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Advanced Coatings for New Applications

By Joy LePree |

Changing markets and new applications are putting more demands on the protective coatings industry than ever before. While developing environmentally friendlier and less labor-intensive corrosion- and chemical-resistant paints and coatings is always a major goal, new formulations are needed to address the coating challenges presented by today’s changing chemical process industries (CPI), as well as modern construction and other engineering capabilities. “Reduction of VOCs [volatile organic compounds] and labor costs will always be sought after goals in the protective coatings industry, but we are beginning to see additional needs emerge as there is an increase in operating temperatures in many applications, especially in oil-and-gas and chemical processing, as well as more and more astounding feats of engineering cropping up,” says Jerry Witucki, associate coating scientist with Dow Corning (Midland, Mich.; www.dowcorning.com).   New applications “Enormous structures, such as mega skyscrapers and wind turbine farms, especially those in the middle of the ocean, not only have the initial challenging performance requirements, but also, the owners don’t want to send someone up or out to repaint them,” explains Witucki.…
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