At this year’s technical conference at CHINACOAT it was announced that the theme for next year’s conference will be “Smart, Eco-Friendly and Functional Coatings Additives.” According to the conference organizers, as technology continues evolving toward environmental friendly systems, a series of new generation ‘smart’ additives has emerged on multiple fronts to solve the performance problems of modern-day coatings.
As this issue went to press, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) unveiled LEED v4, the newest version of the LEED green building program. We take a closer look at the details of LEED v4 and what it means for the construction industry on pg. 36.
Powder coatings have always been a popular choice because they are low in VOCs and solvent-free. “The Powder Coatings Market” (pg. 30) looks at what is driving growth for this segment.
As we enter into 2014 I predict we will be reporting on issues of sustainability a great deal.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have a suggestion on a topic you think we should be covering. As we come to the end of the year I also invite you to go back through our archives at www.coatingsworld.com to reread your favorite articles from 2013.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year!