A Time for New Beginnings

By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor | April 1, 2013

Spring is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. In following with the season, our April issue contains a number of articles dealing with the latest innovations being brought into the coatings industry. We have articles on new technologies coming out of the academic research lab, as well as reviews from the American Coatings Association’s CoatingsTech Conference, RadTech and the European Coatings Show.

The latest innovations in resins technology (page 28) is detailed in contributing editor Dave Savastano’s article “Resins Market Update.” There is strong interest in environmentally friendly, green technologies, and understandably, resin manufacturers are involved in developing more biobased products.

“Investigation into Marine Concrete Anti-Fouling Coatings” (page 40) investigates marine biofouling and its implications for the durability of marine concrete. It was written by Peter Hughes, a final year PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Our review of the European Coatings Show begins on page 32. This premier biennial event was recently held in Nürnberg, Germany. It featured more than 900 exhibitors. Coatings World staff both exhibited and walked the show floor to gather the latest information on the latest products being brought to market.

Associate editor Bridget Klebaur’s review of the ACA’s CoatingsTech conference begins on page 38. The theme of the conference was “Leaps and Bounds: Reenergizing the Coatings Industry.” The goal of the conference was focusing on innovative trends in the coatings industry, research and development and practical applications in the world of coatings.
As the year progresses, we will continue to work hard to deliver our readers the latest and most relevant information related to paint and coatings.