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  • AkzoNobel Committed to Zero Harm and Positive Impact from Products

    AkzoNobel Committed to Zero Harm and Positive Impact from Products

    What happens if you ask your friends what they think about chemicals? Will they mention the risks, the possibility of accidents and injuries, air and water pollution or will they mention the essential chemicals needed in the products that they use ev…
    André Veneman, Corporate Director Sustainability, AkzoNobel 05.12.17

  • The Women of Miltec UV

    The Women of Miltec UV

    The night before International Women’s Day, I found myself wondering what would happen if all of the women at Miltec UV decided not to come to work. What would “A Day Without Women” be like at Miltec UV? Fortunately, this was just a…
    Beth Mosner and Karen Bruno, Miltec UV 05.08.17

  • Adhesives and Sealants
    Winning in a More Dynamic and Inclusive Market

    Winning in a More Dynamic and Inclusive Market

    If the past year taught us anything, it’s that the world is becoming an unpredictable place where change is the only constant. In Asia-Pacific, the convergence of economic, technological, customer and regulatory forces are remaking the market i…
    Dr. Christian Kirsten, Corporate Senior Vice President Transport & Metal and Head of Adhesive Technologies Asia-Pacific 04.18.17

  • Changing the World One Sustainable Idea at a Time

    Changing the World One Sustainable Idea at a Time

    I’ve headed up sustainability at AkzoNobel for 14 years now. During that time, I have often been utterly amazed – and disappointed – about how some segments of the corporate world (even in our own industry sector) have gone about ad…
    André Veneman 04.10.17

  • Reducing VOCs with Water-Based Coatings

    Solvent-based coatings are widely used, even though there are many water based options/equivalents available. Generally, this is due to their lower cost, ease of application and superior film-forming characteristics. As the industry looks to reduce i…
    Michael Couchie, Vice President, Sales, APV Engineered Coatings 03.27.17

  • Special Purpose Coatings

    5 Tips & Tests for Selecting the Right Upholstery Coating for Your Next Automotive Project

    Automotive OEMs use coating chemistries on a variety of interior upholstery components. They need confidence that the coatings they use have a strong bond to the surface, resist abrasion, inhibit stains, do not degrade under UV exposure, and are flex…
    Michael Couchie, Vice President, Sales, APV Engineered Coatings 02.27.17

  • British Coatings Federation Welcomes Return of the Industrial Strategy to Government Policy

    British Coatings Federation Welcomes Return of the Industrial Strategy to Government Policy

       The British Coatings Federation (BCF) has wholeheartedly welcomed the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), replacing its predecessor, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The new…
    02.06.17

  • Additives | Wood Coatings

    When in Love, Choose the Right Coat: The Paint Story

    If you are in deep love with your woodwork, you would simply regret not paying enough attention to what covers it.
    Ravi Chawat, Allied Market Research 02.02.17

  • When to Replace a Silicone Mask

    Not sure when you should be using a new silicone mask? There are multiple signs you can look for to tell if a mask needs to be replaced. Don’t let there be failures or quality defects/rework by overusing the mask. Look for the following signals…
    01.16.17

  • Walmart Introduces Playbook for Sustainable Packaging: Lux Picks the Best Plays

    Walmart Introduces Playbook for Sustainable Packaging: Lux Picks the Best Plays

    Walmart recently released its “Sustainable Packaging Playbook,” where it provides best practices for suppliers looking to improve and innovate sustainable packaging. It emphasizes that these sustainable packaging best practices are meant…
    Gihan Hewage, Research Associate, Lux Research 12.06.16

  • Special Purpose Coatings

    Nanocomposite Coating w/ Self-healing, Low-friction & Anti-wear Diamond-like Carbon Film

    Researchers at Argonne National Lab (ANL) recently reported new nitride nanocomposite catalytic coatings that can generate a diamond-like carbon (DLC) low-friction film on the surface of the coating. Lux Research spoke with Osman Levent Eryilmaz, a c…
    Dayton Horvath, Research Associate, Lux Research 10.26.16

  • Powder Coatings

    5 Finishing Flaws Powder Coaters Don't Have to Accept

    Have you ever been powder coating and experienced issues like overspray, re-tapping holes or paint flaking? More often than not, powder coaters are accepting flaws they could easily eliminate. We’ve curated a list of common issues powder coater…
    Cole Cooper, Marketing Content Writer, Echo Engineering and Production Supplies, Inc. 10.11.16

  • Singapore Inspires the World to Turn City Skylines Green

    Singapore Inspires the World to Turn City Skylines Green

      When I first heard of Singapore’s target to green 80 percent of its buildings, old and new, by 2030, I thought it was a great vision and the way to the future. But it is a challenging feat. Developing a green building from scratch…
    Jeremy Rowe, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints South East & South Asia 10.06.16

  • Special Purpose Coatings

    Living Building Materials That Can Sense, Respond, or Heal Get Funding From DARPA

    Recently, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) announced the Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program to fund research proposals developing living materials that combine the structural properties of traditional building material…
    Tugce Uslu, Lux Research 10.03.16

  • Five Reasons You Should Choose Polished Concrete

    Five Reasons You Should Choose Polished Concrete

    Gone are the days of a simple choice between wall-to-wall carpet, tile or hardwood floors for your home or business. Polished concrete is also becoming a go-to choose for many home and business owners thanks to its unique style and durability. It can…
    Joseph Pineda, Contributing Writer 09.28.16

  • Silver and Antimicrobials

    Because of the latest controversies involving antimicrobial coatings, I want to point out a report on the future use of silver for antimicrobials.  I found this report from a group I was not aware of ….but should have been!   Th…
    Darlene Brezinski, Technical Editor 09.15.16

  • Special Purpose Coatings

    Wax On, snacks off: CSU group develops edible superhydrophobic coatings for food applications

    Arun Kota’s group at Colorado State University recently published its work on edible superhydrophobic coatings targeting applications in food packaging. The group uses U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved beeswax and carnauba wax in…
    Gihan Hewage, Research Associate, Lux Research 09.06.16

  • PPG’s Bush Sees New Opportunities Hailing From Vitro Sale

    Paul Bush, Director of Technical Services at PPG says 240 years of glass technology are coming together to better serve customers. In a $750 million deal expected to close by the end of 2016, Vitro, the leading glass producer in Mexico, will acq…
    08.11.16

  • Powder Coatings
    Interest Expressed by Brand in Niche Market Open New Avenues for Powder Coating Players

    Interest Expressed by Brand in Niche Market Open New Avenues for Powder Coating Players

    The competitive landscape of the powder coatings market is now dominated by collaborations and mergers and acquisitions. Valued for having a low impact on our environment, powder coatings are now used in an array of applications. If we are to beli…
    Bhawna Rath, Senior Content Writer, Allied Market Research 08.08.16

  • Penn State Researchers Develop Bio-based Self-healing Polymers Based on Squid Teeth

    Melik Demirel's group at Pennsylvania State University has been developing self-healing polymers based on proteins found in squid teeth. Specifically, the researchers have demonstrated the polymer self-heals following cleavage through a combinati…
    Ross Kozarsky , Research Director, Lux Research 08.08.16