“In North America alone, thermoset powder coatings production increased from 450 million pounds in 2009 to 562 million pounds produced in 2013," said Dave Lurie, PCI executive director. “We can expect another 4-5 percent increase in powder coating production over the course of this year,” he added.
World-wide production of powder coating totals about 3.4 billion pounds. Although consumption in North America is only about 22 percent, PCI projects this number will increase over the next few years.
Powder coating is a dry finishing process that has become extremely popular since its introduction in North America over 40 years ago. Representing over 15 percent of the total industrial finishing market, powder is used on a wide array of products. More and more companies specify powder coatings for a high-quality, durable finish, allowing for maximized production, improved efficiencies, and simplified environmental compliance. Used as functional (protective) and decorative finishes, powder coatings are available in an almost limitless range of colors and textures, and technological advancements have resulted in excellent performance properties.
PCI encourages manufacturers and custom coaters interested in building their powder coating operations to attend the 2014 Powder Coating Show. Attendees will discover all the benefits of powder coating through numerous technical sessions, exhibits and industry networking functions.