.
I caught up with Johan Bieleman, a senior consultant and coatings industry expert and this is what he had to say:
“So many impressions and information have been collected over the three days! Amongst particular developments to be mentioned are concepts for formulating high quality waterborne paints, environmentally friendly architectural and industrial coatings, special effect pigments and additives for preparing VOC-free, ultra-stable colorants and tinters.”
Indeed there was a lot to keep track of – 7 halls and so many interesting booth displays! One that really stood out for me was that of Merck’s. They made use of virtual reality to ‘display’ their color solutions for the automotive segment. As you can imagine, it was quite a crowd pleaser!
too, found a ‘virtual’ way
(using 360 degree video) to showcase its highly innovative High Throughput Equipment (THE) system
. This system enables fully automated testing of coating formulations
, which shortens the search for the optimum formulation.
Another feature attracting a number of footfalls was the Product Presentations
in Halls 1, 5, and 7. Exhibitors presented their products and services in short 15 minute sessions. This took place all three days and gave good insights into what the industry is really focusing on
. It was interesting to observe how some of the topics really dominated most of the presentations.
Let’s take a look at the Top 5 Themes:
1. Solutions for Eco-friendly Coatings
Majority of the presentations focused on environment-friendly solutions
– water-based, 100% solids solvent-free, low VOC safer solvent-based…
Here are some highlights:
Solutions for Solvent-free formulations
presented its new solvent-free defoamers
for solvent-free and high-solid systems. High
and absence of solvents
make defoaming of 100% systems
and particularly UV-
curing coatings quite difficult
. And the presence of other ingredients (pigment, etc.) make it more
For such systems, they have developed two new defoamers (BYK 1788
and BYK 1799
) with a focus on
. They are suitable for wood and furniture coatings, general industrial and other
coatings, as well as thermosets.
showcased EDAPLAN® 930 and 935
, new high molecular weight polymeric solvent-free dispersing agents
for high-solid coatings.
- Designed for organic & inorganic pigments and fillers. (EDAPLAN® 935 specially suited for carbon blacks)
- Reduce viscosity at low shear ranges
- Stabilize pigments against flocculation
- Increase gloss and color strength
Solutions for Regulatory Compliance
shared a presentation on alternate solutions to Cobalt and MEKO
, following regulatory concerns. Borchi® OXY-Coat series
are cobalt-free and exhibit improved drying activity, color, gloss and haze in coatings.
ASK Chemicals GmbH
showcased a new series of high quality NECOWEL alkyd emulsions
, which enables environmental labeling of corresponding coatings
. NECOWEL 900er series
are free of hazardous substance p-tert-butylbenzoic acid (ptBBA) offering following advantages:
- High shear resistance
- Long storage stability
- Low odor
- Reduced yellowing
- High gloss and good leveling
Another sustainable solution for the waterborne systems seen at the show was the newly launched SONGSORB® CS AQ01
. This new hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS
) has been designed specially for coatings applications like interior & exterior wood coatings, PU and automotive coatings
I met Rosanna Telesca, leader of the market center coatings at SONGWON
, who shared the benefits of this new product:
- Displays high polarity and good compatibility with water
- Ensures durable stabilization without impairing gloss in demanding applications (automotive interiors)
- Offers low toxicity that enables label-free solutions
2. Anti-corrosion Solutions - Preventing Rust is a Must!
is essential from both safety and financial stand point. Prevention of rust in important for most applications like industrial, automotive, architectural…
Some interesting anti-corrosion solutions
were presented at ECS.
k showcased its new co-binder ALBIDUR® 1223
, specially developed for anti-corrosion paints and coatings. It doesn’t migrate and can provide long-term resistance to chemicals and UV light
. Another plus point is that it is not subject to labelling requirements as it does not contain any solvents and is silicone-free.
new wetting and dispersing additives (DISPERBYK-2080
) offer good
corrosion protection. They are designed for waterborne primers used in anti-corrosive paints
new grades also demonstrate good stain resistance.
Carboset® PL 3127
was presented at the show – It is a peelable resin technology
primarily for metal components. Key features:
- Easily incorporated into water-borne formulation
- Effective on multiple metal substrates, interior and exterior environments
- Offers flexibility to formulators on viscosity, tintability, sag resistance and rheology functions in a one-component coating solution.
- Exhibits fast dry time, peelability, chemical resistance, high elasticity and adhesion properties
- VOC compliant and does not contain APEO’s or NPE’s
highlighted its range of binders for anti-corrosive primers and monocoats
- Plextol R 5530 - Self-crosslinking VeoVa-Acrylic binder
- Lipaton SB 5521- Styrene-butadiene latex
- Revacryl AE 6030 - Styrene-acrylic dispersion
- Revacryl R 5850 - Self-crosslinking styrene-acrylic dispersion
3. Anti-microbial / Preservatives Solutions
One of the innovative solutions presented was the MyCroFence AntiMicrobial Technology from
. It does not contain leachable toxic biocides and interacts with microbes in a physical way. This
ensures safe anti-microbial protection
MyCroFence AM 215
, a cationic acrylic resin and MyCroFence AM 216
, a styrene-acrylic resin can
be used in combination to formulate anti-microbial paints for both exterior and interior walls.
Preservatives to Avoid H 317 Labeling of In-can Paints
Two interesting solutions in this category:
Proxel Spektra™ Preservative
, a formaldehyde- and MIT-free biocide from Lonza
was launched at ECS. It is a dual-active, broad-spectrum biocide for wet-state preservation of water-based paints.
has also showcased Preventol next A 29-D
and Preventol next A 31-D
that are fungicide/algicide combinations. Their innovative slow-release technology
enables low leaching, making it more sustainable.
4. Popular Polyurethane Solutions
Many exhibitors showcased interesting PU solutions – environment-friendly polyurethane dispersions (PUDs)
, thickeners for PU
and polyols for water-based PU coatings
Here are a few top picks:
showcased a novel defoaming concept
- BYK-066N as a liquid defoamer in the binder part and
- BYK-1690SD as a highly efficient solid defoamer in the powder part
This new approach enables the formulator to develop new 3K-PU leveling systems
with enhanced overall performance
PU Hardners / Crosslinkers
showcased its new bio-based hardner, Bayhydur eco
designed for WB wood coatings. This hydrophilic PDI based polyisocyanate allows the formulation of 2K PU coatings
- Reduced VOC
- Lower carbon footprint
- Increased renewables
Another new product launched at ECS 2017, was the Easaqua™ X D 870
. It is a combination of HDI/IPDI derivatives
offered in eco-friendly solvent (PGDA). Specially designed for WB 2K PU
and to meet strict VOC regulations
. Its main features are:
- Low viscosity
- High chemical resistance
- Good balance between ease of emulsification and drying time
showcased two solutions for 2K PU:
- Hydrophobic ultra-low viscosity HDI polyisocyanate for WB industrial coatings
- Hydrophilic polycarbonate-diol for WB soft-touch coatings
Coatex (Arkema group)
presented their new COAPUR™ XS 83
, new highly pseudoplastic polyurethane thickener (HEUR)
for industrial application.
|Acrylic Industrial Paint
- Sag and leveling balance
- Chemical resistance
|Industrial Alkyd Primer
- Pseudoplastic performance
- Storage stability
- Water resistance
presented RHEOLATE® HX 6010
, a novel PU thickener
, which is designed as a Newtonian high shear (ICI) builder.
5. Innovative Pigments
Table below feature some of the key innovative Pigments
showcased at European Coatings Show:
Check out the exclusive ECS 2017 Channel for more details!
Meoxal - Luminous Metal Effect Pigments
Sicopal® Red EH 2370 (L 3050) - High performance inorganic red pigment for architectural and industrial coatings
|HOFFMANN MINERNAL GmbH
Silfit Z 91 - New Eco-friendly TiO2 Extender for Decorative Emulsion Paints
Advanced Solution for transparent iron oxide dispersion in waterborne concentrate
HEUCOTINT™ UN - High Performance Tinting Systems
|Billions Europe Ltd.
Introducing the Billions Chloride Titanium Dioxide Pigments for Coatings
Color Design for consumer goods with highly transparent colorants
See you at Amsterdam for ECS 2019!