New Water Borne Flexibilized Epoxy Dispersion


Karl Rossmann
TS&BD Manager Metal Protective

While the performance of water borne primer systems meets industry standards, end-users and governments are becoming more stringent on VOC emissions during the coating process. Regardless, allnex is committed to continue with sustainable developments for every industry.
Consequently the ultimate challenge for coating formulators has become : How to balance performance, cost and VOC of their WB 2K epoxy primer?
Using BECKOPOX® EP 2387w/53WA combined with BECKOCURE® EH 2100w/44WA or BECKOCURE EH 2261w/41WA , delivers a highly flexible, ultra low VOC and corrosion resistant metal primer, balancing cost and performance, most suitable for General Industry, Railway, ACE and many other applications where performance matters.

Oliver Truchses (BSc)
TS&BD Manager

Manage Your Chemical Compliance with Yordas Hive

Manage Your Chemical Compliance with Yordas Hive

Yordas Hive was created to meet growing market demand for accurate, up-to-date regulatory data on chemicals globally. Our customers were looking for a tool that brings them updates faster, in a platform that is highly customisable to their regulations and substances of interest. Yordas Hive provides this and much more…

Turkey KKDIK – Get Ready for Pre-registration and Registration

Turkey KKDIK – Get ready for pre-registration and registration

Many hundreds of companies are busy pre-registering their substances in advance of the 31 December 2020 pre-registration deadline in Turkey. Alongside the pre-registration are other related obligations such as C&L notification and SDS certification.

With the registration window about to start, are you ready to finalise your pre-registrations and start the discussions on data sharing?

The session will cover:

  • Overview of Turkey KKDIK, CLP and SDS regulations
  • Identifying your role and obligations within your supply chain
  • Appointing an OR, submitting pre-registrations and C&L notifications
  • Preparing a strategy for registration

Are You Ready for 2021?

Are you ready for 2021?

OCCA are proud to present a panel comprised of a cross-section of stakeholders within our industry, including Government agencies, suppliers and coatings manufacturers.

The aim of this session is the provide key information on what businesses need to do in readiness for the end of the Brexit Transition Period and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31st December 2021.

Informative presentations from BEIS and Defra will provide details regarding tariffs, import/export responsibilities and the implications and implementation of UK REACh, these will then be followed by an open forum as the panellists will field questions from the audience in a final Q & A session.

Paul Sheppard
President Elect


Tom Bowtell


Geoff Mackay
Group Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director

Ryan Diggory
Senior Policy Advisor


Graham Armstrong
Technical Service Manager
Indestructible Paint

Alun Williams
Lead for External Stakeholder Engagement, Chemicals, Pesticides and Hazardous Waste (CPHW) team

Exploring Dedicated Colorants for Flooring Applications

Exploring dedicated colorants for flooring applications: a fully integrated tinting system

Ron Van der Leeuw


Chromaflo is the market leader for tinting systems for the decorative and industrial coatings industry. Tinting systems are nowadays state of the art in almost every DIY shop. There is a growing interest for implementing tinting systems in adjacent markets such as flooring. Based on a case study, this paper describes and explains the approach of a fully integrated tinting system. What is a tinting system, how can it help reducing the colorant inventory and how can blended color on demand be created? Questions on how to select the right pigments, colorant technologies and required specifications will be answered.

Alexandra Birden

Stort Chemicals

Global GHS – Asian Feature

Global GHS — Asian Feature

Li Xiang
Business Development Manager
CIRS Europe

CIRS has always held regular training events in Asian and Europe in order to provide to our clients, partners and members in the Regulatory Sector, with the most up to date knowledge and changes to the ever-expanding field of international chemical regulations.

With our headquarters based in China and branches in Korea, Ireland and USA, CIRS is able to monitor the global chemical regulations update. CIRS is pleased to work with Surfex Digital Week of the webinar on The Global GHS-Asian Feature, this webinar will cover the Classification, Labelling, Safety Data Sheet  on China, Korea, and Taiwan GHS regulations, also include case studies and hot topics like confidential business information protection in the Asian GHS.

Are U ready for the UFI Code: European Poison Centre Notifications

Are U ready for the UFI Code: European Poison Centre Notifications

Nirav Banker
Business Head (UK, Asia-Pacific and Middle East)

The new Annex VIII to the CLP Regulation, defines the harmonised requirements for Poison Centre Notifications (PCN) applicable as of the start of 2021. Importers and/or downstream users will have the obligation of submitting this information to EU Member States in order to be used by their respective Poison centres in case of emergency health response. Some general topics in this webinar will include – What is a Poison Centre? What is required? What is the UFI code?, others, Q&A session

Dr Pilar Ortiz-Alias
Regulatory Affairs
SIAM S.L., Spain

Press Releases

3M™ Glass Bubbles for Injection Moulding & Extrusion

3M™ Glass Bubbles for Injection Moulding & Extrusion

Are you producing plastics for the automotive and aerospace market sectors? Are you looking to reduce the weight of your plastic components, improve their dimensional stability or improve processing times benefiting both productivity and profits?

In that case, we would like to spotlight the 3M™ Glass Bubbles for injection moulding and extrusion applications.

3M™ Glass Bubbles are advanced, low-density additives that can be used in a variety of different industrial applications. They are available in a wide range of densities and crush strengths, which are capable of surviving the most demanding compounding and injection moulding processes even at pressures of up to 30,000 psi. Moreover, 3M™ Glass Bubbles are compatible with all common thermoplastics, including polypropylene, nylon, ABS, and others.

These microscopic spheres of soda-lime/borosilicate glass are water insoluble, chemically stable, and offer a high strength-to-weight ratio.

3M™ Glass Bubbles can be used to reduce the density of thermo-elastic parts which may be critical to plastics companies operating within the transportation supply chain where OEM’s are seeking to meet strict light-weighting targets for their automotive vehicles and airplanes.

Indeed, they can help plastics processors to:

  • Reduce final part weight by 15% or more
  • Increase productivity with a 15-25% reduction in injection moulding cycle time
  • Maintain or improve dimensional stability and other physical properties
  • Reduce shrinkage and warpage
  • Contribute to sustainability through better fuel economy

For further detailed technical information about the 3M Glass Bubbles iM range and how it can be used in compounding or injection moulding – please contact us via polymers@brenntag.co.uk

Would you like to know more? Click here…

80% Of All Metal is Still in Use Today


It’s estimated that up to 80% of all metal ever produced in the world is still in use today.

That’s a staggering but real statistic, because metal is a permanently available material and can be reused an infinite number of times.

But it’s also helped by the creation over many decades of a recycling infrastructure for metal that has achieved one of the highest recycling rates of any packaging material: in the UK, 74.5% of steel packaging is recycled, while in Europe the figure is 80.5%.

Recycling rates are key to measuring the true sustainability of packaging. In 2017 the full glare of the sustainability spotlight turned on the packaging sector with television images of plastic in our oceans that shocked the world.

But the debate has now perhaps moved on from the immediate aftermath call for some materials to be avoided totally. Now, a more considered response suggests that transition to a lower carbon economy should to be underpinned by a holistic approach to packaging. A materials’ ‘turf war’ would not actually resolve the carbon debate.

But the starting point is clear: materials that are genuinely recyclable, have high recycling rates, and can be reused indefinitely with no loss of quality should be the first choice.

Only metal ticks these three boxes and includes a wide range of products including empty metal paint cans which are collected for recycling at most household waste and recycling centres.

A New Technology in Decorative Paints to Boost the Opacity

A new technology in decorative paints to boost the opacity

In general terms, opacity can be described as the ability of a substance or mixture to hide a substrate. A typical example would be a coating film covering a given surface such as a wall.

This simple phenomenon is actually the result of a rather complex interplay of various components and parameters. In industry, opacity is often referred to using other terms such as contrast ratio or hiding power. Whatever term is used, the common functionality they describe is the ability of an applied optical layer to hide what is underneath. Simply put, the opacity of a coating is high if the difference between refractive index of the coating constituents is large.

In practice, this can be easily achieved by adding white pigment such as titanium dioxide to a coating formulation. The required amount of white pigment for high opacity (sometimes referred to as coverage or hiding efficiency) depends on the binder content, or more precisely on the so-called pigment volume concentration (PVC). However, the industry combines economic considerations with technical knowhow, the way of formulating coating materials might change significantly. In fact, the addition of mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate products can reduce formulation cost sharply, but typically have a negative impact on optical performance such as opacity. ChameleoBoost™, the technology developed by Omya, allows for the optimal adjustment of coating opacity while keeping formulation cost to a minimum through the use of qualified functional mineral fillers and it offers a wide product portfolio for water- and solvent-based as well as powder coatings.

The technology will either enhance coating performance (e.g. opacity) at equal formulation cost or reduce formulation cost (e.g. partial substitution of titanium dioxide) while maintaining performance level of the coating film. Any combination of the two is of course possible as well.

Key factors influencing opacity of a coating film are:

  • Amount and type of titanium dioxide
  • Volume and type of mineral filler varying in composition, particle size and shape
  • Pigment volume concentration
  • Spreading rate
  • Film porosity

Each of these factors have a direct impact on light absorption and scattering. PVC level and film porosity are particularly important when it comes to film opacity. On one hand, coatings formulated at low

PVC typically exhibit high durability providing good weather and wet scrub resistance, but high pigment levels are required to achieve acceptable opacity performance. On the other hand, formulations with high PVC are usually less durable, but require less pigment to reach good coverage due to increased film porosity. In fact, entrapped air in the pores of the coating film has a different optical density (or refractive index) compared to mineral fillers, pigments and binder, and thus increases the difference between refractive indices. Furthermore, ultrafine mineral particles support the even distribution and stabilization of single pigment particles and provide an additional boost of opacity. The latter phenomenon is called pigment spacing which leads to more efficient light scattering by increasing particle interface surface area compared to a situation where pigment particles are agglomerated. ChameleoBoost™ by Omya allows for the optimal adjustment of coating opacity while keeping formulation cost to a minimum through the use of qualified functional mineral offered by Omya. In many cases, ChameleoBoost™ is used in combination with high quality GCC fillers such as Omyacarb® 2, 5,10 and 15 to balance additional coating properties such as wet scrub resistance, solids, rheology and workability through optimized particle packing.

Resuming, with the use of this technology coatings and paints manufacturers can have a high brightness of the formulation, spacing and stabilizing the pigment dispersion. It is possible the enhancing of the TiO2 performance with a partial substitution of the Titanium Dioxide and manufacturers can also reduce the carbon footprint of the coating.

This technology offers functional mineral fillers combined with formulation expertise for a large application field covering the entire PVC range of decorative paints for matt over semi-matt and semi-gloss to glossy paint systems

Development of dry and wet opacity of different CaCO3

This technology allows for the optimal adjustment of coating opacity while keeping formulation cost to a minimum

Cost impact onto dry and wet opacity in emulsion paint at PVC 65% at different TiO2 Levels

Acronal PRO 770L from BASF – Metal Loves Humidity!

Acronal PRO 770L from BASF – Metal loves Humidity!

Although Surfex 2020 will be held in summer, right now the autumn rains are threatening and in order to create value in metal protection coatings, resistance to corrosion is critical.

BASF has a comprehensive portfolio of water-based binders suitable for lower solvent demand metal protection applications. The new Acronal® PRO 770L joined the portfolio of 1K acrylic dispersions this year to extend the range and increase formulation opportunities using water-based technologies in the medium duty performance area. The new release builds on earlier versions that already offered good adhesion and early water resistance to provide superior corrosion protection, gloss and adhesion. The latest version is APEO and Zinc free and is suitable for use as a primer in medium duty (C3-C4, 360h SST or more) applications and for glossy DTM (C2-C3) protection. With excellent application properties, it finds particular use in steel parts, construction, exterior tankage, ACE and also in general industrial use.

The next-generation styrene-acrylic dispersion is ~50% solids by weight, has an MFT of 19°C and viscosity of ~500mPa.s. Performing well in salt-spray and humidity testing it also demonstrated excellent chemical resistance and UV durability. Team with the new Acronal® PRO 7600X in top coat for excellent compatibility with anti-corrosion pigments, and superior sandability.

BTC UK will be showcasing the full range of BASF water-based anti-corrosion primers, DTM and topcoat technologies at Surfex 2020, providing environmentally sustainable solutions for industrial metal coatings that prove metal plus water does not always equal rust!

For information on these and other BTC products please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales for Coatings, Inks and Plastics in the UK christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

Acronol 6292

At the moment decorative and architectural paints & coatings manufacturers are looking to respond to the trend for healthier paints. Properties such as cost-competitiveness, wet-scrub resistance, hiding power, durability and cleanability must not be sacrificed to the stringent requirements of regulatory standards for indoor air quality and eco-label conformity. One of the latest developments in this category is a move towards biocide or preservative free paints.

Acronal® 6292 from BASF is a modern styrene-acrylic binder for use in biocide-free formulations, offering a lower ‘total formulation cost’ alternative to vinyl acetate/ethylene (VAE) resins. By focusing on increased pigment-binding power, the binder content does not need to be increased to achieve scrub-resistance. Combine with Dispex® CX 4248 dispersant to boost that efficiency further and the door is open for healthy paints that are still economically viable and can achieve the highest performance standards.

Acronal® 6292 is the market standard in binders for biocide-free, architectural paint formulations. If healthy paints are becoming a standard in your portfolio then please contact BTC for more information and guide formulations. Contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales: Coatings, Inks & Plastics – Email: christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

After the Excitement and Success of Surfex 2018, BTC UK are Already Looking Ahead to the 2020 Event.

After the excitement and success of Surfex 2018, BTC UK are already looking ahead to the 2020 event.

BTC Europe serves the Coatings industry with a well-established portfolio of BASF Resins, Performance Additives, Formulation Additives and Effect Pigments, Inorganic and Organic Pigments  and Pigment Preparations. BASF continuously adds new products to their range including sparkling  new effects and novel formulation additives.  We look forward to showcasing new arrivals at Surfex  2020 ‐ latest releases are available now from BTC UK.

Our latest addition for the Coatings and Printing Inks industry are the BASF Oxygenated Solvents – a  range of versatile solvents and co‐solvents including alcohols, glycol ethers and glycol‐ether acetates.

BASF Solvenon® glycol‐ethers are ideal for water‐based coatings with an eye to air‐quality and the  demands of low‐VOC formulations. Optimum film formation in water‐based coatings relies on a  suitable coalescent to impart properties such as adhesion and gloss levels. Solvenon® types have  outstanding film‐building and drying properties perfectly suited to dispersion paints. They offer a  wide range of evaporation temperatures allowing formulators to finely tune their recipes and adapt  each system to a wide range of temperature and humidity demands.

Solvenon® PnB, DPnB and TPnB are now all available from BTC UK.

Please contact Chris Morgan for more information chris.morgan@btc‐europe.com

We look forward to seeing you on stand 203 at Surfex 2020.

AGM delighted to announce development of its commercial team

AGM delighted to announce development of its commercial team

AGM is delighted to announce the promotion of Andy Gent and Sam Whitehead as part of the development of its commercial team.

From the end of April, Nigel Blatherwick, Commercial Director, will be leaving AGM to pursue a different career path. AGM would like to thank Nigel for his dedicated service and wish him well with his plans for his new role.

Nigel Blatherwick commented: I’d like to take the opportunity to wish AGM and its customers all the best. I firmly believe over the last 5 years the AGM team has created a business with a second-to-none understanding of how best to apply and exploit new graphene technology into the coatings and composites industry and the steady stream of new customer applications points to an exciting future.

Taking over from Nigel, Andy Gent is appointed to the role of Commercial Director. Andy originally joined AGM’s business development team in January 2018 having previously managed the European TERATHANE® business for INVISTA. Following on from his degree in Colour and Polymer Chemistry, Andy spent 10 years in research and development, before transitioning into sales initially with Clariant followed by Evonik TEGO® then moving to INVISTA. With over 20 years’ experience in the coatings industry in both technical and European sales management roles, AGM believes Andy is the perfect fit to guide the business through the next stages of its growth plan.

Andy Gent commented: “I am thrilled; this is something that I have been working hard towards since starting my MBA and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. This is a very exciting time in AGM’s history and I am looking forward to playing a pivotal role in the successful growth of the revenue base of the organisation.”
To support Andy, the UK Sales Manager role has been filled with the promotion of Sam Whitehead. A scientist by training, Sam studied Chemistry at Leeds University before developing his coatings experience with AkzoNobel. Having originally joined AGM’s technical team in November 2018, Sam has played a key part demonstrating the benefits of our graphene additives in anticorrosion applications with customers, as well as developing the new graphene dispersions that we offer for coatings systems.
Sam Whitehead commented: I was delighted to hear about the promotion to the sales team. I believe I can make a real impact on the growth of AGM, and I really look forward to connecting with new clients to forge new business relationships and achieve success in graphene integration in their products.

Adrian Potts CEO said: I am excited for the opportunity that this change presents and look forward very much to Andy and Sam’s input in developing our sales approach and growing our revenue results. We have clear commercial targets to achieve and I’m confident in our team to do the absolute best to get us there together.

I would also like to put record my thanks to Nigel. He and I joined the company the same week a number of years ago, and we have worked together tirelessly to get the company to where it is today.

If you have any questions about graphene and its applications please contact us via info@appliedgraphenematerials.com or call us on +(44)1642 438214

AGM joins the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre in collaboration with The Graphene Council

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, announces that it has joined the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester as an associated Tier II Partner through the special conditions offered exclusively through The Graphene Council (TGC).
AGM has developed significant capabilities in the production and application of graphene dispersion technology for a wide range of applications including:
– High performance protective industrial coatings offering excellent anti-corrosion and chemical resistance capabilities
– Specialty applications offering enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity
– Advanced composites applications including structural, elastomeric and adhesive
– Inks and printables
– Green energy applications
AGM’s participation in the GEIC and ongoing engagement with TGC will further accelerate the commercialisation of such capabilities in tandem with knowledge, facilities and expertise on offer at these two respected institutions.
Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, commented:
“AGM has developed expertise in dispersing graphenes in a range of liquid matrix systems in a way that makes them easy to deploy by our customers and delivers repeatable results. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Partners at the GEIC to rapidly progress industry engagement with graphene materials technology, particularly as the number of applications scenarios continues to grow. Bringing together the industry’s collective knowledge and resources presents outstanding possibilities for graphene adoption.”
Terrance Barkan, Executive Director of The Graphene Council, added:
“We are very pleased AGM has chosen to take advantage of this opportunity offered exclusively through The Graphene Council and in partnership with the GEIC. We think this represents an ideal combination of key stakeholders needed to develop industry ready products.”
James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester and the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC), said:
“We are pleased to be working with the Graphene Council and a number of their associated companies including the recent addition of Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) to further build and develop the industry supply-chain and ecosystem needed to accelerate the adoption of graphene (and 2D materials) products and applications into the marketplace.”
To find out how it is pushing the boundaries of graphene-based product performance through collaborative innovation email info@appliedgraphenematerials.com or visit https://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com/

AGM launches its own range of anti-corrosion primers

Industry leader demonstrates performance uplifts with graphene-enhanced paint

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) dispersions, is pleased to announce the introduction of a range of industrial anti-corrosion primers based on its own well-established Genable technology.
As a multifunctional additive, graphene nanoplatelets have been shown to provide highly effective barrier and anti-corrosion properties in paints and coatings at extremely low loading levels. Following outstanding results through extensive inhouse research and testing, the Company has developed two new prototype paint systems using its graphene products.
The two epoxy-based primers represent an easy way for those considering the adoption of graphene to quickly test and evaluate its potential benefits within a starting point formulation.
The Genable Epoxy primer is a C3-rated hybrid product which combines graphene with a zinc phosphate additive to enable the end-user to benefit from the synergies offered by both systems in standard applications, such as urban and industrial environments. The Genable CX primer is a high-performance hybrid system, but this formulation is based on graphene and aluminium chemistries and also offers anti-corrosion protection for harsh environments, such as offshore and marine applications.
While many manufacturers continue to test graphene in their formulations, the use of these safe, easy-to apply epoxy-based primers is expected to also allow AGM’s customers to accelerate graphene adoption. As a leading innovator in graphene dispersion and application technology, the Company is working closely with partners such as the UK Environment Agency (EA) so as to demonstrate the performance benefits of graphene-based paints and coatings on a wider scale with a view to EA adopting and utilising AGM products to protect its extensive portfolio of assets.
Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer or AGM said:
“We are pleased to be able to launch these two Genable primer products, which we anticipate will help further accelerate the adoption of graphene nanoplatelet technology with our coatings customers. Our technology development programmes have focused on extensive testing and evaluation for a range of applications and this experience is valuable in guiding customers in the use of our products. Having demonstrator primers is expected to further help customers realise the benefits of this technology in a practical way. We look forward to the products being a further useful means of enabling faster adoption of our products in the protective coatings space.”

AGM Receives UK Patent for Water-based Corrosion Innovation

Industry leader gains formal recognition for its latest nanotechnology development

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is pleased to announce the issuance of UK Patent No. GB2585648, covering the use of Graphene Nanoplatelets in water-based anti-corrosion protective coatings applications.
Graphene nanoplatelets have been shown to provide highly effective barrier properties, enhancing corrosion prevention in solvent-based paints through the use of high-performance dispersions. The introduction of Graphene nanoplatelets into water-based paints has been historically problematic due to the challenges in producing effective and stable dispersions for water-based systems. AGM’s range of water-based dispersions have now been demonstrated to enhance corrosion performance in such systems. This technology development enables primer systems to achieve ISO 12944 category C3 or C4 corrosion rating performance where typical environments include urban and industrial atmospheres, moderate sulphur dioxide pollution, or coastal areas with low to moderate salinity.
This latest patent reflects AGM’s commitment to continuous development as a leading innovator in graphene dispersion and application technology.
Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer or AGM said:
“The global cost of corrosion is substantial and there is significant and growing pressure within the international coatings industry to reduce and ultimately remove the dependence on harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The move towards a water-based technology solution is a primary goal for many protective coatings innovators. Overcoming the challenge of dispersing graphene nanoplatelets into such coatings has been a significant area of development for AGM’s technical team, and I am pleased that this technology has resulted in patent coverage. This latest dispersed product technology offers the coatings industry a new tool in the formulation of water-based systems. It provides a further opportunity to narrow the gap in solvent and water-based coating performance by enabling the use of graphene nanoplatelet materials thereby supporting the move away from solvent-based products.”

AGM’s Extensive Development and Testing Capabilities – Key to the Successful Early Adoption of Graphene in Coating Applications


Graphene is an exciting new material technology. However, as with many completely new materials, introducing it to long-established industrial markets can prove a lengthy and resource intensive process. That is why Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), who are leading the way in introducing graphene to the coatings industry, has invested extensively in its development and testing capabilities, providing an unparalleled level of technical support to a global customer base moving to adopt graphene as early as possible.

The introduction of AGM’s Genable® dispersion range has provided coating industry formulators with a valuable toolbox of production-ready, easy-to-use graphene additives, all proven to deliver exceptional enhancements to barrier and anti-corrosion properties. AGM’s innovation partners have benefitted greatly from an end-to-end approach to product integration support, providing access to a team of experienced coatings formulators and an array of industry leading characterisation and testing equipment.

Supporting the highly knowledgeable technical service team, is a comprehensive assortment of materials characterisation and testing equipment. Within AGM’s laboratories, customers have access to a full coatings testing capability ranging from dispersion stability assessment, mechanical property measurements and a range of accelerated barrier performance testing equipment including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, salt spray (neutral salt spray and prohesion), immersion testing and QUV weathering testing. All testing is completed to industry standards and to precise customer needs.

Along with an impressive array of testing capability, AGM is able to support customers with a substantial library of Technical Application Notes. These have been written specifically to guide customers through the process of formulating with this novel graphene materials and to enable a clear understanding of the route to successful integration.

AGM’s strategy is one of full and open collaboration and the recent steady flow of graphene enhanced coatings launches by customers is a strong testament to the success of this approach.

For further information contact us on 01642 438214 or via info@appliedgraphenematerials.com

allnex adds cutting-edge Additive Finder to website

August 10, 2020 – allnex, the leading supplier of specialty chemicals, offering a broad range of coating resins, additives and cross-linkers for use on wood, metal, plastic and other surfaces, is excited to announce the launch a new website tool, the Additive Finder.

For many of our customers, their application specialists are inundated from all sides with formulation questions on functionality, specs and application details. Our Additive Finder provides our customers an innovate way to address the problems they may be having in their coating formulations, and to find the correct Additive to meet their needs.

What’s unique about the Application Finder is that it’s solution-based. It allows the user to select what properties are needed (such as gloss improver, scratch-resistant additive, wetting agent, flow modifiers and more) – or conversely, what defects they’ve had issues with (including such things poor gloss, loss of adhesion, poor drying etc.) to receive a list of our additives that fit their requirements.

We’re excited to share the launch of our Application Finder with you and invite you to check it out for yourself by visiting https://allnex.com/en/additive-finder

Tennants Distribution are the UK Distributors for allnex LRA & XLR Divisions and are also available to discuss any additive needs

Anti-viral surfaces could tackle COVID-19 crisis

BCF press release – Anti-viral surfaces could tackle COVID-19 crisis

Anti-viral surfaces could tackle COVID-19 crisis

Some of the world’s leading coatings specialists gathered virtually at the Royal Society of Chemistry to discuss how special surface technologies could be used to tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 130 academics, technical industry specialists and representatives of major healthcare and transport organisations remotely gathered at the event hosted in collaboration with the British Coatings Federation, the UK Trade Association representing paints, coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings manufacturers and suppliers in the UK. The webinar set out to identify the challenges and share knowledge on techniques that could prevent the spread of infection, both in the present and the future.

Anti-viral coatings contain agents that prevent microorganisms growing on the surfaces of materials, and are increasingly being researched for potential use in clinics, industry and domestic environments. As well as technical challenges, there are regulatory hurdles that need to be overcome before these materials could be deployed in public spaces.

Helen Pain, Acting CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “Bringing together the biggest and brightest names in materials research to tackle this issue is of paramount importance, especially now, and we are proud to be able to facilitate this level of discussion. While we already have a number of technologies and techniques at our disposal, there is a clear need to accelerate research output and this meeting represented a crucial step towards advancing that.”

“It’s crucial that the direction taken from here is representative of the diverse range of views and experience from across the anti-viral community, which is why we are calling on anyone with relevant insights to join our Surface Coatings Interest Group as we further these discussions.”

The event was led by Stuart Clarke, Professor of Surface Science at Cambridge University and Chair of the Technical Committee of the Surface Coatings Interest Group, and hosted by Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation.

Professor Clarke said: “There is an acute need to provide new information and insight about anti-viral surfaces and coatings in the current climate, particularly to confirm antiviral behaviour and get appropriate products to market and into use promptly.

“The Surface Coatings Group is trying to connect individuals and organisations with relevant products to specialised anti-viral testing facilities. In the longer term, activities may centre on informed reformulation of products and even longer-term exploration of new anti-viral approaches.”

Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation, said: “There has been a terrific response from our members, many of whom have products or technologies with the potential to address urgent needs in the current crisis.

“Tackling regulatory hurdles will be one of the major challenges for such bio-active technologies, and our regulatory affairs team will be actively engaging with the relevant authorities at UK and EU level to support the efforts of companies as an urgent priority.”

Advanced discussions are now continuing on a dedicated collaborative Slack platform, which remains open to new participants on request to the group secretary.

The Surface Coatings Group and British Coatings Federation (BCF) will continue to facilitate the connection of academic and industrial organisations to contribute to this important work.

Applied Graphene Materials marks ten years of leading graphene innovation

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE: AGM), today celebrates its ten-year anniversary. Ten years since it was founded as a spin-off from Durham University, AGM is now a world leader in the development and application of graphene dispersions for customers in the coatings, composites and functional materials sectors.

AGM was founded on 29 July 2010 by award-winning Professor Karl Coleman, who had developed a bottom-up production process for the manufacture of graphene materials. Since those early days, AGM has made major technology advances in the application of this new class of materials – not least in adding performance-enhancing characteristics to a range of product categories. Today, AGM’s graphene is incorporated into a number of consumer products sold by major retailers and the Company’s own range of graphene dispersions is being offered to end users worldwide via a growing distribution network.

To date, AGM has announced consumer product launches through its customers, including:
• August 2019 – Alltimes Coatings Ltd launched its Advantage Graphene liquid coating roofing system – significantly enhanced anti-corrosion performance delivered by incorporating AGM’s graphene, and includes an unparalleled 30 year warranty;
• October 2019 – Halfords launched instore and online sales of a Graphene primer – the aerosol primer produces exceptional corrosion protection, due to AGM’s graphene dispersion;
• October 2019 – James Briggs Ltd (JBL) launched its Hycote graphene anti-corrosion primer – the product is on sale in the mainstream market on Amazon and Tetrosyl Express; and
• January 2020 – Graphene enhanced Top Coat MT product for harsh environment industrial coatings applications demanding outstanding anti-corrosion protection for end-customers such as Avanti.

Headquartered in Redcar, Teesside, UK, AGM’s geographical footprint has expanded substantially over recent years. This week, AGM announced the signing of its latest distribution partner, Will & Co, which will extend the Company’s sales reach into the Benelux
region. In addition to its own commercial hubs in the U.K. and the United States, AGM now has distribution agreements with local expert chemicals and coatings distributors in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy, South Africa and Japan.
AGM is a modern success story of the North East’s industrial heartland. Teesside Mayor Ben Houchen visited AGM in March 2020 to learn about the Company’s role in advancing the global development of ‘wonder material’ graphene, which ultimately has the potential to have a transformative impact on a range of industries, from advanced composites materials to aerospace, automotive and construction.

Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley, said:
“There is some truly amazing ground-breaking work going on right here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool that is attracting attention right across the world, and Applied Graphene Materials is a great example of that.
“I have visited this fantastic local business to learn all about their work and the opportunities they are creating in the region. They are an example of a firm creating the products of the future in sectors we need to support, and we as a region are leading the way.
“Congratulations to Applied Graphene Materials on a brilliant 10 years and I’m sure they will continue to be a world-leading firm in the years to come.”

Adrian Potts, CEO of AGM, said:
“Over ten years AGM has grown from the being the owner of a ground-breaking new manufacturing technology comprising our unique graphene production process, to a commercial, AIM-listed, business and expert in the delivery of graphene to the highperformance materials sectors. With time, we have scaled production and refined our process along the way. The primary area of focus has been the continued honing and deepening of our dispersion and application expertise. We see this as critical to enabling the positive impact that graphene can make on a range of materials technologies to enable higher performance using a graphene addition. We continue to develop strong commercial partnerships in our target sectors, with graphene enhanced products already launched and stocked by leading retail stores, and our commercial momentum continuing to build.
“AGM is proud to be a UK leader at the forefront of graphene application technology globally. With our heritage firmly in the North East of England we are steadily increasing our footprint to support our ambition of being a leader in the global graphene application community. I would like to thank our extraordinarily talented workforce for their commitment over the years. The North East is a remarkable area of the UK skills base, and I am proud of my colleagues who continue to contribute to the exciting opportunities in front of us. In the current challenges with coronavirus, I would especially like to thank our team for being prepared to work flexibly towards our goal of maintaining momentum on our long-range
projects. This is not an easy time for anyone, and I’m pleased with the professional and safe manner in which we continue to operate
“We look forward to many more decades of progress as we continue to exploit graphene’s outstanding potential.”

For further information please contact AGM on:
Tel: + 44(0)1642 438214
Email: info@appliedgraphenematerials.com

Applied Graphene Materials signs distribution agreement with Dichem Polymers SA, Greece

Applied Graphene Materials signs distribution agreement with Dichem Polymers SA, Greece

Agreement provides AGM with a strong route into the Greek coatings and polymers markets.
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) is pleased to announce it has signed a distribution agreement with Dichem Polymers SA (Headquarters Acharnes, Greece). The agreement helps to extend AGM’s commercial reach directly into the coatings and polymers sectors across Greece.
Founded in 1977, Dichem Group, has a strong history of delivering high performance chemicals to a wide range of markets including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food industry, polymers and coatings. The company’s focus on supporting customers technically allows them the opportunity to actively participate in R&D programmes to establish new technologies in their selected sector.
AGM and Dichem have an exclusive agreement that will see the two companies collaborate on customer opportunities and introduce AGM’s proprietary Genable® graphene dispersions technology into the Greek coatings and polymers market.
In addition to its own commercial hubs in the U.K. and the United States, AGM now has distribution agreements with local expert chemicals and coatings distributors in Greece, Italy, South Africa and Japan.

Adrian Potts, AGM CEO commented:
“I am really pleased to be able to continue the development of our platform for revenue generation with the addition of Dichem Polymers SA to the commercial team. Having done the hard work of developing graphene dispersions as the primary route to utilisation of nanoplatelet technology, we are pleased to be able to offer our standardised product offering to the global market through a strong distribution network across a growing number of countries. We are keen to see the development of revenue through this approach from the sale of both our easy-to-use Genable® dispersions as well as customised product offerings to suit individual customer project requirements.”

Demetrios Gkikas. Dichem Polymers CEO commented:
“We are very pleased to have started a collaboration with AGM, a highly innovative organisation, with a technology that we expect to have significant growth in the Coatings Industry in the coming years. We believe that our long-standing relationships with local customers on one hand, and the high level of expertise of AGM on the other, will provide a clear benefit for those seeking a high-quality solution in certain sections of the Paint Industry. From our side we will do all we can to ensure this collaboration is very successful”.

About Dichem Polymers SA
Dichem Polymers is active in the stocking and distribution of chemical raw materials for the construction, paint, insulation, packaging and signage industry. The company has been operating for 20 years in the Greek market where it also represents some of the largest international brands, constantly broadening its product, customer and supplier portfolio. Dichem Polymers’ highly trained and skilled technical staff provide technical support at all levels (research, development and production of the final product).

Applied Graphene Materials. Tomorrow’s Materials. Today… Do you want to be part of it?

Applied Graphene Materials. Tomorrow’s material. Today … do you want to be part of it?


Exciting new materials technologies take time to pull through to real industrial applications, however Applied Graphene Materials’ (AGM) customers are leading the way in the early commercial exploitation of Graphene into the Coatings and Composites industries. Detailed research, thorough materials characterisation and the development of robust production techniques have placed AGM’s products at the forefront of change and we are now looking for partners – globally – to help further accelerate and expand Graphene uptake. If you are a potential customer or an agent/distributor in the Coatings and Composites industries we want to hear from you.
Visit our website to view the video showcasing our customers products.  Alternatively you can view the video in the news section of our website.


Please contact AGM via info@appliedgraphenematerials.com for more information.

Are You a Business Who Wants to Invest in the Future of Your Workforce?

Are you a business who wants to invest in the future of your workforce?

Degree apprenticeships are the best kept secret in universities, with opportunities being missed because of a lack of awareness amongst prospective students and employers.

A degree apprenticeship offers a learner the opportunity to study for a bachelors or masters level degree whilst working full time, earning a salary and gaining on-the-job training.  Allowing businesses to recruit talented staff, embed that talent into the business and/or upskill existing staff.  Our Lab Scientist Degree Apprenticeship provides a great way for you to unearth exciting new talent supported by an institution that recognises the importance of industry collaboration.

At the University of Salford, we work closely with businesses to enable new and meaningful discussions around talent recruitment and progression. Working with industry partners to develop high-quality programmes that meet specific skills needs.

Delivered via a blended model of day release and block delivery, degree apprenticeships provide a new route for developing and retaining the future chemical scientist workforce.  As our students build on their knowledge, skills and understanding they become engaged, productive and invested in the relationships they build with industry. This greatly contributes to a student’s chances of future success and supports you in building the right team to meet your business objectives.

The University of Salford is delighted to be attending Surfex 2020 as part of the Cutting-Edge Stand.  If you would like to find out more about our degree apprenticeships and available funding, please come and visit us on Stand 646.

For more information you can email us at apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk. We will also be showcasing some of our latest innovative developments and we welcome discussion with businesses from across the sector.

Find out more


Are You Sure Your SDS and Labels are Compliant?


According to the ECHA’s REF-6 PROJECT REPORT (ECHA, 2019), the 44 % of hazardous mixtures are not compliant with classification and labelling obligations. Last December were released the results of the sixth EU-wide Enforcement Forum project, which checked 3 391 mixtures of different chemical sectors and inspected 1 620 companies (manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors) in 29 countries.

The findings were worrying as 43 % of all reported companies were found to have at least one non-compliance and 44 % of reported mixtures were non-compliant in some way. Among these non-compliances, the following can be highlighted:

17% of the mixtures checked were using an incorrect classification.

33% of the mixtures notified were incorrectly labelled, preventing correct advice on safe use of the product

9% of all harmonised substances in the inspection did not contain the required harmonised classification and labelling.

33% of the SDS did not comply with the requirements checked.

What about your SDS and labels? Are you sure you are compliant?

To keep up with regulation changes is a hard work, that is why SIAM has developed the perfect tool to prevent incorrect information being disseminated in safety data sheets and labels under CLP and GHS regulation. We do the hard work for you and manufacturers, importers and distributors using CHEMETER and SDSAREA can be sure to have the right classification for mixtures and therefore compliant labels.

SIAM provides a highly versatile software platform for preparing multilingual SDS and chemical products labelling. Our programs, CHEMETER and SDSAREA, can offer much time-saved, with features suited to the current and evolving safety regulations in over 60 countries.

The software is built up in a modular fashion to suit your exact needs at a given time.

  • Chemical data management: a solid substance database is available and constantly under review.
  • SDS authoring software CHEMETER: it generates compliant and multilingual SDS for more than 60 countries.
  • Label editor: an innovative tool for designing CLP and GHS labels.
  • SDS efficient management and distribution: SDSAREA takes care of sending SDS to your customers notifying them in compliance with REACH regulation.
  • Updated software: new features are constantly developed, and legislative updates implemented.
  • Integration with your system and possibility of automation of the issuing and sending of updated SDS process.
  • Further documents: extended SDS (e-SDS), dangerous goods documents and sector specific paperwork.

For further details please see www.siam-it.com/en/ or contact us: sales@saim-it.com

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BASF 2,4,7,9-Tetramethyl-5-decindiol aka TMDD – A versatile diol for water-borne formulations

TMDD is an acetylenic diol that performs as a speciality wetting agent and defoamer in a broad range of water-based coatings, inks and adhesives applications.


TMDD can enhance the dynamic wetting performance of coatings on numerous substrates improving their appearance by minimizing surface defects.  TMDD is also used in applications like water-borne coatings and inks to improve pigment dispersing and spray performance as well as de-foaming.

BASF TMDD is also available dissolved in ethylene, propylene and butyl glycol for easier handling. Visit our website to learn more or contact Chris Morgan 
Head of Sales Coatings, Plastics and Inks BTC UK, Christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

BASF Performance & Formulation Additives webinar program June 2020

Journey through the world of BASF’s Performance and Formulation Additives! Innovative additives are at the heart of optimised paints, coatings, adhesives and inks formulations. BASF is a premiere provider of additives with a comprehensive range of respected brands and a broad technology base of Dispersing Agents, Defoamers, Rheology ModifiersWetting Agents and Surface Modifiers, Film-forming Agents, Light Stabilizers, Antioxidants and Optical Brighteners. The portfolio helps to enable performance-driven products, which meet the latest and most stringent environmental regulations.

During our time in lockdown the BASF Performance & Additives team have planned a series of live webinar sessions to stay connected to stakeholders in the industry. The June program is now open for registration. Sessions include an introduction to additives to enhance adhesion promotion; a discussion on the complete proposition for interior PVC coatings, and a talk on chemistries to optimise composite matrices. BASF will also introduce the best alternatives to the Tinuvin® 328 for coatings since the approval date for this stabiliser will expire at the end of 2023.

BTC Europe is BASF’s sales organization for small and medium sized customers and would like to invite you to make the best of staying at home and join us for as many of the webinars as you like. Please take a look at the below previews and simply click on the links to register for your chosen sessions:


Formulation Additives for Improved Adhesion

Speaker: Dr Bernd Hoevel, Technical Sales – Additives


3rd June at 10:00


4th June at 10:00




Exploring the best alternatives to Tinuvin® 328

Speaker: Andre Kastler, Head of Technical Sales – Performance Additives


9th June at 10:00


10th June at 10:00




Additives for Interior Paints – the complete set for high PVC interior paints formulations

Speaker: Stefan Lehner, Technical Sales – Additives


17th June at 10:00


18th June at 10:00




Formulation Additives for Composites – optimizing your matrix properties

Speaker: Anne Curinier, Technical Sales – Additives


24th June at 10:00


25th June at 10:00



BASF look forward to welcoming you on-line. To find out more about the full range of additives you can visit the BASF on-line Solution Finder. Surfex colleagues and contacts are also invited to register to receive the regular BTC Expertise Newsletters and stay up-to-date on the latest industry-focused topics and events.


For further information on the BTC Europe range for coatings, inks and adhesives please contact Debbie Coombs, Account Manager email: debbie.coombs@btc-europe.com mobile: 07785 527 296.

BASF primer formulations become sprayable

The Acronal® acrylic and styrene-acrylic dispersions are now being formulated into modern water-based sprayable primer formulations that meet the criteria for ease of use and environmental considerations.

Primers can be designed for use on a variety of dense and/or absorbent substrates such as metals, ceramics, wood and gypsum or cement based surfaces and others such as pvc. A sprayable format reaches difficult to reach and irregular areas and the Acronal® functionality provides adhesion promotion, moisture/vapour barrier, stain blocking, resistance when priming for various layers e.g. adhesives, coatings, adhesives and levelling compounds.

Tap into environmentally sound, ready-to-use technology with low VOC, no solvent content, no use of ammonia, APEO and formaldehyde that yield odour-free formulations for fast application and easy handling. Speak to your BTC account manager to view selected guide formulations or register for the BASF Lab Assistant and discover the full range of dispersions and additives for architectural coatings and construction applications.

Contact Chris Morgan, Chris Morgan Head of Sales Coatings, Plastics and Inks BTC UKchristopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

BASF Speciality Monomers for UV Coatings & Inks

The UV curable market has grown considerably in the last few years, outpacing conventional curing methods based on the ongoing demand for environmentally friendly and emission free products. Acrylic or methacrylic speciality monomers can be used as reactive diluents and as building blocks for polymerization in a number of conventional, speciality and UV coatings, inks and adhesives systems. BASF offers a versatile range of chemistries with unique functions and properties for diverse applications. Pioneering manufacturing processes such as enzymatic catalysis yield molecules that cannot be achieved via conventional methods. The monomers are low colour, low viscosity, high purity building blocks used to modify polymer properties, influence processing conditions and achieve new or superior performance parameters.

Selection of the right monomers can assist  with excellent scratch and chemical resistance in automotive and industrial coatings. In architectural paints and coatings speciality monomers can support the manufacture of high solids formulations as well as improving wet adhesion of dispersions on multiple substrates and enhancing weathering properties. Monomers allow the hydrophilic modification of adhesive formulations and provide excellent cross-linking to increase mechanical properties and improve chemical resistance in the adhesive layer.

Using speciality acrylates can also support the ever-present need for lower energy consumption and emissions by contributing to lower processing temperatures, faster hardening and reduced processing time. All of these benefits add up to a unique, hard-working collection of tools for formulators.

BTC Europe is BASF’s European sales organization for small and medium-sized customers focused on specialty chemicals. Our chemical portfolio for the coatings, adhesives and printing inks industries covers not only acrylates but also inorganics and intermediates as well as polar solvents and plasticisers.
For further information please contact Chris Morgan – Head of Sales Coatings Inks & Adhesives at BTC UK:
email: Christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com
tel: +44 (0)77831684933

BASF’s Lab Assistant for Architectural Coatings – NEW features available! FREE Webinar introductory session in November!

BASF’s Lab Assistant is a digital formulation tool for Architectural Coatings formulators, available on-line to BASF and BTC customers. With it you can explore the full portfolio of dispersions and additives offered by BASF, allowing you access to all the information you need to quickly optimize your formulations for interior and exterior architectural and decorative coatings. It provides access to a huge database of high-performance ingredients, allowing immediate access to Technical and Safety Data Sheets, and providing the means for you to make fast product comparisons according to your precise needs. Versatile functionality allows you to search by product, chemistry or by performance benefit to find the right product for you. You can also look for specific product suggestions and guidance as well as formulation recommendations, cutting out time-consuming guess work and complexity. The service is FREE to use and by registering you can access advanced functionality such as eco-label status and info on the latest solutions and new releases.

To start using the tool right away you can view the handy tutorial provided BASF Dispersions & Resins or simply launch the assistant and explore! For a more in-depth look at the features and functionality, BASF will be running 2 webinars to introduce the Lab Assistant on 25th November at 1015 (UK) and 26th November at 1300 (UK.) Please register for these sessions to find out more about how Lab Assistant can support you in your daily work.

For further information please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales Coatings, Plastics and Inks BTC UK, Christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

BCF Awards 2019 Record-Breaking Entries

BCF Awards 2019 record-breaking entries

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) has had a record number of entries for their annual awards ceremony and has now revealed the finalists. This will be the tenth BCF Awards ceremony, celebrating success in coatings, wallcoverings and printing inks industries and showcasing the achievements of BCF member companies and individuals.

BCF Chief Executive, Tom Bowtell commented “I would like to thank this year’s entrants and send congratulations to everyone shortlisted. The awards sold out last year and, as our tenth, this year will be bigger and more competitive than ever with three new categories. I look forward to announcing the winners in November.”

The winners of BCF Awards will be announced on Thursday 28th November at the Radisson Blu, East Midlands Airport. More information on the finalists and details on the event can be found at www.coatings.org.uk/bcfawards. Congratulations and good luck to the finalists.


*New* Diversity and Inclusion Award (sponsored by BASF)

  • AkzoNobel
  • Inktech
  • PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)
  • U-POL

*New* Marketing Campaign of the Year Award (sponsored by PCE International)

  • Crown Paints
  • Dulux Trade (AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK&I)
  • Dulux Trade (AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK&I)
  • PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)
  • PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)
  • U-POL
  • Valspar

*New* Apprentice of the Year Award (sponsored by Stort Chemicals)

  • Brannon Lee (Dacrylate)
  • Shannon Williams (HMG Paints)
  • Nichole Tessier (James Briggs)
  • Marcus Cheung (INX)
  • Samuel Lee (INX)

Young Leader of the Year Award (sponsored by Fenton Packaging)

  • Sofia Houmou (AkzoNobel)
  • Stephen “Paddy” Dyson (HMG Paints)
  • Beth Hall (Dacrylate)
  • Dayne Fletcher (INKTECH)

Excellence in Training Award (sponsored by PRA)

  • AkzoNobel
  • PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)

Customer Service Award (sponsored by Silberline)

  • AkzoNobel
  • Dacrylate
  • Inktech

Sustainable Innovation Award (sponsored by Tradebe)

  • WasteCare
  • Inktech
  • Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings
  • Dulux Trade (AkzoNobel Decorative Paint UK&I)
  • Crown Paints
  • PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

  • Dulux Trade (AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK&I)
  • AkzoNobel
  • HMG Paints
  • PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)

Coatings Care Awards Overall Best Performer (sponsored by ICB Group)

  • AkzoNobel, Ashington
  • AkzoNobel Packaging, Birmingham
  • Crown Paints, Hull
  • Crown Paints, Darwen
  • Pulse Printing Products, Wick
  • Teal & Mackrill, Hull

Coatings Care Awards Most Improved

  • Becker Industrial, Speke
  • NP Automotive (Europe), Swindon
  • PPG Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland, Morley
  • Rustins, London
  • Whitford, Runcorn

Student of the Year Award (sponsored by Synthomer)

  • Linda Ferrante (Fujichem Sonneborn)
  • Mark Mills (Whitford)
  • Jamie Parsonage (Whitford)

BCF blog: How is the coatings industry fairing after Covid-19?

BCF blog: How is the coatings industry fairing after Covid-19?

By Tom Bowtell, CEO

Coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings are critical to UK manufacturing and construction, and sales are generally impacted by GDP movements, so you can imagine it’s been a bumpy ride over the past few months. 

Starting more broadly with UK manufacturing, Make UK’s latest numbers report 77% of manufacturers having used the furlough scheme, with over 50% planning redundancies in the next 6 months.  41% of MakeUK members think the recovery will take more than 12 months, a view echoed by BCF members. 

Looking closer to home, there have definitely been winners and losers in our sector : the growth in DIY with so many furloughed staff means that retail paint and woodcare have done well since May, when most outlets had reopened.  Printing inks for food packaging were also in greater demand, with everyone buying more food at home through lockdown.   

Sales of industrial coatings dropped by 35% in April, 37% in May but improved in June, albeit a further 6% below June 2019.  Professional decorators and construction coatings have also been badly hit; 50% down in April, 20% in May but June’s numbers were the same as 2019, which is encouraging.  Printing inks for newspapers have seen a 70% drop in output; this crisis has brought forward the switch to digital by several years. Wallcoverings sales were down 8% in Q2 2020, but flat year to date after a strong first quarter. 

When you add everything up, UK paints and coatings sales were up over 45% in June, and now 4% up year to date. This is all driven by retail and woodcare growth, with industrial coatings still struggling.  One has to say this is a huge improvement on April and May, and much better than we were expecting when forecasting at the peak of Covid-19 back in April.  However, I doubt such high levels will be sustained as more people return to work. 

Looking to the future, the results from our confidence survey were released in mid-July.  36 companies took part, most were small companies. Half were industrial players, 9 were decorative and 8 were printing ink companies.  Overall, confidence has plummeted.  The index is down to 37 from an average of 71.  Even when companies were worrying about a no deal Brexit, the lowest point was 58. 

Members were asked about their forecasts for the second half of the year, and the results are very much dependent on which sector you are in.  66% of decorative coatings companies expect growth, whereas 95% of industrial companies predict lower sales.  Smaller companies appear to be hardest hit, with 76% of smaller companies expecting sales to drop versus 58% of medium sized companies. 

Most BCF members think it will take at least 18 months or a year beyond that to get back to where the sector was pre-Covid-19. 6% of respondents don’t think the sector will ever get back to where it was.  The BCF’s view is that it will be a long, slow recovery.  One positive thing from our survey are the employment forecasts – 47% of companies said there would be no change in headcount and 33% of companies felt that the decrease in staff numbers would be small. 

  Forecasts on the global impact of Covid-19 on the coatings industry across the world show a forecast 2.3% volume drop in 2020.  Latin America and North America will be hardest hit.  Asia got into the crisis first and out of it quickest and will be the least affected.  In Europe there is a 2.3% decline; but the company by company impact really depends on which sector you major in.   

The outlook for the future will depend on GDP growth, and with unemployment numbers expected to rocket up after October, we have a tough period ahead of us.  However, when the economy recovers, the coatings and inks sector will also rebound.   

Other Articles

BCF blog: Creating a network of coatings industry ambassadors BCF blog: Creating a network of coatings industry ambassadors I recently joined the BCF as the new Senior Marketing Executive. There’s been a huge amount to learn about the coatings, printing inks and wallcovering industries, and I’m excited for all the opportunities ahead. Published On: 22nd July 2020 Last Modified On: 27th July 2020
BCF press release - Prime Minister told of the coatings and printing inks industry’s concerns on post-Brexit trade BCF press release – Prime Minister told of the coatings and printing inks industry’s concerns on post-Brexit trade Published On: 17th July 2020 Last Modified On: 17th July 2020
BCF press release - Confidence in coatings and printing inks sector at all time low BCF press release – Confidence in coatings and printing inks sector at all time low Published On: 14th July 2020 Last Modified On: 22nd July 2020

BCF Webinar Transcript

The coatings industry is a critical part of UK manufacturing; almost £300 billion GDP depends on BCF members’ products. 300,000 people are working with BCF members’ products across the UK supply chain. 721 million litres of paint is sold annually; more than half of that is decorative paints.

BCF membership is a mix of UK SMEs and multinational companies.  There are over 30 BCF members that manufacture printing inks, and 8 wall covering manufacturers. Associate members include raw materials suppliers, through to equipment suppliers, packaging manufacturers and companies supplying testing services.  Membership has doubled since 2010.

23rd March was the start of lockdown, a huge shock to everybody to work out how to respond.  The first week after lockdown was announced, confusion reigned.  The Government’s message was very clear – stay at home and save lives.  Many sectors were told to close by the government – this did not include chemicals, coatings, or ink manufacturers.  But the Government message was unclear; what the Government probably should have said was “stay at home, unless you can’t work from home, and your workplace is still open, in which case, go to work”.   It took some time to get this message across, and the BCF spent quite a lot of time getting clarification on this, so that the industry could confidently stay open.  A key worker letter was created, so that companies and their employees could provide evidence to the police if they were stopped, to show that they were going to work, and that employees were making an essential journey.  The BCF also created a letter for member company decorating sectors; police were visiting decorating centres asking why they were still open, so the legality of that needed clarification as well.   The BCF was concerned that although manufacturing remained open, the sector may not stay open, particularly if the crisis deepened, and the BCF spent some time lobbying to ensure that manufacturers could stay open, and that was done by reminding government officials and the Secretary of State why coatings were essential; members were making essential products to support the critical infrastructure in the UK.   The BCF wrote to the secretary of State on 31st of March and compiled a 2-page fact sheet that outlined the essential nature of the coatings industry.  Why are coatings essential during a crisis like the one we are in?  There is a lot that our industry does that was very important during the crisis.  The BCF started the #essentialcoatings #essentialinks campaign on social media. Examples of what member companies were doing during the crisis included making and donating hand sanitizer to the police, local care homes and frontline workers; making fungicidal and anti-bacterial coatings to upgrade temporary accommodation used to house the homeless; powder and liquid coatings for hospital beds, ventilators, and oxygen bottles; decorative anti-bacterial paints in the Nightingale hospitals, electrically conductive coatings to create touchless interfaces for offices, paints for housing, social care, education and healthcare, and sourcing and donating additional PPE for hospitals and care homes.  Liquid printing inks were critical to meet the demand for additional inks for food packaging.  Some members event converted manufacture to produce 3D printed face shields or coatings for the cough and sneeze screens that are now prevalent around the country.  Companies are also developing and researching antiviral coatings; the BCF is really excited about the possibility of these coatings to help reduce the spread of the virus, and perhaps in future outbreaks.

One of the challenges for making printing inks for food packaging, is that ethanol that is used in solvent-based flexo inks, which are used on 50% of food packaging, and ethanol is also used to make hand sanitizer, which is critical for the NHS.  So while not suggesting that ethanol should be diverted from hospitals, the BCF wanted to make government aware that some supply was needed for printing inks.

An alliance across the printing industry supply chain was established who put together a press release, and wrote to the Business Minister Minister Zahawi, and there was a reply within four days.  The BCF’s concerns were passed on to DEFRA, who are the responsible department for the food industry, and subsequently also lobbied George Eustice, the minister in DEFRA, and outlined why it was important to keep the food packaging supply chain open.  The good news was that through the crisis, there was some relief in ethanol supply, but prices were 3-4 more times higher than normal.  BCF asked for a slow down in non-essential regulations, and on the 24th of March the BCF wrote to the Health and Safety Executive to ask for a regulatory pause and some relief, particularly in biocides labelling, because there was still significant work to be done particularly on the labelling of paint products containing MIT in the marketplace.  The HSE did give reassurance that they would take a pragmatic approach through the crisis.

Many millions of people were stuck at home in lockdown with nothing to do; 8 or 9 million people were furloughed, which led to a huge surge in interest in home decorating. Because B&Q and most of the large DIY stores were closed for most of April, value retailers like B&M were open in April but were selling out of paint, and so people were trying to buy paint online and the paint industry is not really set up for online sales.  Only 5% of paint transactions are typically online, there are no Amazon-scale fulfillment facilities in the paint sector, so there were significant challenges for the industry to satisfy the challenge of the demand for product from the public in this period.  Google searches for paint had a huge 5-fold surge in April.  There was a huge increase in Google searches for paint in France, Germany, Spain and the UK; a 5-fold increase in the UK in April.  The BCF website had a 70% spike in visits during March and April; mainly because there was a page to help the public find out where they could buy paint online.  The BCF also promoted using up the leftover paint that people have at home, through the Paintcare scheme.

Supporting members was a critical part of BCF’s role.  To do that the BCF had to really understand what members’ concerns were.  There were weekly emergency calls with BCF directors – there are 25 directors from member companies.  For the first 8 weeks there were weekly calls, these are now bi-weekly.  The most useful part of the calls was companies sharing their experiences – current operational status, supply chain challenges, best practice, and social distancing in manufacturing.

One of the critical things that was identified early on was the need for the furlough scheme to be flexible – now available for part time furlough, and rotational furlough was well received and the BCF pushed for this.  The BCF created a coronavirus information hub on the website from 8 April, to share information with members on the tools and support mechanisms in place.

Exploring how antiviral coatings can help in the fight against Covid-19 is exciting.  With the RSC through their Surface Coatings Industry Group, a webinar was organized on 16 April which Tom Bowtell co-chaired with Stuart Clarke from Cambridge University.  150 people from different sectors came together to discuss the state of play of antiviral coatings; looking at some of the challenges and connecting people to move things forward.  Addenbrookes hospital talked about where antiviral coatings would be useful in the healthcare sector, and other areas of interest were discussed, including ppe, door knobs, lift buttons, Care homes, public transport, publications and packaging, textiles, clothing and transport; all these use coatings.  To put these kinds of products on the market, they have to be tested, and that’s one of the key challenges that BCF has helped with.

Antiviral coatings; you need the right kind of coating in the right area.  One of the key outcomes of the webinar is that Cambridge University have committed to a new efficacy test for Covid-19.  There are very few facilities in the world that can offer testing of this kind.  The BCF has worked with the HSE to establish a fast track regulatory approval process for any products that have got through that testing process.  The BCF will also monitor any non-approved antiviral coatings on the market and refer them to HSE.

Impact on coatings and printing industry sector.

Make UK latest numbers (3 July) show that the impact of covid19 on manufacturing has been significant.  Over a quarter of firms have furloughed between 25 and 50% of their staff.  More than 40% plan to make redundancies in the next 6 months.  Over 40% have seen orders fall between 25 and 50%.  44% plan to continue with apprenticeship training.

Impact on coatings

There are definitely winners and losers: the growth in DIY means that the retail paint and woodstains sectors have done well.  Printing inks for food packaging were in greater demand because people were eating in more and buying food from supermarkets.   Sales in industrial coatings have dropped by 35% in April and 37% in May.  Professional decorators and construction coatings have been badly hit; 50% down in April, 20% in May.

Printing inks for newspapers have seen a 70% drop in output; this crisis has brought forward the switch to digital by several years.

In the retail paint market, sales are at a height that they have not been at for over three years, with a 28% increase in May.  On the other hand, trade decorative paint has dropped considerably.  Woodcare sales have grown, and there has been a significant drop in industrial coatings.  So year to date, paint sales are 2.2% down.  The impact of the crisis really does depend on which sector you are in.  BCF conducted a quarterly confidence survey.  36 companies took part, most were small companies; half were industrial players, 9 were decorating, and 8 were printing ink companies.  Overall, confidence has plummeted.  The index is down to 37 from an average of 71.  Even when companies were worrying about a no deal Brexit, the lowest point was 58.

Members were asked about their forecasts for the second half of the year, and the results are very much dependent on which sector you are in; in decorative coatings, 67% of those companies expect growth, whereas 95% of industrial companies predict lower sales.  Smaller companies appear to be hardest hit with 76% of smaller companies expecting sales to drop and 42% of medium sized companies expecting lower sales.

Most people think it will take at least 18 months or a year beyond that to get back to where the sector was pre-covid. 6% of people don’t think the sector will ever get back to where it was.  The BCF’s view is that it will be a long, slow recovery.  Positive things from this survey are the comments on employment – 47% of companies said there would be no change in headcount and 20% of companies felt that the decrease in staff numbers would be small.

Forecasts on the global impact of Covd-19 on coatings industry across the world show a 2.3% drop in coatings sales.  Latin America and North America will be hardest hit.  Asia got into the crisis first and out of it quickest and will be least affected.  In Europe there is a 2.3% decline; the impact really does depend on which sector you are in.

Just to summarise; the coating and printing inks sectors are essential to the UK, both to the economy and society.  Most BCF members did manage to stay open through the crisis but with significantly reduced volumes.  There were very few Covd-19 cases across membership, possibly due to the very responsible working practices of the members.  The government spent a lot of money supporting industry, the furlough scheme was widely used, and the flexible furlough scheme was much appreciated.  The BCF hope that antiviral coatings will play a part in future outbreaks.

The outlook for the future will be linked to GDP growth; when the economy is back on the road, the coatings and inks sector will also rebound.  This is a resilient sector.

Tom Bowtell, Chief Executive, British Coatings Federation, webinar delivered for Surfex, 9 July 2020

BCF’s essential coatings and inks campaign

BCF’s essential coatings and inks campaign

BCF’s essential coatings and inks campaign highlights industry involvement in fight against coronavirus

British Coatings Federation (BCF) has launched a new #essentialcoatings and #essentialinks campaign to highlight the critical role the coatings and printing inks sectors play in the UK economy and, in particular, as part of the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

At any given time, coatings have a vital role to play in a modern economy, however, above and beyond this, over the past few months the sector has played an increasing role in the nation’s response to coronavirus. BCF members have been playing their part supplying key coatings and inks used in products and components for items such as ventilators, hospital beds and trollies, sneeze guards for checkout counters, oxygen cylinders, hospital isolation units, and also in meeting the increased demand for food and pharmaceutical packaging.

In addition, BCF members have also demonstrated a strong communitarian role. They have been using their facilities to switch production to now much-needed products for the NHS and local communities, like hand-sanitiser and PPE, as well as helping out in their local areas more generally.

The new #essentialcoatings and #essentialinks campaign serves to showcase the essential functions of coatings and inks in the fight against the coronavirus with a dedicated webpage featuring BCF member case studies along with a social media campaign to promote the efforts.  Visit  www.coatings.org.uk/essential for more information.

Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation said:

“The coatings industry is playing its part in the ongoing fight against coronavirus, supplying the vital goods and components others in critical frontline sectors need. I am proud of the way in which our members have contributed and our #essentialcoatings and #essentialinks campaign helps make clear to a wider audience what they have been doing.

“However, while we are all rightly focussed on the response to coronavirus at the present time, we also want to make sure that the industry’s wider, historical and ongoing contribution to our economy gets the recognition it deserves. So our campaign will continue, over the course of the year, to highlight the diverse and important ways in which coatings and inks help UK industry and consumers day in, day out. From the health sector to defence and from automotive to any number of home and office applications, coatings and inks are essential products.’

Blagden – Supplier’s Service Goes the Extra Mile

Blagden – supplier’s service goes the extra mile

The technical knowledge of the sales team at Blagden Specialty Chemicals in an important element in the company’s ethos of excellent service. This is particularly evident in the assistance the company is able to provide to customers seeking to develop or enhance their products.
“In addition to providing information about new products, we can also carry out our own investigations on customers’ formulations if they have a problem and don’t have the resources to test alternatives themselves,” explains regional sales manager, Helen McCormack. “Investigations on water-based products are carried out in our lab in Speke. It’s a demonstration of how we go the extra mile to help.”
Lab tests may also be undertaken by Blagden when the company has identified a new product source. By conducting its own tests on quality and performance, it is able to provide reliable insight to customers.
Lab investigations identify solutions to foaming issue The team recently worked to solve a problem a customer had been facing related to foaming in their coatings system. Neil Griffiths from BYK made suggestions of defoamers to analyse and Blagden undertook tests to look at the impact of adding one to the base formulation.
“Neil’s expertise identified a wider range of products to explore and, as a result of our tests and evaluations on our customer’s formulation, two possible solutions emerged,” said Helen. “Both have proved effective in our customer’s systems and the foaming problem has been solved.”

Find out more at Surfex 2020 on Stand 233 To find out more about Blagden’s products and services, please contact Michael Austin, Blagden Coatings Business Line Manager, on 01959 560804 or email maustin@blagden.co.uk. Alternatively, come and see us on stand 233.

Blagden Announces New Resin Range for Powder Coatings

Blagden announces new resin range for powder coatings

Blagden has a new range of polyester resins and functional additives for powder coatings following its partnership with Inopol.

Based in South Korea, Inopol was established in 2012 and is committed to environmentally friendly products and sustainable values. Powder coatings provide an alternative where companies are facing tighter regulations against VOC emissions from conventional solvent-based paints.

Excellent coating performance Alymers is a 100% solid polyester resin which helps to create a thick coating film and provides excellent coating performance with just one application. Leftover paints can be reused, reducing waste. It is an energy efficient material and, as it contains no solvents, is a good solution to avoid concerns about air pollution, odour, fire hazard and toxicity.

Products from the range can be used in the following systems: Hybrid, TGIC, HAA, Urethane, Superdurable, PT910 and Acrylic (Matting Agent and Clearcoat).

Properties can include weather resistance, high-gloss, non-toxic, chemical and corrosion resistant, good to excellent mechanical performance and conductivity.

Get in touch for more information To find out more, please contact Michael Austin, Blagden Coatings Business Line Manager, on 01959 560804 or email maustin@blagden.co.uk.

Blagden invests in CRM platform to reach new levels in customer service excellence

Blagden Specialty Chemicals Ltd has chosen Creatio as its new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform to streamline its service and further develop excellent customer relationships.


The new CRM system will underpin interactions with customers and potential customers to accelerate sales and service processes. The move is the next stage in Blagden’s implementation of digital systems enabling the company to respond quickly to the ever-increasing usage of e-commerce and on-line services.


Blagden Chief Executive and Managing Director, Graham Turton, said: “Strong relationships with our customers are the cornerstone of Blagden’s success. The ability to align sales, marketing and service while sharing information across all areas of the business enables us to stay at the very forefront of excellent customer service. Furthermore, by delivering greater insights into market trends and customer needs, we can ensure our business responds quickly and flexibly to changing demands. The CRM system provides the ideal vehicle to support this.”


Blagden is one of the best-known names in specialty chemicals distribution for the UK and Irish markets, providing a comprehensive product range across key market sectors, supported by technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of applications and benefits. Just as it offers personal dedicated service to its customers, it appreciates working with local suppliers who offer similar bespoke service. After extensive research, Blagden chose the Creatio package which will be integrated into its Sage X3 and SEI Intelligence system by CRM Specialists, Collier Pickard, based close to Blagden’s offices in Westerham, Kent.


“We are pleased to work with specialists Creatio and Collier Pickard in this area of business technology,” Graham added. “The size and flexibility offered by the Creatio package are ideal for our needs and create the opportunity for a more bespoke solution. Collier Pickard proved to be very in tune with our requirements and we look forward to working closely with them.”


Collier Pickard Account Director, Alan Joenn, commented “We are delighted to be working with the team at Blagden. Adopting new working practices and making the most of advanced technology for business requires a shift in emphasis and we will use our expertise and experience to help Blagden achieve rapid change, without disruption to the smooth operation of the business. Our goal is to help Blagden make it easier for people to do business with them.”

Blagden to Distribute BYK-Gardner Physical Testing Instruments

Blagden to distribute BYK-Gardner physical testing instruments

Blagden Specialty Chemicals has been appointed UK distribution partner for BYK-Gardner to supply objective measurement solutions guaranteeing reliable quality control for colour, appearance and testing of physical material properties.

“Blagden has been the distributor of the BYK-Chemie range of additives for more than 20 years,” said Ross Straughan, Blagden’s Commercial General Manager. “Now, with the BYK-Gardner range, we can offer complete and unique solutions for the coatings, printing inks and plastics industries, from performance to appearance to physical testing.”

BYK-Gardner products enable customers to set up standardised and efficient quality control management systems for their complete supply chain. The combination of innovative instrument technologies such as LED light sources or hightech camera detectors alongside manufacturing excellence make BYK-Gardner products not only outstanding but unique in their performance.

The BYK-Gardner range includes quality control instruments offering the following:
Appearance measurement: Uniform appearance is an important quality criterion of multi-component products made by various suppliers. BYK-Gardner offers objective measurement solutions to guarantee reliable quality control including portable gloss meters, orange peel and DOI meters, mottling meters and haze meters.
Colour measurement: Colour harmony influences the perception of product quality and therefore plays a key role in the purchasing decision. For objective colour control, solid colours are measured by single angle spectrophotometers whereas effect finishes require multi-angle spectrophotometers that simulate different viewing angles and lighting conditions.
Film application: BYK-Gardner offers a large selection of applicator bars, frames, and wire-wound rods to enable the evaluation of coatings and inks. To improve the consistency of a drawdown, various automatic film applicators are available.
Liquid paint and coatings testing: Instrumentation to test the physical properties of liquid coatings is available as well as a wide range of viscosity measurement devices, from flow cups to rotational viscometers.
Physical testing: To set-up standardised sample preparation methods and to control material properties from wet to dry stage.

To discuss your quality management and measurement needs or simply to request a new product brochure please contact: Simon Moss on 01959 560818 (email smoss@blagden.co.uk) or Philip Randall on 01959 560857 (email: prandall@blagden.co.uk).

Revolution in portable colour control: Byk-Gardner’s spectro2guide

Brenntag Coatings & Constructions: Stand 225 at Surfex


Brenntag UK & Ireland will once again be exhibiting at the complete surface coatings event, Surfex 2020.  Visit us on Stand 308 for an exchange of knowledge, experience and expertise, with focus on know-how, science, techniques and application of technology.

Whether you are in the market for decorative or industrial paints, sealants, inks or powder coatings, adhesives, mortars or PU elastomers, our Brenntag Coatings & Construction team has worked hard to build a comprehensive range of both industrial and specialty products from market leading suppliers.

From providing advice on improving formulations, helping to keep abreast of the key market developments and regulations such as REACH, to devising innovative supply-chain solutions for the industrial coatings applications, our experienced teams offer products and services which put you a step ahead of the competition. We also use our laboratory in Halifax, Yorkshire to make up starting formulations using the raw materials supplied by our partners to tailor make a product suitable to resolve any issues you have or show you the performance of the innovative products from our partners.

Learn more about our portfolio >>

Featuring our TechFocus Presentation:

“The Age of Aquareous –
Taking waterborne epoxies all the way”

LINDA COPPIN, HEXION B.V. 14:20- 14:40, 2nd June 2020

The market for waterborne epoxy coatings is experiencing a unique “green wave” of change that started in China but is being felt around the world. The main driver for the enormous growth of waterborne coatings technologies is undoubtedly VOC reduction, and current epoxy binders allow formulated paints to meet the most stringent VOC legislation. Yet, many of today’s offerings still use considerable amounts of co-solvent. While conventional, co-solvent based waterborne epoxy technologies are becoming standard practice around the world, the next level of innovation will have to take the waterborne concept to its true meaning by completely removing co-solvents from binders and formulations.

Linda Coppin of Hexion B.V. will present a new co-solvent free waterborne epoxy system, EPI-REZTM 7723-W-53, that fulfils the highest requirements in metal and concrete protection, and discuss new challenges faced by developers and formulators in their quest for ultra-low VOC waterborne paints.

For more information or to schedule a meeting please contact our team on:
UK: +44 (0)113 3879 200
Ireland: +353 (0)1 401 3500

Brenntag Colours and Coatings & Construction teams stepping up to support our UK and Ireland Customers

Chem Research {1} has confirmed that the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the sales revenues of leading coatings producers during 2020. In the UK and Ireland many smaller customers scaled back the production of finished products and paused development projects due to the furloughing of R&D staff and the cessation of new product launches into key industrial markets.

However, as companies start to ramp up production output to meet strengthening demand, Brenntag UK & Ireland are ready to support the customer-base with any sourcing or formulation enquiries that customers might have in order to accelerate the introduction of new products and regain sales.

Brenntag has an extensive portfolio of products for the Coatings and Construction sectors including resins, additives, functional fillers, solvents and coloured pigments and we are always happy to assist customers improve performance using our Coatings and Construction laboratories located in the UK and continental Europe.

Our technologists are able to engage with customers and offer technical and regulatory guidance around meeting the compliance, performance and aesthetic requirements of particular coatings.

Moreover, at our Brenntag Colours laboratory located in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK, we are able to undertake specific customer briefs to optimise finished product performance whilst being sensitive to finished product cost considerations.

Finally, our expert Business Development Managers and extensive sales teams are always happy to answer any regulatory or commercial concerns that customers may have about Brexit and the up-coming end of the transition period – on the 31st December 2020.


Photo Caption :  A new product development project being undertaken by Tim Lee at the UK Halifax laboratory to meet a customer specified paint colour and performance requirement (Q2 2020)


Our Coatings and Construction team will be delighted to answer any technical, regulatory or commercial questions that you might have and discuss any potential project briefs in more detail. Please contact the team at coatings@brenntag.co.uk .


{1) Chem Research : “The TOP 11 Global Paint and Coating Producers, Q2 and Half-Year-2020 Sales Analysis, A Benchmarking Study.”

Brenntag Colours, Pigments & Dyes for All Applications

Situated in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Brenntag Colours is a global supplier of speciality pigments and performance products for the variety of applications worldwide.

Established over 60 years ago, Brenntag Colours have built a reputation of a renowned supplier of organic synthetic pigments, solvent dyes, and colourants for many industry applications such as coatings, plastics, polymers, rubber, homecare, and many more. Some of the most popular ranges are:






The Brenntag Colours product portfolio offers a real added value solutions to the established colour industries, ensuring the highest quality and compliance standards. Richard Heeley, Business Manager for Brenntag Colours, says:

“We are a Technical resource centre and global supplier of synthetic pigments and dyes. We have a wealth of experience within the colour industry: we have teams of technicians, regulatory experts, colour specialists, and work to develop new solutions to further enhance our product ranges. We also work with customers to develop bespoke products compatible with and most efficient for their systems. The effect of colour on formulation cannot be underestimated: the visual impact of the product is highly emotive, so the functionality, stability, quality and performance of colourants are crucial for the end product. “ 


Brenntag Colour laboratories extensively test for consistency in production,  whilst the logistics facilities and dedicated customer support ensures the highest standard of products supplied.


Thanks to the wide reach of the Brenntag Group distribution and global sourcing network, Brenntag Colours products are available through the operating facilities worldwide. For more enquiries please contact Richard Heeley on Richard.Heeley@brenntag-colours.com

Brenntag UK & Ireland offers an extensive range of speciality chemicals for applications such as decorative and industrial paints, adhesives, composites and resin and powder coatings.

Brenntag UK & Ireland offers an extensive range of speciality chemicals for applications such as decorative and industrial paints, adhesives, composites and resin and powder coatings.

Our in house team of technical experts and their years of experience in the industry are able to provide full technical support to our customers  and have the backing of world-class manufacturers for coatings materials and construction chemicals, including Hexion, Dow,SI Group, Rhein Chemie, Zeochem, Delamine, Lapinus, Nynas, Specialty Minerals, Saint-Gobain and Brenntag Colours.

The unique Brenntag structure of full line chemical supply including surfactants and solvents suitable for the industry, blending and dilution facilities capable of making bespoke grades to meet your specification and market focused Business development managers working in unison with our local depot network, Brenntag is the ideal company to supply the total Coatings & Constructions chemical needs of your business. With our unique structure of market focused Business Development Managers, working in unison with our local distribution sites, we are sure that Brenntag is the ideal company to supply the total Coatings & Construction chemical needs of your business.

Working with world class supplies, like Dow, allows us to offer a full range of innovative resins for water based and solvated applications, dispersing agents and all rheology modifiers. We would particularly like to highlight the unique water based resins;

MAINCOTE™ AF-400 is designed for 1K water-borne floor paints with very good film performance for light duty flooring. It provides good and quick adhesion on concrete, fast drying time, and excellent hot tire pick up resistance. MAINCOTE™ AF-400 has great formulation versatility from matt to high gloss paint, clear or pigmented.

The advantages of the product include;

  • Fast drying time and fast Koenig Hardness development
  • Improved chemical resistance compared to commercial paints
  • Early, high tire pick up resistance for DIY garage floor coatings
  • Excellent, quick adhesion to concrete

DOW Formashield™ technology offers binders such as Primal™ SF-208 ER for interior paints capable of abating formaldehyde levels without emitting any hazardous component. Product formulated with the resin are  low VOC paints with good film performance Primal™ SF-208 ER is for high quality coatings that purify the air we breathe ideal for children’s bedroom or living rooms.

Along with these resins Dow’s extensive range of Rheology modifiers help improve the feel, appearance, flow and levelling of your paint. In the Acrysol range Dow have developed a unique acid suppression technology which means the products have very low viscosity so are easily added to the paint production process, less waste left in the drum and activated by pH.

Working closely with Hexion we can offer a full range of epoxy products, curing agents and reactive diluents for solvent free, solvated and water based applications.

Products of particular note are;

EPI REZ System 4230-W-60 is one pack, waterborne Epoxy-Phenolic Novolac co-dispersion which does not contain any co solvents and provides superior performance for baked industrial coatings, which require high chemical and thermal resistance, superior adhesion, film flexibility, toughness and high Tg. Application areas include industrial coatings, abrasives and industrial fabric finishes that require chemical, solvent and/or thermal resistance.

EPI REZ Resin 7732-W-53 is designed for formulation ultra low or zero VOC water borne coatings to protect concrete or metal. The system offers superior adhesion, excellent corrosion and humidity resistance, fast drying and quick hardness development at low temperatures. Application areas include concrete floor primers and top coats, anti corrosive primers for industrial coatings, Agricultural and Construction Equipment (ACE) coatings and Auto Parts and Accessories (APA) coatings.

Please come by our stand 308 to see what we can offer and discuss your coatings needs and issues with our experts.

British Coatings Federation Announces Winners of 10th Anniversary Coatings Industry Awards

BCF Press Release – British Coatings Federation announces winners of 10th anniversary coatings industry awards.


British Coatings Federation announces winners of 10th anniversary coatings industry awards

The winners of the tenth British Coatings Federation (BCF) 2019 were announced on 28 November at the annual BCF Awards at the Radisson Blu, East Midlands Airport, across ten categories showcasing brilliance in the coatings industry in front of over 160 delegates.

Three new categories were introduced for 2019. Diversity and Inclusion was the first of those awarded, and this win was taken by Inktech, with U-POL being highly commended for their entry. Receiving more entries than any other category, Marketing Campaign of the Year was awarded to U-POL while both Dulux Trade (AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK&I) and PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland) were highly commended for their campaigns. Celebrating young talent in the industry, Apprentice of the Year was received by Brannon Lee of Dacrylate Paints.

The 2019 Awards continued to celebrate great talent in the coatings industry with wins for Young Leader of the Year, picked up by Dayne Fletcher of Inktech and Mark Mills from Whitford (now a part of PPG) gaining Student of the Year. Further on the training theme, the Excellence in Training Award was presented to PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland), with AkzoNobel highly commended for their entry.

Highlighting sustainability within the coatings industry, the Sustainable Innovation Award was given to PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland). Plus, BCF’s long standing Coatings Care Awards were presented to two BCF member companies participating in the programme – the Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award went to AkzoNobel Packaging for their site in Birmingham while Coatings Care Progress was awarded to Whitford (now a part of PPG) in Runcorn.

Two companies were declared winner for the Customer Service Award – to AkzoNobel and Inktech respectively. Finally, Corporate Social Responsibility saw Organik Kimya highly commended while HMG Paints took home the win.

Tom Bowtell, BCF Chief Executive said “At such an unsettling time for our industry, it was great to come together in order to celebrate all that is fantastic in the coatings industry, with the event continuing to grow year by year.  The competition was the toughest yet, so many congratulations to all those who were shortlisted, but especially to the winners”

BCF Awards 2019 Winners

Sustainable Innovation Award – sponsored by Tradebe
Winner – PPG Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)

Corporate Social Responsibility
Winner – HMG Paints

Coatings Care Progress Award
Winner – PPG (Whitford), Runcorn

Coatings Care Overall Best Award – sponsored by ICB Group
Winner – AkzoNobel Packaging, Birmingham

Diversity and Inclusion Award – sponsored by BASF
Winner – Inktech

Marketing Campaign of the Year – sponsored by PCE International
Winner – U-POL

Customer Service Award – sponsored by Silberline
Winner – AkzoNobel
Winner – Inktech

Excellence in Training – sponsored by PRA
Winner – PPG (Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland)

Student of the Year  – sponsored by Synthomer
Winner – Mark Mills, PPG (Whitford)

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Stort Chemicals
Winner – Brannon Lee, Dacrylate Paints

Young Leader of the Year – sponsored by Fenton Packaging
Winner – Dayne Fletcher, Inktech

British Coatings Federation announces winners of Coatings Care awards

AkzoNobel Decorative Coatings and Sun Chemical have won the 2020 British Coatings Federation (BCF) Coatings Care Awards. Whilst the BCF Awards will resume in full next year, winners of the BCF’s Coatings Care Awards were celebrated remotely in November.

The Coatings Care programme recognises improvements in the performance of the coatings and printing ink industries across 45 KPIs in the fields of the environment, safety, health, distribution and product stewardship. For additional details on the programme, click here.

The coatings industry overall saw record low levels of energy used per tonne of production in 2019, and record low levels of waste sent to landfill, at just 4% of the 1996 figure.

The new AkzoNobel Decorative Paints plant in Ashington won the Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award, sponsored by Verlingue. The Ashington site had zero waste sent to landfill with the waste recycling rate above the sector average, with the remainder being incinerated for energy recovery. Solvent emissions per tonne of production were amongst the lowest in the industry, and they had an exemplary accidents record. Full emergency plans are in place, including involving the local community in testing those plans.

Left to right: Jeff Potts, Shift Leader; Jeff Hope, Ashington Site manager; Nick Turnbull, HSES&S Manager; Natalie Pratt, Cell team Leader

Sun Chemical were the winners of the Coatings Care Progress Award, having seen energy use across sites improve by more than 10% compared to 2018, waste per tonne of production improved considerably, and the percentage of waste recycled improved too.

Left to right: Thierry Frinault, Technical R&D Manager; James Leaver, Warehouse Manager; Lyndsay Beers, Office and Facilities Manager; Julian Rawson, Production Manager; Guy Tooth, Operations Director

Commenting on this year’s Coatings Care awards winners Tom Bowtell, BCF Chief Executive said, “Congratulations to both the shortlisted and winning companies who take part in the Coatings Care programme each year. In a difficult period, we are pleased to see companies continuing to engage and monitor their actions against tough KPIs. In particular, well done to our worthy winners, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints in Ashington and Sun Chemical.”

British Coatings Federation CEO honoured with leadership award

At the Business of Science Conference in October 2021, British Coatings Federation’s Chief Executive, Tom Bowtell, was awarded the Public Sector/Charity/Trade Association Leadership Award. This award, sponsored by PZ Cussons, celebrates notable leadership and significant contributions to the science sector.


Steve Bennett, who organised the Business of Science Conference commented, “The Business of Science Leadership Awards are given to highlight significant Leadership across Science, Innovation and Business. In the Public Sector/Charity/Trade Association sector, the judges were delighted to recognise Tom Bowtell’s work over the last 18 months in not only leading the British Coatings Federation to support its members during the pandemic and the onset of Brexit, but in his industry-wide leadership across the UK Coatings and Chemical Industries, most notably battling the wider implications of UK REACH. Tom’s work in ensuring that the potential costs and significant challenges to industry supply chains were communicated, recognised and considered has been exemplary, and as a result, the judges felt unanimously that Tom would be a very worthy recipient of this Award.”


Tom Bowtell added “I’m honoured to receive this award on behalf of the BCF. Our team has done a great job supporting our members through challenging times with Brexit and Covid and we have successfully punched above our weight as the industry’s public voice to Government, NGOs and academia. Now we look forward to trying to create proportionate chemical regulations that stimulate manufacturing and innovation in the UK, and to drive the sustainability agenda for the sector, with a Net Zero pledge by 2050, and a more immediate goal to see 75% of leftover decorative paint reused, recycled, or remanufactured by 2030, compared to a derisory 2% today”.

British Coatings Federation launches new Trace VOC Globe to recognise extremely low VOC paint products

From May 2022, decorative paints manufacturers will be able to adopt the use of the statement ‘TRACE’ Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) as part of the British Coatings Federation (BCF)’s VOC Globe scheme to improve communication to consumers highlighting which products have the lowest levels of VOCs. The TRACE globe will be used for products with VOC content of less than 0.1%.


Paints contain different levels of solvents, also known as VOCs. Solvent content can vary from negligible amounts to, in a very small number of products, very high levels. Given that VOCs contribute to atmospheric pollution, the industry is committed to reducing the level of solvent in paints. Decorative paint manufacturers have significantly reduced the presence of VOCs in their products over the last two decades, with 84% of decorative paints now sold on the market being water-based, and therefore low or very low VOC.


The VOC Globe scheme is part of a wider initiative by the coatings industry to raise consumer awareness of the amount of VOCs contained in decorative paint products, allowing consumers to make more informed, and hopefully greener choices. Greater involvement from paint manufacturers in the scheme will also greatly help paint recyclers separate solvent-based and water-based leftover paint with ease, which aids reuse and recycling.


The British Coatings Federation takes the position that the use of the terms ‘Zero-VOC’ and ‘VOC-free’ are false claims and should not be used in the paint industry. There will always be a trace element of VOCs, even if no raw materials containing VOCs have been added. Even water can contain trace amounts of VOC, supply chains for the manufacture of paint are often complex and VOCs, even at negligible amounts, can also be introduced during any part of the process, through using raw materials that naturally contain VOCs, to processes that introduce VOCs, such as washing raw materials. It is impossible to ensure that every batch of paint is completely free of VOCs because of the potential for trace solvents to be introduced at any point throughout the supply chain.


The VOC Globe scheme is owned, managed and copyrighted by the British Coatings Federation. To coincide with the addition of the TRACE globe, the artwork for all the other ratings has also been updated.


To find out more, please visit: www.coatings.org.uk/reducing-solvents-in-paint or alternatively email info[at]bcf.co.uk for more information.

British Coatings Federation urges UK and EU to agree Free Trade Agreement

Reacting to the resumption of Free Trade Agreement talks, the British Coatings Federation has called on the UK and EU to reconcile their remaining differences and negotiate an FTA as soon as possible. Failure to do so would have a significant detrimental impact on the coatings sector across Europe, but especially on UK manufacturers.

An FTA is needed to avoid tariffs being placed on future trade, something the BCF calculates would cost the coatings industry in the EU some £75 million a year in finished goods alone in both added import and export costs.

UK companies would also be hit with tariffs on raw materials imported from the EU, putting up costs by between 0%-6%, adding yet more millions to the cost of trade in the future.

With time running out until the end of the Brexit Transition period, Tom Bowtell, CEO of BCF, said:

“The UK coatings sector trades heavily with the EU. If tariff-free trade is not agreed as part of an FTA then the coatings industry across Europe will see added costs of £75 million in finished products alone. The added tariff costs to raw materials are also likely to run into the tens of millions of pounds, and that will hit UK businesses harder than those on the continent.

The clock is ticking. We need both the EU and UK to resume FTA talks as a matter of urgency and work to make the necessary compromises to get a deal done. And we need that deal to be agreed as soon as possible to give businesses the time they need to prepare for the final outcome.”

BTC Celebrate 50 Years of Serving the Chemical Distribution Market!

BTC celebrate 50 years of serving the Chemical Distribution market!

In 2019 BTC Europe GmbH celebrated the birth of its company roots as “Tensid-Chemie Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH.” Formed in Düren, Germany in July 1969, Tensid Chemie was established to supply surfactants and chelating agents and is the cornerstone for today’s company. In its infancy the business was awarded the mandate to distribute BASF chelating agents for home and personal care and, after only 10 years in business, BASF became the sole shareholder. It was the start of a thriving relationship between BASF and its European distribution company.

in the UK, the BASF trading company Cheadle Colours and Chemicals, (Est. 1976) and numerous others throughout Europe were harmonised under the BTC banner in 2002 forming BTC Speciality Chemical Distribution GmbH, a wholly owned BASF group company. Today, after further re-structuring and expansion, including the incorporation of BASF Chemtrade GmbH in 2013, this company is now BTC Europe GmbH.  BTC is a flagship brand of BASF and represents them in over 30 markets, supplying 71k customers in over 80 countries.

BTC’s unique history gives it an equally unique market position. BTC is able to provide the necessary focus on small and medium-sized customers, specialising in establishing an in-depth understanding of customer requirements to reduce complexity and add value through strong technical and customer service.

As a leading supplier of resins and additives BTC supports customers to advance their formulations using BASF chemistry. BASF develop, manufacture and supply colourants, resins, functional & performance additives, oxygenated solvents and plasticisers that are used for the formulation of Automotive & Industrial Coatings, Furniture and Floor Coatings, Printing Inks and Packaging Coatings.

BTC’s industry portfolio of established familiars and brand-new arrivals will be showcased at Surfex 2020 on Stand 213. Join BTC on Stand to learn more….and here’s to the next 50 years!

For information on BTC products please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales for Coatings, Inks and Plastics in the UK christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

BTC Europe – One Year to Go!

BTC Europe – One Year to Go!

There is only one year to go until Surfex 2020 and BTC Europe are already busy discussing some of the newly launched BASF products that will feature on their stand. BTC Europe serves the Coatings and Printing Inks industries with a well-established portfolio of BASF Resins, Performance Additives, Formulation Additives and Effect Pigments, Inorganic and Organic Pigments and Pigment Preparations. BASF continuously adds new products to their portfolio including novel formulation additives for optimised coatings. The latest products were well received at ECS2019 and will certainly feature at Surfex 2020.

They included Hydropalat® WE 3225, a new silicone based wetting agent with best-in-class defoaming action. It offers a host of performance benefits including  good substrate wetting, elimination of surface defects (anti-cratering), low VOC and odour, and very good accentuation of wood-grains. BTC will be showcasing this additive for the Furniture and Flooring industry.

The new Dispex® Ultra PX 4290 is a high molecular weight dispersant for water-based coatings, printing inks and adhesives. This is a versatile new dispersant imparting excellent viscosity reduction and stabilization. It’s perfectly suitable for both organic and inorganic pigments and provides improved colour strength and transparency.  With such a broad range of applications and benefits this will be a high-profile product at Surfex 2020.

For information on these and other new releases please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales for Coatings, Inks and Plastics in the UK  christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

We are looking forward to showcasing these new releases and more at Surfex 2020.

BTC introduces NEW Dispex® Ultra PX 4290 pigment dispersant from BASF Performance Additives.

BTC introduces NEW Dispex® Ultra PX 4290 pigment dispersant from BASF Performance Additives.


All coatings require innovative formulation additives to meet demanding performance parameters and stringent environmental regulations.  BTC Europe offers the full range of BASF’s respected brands and technologies including dispersing agents, rheology modifiers, defoamers, wetting agents & surface modifiers and film forming agents for automotive & industrial coatings, furniture & flooring and the printing & packaging industries.

Dispex® Ultra PX 4290 is a brand new dispersing agent for broad use with a wide range of pigments. Standard dispersants only tend to exhibit peak performance with a few pigments but PX 4290 is a high molecular weight dispersant for aqueous coatings, inks and adhesives that offers optimal results across a broad range of both inorganic and organic chemistries. The excellent pigment stabilizing activity means that outstanding colour strength and viscosity reduction can be achieved. This allows the formulator to achieve a high pigment loading without influencing flow characteristics, enabling much enhanced formulation flexibility. Other performance highlights include improved transparency, improved gloss & anti-flooding behavior and excellent flocculation stability. Dispex® Ultra PX 4290 finds particular use in resin-free pigment concentrates, furniture & flooring coatings and in printing & packaging formulations e.g. for ink-jet and resin-free / resin-based flexo inks.

Come and discuss the full range of BASF performance and formulation additives including the latest releases on Stand 203 in October or for further information please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales for Coatings, Inks and Plastics in the UK  christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

BTC to distribute Nxt Levvel bio-solvents

BTC Europe and NXTLEVVEL Biochem have signed an agreement for the distribution of next-generation biobased and biodegradable solvents derived from levulinic acid for the European market. Levulinic acid can serve as a versatile building block for chemicals and materials derived directly from biomass. Due to their broad solvency power, low volatility, high safety profile and biodegradability levulinate solvents offer a sustainable alternative to solvents based on fossil feedstock for a wide range of applications. In the coatings industry the Nxt Solv products work as excellent coalescing agents for water-based applications and as carrier and co-solvents in solvent-borne for a range of paints and coatings applications. They can also be used as additives to extend open-times and to modify hardness. In all suitable applications formulators can reduce VOC while retaining or improving formulation characteristics.

Since they are based on bio-mass materials, the addition of this range to the BTC portfolio supports the high demand for more sustainable and low-emission solutions in the coatings and inks sectors, enabling customers to select for sustainable options in their procurement and formulation decisions. Customers will have access to resource-efficient solutions derived from non-food crop biomass in order to reduce their carbon footprint and secure long-term sustainable competitive advantages in their market.

Please click on the link to find out more, or contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales – Coatings, Plastics & Inks – BTC UK, christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

C&W Specialist Equipment

C&W Specialist Equipment

Reliable, robust and easy to operate test chambers

C&W Specialist Equipment is specialized in accelerated corrosion and environmental test chambers which provide controlled environments to test and simulate how components will perform when exposed to natural weathering elements.

Through reliability, ease of operation and robust construction, C&W Test Cabinets have gained worldwide acceptance with applications in all major sectors of automotive manufacture as well as the paint, surface and coatings, chemical, electronics, aerospace, military and offshore industries. More information about the C&W test chambers can be found on www.cw-spec.com

In 2019 C&W Specialist Equipment joined the Industrial Physics family of companies and is part of their Inks & Coatings division, which offers a complete portfolio of products to service customers requiring paint, coatings and surface analysis.

CAME and Applied Graphene Materials strengthen engagement in Italian Coatings market

CAME and Applied Graphene Materials strengthen engagement in Italian Coatings market

Following the signing of a distribution agreement in 2019 with CAME srl in Italy, Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) visited the international chemical distribution business in February 2020. As part of AGM’s commitment to excellence in customer service and to supporting our developing distributor network with effective technical know-how, Andy Gent, Commercial Director and Lynn Chikosha, Coatings Development Manager, met with Verena Cepperulo, General Manager and her team.
The week-long visit in February saw CAME arrange several new customer meetings from the coatings, adhesives and lubricants markets. Discussions focused around the progress CAME and their customers are making with graphene additives.
Lynn Chikosha, Coatings Development Manager commented: We reviewed AGM’s latest results in barrier and anticorrosion coatings applications and with the help of CAME strengthened our engagement with customers from the last visit before engaging with a number of new customers. The team at CAME had lined up some really exciting potential customers where they see alignment with our graphene and its applications. Looking forward to lots of exciting collaborations in the future! As always, the team at CAME were excellent hosts.

Andy Gent, Commercial Director commented: I think it is fair to say that the collaboration between AGM and CAME is going from strength to strength. Following the successful launch of our partnership during 2019, we have started 2020 with a huge amount of interest from within the Italian market. Our colleagues at CAME have been able to identify a significant number of exciting project opportunities with a key focus on our graphene’s outstanding barrier properties. I am very much looking forward to seeing how these projects develop

To learn more about barrier and anti-corrosion coatings, or if you are interested in becoming a distributor please contact us on (0)1642 4328214 or via info@appliedgraphenematerials.com

Castle Chemicals – Our First Time at Surfex!

Our first time at Surfex in June 2022.


Yes, we will be there on the 7th & 8th June, meeting new and existing contacts, it is not only our first time at Surfex exhibiting, but in the UK.

We have invited 3 of our principal partners to join us and be available to answer any of your questions from Pidilite, Uniqchem and Provençale.


So, WHO is Castle Chemicals? We are a specialist supplier of high quality performance chemical additives to the rubber, paint, surface coatings, textile & adhesive industries.

  • Global supplier of quality & innovative products
  • We aim to provide intelligent product solutions,
    tailor-made to individual customer requirements
  • Supplying overseas markets from local
    distribution centres
  • Exporting to over 40 countries worldwide
  • Comprehensive distribution network
  • ISO 9001 Certified & REACH compliant

Coatings & Adhesives

A broad portfolio of Pigments and Additives for Coatings and Adhesives market including Colour Pigments, Sulphonate Dispersants, Chloroprene Latex, Medium/High Colour Carbon Blacks and Silane Coupling Agents.

Link to our product range here – https://castlechemicals.com/coatings-and-adhesives/



Our history –

Castle Chemicals Ltd started when Jeffrey Muff, Alan McCann and John Wood joined forces. Alan and John were partners in a long established logistics company.

It just made sound, good sense with the logistical international set-up and skill sets and Jeff’s experience and background in the chemical industry to launch the now, 25 years in, successful global company as it is today.

We work with suppliers to distribute their products.
Customers are confident that they have the security of ‘no hassle’, with annual contracts agreed and we trade in the same currencies and deal with import taxes etc. which makes business run smoothly.

We are accredited with Ecovadis CSR, ISO 9001:2015 and are REACH compliant, where we have been recognised and provided evidence to clarify our level of professionalism, ethics and business standards.

We work with suppliers to distribute their products.

Customers to distribute into Europe.
Customers/agents/distributors of our Branded products.

Overall, in the past 24 years, chemicals have developed, businesses have evolved and countries have changed with politics, technology, people and world economics.

More to read here – https://castlechemicals.com/history/

Why do our Customers, Suppliers and Distributors choose US?

We are approachable, well established, professional, knowledgeable, reliable, trustworthy and good people to do business with!

More here – https://castlechemicals.com/our-services/

Meet the Team – we are a close knit team who are able to respond and give an excellent experienced service – https://castlechemicals.com/meet-the-team/

How to get in touch –

Castle Chemicals Ltd, Gateway House, Styal Road, Heald Green,
Greater Manchester,
M22 5WY

t: + 44 (0) 161 608 8800
e: sales@castlechemicals.com


Michael Start and Jeff Muff are on LinkedIn also, feel free to reach out or just email/phone.

We all look forward to meeting you in June. Stay safe and take care!

CDR Pumps Offer Truly Portable Fluid Handling Solutions

CDR Pumps offer truly portable fluid handling solutions

A popular choice for many chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing facilities, many Industrial Bulk Containers are used for are used to store and transport a variety of different fluid types including those which are:

  • Flammable and highly flammable
  • Oxidising
  • Toxic
  • Corrosive or
  • Harmful to the environment

Two major risks that we have to be aware of are leaks and spills not only of the fluids themselves but also harmful emissions which makes filling and discharging IBC’s a high-risk activity.  Regular fluid handling solutions do not always best meet the needs of the site as pumps are often mounted on baseplates and part of rigid structure and our customers found that they were looking for a safe, reliable solution to this problem.  This led to the development of the Mobile Pumping Station.

The Mobile Pumping Station has specifically been designed for hazardous and toxic fluid handling; often utilizing the popular Small STN magnetically driven centrifugal pump which are manufactured wholly in either Polypropylene or PVDF for a wide array of chemical compatibility options however it can also be manufactured with a 1” air-operated double diaphragm pump in polypropylene and male cam-lock connections are fitted as standard.

This system comes robustly mounted in a light but heavy duty carry case constructed from Polypropylene for true portability and ease of movement.  The unit is supplied in 110v as standard however a 240v can be manufactured upon request and is controlled with a simple stop/start switch integrated into the carry case and the added benefit of being customised with recirculation pipework.

Designed in conjunction with many of the leading chemical distribution companies who have vast experience of working with the now everyday vessels for the safe transportation of hazardous and corrosive liquids, you can rest assured that this safe method of transferring IBC’s can ease many worries you have on site.

CDR Pumps will be exhibiting at SURFEX2020 but if you can’t wait to see the Mobile Pumping Station in action, call 01933 674777.

Chemistry innovation hub NextGenChem helps Lancashire’s chemical-using companies tackle innovation challenges

Chemistry innovation hub NextGenChem helps Lancashire’s chemical-using companies tackle innovation challenges

The NextGenChem Hub will support 300 local businesses with the development of next generation technology solutions, improved products and novel materials. Participating companies will get access to scientific workshops, expert services as well as state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Support is available free-of-charge for eligible Lancashire based SMEs, who use or produce chemicals. Examples of applicable sectors include chemical formulators, manufacturers and service providers as well as companies operating in the aerospace, automotive, energy, health care, life science and food and beverage industries.

By joining the NextGenChem Hub, businesses will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest developments in chemistry to create efficiencies and develop new products/processes
  • Access scientific expertise to help solve business challenges
  • Access specialist equipment and laboratories worth over £45 million
  • Collaborate on the development of innovative products, processes and services to increase competitive advantage
  • Use low-risk methods for exploring new ideas whilst continuing to focus on core business


The NextGenChem team’s current projects include developing catalysts with raw materials to produce basic chemicals, conducting product life cycle assessments (LCAs), developing substitution strategies to replace substances in a product with safer or more environmentally benign alternatives, and designing novel techniques to develop next generation composite materials.

Companies interested in collaborating on new innovative products, formulations and chemical processes with top-of-the-range scientists can join the NextGenChem hub by visiting www.nextgenchemhub.org, emailing info@nextgenchem.org or calling 07815582102.


NextGenChem is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and benefits from a team of leading experts in chemistry and chemical engineering from Lancaster University, and dedicated scientists and sustainability professionals at Yordas Group.

  • Project Partners: Yordas Group, Lancaster University
  • Funding: European Regional Development Fund
  • Duration: 3 years (2019–2022)
  • Value: £4.9m
  • Region: Lancashire, UK

Coatings 2019: Trends and Opportunities Ahead

Coatings 2019: trends and opportunities ahead

Our Coatings business line manager, Michael Austin, takes stock of 2018 and looks at trends and opportunities ahead.

It’s been a year since Michael Austin joined Blagden to head up our Coatings business line. Over the year, he’s strengthened the sales team with new appointments, focused on great service and extended our portfolio, while keeping abreast of changing market needs.

“Blagden has an enviable position in the UK coatings market. The additives, pigments and extenders we offer from world-leading manufacturing partners is second to none,” he says. “However, I am keen to extend our portfolio with complementary products.”

To that end, Michael has re-established a partnership with Synthecoat to supply its extensive range of synthetic resins to coating customers across the UK and Ireland. More niche, but ideal for powder coating manufacturers, is a new partnership with Inopol to supply its powder polyester resins.

Michael brings to Blagden considerable industry knowledge, having moved from Perstorp, where he was involved in sales and business development, and held previous roles with major industry names including BP Chemicals and Koch Industries.

He’s keeping a close eye on the developments driving demand for new products. “Technology and regulations each create pressures to re-formulate products. We need to ensure we have the right products available to meet the changing needs.”

Many companies are committed to formulate products with lower or zero emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). There is a gradual switch across the industry to radiation and UV curing and to water-based coatings. In water-based coatings, the performance of additives is critical, particularly the need for defoamers. “BYK is at the forefront of these markets and has an impressive portfolio of water-based products,” Michael adds.

If you would like more information about trends, opportunities or product information, please contact Michael Austin 01959 560804 or email maustin@blagden.co.uk


Coatings industry business confidence returns to pre-Covid levels but still below long-term average

As with many other manufacturing sectors, the UK coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings industries have experienced an uncertain year with Covid, not helped by the continued lack of clarity on a trade deal with the EU.

As expected, the British Coatings Federations’ members are more positive than they were in the dark days of June, but confidence is still weaker than average and far lower than the pre-Brexit levels. Whilst decorative coatings have seen strong growth this year, sales in the printing inks and industrial coatings markets are down by between 15% and 20%.

As was the case in June, business confidence differs dramatically between sector groups. With a large proportion of the UK workforce working from home or furloughed, the DIY sector has seen an increase in sales since March, with decorative paint firms expecting this to continue into 2021.

However, for printing inks and industrial coatings it’s a very different story. Printing ink manufacturers, making both packaging and publication inks, have had a much more subdued 2020. This reflects a continued decline in the publication sector as well as a sharp downturn in certain packaging areas, particularly in the hospitality sector and on-the-go packaging where the decline in business activity has had a major impact. Year- to-date printing ink sales are down 18% and the outlook remains very uncertain for next year.

Similarly, industrial coatings sales are down 17% YTD, and although a large proportion of firms are expecting sales to increase next year as UK manufacturing returns to more normal levels, many companies expect the recovery to be limited.

One major area of concern is employee numbers, with almost half of firms expecting redundancies in 2021. Whilst the furlough scheme has been a huge support through the lockdowns, uncertainty on the impact of Covid and the impact of Brexit may result in a decrease in staff numbers.

This survey was conducted in the second-half of October, prior to the UK government’s second lockdown announcement but also before the recent vaccine breakthroughs were reported. With the end of the transition period nearing and continued uncertainty about a Brexit deal, we know that next year will bring continued challenges.

Coatings Industry Prepared for “No Deal” Brexit, but Fear Border Delays and UK REACH

Coatings Industry prepared for “no deal” Brexit, but fear border delays and UK REACH

The coatings industry has expressed significant concerns about border delays and separating from European chemical regulations ahead of a “no deal” Brexit, in a new survey by the industry body, the British Coatings Federation (BCF). The responses were gathered between 4th-10th September, at a critical point during Parliament’s debate on blocking a “no deal” Brexit.

BCF members have huge concerns over delays at the border, with 80% saying this was what worried them most. Moreover, 82% have expressed concerns over new UK chemical regulations, which will be needed in the event the UK does not have access to the European Chemicals Agency.

Other major concerns included the cost and availability of raw materials, and tariff and non-tariff costs relating to additional bureaucracy and administrative costs related to a “no deal” Brexit. When asked about longer term impacts, the number one issue was being treated as a third country by ECHA, therefore requiring the UK to have its own duplicate system to register chemicals. Other additional impacts listed were the possibility of reduction of trade with the EU, the UK being a less attractive manufacturing base, and additional costs of doing business.

Over 90% of respondents want to see tariff-free access to the EU market and free movement of goods. 88% of respondents want the UK to stay within EU REACH and the EU regulatory framework, and 83% want to see regulatory equivalence between the UK and the EU for chemicals.

Tom Bowtell, Chief Executive of the British Coatings Federation, said: “The UK coatings industry has made significant preparations ahead of a “no deal” Brexit, with 88% of members stating that they have already done some planning in the event of a no deal Brexit. These preparations have taken various forms, with 79% building inventory of raw materials and 60% of respondents discussing contingency plans with logistics suppliers. As the industry body, we have been providing members with updated information regarding UK versions of regulations and plans for procedures at the border. “

Ellen Daniels, Head of Public Affairs and Policy at the British Coatings Federation, said: “Members are overwhelmingly worried about a “no deal” Brexit, with 95% expressing varying levels of concern. However, we are pleased that the industry has been proactively preparing as much as possible for every eventuality, as 61% say they are somewhat confident that their supply chains can adapt to a no deal Brexit, and 15% are very confident. We will continue to work with members, government and the wider chemicals industry to ensure our members will be as prepared as possible in the event of a “no deal” Brexit.

The BCF Brexit Survey Summary can be downloaded here

Compliance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with EU REACH Regulations

Compliance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with EU REACH Regulations

The European Safety Federation highlighted the issue of counterfeit CE certificates for PPE in a recent article. This applied to protective masks (FFP2/FFP3), protective glasses, face shields, protective gloves and protective garments etc. Therefore, compliance with C&K testing requirements under EU REACH Regulations as well as CE certification is necessary to ensure legitimate PPE.

Under EU REACH, PPE products are defined as articles and therefore must adhere to the requirements of articles set out under EU REACH Regulations. The obligations must be fulfilled by the manufacturer or importer of articles whereby:

  • The total substances present in the article exceeds 1 ton/year per manufacturer/importer
  • The substance is intended to be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use

Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)

SVHCs refer to those substances which have an adverse effect on human health and the environment. According to Article 57 of the EU REACH Regulation, substances containing one or more of the following hazardous properties are considered SVHCs:

  • Substances in Class 1 or Class 2 for carcinogenicity, teratogenicity or reproductive toxicity (CMR 1 or 2 substances)
  • Substances which are persistent and bio-accumulative (PvB substances)
  • Substances which are persistent and highly bio-accumulative (vPvB substances)
  • Substances which do not meet items 2 or 3 but are supported by scientific evidence to be hazardous to human health and/or the environment

If the conditions mentioned above for articles are not met, then the following items must be considered:

  • If articles contain SVHCs in a concentration of less than 0.1 % (w/w), notification to ECHA is not required. However, information shall be communicated to the recipient of the article and relevant information shall be provided at the request of the importer or consumer
  • If articles contain SVCHs in a concentration of greater than 0.1 % (w/w) + the sum of the SVHCs present in those articles is less than 1 ton/year per manufacturer/importer, notification to downstream users and the passing on of information with relevant certifications shall be required
  • If articles contain SVCHs in a concentration of greater than 0.1% (w/w) + the sum of SVHCs present in those articles is 1 ton/year per manufacturer/importer, notification to ECHA and information communication shall be required
  • The manufacturer of such articles shall provide relevant information to the consumer within 45 days of receipt of the request to ensure safe use of the article

The Test Items for PPE

  1. SVHCs: all articles are required
  2. Restricted substances RSL: cadmium, hexavalent chromium, arsenic, lead, formaldehyde, triacridyl phosphorus oxide, polybrominated biphenyls, azo, nonylphenol (polyoxyethylene ether), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates, rich dimethyl maleate, dimethyl formamide etc.

The testing items are determined by the products materials and usage

CIRS Europe provides EU REACH Registration service and SVHC testing service.

Further information please contact:
Julie Harrington — Regulatory Consultant (CIRS Europe)
Email:julie@cirs-reach.com      Tel: +353 1477 3710

Concentrol have launched a new range of antifoaming agents based on vegetable oils: biodegradable, emission-free and very effective

Concentrol have launched a new range of antifoaming agents based on vegetable oils: biodegradable, emission-free and very effective

Controlling the formation of foam in the coatings sector has always been a challenge, since the antifoaming agent must be effective during the manufacturing process and while offering excellent efficiency during the life of the coating, which in many cases it is long. In addition, coating formulations must currently comply with strict environmental regulations that limit, for example, the amount of volatile compounds (VOC and SVOC) that can take part in atmospheric photochemical processes and are considered to favour the formation of ozone at the surface level.
Traditionally, antifoaming agents used to control foaming in these applications are based on mineral oils whose origin is petroleum. These antifoaming agents are economical and effective, but they are virtually toxic (to a greater or lesser extent depending on the type and origin of the mineral oil used) and in many cases they contain high amounts of VOC and SVOC. Recently, the European Commission and countries such as Germany have started risk assessment processes associated with these materials, 2,3 generating the need to declare the presence of mineral oils and aromatic mineral oils (MOSH and MOAH) in many food products. For this reason, the replacement of these mineral oils with alternatives of lower toxicity, lower emissions, of a non-petroleum origin and environmentally more favourable is an increasingly important requirement.



Concentrol have launched the new antifoaming agent EMULTROL DFM OLV-24, the first one of a new range of products, designed following the criteria of biodegradability, low or no toxicity and low or zero  missions of volatile components (VOC and SVOC). It is based on vegetable esters that are obtained sustainably and totally free of traditional mineral oils.
Even with these changes, the careful formulation and selection of raw materials has enabled us to obtain an antifoaming agent that offers a performance equal to or in some cases superior to that obtained with traditional antifoaming agents based on mineral oils.

For further detail, please contact your local Tennants representative, or contact the sales team via Sales.WestBromwich@tennantsdistribution.co.uk or telephone : 0121 557 9751

Confidence in coatings and printing inks sector at all time low

Confidence in coatings and printing inks sector at all time low

As with other manufacturing sectors, the UK coatings, printing ink and wallcoverings industries have experienced challenging trading conditions since the end of March. Whilst retail paint, woodcare, packaging (coatings and inks) sales have been strong during lockdown, industrial coatings, professional decorative coatings and publication printing inks have experienced 20-50% lower sales than normal.

This overall uncertainty is reflected in the latest BCF Business Confidence Index, based on research with coatings and printing ink manufacturers in June 2020. Overall confidence has fallen to its lowest level since the survey began in 2012.

The June 2020 results (37.0) represent a drop of almost 50% compared to the long-term average of 71.3.

However, business confidence differed amongst sector groups. For example, decorative paints and woodcare are optimistic, with 67% expecting to see UK sales volumes higher in the second half of 2020 than in 2019. This reflects the growth in DIY sales experienced in lockdown with householders spending more time at home, which is expected to continue into the Autumn.

It’s a very different outlook for industrial coatings, with 95% of companies predicting lower sales in the second half of 2020, in the region of 10-30% and 50% of printing ink companies also forecasting a decline. Overall, smaller companies are more likely to be predicting lower sales (72%).

On a more positive note, 47% predicted no change in staff numbers, and only 20% are expecting to reduce headcount. This is likely to be reflective of the furlough scheme, which has been a great support to many organisations through this period.

The outlook for our sector will be heavily linked to how quickly the UK manufacturing and construction sectors recover. The majority of BCF members don’t expect a return to pre-Covid business conditions until at least the end of 2021.

BCF Chief Executive Tom Bowtell said, “It’s clear from the latest confidence index that our members have been through a hugely challenging period, and are now faced with the possible implications of at best, a hard Brexit, likely to include a separate chemicals regulatory regime for the UK. We urge the UK Government to conclude the EU FTA talks with a deal, which includes the closest alignment of chemical regulations as possible.”

Corona Virus Hub

Coronavirus hub

Coronavirus is currently the most pressing issue facing the coatings industry. BCF has been following the situation daily to ensure the most up to date information and support is available to members.

We will continue to email updates to members where information seems critical. You can see the latest coronavirus communications to members here. If you’d like to be added to receive such communications, please contact belle.robertson[at]bcf.co.uk

We hope that this new resource hub provides a more permanent and useful home for the information we have been sending out. This page will be updated regularly with useful links, various resources, government guidance, FAQs and updates on what we have been doing to support members through this unprecedented period.

However, with the situation changing daily we highly recommend that members also either sign up for email alerts from the Gov.UK website, here or at least monitor directly the relevant webpages – general and advice to businesses – for the most up-to-date information.

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Creating Safer Homes Through Chemical Strategy  – Across the Entire Supply Chain

Creating safer homes through chemical strategy  – across the entire supply chain

A leader in the Chemical Management Software Market, Yordas Group has teamed up with home improvement giant Kingfisher plc to deliver on their commitment to help customers access sustainable and good homes. Operating under retail brands such as B&Q and Screwfix, Kingfisher is no small fish in the pond: it serves 6 million customers across 1280 stores in 10 countries in Europe, Russia and Turkey.

The retailer’s challenge lies in the vast, geographically diverse and ever-changing regulatory environment that may change unexpectedly, leading to supply chain disruption. Kingfisher’s sustainability plan, therefore, relies on anticipating future regulatory action and meeting sustainability commitments in their complex, international supply chains. Their goal is not just to remain compliant, but to reduce chemical exposure right across all its operations.

Yordas Group is a leading provider of scientific, environmental, human health and global regulatory consulting services.

This is where Kingfisher’s sustainability partner Yordas Group was able to step in to help. The creators of Yordas Hive assisted Kingfisher in developing a chemical strategy that enables them to anticipate future regulatory action and meet sustainability commitments.

Kingfisher plc is the largest home improvement retailer in Europe.

To assist Kingfisher in implementing its chemicals strategy, Yordas created a new Chemicals Action List (CAL), a list of chemicals of concern used to create product specifications where restrictions apply. In order to develop the knowledge base, each substance in the CAL was mapped against parameters such as level of regulation, scope of the regulatory requirements and relevance for the client’s products, as identified via Yordas Hive’s substance use and application information.

Chemicals management solution Yordas Hive offers a unique package of in-depth expertise, high-quality current data and intuitive software features. It supports customers to comply with chemical regulations and anticipates future business risks.

For further details on how Yordas Hive could benefit your business contact a member of the Hive team on +44 (0)1524 594155 or email hive@yordasgroup.com.


Datacolor is Introducing the New Solution SpectraVision to the Paint & Coatings Market

Datacolor is introducing the new solution SpectraVision to the Paint & Coatings market

Managing color for highly textured, multi-color, small sized or odd-shaped products can be very challenging as most of these materials cannot be measured effectively with a traditional spectrophotometer. Current methods of visual assessment can often result in multiple submissions, wasted material, and downtime in production while attempting to get color approvals.

Meet the new standard for multi-colored and textured color management: SpectraVision. This industry-transforming technology from Datacolor gives manufacturers an unmistakable advantage in product development, quality control and allows you to:
• Produce consistent, repeatable results
• Reduce waste and cost
• Increase efficiency

The Datacolor SpectraVision solution combines an advanced hyperspectral spectrophotometer with formulation and quality control software to measure, formulate, analyze, report, communicate, and visualize accurate color results.

SpectraVision’s software component, Tools SV, allows user to assess the captured data with a variety of features:
• Automatically separate colors for greater efficiency
• Calculate coverage factor for correct color ratios in the final product
• Create color collections for ease of management• Fine tune assessments with quality parameters, including separation method adjustments, masking tools, border size

Seeing is believing. Discover our solution on Surfex, booth 634 or visit https://spectravision.datacolor.com/

Datacolor® announces new series of digital-color-management-webinars

Datacolor® announces new series of digital-color-management-webinars

Learn more about color measurement and digital color management during Datacolor® free webinar series!

Datacolor offers 3 series of free webinars with following topics:
• Color theory
• Digital color management
• User tips

The first webinar starting April 21st @ 10am ET/16 h CET is about “Color theory for everyone”.

What do object properties, a specific light source or even differences in human eyesight have to do with color? How to communicate objectively about a color? What about L*, a* and b* values, and what is Delta E? And what tools can be used to evaluate color tolerances? Datacolor will provide answers to these questions and many more.
Discover the full program here.

3 series of free digital-color-management webinars, starting April 21st @ 10am ET/16 h CET.

Datacolor invites to subscribe to the first part of the color theory webinar series starting April 21st 10am ET here

About Datacolor
Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, provides software, instruments and services to improve the precision, performance and efficiency of your color workflow. For over four decades, Datacolor has earned our reputation as a trusted leader by delivering unmatched capabilities that rapidly address the full spectrum of color challenges in textile and apparel, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, photography and videography, and other industries. Our global teams provide sales, service and support in over 100 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.
For more information, visit www.datacolor.com

CONTACT: Barbara Rudek on behalf of Datacolor | +49 (173) 5338732 | E-mail: Barbara.Rudek@datacolor.com

Datacolor® enriches SpectraVision solution with new vertical model for expanded applications

Datacolor® enriches SpectraVision solution with new vertical model for expanded applications
Revolutionary technology objectively measures and digitally communicates the color of the “Unmeasurables”

Zurich, Switzerland, August 11, 2020 – Datacolor®, a global leader in color management technology, announced today the launch of SpectraVision V, an addition to the SpectraVision family that enables manufactures to objectively measure and digitally communicate color measurements for the multicolored, textured, small-sized and irregular-shaped materials. The solution increases efficiency by reducing the steps to match and approve color.
“With the new vertical configuration and enhancements to the Datacolor Tools SV software, we are able to extend the benefits of objective digital color management to multiple industries and customers.” said Albert Busch, President and CEO, Datacolor. “Customers with previously unmeasurable materials, whether due to its size, shape, texture, or applications can now conduct consistent, repeatable, objective color measurements, result in increased efficiency, reduced costs and faster time to market.”
The new vertical configuration, sample tray and cup enable customers to measure a wide variety of samples, such as plastic pellets, watch components, electronic parts, and much more. High resolution sample image taken by the hyperspectral spectrophotometer can also be leveraged for onscreen color evaluation and communication of colorimetric data.
To learn more about SpectraVision, visit SpectraVision.Datacolor.com


About Datacolor
Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, provides software, instruments and services to assure accurate color of materials, products, and images. The world’s leading brands, manufacturers, and creative professionals have used Datacolor’s innovative solutions to consistently achieve the right color for more than 50 years.
The company provides sales, service, and support to over 100 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Industries served include textile and apparel, paint and coatings, automotive and plastics as well as photography, design and videography. For more information, visit: Datacolor.com.

Datacolor® Introduces CloudQC Viewer, a SaaS Color Quality Control Application

Zurich, Switzerland (October 20, 2021) – Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions, announced today the beta release of CloudQC Viewer, a SaaS color quality control (QC) application designed to assist color professionals with the evaluation of digital color samples from anywhere, at any time.

The CloudQC Viewer application is part of Datacolor’s digital cloud platform. It is a simple, user friendly, on-demand QC application for anyone looking to evaluate color digitally. This release can import QTX files, display color patches and colorimetric data, and allows collaboration on evaluation results. Future releases will include features like data storage and device connectivity.

“COVID-19 accelerated the need for a more flexible way to manage color, increasing demand for digitalization and the ability to work remotely.” said Albert Busch, President and CEO, Datacolor. “To meet the changing needs of color professionals, we decided to design an easy-to-use, cloud-based quality control solution enabling users to evaluate and manage color accurately from anywhere, at any time. We are excited to bring CloudQC Viewer to the market today. This beta version will be free, and we are eager to gather user feedback to further develop this application in line with customer needs.”

The CloudQC Viewer gives color generalists including users who have no digital color management processes in place, the freedom and ability to work wherever their color evaluation job takes them, whether at home, in the office or on the road.

“I could start using the CloudQC immediately for lap dip evaluations. It will speed communication with my internal teams,” said Amber Ross, Quality Assurance Specialist at Cintas, a Datacolor customer. “Sharing digital files instead of printouts will improve the process and reduce carbon footprint.”

To learn more about CloudQC Viewer, please visit ase visit https://www.datacolor.com/cloudqc/

Datacolor® introduces ColorReader Spectro color matching instrument for paint retailers

Zurich, Switzerland – (October 27, 2020) – Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions, announced today the launch of ColorReader Spectro, an economical color matching instrument. ColorReader Spectro is an affordable, Bluetooth®-connected device designed to help paint retailers easily and accurately measure material colors.
ColorReader Spectro is ideal for paint and hardware stores looking for a cost-effective color measurement solution allowing them to provide custom color matching services to professional contractors. The instrument will sell for a fraction of the cost of a traditional benchtop spectrophotometer.
“We see so many dealers in the retail paint market relying only on fandecks or lookup devices, or in some cases nothing at all, because they can’t justify current price points of the current color matching systems,” said Jason Loehr, Product Manager, Datacolor. “That’s why we set out to develop ColorReader Spectro. With the introduction of this device, we are expanding accessibility in the market by offering more economical solutions to all.”
ColorReader Spectro is also beneficial for those interested in adding a handheld device to their existing lineup of color measurement instruments for added flexibility in measuring large, cumbersome samples that a traditional benchtop spectrophotometer is unable to handle. ColorReader Spectro can be easily integrated with a customer’s existing software or Datacolor’s Paint software.
“Datacolor has always been innovating to provide all companies – big and small – with the tools to achieve the right color every time,” continued Loehr. “Customer care is at the core of our business. ColorReader Spectro is backed by global Datacolor support. Our dedicated support team is located in more than 100 countries, allowing stores to spend more time selling and less time trouble shooting.”
To learn more about ColorReader Spectro, visit https://www.datacolor.com/business-solutions/productoverview/datacolor-colorreader-spectro/


About Datacolor
Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, provides software, instruments and services to assure accurate color of materials, products, and images. The world’s leading brands, manufacturers, and creative professionals have used Datacolor’s innovative solutions to consistently achieve the right color for more than 50 years.
The company provides sales, service, and support to over 100 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Industries served include textile and apparel, paint and coatings, automotive and plastics as well as photography, design and videography. For more information, visit: Datacolor.com.

Datacolor® Introduces High-Efficiency Benchtop Spectrophotometer Series, Spectro 1000/700

Zurich, Switzerland, January 19, 2021 – Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions, announced today the launch of the Spectro 1000/700 series, a family of close-tolerance benchtop spectrophotometers designed for high efficiency and confidence in color formulation and quality control in a wide range of industries.

The new series features the high inter-instrument agreement Datacolor customers have come to rely on, to ensure uniform color assessments across various instruments and multiple locations throughout the supply chain. The systems are designed to increase productivity and improve workflow efficiency through high measurement speeds and seamless backward capability with other Datacolor benchtop instruments. The Spectro 1000/700 family is optimized for the future of color management, featuring internet connectivity for upcoming remote services.

“Heightened by the pandemic and remote working trends, the need for digital exchange of color data has increased. Datacolor set out to develop a family of high-efficiency spectrophotometers designed to meet the industry needs of today while also staying ahead of tomorrow’s trends,” said Albert Busch, President and CEO, Datacolor. “With the Spectro 1000/700 series, users can feel confident their instruments are ready to take advantage of future product enhancements, allowing for remote service and data analytics thanks to internet connectivity.”

Users of the Spectro 1000/700 series will also enjoy greater confidence in their color measurements thanks to its ability to capture the temperature of samples measured. This is an essential new quality control feature for those who work with materials that need be within certain temperature ranges to assure accurate color measurement.

“The Datacolor 1000 is a game changer,” said Dave Ertle, Advanced R&D Engineer and Solution Center Manager at GEON® Performance Solutions, a Datacolor customer. “There’s no more guessing if a user measured a specimen that had properly cooled to ambient temperature.”

To learn more about Spectro 1000/700, please visit: www.datacolor.com/spectro-1000 and www.datacolor.com/spectro-700

Datacolor® Introduces Subscription Payment Program for Desktop Software

Zurich, Switzerland, (May 10, 2022) – Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions, announced today the release of its annual subscription payment program, now available for its color formulation software products Datacolor Match Textile and Match Pigment, as well as for its color management software Datacolor Tools.

The annual subscription program provides customers in the textile, paint and coatings and plastics industries with a cost-effective alternative to use the same software available as a one-time perpetual license, reducing the initial investment needed. The software offering includes access to the Company’s latest digital color management software as well as software updates and access to Datacolor’s customer support.

“Our annual subscription payment program is one of many Datacolor solutions designed to meet evolving customer needs. By reducing the barriers of accessibility to our core color management software we can help more customers digitize and optimize their color workflow,” said Albert Busch, President and CEO, Datacolor.

Color workers who take advantage of the annual subscription program can expect to benefit from all future software enhancements and receive support for new operating systems.

To learn more about Datacolor color management software or to connect with a Datacolor sales representative please visit https://www.datacolor.com/business-solutions/.

About Datacolor

Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, provides software, instruments and services to assure accurate color of materials, products, and images. The world’s leading brands, manufacturers, and creative professionals have used Datacolor’s innovative solutions to consistently achieve the right color for more than 50 years.
The company provides sales, service, and support to over 100 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Industries served include textile and apparel, paint and coatings, automotive and plastics as well as photography, design and videography. For more information, visit: Datacolor.com.

Devine Chemicals Celebrates 10 Years as Afcona Additives’ Sole UK Distributor


 Speciality chemicals company, Devine Chemicals is celebrating 10 years as the sole UK distributor for AFCONA Additives. 

North East-based Devine Chemicals is a leading supplier to the UK coatings industry and the partnership with speciality additives manufacturer AFCONA Additives has helped to strengthen the company’s product portfolio and cements its position in the coatings market.

AFCONA Additives produces a wide range of high molecular weight dispersing agents which are suitable for all solvent-based coatings and industrial water-based systems.  It is a global manufacturer of speciality additives to a variety of industries including coatings, inks and plastics. Its portfolio spans a number of additive categories, ranging from defoamers to flow and leveling agents, wetting agents, dispersants, and other specialties. Furthermore, its products can be used in high-performance coatings for automotive, renewables and oilfield applications.

Dan Devine, Commercial Director at Devine Chemicals Ltd, said: “Working with partners like AFCONA Additives is a perfect example of our commitment to supply world class speciality chemicals. We’re proud to have hit this important milestone in our partnership and look forward to continuing to work together to serve the UK market with AFCONA Additives’ product portfolio.”

Torsten Hammes, European Sales Director at AFCONA Additives commented: “It’s fantastic to have Devine Chemicals representing our company in the UK as they really understand our product portfolio, have developed strong relationships with our UK based customers and can provide excellent technical support.

“We have some exciting plans for the future including launching new water based defoamers and dispersing agents and Devine Chemicals will play an integral part in supplying these additives to the UK market.”

With over 30 years of experience in supplying to the manufacturing industry, Devine Chemicals delivers an extensive range of high-quality specialist chemicals suitable across many sectors, including paint, plastics, coatings, building and construction, adhesives, textiles, agrochemicals, rubber and homecare.  The company also manufacturers its own premium quality product ranges including DeCAL, a range of synthetic thickeners and dispersants and DeTOX, a range of titanium dioxide pigments.

For more information on Devine Chemicals visit https://www.devinechemicals.co.uk

Dan Devine, Commercial Director at Devine Chemicals

Eversorb® UV Light-Protection Series Now Available from Blagden

Eversorb® UV light-protection series now available from Blagden

Blagden has announced a new partnership with Everlight Chemical, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-performance UV absorbers and hindered amine light stabilisers.

Everlight, based in Taiwan, has a global reputation for its innovative range of specialty additives to protect coatings from yellowing and other problems caused by UV light. Last year, the organisation was recognised with an Industry Excellence Award from the Paint and Coating Industry in China.

“The Eversorb series, which provides UV protection in wide-ranging applications, represents an important class of effect additives for all our coatings customers,” explained Michael Austin, Blagden’s Coatings Business Line manager. “This is a critical field of specialty chemicals so we are delighted to pair with one of the global leaders with a strong focus on R&D and innovation. It’s a good fit for Blagden and reinforces our commitment to add value for customers.”

The series includes both UV light absorbers (UVA) and hindered amine light stabilisers (HALS). It delivers superior UV protection to enhance the performance of polymers in coatings, adhesives & sealants, inks, plastics and many advanced applications. The products prevent degradation problems such as discoloration, gloss loss, surface chalking and the loss of mechanical properties.

For more information, please contact Michael Austin 01959 560804, or visit us on Stand 233 at Surfex 2020.

Free Webinars from Yordas Group

Free Webinar: Are you ready for the SCIP Database?

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2–3 PM BST

Do you produce, import or supply a product that is placed on the EU market and contains SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern)? The SCIP database is a new requirement under the revised EU Waste Framework Directive. All companies placing products on the EU market must notify those containing SVHCs to this database from January 2021.

The SCIP database’s purpose is to reduce the amount of hazardous waste by supporting the use of safer replacement substances in manufacturing, improving the waste treatment process, and allowing authorities to monitor the use of hazardous substances.

The data requirements for the SCIP database are more extensive and complex than those of REACH Article 33 and require substantial amounts of information from the supply chain. This presents a huge challenge for industry.

Join us for this free webinar to learn how you can meet the requirements in the most resource-efficient manner here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5124056646177730575

Topics covered in this webinar:

  • Background to SCIP
  • SCIP data structure and content
  • Referencing and Simplified Notification
  • Challenges
  • Yordas’ approach to SCIP

This webinar is Ideal for:

  • EU-based manufacturers, importers and suppliers of articles (i.e. products, component parts)
  • Suppliers based outside the EU may be affected indirectly so would also benefit
  • Industries: advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer goods, retail

Your host:
Dr. Sandra Meijer, Principal: Product Stewardship, Yordas Group

Sandra is a recognised expert on chemicals management and product stewardship. She has extensive knowledge on how global chemicals regulations impact supply chains, with a particular expertise in the advanced manufacturing sector. Sandra is the key driver behind Yordas Group’s highly regarded Hive suite of regulatory compliance tools for industry, and the lead on SCIP services within Yordas.

Free Webinar: Management Systems and Auditing
Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 2– 3 PM BST
Sign up link:

 This webinar introduces the benefits of management systems and looks at the steps required to fulfil the ISO obligations, including the high-level commonalities, risk management and process approaches that underpin the various standards (ISO 9001, 14001, etc). We discuss systems integration, and whether, under particular circumstances standalone or integrated approaches are most suitable.

Lastly, we explore three types of audit, namely performance-based, product-based, and regulatory-based audits, and how they can support your management system objectives and drive continual improvement of your business outcomes.

 The session will cover:

  • Management System elements
  • What is the PDCA framework?
  • What is the process approach?
  • What is risk-based thinking?
  • How do I set objectives and targets?
  • The importance of supporting processes
  • Integrated Systems
    • The pros and cons of integration
  • Auditing basics and types
    • Performance Audits
    • Regulatory Audits
    • Product (Life Cycle) Audits

You should join us if
you’re planning to develop management systems and want to understand more about the standards and their commonalities for easy integration;

  • you are wanting to gain a greater understanding of management systems or audits;
  • you have an interest in systems auditing, particularly if you are seeking audits of your own systems.

The Host: Damon Waterworth

Damon leads the development and delivery of life cycle assessment (LCA), management system and auditing (MS&A) services at Yordas Group. He holds an MSc in Energy and the Environment from Lancaster University and a BSc in Geography from the University of Chester.

Free Webinar: Sustainable Chemicals Management – Utilising Green Chemistry

Tuesday, 1 September 2020, 2–3 PM BST
Sign up link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4237164178938941963

This webinar introduces the area of Green Chemistry and how this links to opportunities for Sustainable Chemicals Management. Incorporating sustainability vision into your material selection and manufacturing processes provides a range of different benefits that can result in a competitive advantage for your business.

In this webinar we will discuss common examples of Green Chemistry technologies and a method to assessing a range of products/substances based on sustainability criteria. Whether you are new to Green Chemistry or experienced in the area, join this informative webinar to get a jump-start to sustainable chemicals management.

Topics covered in this webinar:

  • The benefits of embracing sustainability vision within chemicals management
  • An introduction to Green Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry & LCA hybridisation
  • Examples of Green technologies
  • A discussion of the methodology behind a chemical/product assessment based on sustainability objectives

This webinar is ideal for:

  • Those who are not currently involved or aware of sustainable technologies.
  • Those who believe that they would be prepared to assess & potentially incorporate sustainable materials into their product portfolio.
  • Those who want to gain a greater understanding of Green Chemistry and environmentally sound products.

Your Host: Max Moseley, Chemistry Consultant, Yordas Group

Max is a chemist who drives the sustainable chemicals management services. He specialises in the field of green chemistry and also works on the characterisation of substances under REACH legislation. He has a Masters degree in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology from the University of York.

Free Webinar: Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment

Tuesday, 8 September 8 2020, 2–3 PM BST
Sign up link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2542556176281213710

This webinar introduces Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), an environmental accounting tool that is gaining popularity as consumers and other interested parties become more environmentally-conscious. LCA provides organisations with a comprehensive understanding of their environmental impact and allows them to make informed decisions about how they can improve their environmental performance.

This webinar is Ideal for anyone looking to gain a basic understanding of LCA methodology, principles and applications.

By the end of the webinar you will:

  • Understand the methodology employed by LCA studies
  • Be aware of the data requirements and limitations
  • Appreciate the key benefits and challenges of undertaking an LCA
  • Identify the most suitable type of LCA based on your product goals or organisations needs
  • Understand how to communicate results effectively given data sensitivity and uncertainty challenges.

This webinar will cover:

  • Introduce the fundamental concepts of LCA and ISO 14040 standard methodology
  • Provide an overview of LCA benefits and applications
  • Discuss the different types of LCA and how they relate to study goals
  • Introduce hotspot, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis as a means to reach logical conclusions

Your Host: Damon Waterworth, Sustainability Consultant, Yordas Group

Damon leads the development and delivery of life cycle assessment (LCA), management system and auditing (MS&A) services. He holds an MSc in Energy and the Environment from Lancaster University and a BSc in Geography from the University of Chester.

Free Webinar: Sustainability Reporting for Chemical Using Industries

Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 2–3 PM BST
Sign up link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2770305716363748112


Sustainability reporting is becoming a business imperative. But how can you start from scratch? Gain the skills you need to create and share a compelling story about your organisation’s efforts towards achieving sustainable development with our upcoming training course.

What the session will cover:

  • Introduction to sustainability reporting for chemical using companies (regulatory and business drivers)
  • GRI Standards: introduction, structure, reporting principles
  • How to:
    • Identify material topics and their boundaries
    • Boost your stakeholder engagement efforts
    • Design an efficient data collection process
    • Present and compile information

Who should attend:

  • Anyone who has started thinking more strategically about corporate sustainability or is looking for ways to improve their processes including but not limited to:
    • Sustainability “starters”
    • Junior and professional sustainability reporters
    • Strategists -Marketing and communication specialists
    • Compliance managers
    • Anyone else who has a genuine interest and passion in how to transfer sustainability theory into practice

German Design Award 2019 for IKA

German Design Award 2019 for IKA

/// The T 25 easy clean disperser receives

The high-performance IKA T 25 easy clean homogenizer is the first of its kind in the world for use in research, product development or quality control. Now this unique laboratory device has been lauded with the German Design Award 2019 in the “Industry” category.

The disperser, which was launched at Achema 2018, homogenizes samples, emulsifies substances such as cosmetics and suspends paints and coatings. The device has been awarded a “Special Mention in the Industry Category” by the German Design Council for its outstanding design quality. “Those who prevail here against the high-profile competition have proven themselves to be among the best”, writes Andrej Kupetz, Managing Director of the German Design Council in his congratulatory letter. The IKA T 25 easy clean disperserworks quietly, efficiently and conveniently. Thanks to the intelligent, user-friendly device design, it is particularly smart to use.

The associated dispersing tool is designed in such a way that it can be easily cleaned without dismantling the unit, since the rotor can be removed in one simple step. In addition, the new disperser has a specially developed, particularly robust housing. IKA is very pleased about the award, because the “Special Mention” title honors workmanship with particularly successful aspects or solutions in its design. This is great recognition of IKA’s commitment and that of its developers and designers.

The international premium prize has been awarded by the German Design Council since 2011. The award ceremony will take place on February 8, 2019 in the presence of 1,300 guests from politics, business, design and the press. It is one of the most important design events of the year aimed at discovering, presenting and distinguishing unique design trends.

Government Must Understand Need for Alignment on Chemicals with the EU

Government must understand need for alignment on chemicals with the EU, says coatings industry

The Chancellor of the Exchequer made the news recently with comments he made during an interview with the Financial Times, in which he addressed the issue of future trading agreements with the EU. He told the paper:
“There will not be alignment, we will not be a rule taker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union – and we will do this by the end of the year.”

Commenting on these developments Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation, said:
“We were disappointed that the current government’s version of the Withdrawal Agreement removed some of the commitments to regulatory alignment for chemicals that were in the previous Theresa May deal. The Chancellor’s comments raise even more concerns for the coatings industry about the possibility of substantial regulatory divergence in the future. A recent BCF member survey saw 90% of coatings manufacturers express their fear of having a duplicate set of chemical regulations through a UK REACH, and all the extra bureaucracy and cost this would bring.”

These comments came as the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill was finally approved by the UK Parliament, with the European Parliament also expected to vote to approve the agreement next week (w/c 27th January). The UK will therefore formally leave the EU on 31st January and enter into a period of new, and separate, negotiations about a future free trade agreement between the UK and EU, with a transition period on current terms running until 31st December 2020.

Tom Bowtell continued:
“We need government to understand the complexity of the integrated chemicals supply chain and come up with an appropriate free trade deal to prevent – or at least minimise – substantially added costs or disruption to our members.  The BCF will continue to engage in forthright yet constructive dialogue with civil servants and politicians to ensure a workable solution is found for our sector.”

For further information please contact Tania Morrill on 07393 149 738 or tania.morrill@bcf.co.uk

Green Light – Think you know how to recycle?


Nearly half of parents have been shamed by their own children – for bad recycling practises


A poll of 2,000 mums and dads of school-aged children found 41 per cent believe it’s really their children who drive recycling and sustainability attitudes at home, thanks to the popularity of teenage environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg.

And 43 per cent have faced a telling off from their offspring for not making more effort with the recycling – an average of three times a week.

 Of those told off, 56 per cent have been reprimanded for throwing something like a can in the bin instead of recycling it, while four in 10 have had words for buying items in non-recyclable packaging.

 Another 35 per cent have been reprimanded by youngsters for not washing out cans or jars properly before putting them out with the recycling.

 But the study, by the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, found more than a third of parents admitted their children know more about the environment and recycling than they do.

 And seven in 10 blame their own confusion about what can and can’t be recycled for their fall outs with their children.


Robert Fell, CEO and director, Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, said: 

 “Recycling has come on in leaps and bounds even in the last few years – things that weren’t able to be recycled by councils are now much more widely re-usable. Because of this, children now learning about how to be green at school, and figures like Greta Thunberg proving popular, many youngsters know more about recycling than their parents.

“It’s great to see that so many parents are being picked up on things they may not be doing correctly when it comes to recycling – even if it is by their children.

“Children are very enthusiastic about the environment and it could be an opportunity for people to learn more about what they can be doing more of to improve their recycling – even if it’s as simple as remembering to recycle a can instead of just throwing it away.”

 The study also found 35 per cent of parents are happy to admit their offspring care more about recycling than they do themselves.

 And while 28 per cent of those who have been ‘eco-shamed’ by their children felt ashamed and 33 per cent felt guilty, four in 10 were proud of them for picking them up on it.

 More than a third were also happy that their children cared so much about the environment.

 Two thirds of parents think their children’s eco-education comes from school, while another fifth put it down to simple internet research.

 Newspapers account for 10 per cent of sustainability knowledge in kids, while a quarter get it from green-leaning TV shows.

 But a third say their children ‘look up to’ Greta Thunberg, leading to a passion for being green.

 Almost half (45 per cent) of parents are even influenced by their kids to ‘think green’ when food shopping, with more than half encouraged by their offspring to buy items in packaging like cans or cardboard which can be recycled.

 However, despite the prompting from their children, one in five parents often throw things out that could be recycled because they’re confused about what can and can’t go in the green bin.

 Despite nine in 10 people thinking that tin cans can be recycled, more than a fifth had no idea that you can recycle metal paint cans.

 As a result, while 10 per cent admitted to being more likely to throw a can into the bin than recycling it, 24 per cent would do the same with metal paint pots.

 Almost half of those polled, via OnePoll, even admitted they sometimes throw recyclable items out with the rubbish because it is easier than trying to work out whether it can be recycled.

And 46 per cent have binned a can because they couldn’t be bothered to wash it out, even though four in 10 are aware that this isn’t essential to the recycling process.

 Many also know more than they think about how to recycle metal packaging, with more than eight in 10 aware you don’t have to crush cans, while three quarters know you don’t need to remove paper labels.


Robert Fell added: 

 “Even now, there’s a lot of confusion among consumers about what counts as recyclable waste.Things like cans of paint, old technology like phones and keyboards, and even trays from fruit punnets leave millions in a flap.

This is why it’s so important that the younger generation keeps up their interest in helping save the planet – beginning with their own homes.”


Try our online quiz to see how much you know about metal packaging recycling  https://www.mpma.org.uk/green-light/

Growth for Richard Baker Harrison continues with acquisition of Faber & VanderEnde B.V and Faber & VanderEnde GmbH


UK based Richard Baker Harrison Ltd (RBH), a market leader in the supply of speciality functional materials, additives and chemicals to the polymer and related industry, has announced the acquisition of specialist European distribution companies, Faber & VanderEnde B.V and Faber & VanderEnde GmbH.

This latest acquisition will see both companies trade as independent businesses within the RBH Group providing an enriched Group portfolio of specialist raw materials across Europe with a focus on key markets including coatings, construction, adhesives & sealants and molecular sieves/filtration.

RBH has a long history of growth and investment in people, products and principals within the chemical distribution sector. The decision to include Faber & VanderEnde B.V. & GmbH  into the family of RBH companies, represents an important strategic investment for RBH as they continue to broaden their portfolio of products and resources to support customers and principals further.

Brendan Pope, Interim Managing Director of RBH said: “We are very excited by RBH’s acquisition and the opportunity it creates to deliver on our customers’ requirements. We are looking to complement and supplement the very high levels of customer service offered by these companies and their management. Combined with RBH resources and our wider product portfolio we now have the opportunity to serve existing and new EU customers which further supports our drive for optimum customer service.”

Harold Faber, Founder of Faber & VanderEnde B.V. said: “Our goal was and still is to set new standards in customer service and innovation and I am looking forward to working with a team whose entrepreneurial spirit and vision for the future aligns with our own ambitions of providing a sustainable and expansive portfolio of materials alongside best in class customer service.”

Growth for Richard Baker Harrison continues with acquisition of Geniechem Ltd & Geniechem (Europe)Ltd


North West based Richard Baker Harrison Ltd (RBH), a market leader in the supply of speciality functional materials, additives and chemicals to the polymer and related industry, has announced the acquisition of privately owned Geniechem Ltd & Geniechem (Europe)Ltd, adding expertise in the CASE and high-end composite sectors to their extensive portfolio of products.

Geniechem will be an independent member of RBH Group. It will retain the experience and drive of Martin Kaufman in a wider capacity, underlining the commitment of both organisations to create added value for customers and stakeholders.

RBH has a long history of growth and investment in people, products and principals within the chemical distribution sector. The decision to include Geniechem into the family of RBH companies, represents an important strategic investment for RBH as they continue to broaden their portfolio of products and resources to support customers and principals further.

Said Martin Kaufman, Owner of Geniechem Ltd & Geniechem (Europe) Ltd “We are very excited by RBH’s acquisition and the opportunity it creates to deliver on our customers’ requirements. I am delighted to be part of a team whose entrepreneurial spirit and ambitions for the future will enable us to work together in offering a wider portfolio of materials and more efficient supply chains”

Martin Cicognani, Managing Director of RBH said, “This investment provides us with a wider scope for future-focused development and a strong customer base for our products and services that will help to inspire change across our specialist markets. We are excited to launch Geniechem as part of the RBH Group and look forward to its immediate contributions to our success together.”

Growth for Richard Baker Harrison continues with acquisition of Polymer Specialist, Dunwood Polymers


North West based Richard Baker Harrison Ltd (RBH), a market leader in the supply of speciality functional materials, additives and chemicals to the polymer and related industry, has announced the acquisition of privately owned Dunwood Polymers creating a new independent company, Dunwood Specialities Limited (DSL).

As a direct complement to RBH’s specialty product offerings, DSL will specialise in the distribution of water-based polymer dispersions and high-quality performance materials to the adhesive/sealant; construction; coatings and agricultural sectors. The new company will help create stronger links to these industries and align with RBH’s vision to overcome challenges in the production of complex formulations.

RBH has a long history of growth and investment in people, products and principals within the chemical distribution sector. The decision to include Dunwood to the family of RBH companies, represents an important strategic investment for RBH as they continue to broaden their portfolio of products and resources to support customers and principals further.

Peter Stanton and Stacey Turner, key members of the Dunwood management team, will remain with the business, underlining the commitment of both organisations to create added value for customers and stakeholders.

Said Peter Stanton, Owner of Dunwood Polymers  “We are very excited by RBH’s acquisition and the opportunity it creates to deliver on our customers’ requirements. I am delighted to be part of a team whose entrepreneurial spirit means we will work together to offer a wider portfolio of materials and more efficient supply chains to help us focus on service and broaden our innovation horizons.”

Martin Cicognani, Managing Director of RBH said, “This investment provides us with a wider scope for future-focused development and a strong customer base for our products and services that will help to inspire change across our specialist markets. We are excited to launch Dunwood Specialities as part of the RBH Group and look forward to its immediate contributions to our success together.”

About RBH

RBH is a well-respected market leader, supplying speciality functional materials, additives and chemicals to the polymer and related industry sectors. The business dates back to 1858 and through a series of mergers and acquisitions is now part of the O’Brien Group of Companies (OBG). Today the Group employs over 300 personnel and generates revenues in excess of £80M.

Based in Manchester, RBH operates 5 strategically located warehouses across Europe and represents a number of international market leading Principals.  As a highly technical, value-add distributor, RBH partners with globally positioned producers of speciality and technical products and has a product portfolio centred around essential functional additives and speciality modifiers for property and productivity enhancement.

The business is poised for further growth as it delivers on its organic and inorganic growth strategy within its current and future markets. In addition to which, its value proposition is supplemented by a highly motivated and competent sales and marketing team primed to service and surpass the Customers’ expectations.



HMG Paints Chairman John Falder awarded Silver Medal

John Falder, Chairman of HMG Paints, was awarded the Coatings industry’s highest honour, the Silver Medal, at the British Coatings Federation Awards Dinner in Manchester on October 14th.


Instigated by Leslie Silver upon his retirement in 1980, the Silver Medal recognises those who provide outstanding service and an exceptional contribution to the industry’s growth and reputation.


John Falder has been actively involved in the industry and with the BCF for over 40 years, taking a leading role in developing several industry initiatives, such as the apprenticeship training scheme and Coatings Care, the industry’s health, safety, and environmental programme.


Through the years John has held several influential roles, most notably BCF President between 2014 and 2016. He has chaired the Industrial and Powder Coatings Council and the Vehicle Refinish Committee, as well as being a member of the General Purpose and Finance Committee.


Tom Bowtell, Chief Executive of the British Coatings Federation commented “John Falder exemplifies the commitment to the industry that the Silver Medal was developed to recognise. He has been a prominent figure in­­ the coatings industry and is a huge advocate of the BCF. We would like to thank John for his support and expertise throughout the years and congratulate him on this very much deserved accolade.” 

From left to right: BCF President Guy Williams, John Falder, BCF CEO Tom Bowtell

How to Choose a Correct Coating Thickness Gauge

The importance of measuring coating thickness is discussed extensively in the “How to Measure Coating Thickness” article. When it comes to selecting a handheld portable coating thickness gauge, an incorrect instrument choice may result in a measurement failure (e.g., inability to obtain a value) or completely wrong results.

Even when a false reading is obtained with an incorrect gauge for the job, there’s also a high risk of assuming it’s accurate.

The above factors increase the chances of failing to meet a desirable coating thickness specification. The consequences may lead to the added costs of rework or lost contracts due to customer dissatisfaction.

This article explores the factors that influence choosing the most suitable gauge for a specific application, first time, and ensure the measurements are fully representable of the actual coating thickness.


When it comes to choosing a suitable coating thickness gauge, it’s essential to consider several crucial factors. Each one of them will determine what type of instrument and measurement probe are required.

The Physical State of a Coating

Initially, for coatings in a liquid state or the so-called ‘uncured state’, the traditional Dry Film Thickness (DFT) gauges won’t work. For such applications, non-contact powder coating thickness gauges are required. They function by placing the probe at a calibrated distance from a measured surface, and readings are obtained using the ultrasonic measurement principle.

This method is limited to powder coating applications, where a thickness needs to be predicted before the final curing stage. Once the depth is known, it’s possible to potentially reduce the powder consumption that leads to leaner coating application processes with financial and ecological advantages.

However, for coatings is their stable (cured) state, Dry Film Thickness (DFT) gauges are ideal instruments for these applications. They also test layers non-destructively and cover a significantly wide range of applications. In this instance, a measurement probe needs to be applied to a surface for a reading to take place.

This article guides a reader to choose the appropriate DFT gauge for measurements of coatings in their finished “cured” state.

Coating and Base Material

DFT Gauges work using either magnetic induction or eddy current measurement methods. The main difference between the techniques is that the first measures the coating thickness on Ferrous (Fe) while the latter on Non-Ferrous (NFe) substrates. Some gauges incorporate both principles in one to cover all possible base materials. The principle of operation can be seen in Figure 1 and Figure 2.

Figure 1. Schematic diagram of a probe incorporating magnetic induction method.

Figure 2. Schematic diagram of a probe incorporating eddy current amplitude sensitive method.

The magnetic induction measurement method works by generating a low-frequency magnetic field that is produced by excitation current I~. A measurement coil μmeasures the resulting magnetic field.

The Eddy current test method, (amplitude sensitive) measures according to ISO 2360 and ASTM 7091 standards. A coil wrapped around the ferrite core is induced with an excitation current. It generates a high-frequency magnetic field that sends loops of electrical current into a base material, in planes perpendicular to the magnetic field. The same coil measures the resulting magnetic field.

In both methods, the measurement coil sends a signal to the instrument (DFT gauge), which converts it into numerical units we can understand, such as microns or mils.

In case a coating has the same chemical composition as a substrate, there’s no way for a measurement probe to recognise the difference. Hence, it’s essential to understand what material a coating consists of and whether it’s measurable on a given substrate using a DFT gauge.

The table below demonstrates typical applications for both magnetic induction and eddy current methods. We also extensively talk about magnetic induction and eddy current measurement principles in the “How to Measure Coating Thickness” article.

Magnetic Induction Eddy Current
Substrate (Base Material) Ferromagnetic (e.g., Steel or Iron) μm Electrically conductive non-ferrous metal (e.g., Aluminium)
The Main Field of Application – Non-ferromagnetic coatings
– Electroplated coatings made of chromium, zinc, copper or aluminium
– Paint, enamel, varnish or plastic coatings
– Electrically non-conductive coatings
– Paint, enamel, varnish or plastic coatings
– Anodic coatings

Helmut Fischer GmbH offers a wide range of DFT gauges with built-in or interchangeable probes that use magnetic induction and eddy current methods. Learn more about the instruments we suggest following the link below:

Coating Roughness

If a coating is rough, then there will be a higher variation in the measured coating thickness. It happens since a probe tip may rest on peaks or in troughs. Probes that aren’t influenced by rough coatings solve this challenge Figure 3.

Figure 2. A schematic diagram demonstrating how peaks and troughs affect coating thickness readings [A] and the effect of wide and dual-tip probes that take consistent readings on rough surfaces [B].

Wide and dual-tip probes have a larger measurement area and always sit on peaks. This way, the total thickness of a coating is consistently measured. A list of probes offered by Helmut Fischer GmbH, specifically designed to measure on rough surfaces consistently, can be found in Table 1.

FD13H probe. Probes for measurements on virtually all metals. The probes work with two test methods and are therefore able to measure coating thicknesses on non-ferrous metals as well as on ferrous metals. Because of the large pole tip, the probes are also well suited for measurements on rough surfaces.

FTD3.3 probe. This probe utilises the eddy current method. It is suitable for measurements of rough paint, lacquer, plastics, and anodised coatings on Non-ferromagnetic substrates.

V7FKB4 probe. Measures non-ferrous and non-metallic coatings on steel or iron substrates. Higher repeatability precision than single tip probes when measuring rough surfaces.

FKB10 probe. Measures non-ferrous and non-metallic coatings on steel or iron substrates. Uniquely suited for thick layers (up to 8mm). Provide a much higher measurement precision on rough surfaces than single tip probes.

Table 1: Probes for measurements on rough surfaces

The above probes work with the FMP family of instruments. You can learn more by following the link below:

The Location of the Measurement Area

The location of the measurement area also plays a significant role in selecting the right DFT gauge for the job. When it comes to testing coating thickness on flat surfaces, most of the time, it’s possible to get away with a standard instrument setup. However, in case a measurement is taken too close to a sample’s edge, then readings get affected due to the magnetic field reaching beyond a specimen (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Graphical representation of an “edging” effect

In case a sample is small and a probe inevitably always lands near an edge, you can obtain more accurate results by using an appropriate “thin tip” probe. It is also suitable for measurements in intricate locations. Further below you can find two types of “thin tip” probes offered by Helmut Fischer GmbH for measurements on ferrous and non-ferrous substrates (Table 2).

FGA06H-MC probe. Measures non-ferrous and non-metallic coatings on steel or iron substrates. Mechanical design is especially suited for precise probe positioning (e.g., near edges)

FTA2.4-MC probe. Measures electrically non-conducting coatings on non-ferromagnetic metal substrates. Mechanical design is especially suited for precise probe positioning (e.g., near edges)

Table 2: Tin Tip Probes

The FGA06H-MC probe works with FMP10 deltascope, FMP20 dualscope, FMP30 deltascope, FMP40 dualscope, and FMP100 dualscope. Meanwhile, FTA2.4-MC operates with FMP10 isoscope, FMP20 dualscope, FMP30 isoscope, FMP40 dualscope, and FMP100 dualscope. Follow the link below for more details about the FMP range of instruments and how to access probes’ technical information.

Finally, it’s essential to consider that coating thickness measurements can also take place inside bores and holes. In this case, it’s often impossible to obtain a reading without a specialist probe.

Table 3 demonstrates suitable probes for measurements in hard to read locations.

FAW3.3 probe. Measures electrically non-conducting coatings on non-ferromagnetic metal substrate materials. It is suited for measurements on plane specimens or in pipes boreholes and recesses. It can also be used when surfaces exhibit a damp condition (acidic contamination of test surface).

FAI3.3-150 probe. Measures electrically non-conducting coatings on non-ferromagnetic metal substrate materials. Suited for measurements in pipes, boreholes, grooves, etc. Smallest permissible inside diameter: 9 mm. Maximum insertion depth: 150 mm.

FGABI1.3-150 probe. Measures non-ferrous and non-metallic coatings on steel or iron substrates. Suited for measurements in bore holes, pipes, or grooves. Smallest permissible inside diameter: 9mm. Maximum insertion depth: 150mm

FGABI1.3-260 probe. Measures non-ferrous and non-metallic coatings on steel or iron substrates. Suited for measurements in boreholes, pipes, or grooves. Smallest permissible inside diameter: 9mm. Maximum insertion depth: 260mm

Table 3: Probes for coating thickness measurements in hard to reach locations

Sample Geometry

Most of the time, the final sample geometry may be more complicated with round and concave surfaces, and as a result, the measuring can be problematic. As an example, in the automotive industry, most of the measurements acquired on car bodies are either on a convex or a concave surface.

Sample geometry has one of the most significant impacts on the coating thickness measurement readings, often producing a deviation from the real value (Figure 4). In this case, operators are forced to conduct a re-calibration for every shape. It adds complications to the measurement procedure with increased testing times and a substantially higher room for errors.

Figure 4. Measurement deviations due to geometry

To avoid errors generated from sample geometry, it is possible to use curvature compensation probes. In this way, an accurate coating thickness reading is always obtained, regardless of a specimen shape. Helmut Fischer GmbH offers a list of patented probes for measurements on ferrous and non-ferrous substrates you can find in the table below.

FTD3.3 probe. Measures paint, lacquer, plastic, and anodised coatings on non-ferromagnetic metal substrates. Excellent curvature compensation down to approximately 4 mm diameter shapes. Patented design. It is suited for measurements on curved surfaces such as car bodies

FGA06H probe. Measures non-ferrous and non-metallic coatings on steel or iron substrates. Uniquely suited for small test areas and curved surfaces. High wear resistance of the tungsten carbide tip. It is not suited for very rough surfaces.

Table 4: Curvature compensation probes

Coating Thickness Extremes

Minimum and maximum coating thickness may require two different probes to acquire accurate results. At the same time, if acquired measurements are to be in the nanometer range, one will need to consider alternative methods, such as micro-sectioning or X-ray fluorescence (XRF).

The further away a probe is from the substrate, the weaker the resulting magnetic field, and vice-versa. As a result, extremely thin coatings of less than 3 microns have a much more significant variation in their measurement data. Here, the signal is too strong for the probe to recognise the difference between the presence and the absence of a coating.

When measuring thin coatings, it is advisable to use a motorised measurement stand. This instrument accessory ensures consistent readings are achieved and eliminates the possibility of thickness deviations caused by manual operation.

Substrate Thickness

Thin substrate thickness can also have a dramatic influence on readings. Measurement distortion happens when the magnetic field reaches beyond the substrate material thickness (Figure 5).

Figure 5. Measurement distortion due to a thin metal substrate

When a substrate is too thin, standard probes may give misleading readings even after a corrective calibration. In these instances, Helmut Fischer GmbH offers a list of high-frequency probes. Their distinguishing feature is that eddy currents are induced in the skin of relatively thin substrates, to allow reliable coating thickness measurements without influence from the variation of substrate thickness.

Final Instrument Choice

The market is saturated with a broad range of coating thickness gauges, so it may initially seem too overwhelming to choose an instrument from the wide range of options available, especially when it doesn’t accurately explain what the right choice is.

In these instances, it may become extremely tempting to go for the cheapest option that the market offers. However, as attractive as it may be, the final decision should always be guided by the coating thickness measurement applications.

At Helmut Fischer GmbH, purchasing a coating thickness gauge isn’t just a matter of Googling online and pressing the “buy now” button, of course. Providing the customer has the right knowledge to make an informed decision; it can become that simple.

Further below two types of gauges are shown, that are offered by Helmut Fischer GmbH – DFT gauges with a built-in probe for straightforward applications and more advanced instruments that can accommodate numerous specialist probes for more challenging measurement tasks.

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Industry body takes action on greenwash claims in decorative paints

15th March 2022


The British Coatings Federation (BCF) have launched a new online guide, ‘Green Claims Guide to Decorative Paints’, to tackle the rising number of green claims emerging in the decorative paints industry.


According to the UK Government’s website, green claims (sometimes called ‘environmental claims’ or ‘eco-friendly claims’) are ‘claims that show how a product, service, brand or business provides a benefit or is less harmful to the environment’.


In an ever more competitive marketplace, the makers of decorative paints often rely on unique selling points to make their products stand out. Some companies, however, may be misleading consumers with unsubstantiated green claims about their products. A recent international analysis of websites conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that 40% of green claims made online could be misleading.


‘Non-Toxic’, ‘Natural’, ‘Vegan’, ‘Child and Pet-safe’, Eco-friendly’ and ‘Organic’ – these are just some of the claims that businesses are using to market decorative paint products to consumers. The BCF, the UK’s Trade Association representing decorative paint manufacturers, are urging consumers to consult BCF’s guide when faced with claims in order to validate them.


BCF Chief Executive Officer Tom Bowtell commented, “With consumers becoming increasingly more inclined to make more sustainably conscious purchases, BCF are recording increasing numbers of news articles around the subject of ‘eco-paints’, as well as reports from our members in the decorative paints industry of emerging companies making unsubstantiated claims. Such claims, if unproven, can be damaging to the decorative paints industry’s reputation, as well as misleading consumers.”


BCF’s green claims guide breaks down the definitions of some of the most commonly used phrases and buzzwords when marketing decorative paints to consumers. The aim is to create a level playing field within the industry, ensure businesses are complying with the law and that consumers are not being misled.


Possibly the most used consumer product claim is ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’ which are often made as broad statements with no scientific proof to back them up. As descriptors for paint products, these words, often misappropriated from the food industry, are too vague to adequately describe paint. These buzzwords may attract the attention of consumers but are meaningless and often signal little but greenwash.


Another key greenwashing issue the industry faces is ‘Zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)’. BCF takes the position that the use of the terms ‘Zero-VOC’ and ‘VOC-free’ are false claims and should not be used in the paint industry.


BCF members have now adopted the use of the statement ‘TRACE’ VOC to improve communication to consumers highlighting which products have the lowest levels of VOCs. As the license holders of the industry-wide standard VOC Globe scheme, BCF are promoting the new ‘TRACE’ globe in the coming months as an alternative to ‘Zero VOCs’.


To help businesses understand how to communicate their green credentials while reducing the risk of misleading shoppers, the CMA have published the Green Claims Code. This focuses on 6 principles that are based on existing consumer law and make clear that businesses ‘must not omit or hide important information’ and ‘must consider the full life cycle of the product’.


BCF’s new guide aligns with the CMA’s Green Claims Code and welcomes the increased initiative being taken by UK regulators. More action will likely be brought against those not complying with the CMA’s Green Claims Code, ASA’s Advertising Codes and applicable consumer protection legislation.


To read the Green Claims Guide to Decorative Paints, please visit: www.coatings.org.uk/greenclaims.

Industry Leader Expands Its Graphene-Enhanced Anti-Corrosion Product Range

AGM launches its own range of graphene paints alongside another high-performance non-metal additive

[REDCAR, UK, 10th JANUARY 2022] Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) dispersions, continues to demonstrate its industry expertise and commitment to innovation with the introduction of two new product developments in quick succession.
Following outstanding results through extensive inhouse research and testing, the Company has launched a range of industrial anti-corrosion paint incorporating its own Genable graphene additives. The two epoxy-based prototype primer systems represent an easy way for those considering the adoption of graphene to quickly test and evaluate its potential benefits.
The Genable Epoxy primer is a C3-rated hybrid product combining graphene with a zinc phosphate additive to enable the end-user to benefit from the synergies offered by both systems in standard applications, such as urban and industrial environments. The Genable CX primer is a high-performance hybrid system, but this formulation is based on graphene and aluminium chemistries to offer anti-corrosion protection for harsh environments, such as offshore and marine applications.
Alongside the graphene-enhanced paints, AGM chemists have also introduced a range of non-metal, active anti-corrosion graphene additives to extend its Genable 3000 dispersion series. Using a combination of graphene with traditional, sacrificial additives, the newly-formulated metal-free and VOC-free hybrid range maximises synergies across complimentary systems to offer the paints and coatings industry an unrivalled level of surface protection against corrosion.
Genable 3100 and Genable 3105 are optimised, formulation-ready dispersions that are easy to formulate, safe to incorporate and stabilised in a standard epoxy resin. The Genable 3120 offers a more sustainable option in an eco-friendly, bio-based epoxy resin to boost anti-corrosion performance whilst contributing to environmental goals. The new graphene additives are based on the Company’s well-established Genable technology, which is already proven to deliver significant performance uplifts such as chemical resistance, barrier and anticorrosion properties.
Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer or AGM said:
“We are pleased to be able to launch these new Genable products, which we anticipate will help further accelerate the adoption of graphene nanoplatelet technology in the industry. Our technology development programmes have focused on extensive testing and evaluation for a range of applications, and this experience is valuable to guide customers in the use of our products.”

Industry responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

The below is an extract taken from the August edition of the Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal.

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‘May you live in interesting times’ by Paul Sheppard

OCCA President Elect & Laboratory Manager HMG Paints


The phrase ‘may you live in interesting times’ was thought to be a translation of a Chinese curse (attributed by Sir Austen Chamberlain in 1936), but the reality is, like this cursed virus, the origin is not really known. When everything is weighed and sifted, much of the coatings industry (and its raw material suppliers) has managed well to stay operational over the last few months, albeit with considerable numbers of people working from home and some that have been furloughed.

The strength of any organisation can only truly be assessed during times of crisis. Many of our members have kept working during the pandemic to ensure manufacturing and supply of paints, coatings and chemicals have continued to contribute to the fight against the Covid-19 virus. During these difficult times OCCA has shown itself to be responsive and supportive to the needs of our members.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic and the start of our ‘national lockdown’, we here at OCCA HQ have been busy adapting to new ways of working and communicating as an Association. Not only have we had to re-think working practices in terms of Council and Executive meetings, and the rescheduling of Surfex from June to October, but we also have a responsibility to continue to engage with our members, sponsors and academic partners both now and moving forward. We thought we would share some of our thoughts on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

In this special feature, we intend to focus on how the pandemic has been impacting on our members, our sponsors from Industry and Academia, our Professional Association partners and the Coatings Industry in general. We have showcased the many ways in which companies and universities have generously supported the fight against the virus. We should also not forget the role of chemicals and coatings in the fight, from painting the Nightingale hospitals to the supply of alcohol for the production of hand sanitiser products.

At the same time, we cannot ignore the scores of members and their families who have been involved on a very personal level in the massive volunteering effort that has been witnessed throughout our local communities and, indeed, in many countries around the world. From our NHS volunteers, assisting with preparation and delivery of food parcels to vulnerable families and members of local communities, to offering telephone befriending services for lonely and elderly people, to delivery of NHS prescriptions and help with taking patients to and from appointments. The efforts of our many ‘community heroes’ is something we should be extremely proud of.

For OCCA, the past two months have presented many challenges, which have taught us many new skills, particularly with regards to the use of digital video conferencing platforms and communication with members and colleagues alike.

Council representatives recently attended a Zoom session organised by the British Science Council, examining the impact of the ‘new normal’ on the organising of conferences, exhibitions and seminars – which are the ‘mainstay’ in terms of income-generating streams for many of our Professional Associations. It was interesting to learn about the impact of the pandemic on scientific organisations. We will be watching and reporting on this in the weeks and months ahead.

In May we joined forces with “Campaign for Learning” as they launched their annual “Learning at Work” Week. This prompted us to consider how best to engage with members and provide more opportunities for professional and social networking for members around the world. As a result, our “OCCA Weekly Webinar” series was launched. Designed to run for an initial period of 10 weeks, we are hosting 10 guest speakers, typically using the Zoom webinar platform for one hour on a Wednesday afternoon: each speaker will deliver a 30-40 minute presentation followed by a ‘live’ Q&A session. All details of our planned series are published on our website and have also been promoted by our newly revitalised social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This series is available free to members, Corporate Sponsors, staff and students at our Educational Partners and is already proving to be very popular.

Our Annual General Meeting, scheduled to be held at Emirates Old Trafford in July to coincide with the Lancashire Lightning’s T20 Blast match against the Worcestershire Rapids, has had to be cancelled. We are planning to host our AGM online in September and will have a charity fundraiser for one of the many Covid-19 charities as an integral part of this year’s meeting.

Aside from educational and operational issues, we must also acknowledge the importance of the mental wellbeing of our members and colleagues – many of whom are self-isolating or shielding. To this end, we have initiated a fortnightly ‘social night’ on Zoom for our members and friends. We are also planning several other interactive social activities throughout the summer months. All details will be published on our website and across the social platforms, so please watch out for those.

As you can see, the past two months have been an exceptionally busy time for everyone here at OCCA HQ. We have embraced the challenges with gusto and are extremely optimistic that, by engaging in such an interactive way with members and non-members alike, we are providing an effective service that will educate, entertain and provide a supportive network for the paints and coatings industry.

Introducing the Environment Cell

With over 100,000 possible configurations, our ellipsometers can be tailored to meet your research goals. Our worldwide network of representatives, including Quantum Design UK and Ireland, offer unparalleled service and support to help you get the most out of your ellipsometer.

Contact us or stop by the QD-UKI stand BZ124 at Surfex 2022 to learn more about our products and how they can be configured to meet your research needs.

J.A. Woollam developed the Environment Cell for characterization of porous samples. The Environment Cell features a patented vapor-delivery system to create relative pressure environments and is compatible with a wide variety of solvents. The included stage is designed to easily attach to our M-2000 and RC2 and operates under standard atmospheric conditions enabling quick setup and teardown of experiments.

Combining the capabilities of spectroscopic ellipsometry with the Environment Cell enables detection of thickness and refractive index as a function of solvent relative pressure. The integrated software calculates the adsorption isotherms, and from that, pore size distribution and pore volume for micro- and mesoporous samples.

Patented Technology

The Environment Cell features a patented algorithm to accurately control the relative pressure of the sample environment for any type of solvent. This predictive algorithm relates relative pressure to the sample temperature. This allows us to accurately calculate solvent flow rates for precise control of the relative pressure for nearly any solvent-gas mixture.



The Environment Cell is compatible with a wide variety of solvents including water, toluene, methanol and others.



Porosity calculations are directly integrated into CompleteEASE, our powerful software suite for ellipsometry analysis. We calculate pore volume characteristics by relating refractive index at one wavelength to pore volume using the Lorentz-Lorenz effective medium theory, which is sufficient for isotropic materials. We have also integrated our new, patented approach which takes advantage of all measured wavelengths and uses the Bruggeman effective medium approximation to relate refractive index to solvent volume. Our patented approach is typically used to analyze anisotropic or non-uniform samples. Both pore-size analysis techniques are integrated into the CompleteEASE model library.


Stage & Windows

The Environment cell is designed to quickly mount to your ellipsometer. The quick-release system allows you to switch from standard measurements to environment-based studies with relative ease. The Environment Cell uses a sealed lid with optical windows to enable measurements using unfriendly solvents in a leak-free manner. Data acquisition occurs through optical windows at 70o angle of incidence. Window birefringence effects are corrected using a patented window calibration procedure. This procedure is used any time the windows are removed and re-attached for any reason.

Stop by the Quantum Design UK and Ireland stand BZ124 at Surfex 2022 to discuss your ellipsometer applications.

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Millions of Brits admit to ignoring environmental concerns to make their lives easier, a study has found.

A poll of 2,000 adults found despite 87 per cent agreeing on the importance of being green, more than half believe it’s often ‘inconvenient’.

Three in 10 admit binning plastic food containers rather than washing them out and recycling it.

And 23 per cent have requested a paper bill when they could have gone ‘paperless’ – and had the receipt emailed to them instead.

Almost half pay for plastic bags with their shopping to save them having to remember to carry a reusable bag around, and 27 per cent often use a tumble dryer instead of hanging washing out to dry.

Others admit buying paint in a plastic pot rather than a metal can that can be recycled at most household waste and recycling centres.

Environmental concerns also go out the window amid boiling a kettle filled with more water than we need and having the heating turned up high all the time.

A spokesman for Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, which commissioned the research, said: “Our results found the vast majority of Brits are keen on the idea of being green.

“Unfortunately, it often only takes the slightest inconvenience to knock all of the wind out of our sails and we wind up doing things that are easy – but not great for the planet.

“But we do also look to retailers and manufacturers to make it clear how we can be more environmentally friendly when we use their products.

“Those on-pack recycling logos and instructions clearly matter.”

The study also found a quarter of Brits have thrown food away which could have been eaten or reused in some way, and a third are happy to jump in the car when they could easily walk the distance.

More than half pick up disposable batteries rather than ones they need to recharge and 37 per cent have bought a bottle of water when they could have used one from home.

It also emerged a fifth of respondents would go as far as to say they feel that being environmentally and ecologically friendly is a ‘burden’ on their lives.

A quarter think it’s too expensive, and one in five simply don’t believe their contribution will make a difference to the future.

Others say they are ‘too busy’ to be green – or find it confusing.

However, 65 per cent of respondents do worry about the impact of people not being environmentally friendly on future generations.

Brits also admit to being far less environmentally friendly at work than they would be at home.

The research, carried out via OnePoll, also found almost 70 per cent believe retailers aren’t doing enough to present the recycling attributes of the products they sell.

Another 83 per cent believe retailers should make it crystal clear whether a packet, pot or parcel can be recycled or not.

And when buying a product such as paint, the recyclability of the container is often the third most influential factor – after the cost and quality of the product.

A Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association spokesman added: “Consumers want to be given the information to make an informed choice and not be misled into believing a pack is infinitely recycled when in fact it isn’t, as is often the case.

“Take paint cans. Empty plastic paint cans have a comparatively limited recycling life, while metal paint cans which can be recycled over and over with no loss of quality.

“The choice is yours.”

Top 20 things Brits do because it’s more convenient than being green

  1. Buy new batteries instead of rechargeable ones
  2. Use a plastic straw
  3. Pay for a 5p plastic bag instead of remembering your re-usable shopping bags
  4. Put fresh fruit and veg in a plastic bag at the supermarket
  5. Leave lights turned on when you aren’t in the room
  6. Buy a plastic bottle of water instead of carrying one you can reuse
  7. Leave plug sockets switched on even when they aren’t in use
  8. Drive when you could have walked
  9. Throw out plastic food packaging instead of washing it out to recycle it
  10. Use a tumble dryer instead of hanging clothes on the line
  11. Put something recyclable into the bin instead of sorting it into the right recycling box
  12. Throw food away which could have been eaten or reused
  13. Boil a full kettle for one cup of tea
  14. Buy paint in plastic pots instead of metal, which can be recycled
  15. Use a new coffee cup with your takeaway coffee instead of taking a reusable one
  16. Still ask for paper bills when you could go paperless
  17. Leave a tap running for a long time/ when you aren’t using it
  18. Have the heating on while also having windows open
  19. Leave the shower turned on when you aren’t it
  20. Wash laundry on a hot wash when it didn’t need it


J.A. Woollam Workshop and CompleteEase Course Review

Our members at Quantum Design UK and Ireland (QD-UKI) recently held a J A Woollam Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Workshop and 3 Day CompleteEASE software training course at Nottingham Trent MTIF Facility.


QD-UKI hold these events annually and wanted to highlight them to other members so they can register early or pass them to colleagues who may be interested.   Read the full article https://qd-uki.co.uk/j-a-woollam-workshop-and-completeease-course-review/


QD-UKI will be exhibiting at Surfex next year on stand BZ124.  We will be exhibiting the J A Woollam alpha-SE ellipsometer – The alpha-SE patented technology allows accurate measurements on any substrate: metal, semiconductor, or glass. On transparent substrates, the Alpha-SE® measures depolarisation to correct for light returning from the backside of the substrate. This unwanted light can confuse other ellipsometers, but the alpha-SE® ensures accurate optical constants.  For more information please visit our website www.qd-uki.co.uk or contact Shayz Ikram, email shayz@qd-uki.co.uk

KRÜSS April 2019 Press Release

Real-time Drop Analysis for Inkjet Printing

  • KRÜSS is set to showcase the new Drop Shape Analyzer – DSA Inkjet – at two inkjet conferences in Hamburg (Germany) and Louisville, KY (USA)
  • Integrated printer electronics and an intuitive waveform editor for direct print head control
  • Live analysis of resulting drop properties such as volume, speed and trajectory

Hamburg, March 25, 2019 – In April, KRÜSS will unveil its new Drop Shape Analyzer – DSA Inkjet, a measuring instrument for analyzing the properties and flight behavior of ink drops after exiting the print head. Presentations will take place at two parallel conferences, the IMI Inkjet Ink Development Conference held in Hamburg from April 8 to 11, and the InPrint show held in Louisville, KY (USA) from April 9 to 11.

While inkjet technology is declining in the home and office sectors, industrial applications are recording strong growth. Common problems such as drying nozzles and blurred print images also occur during largescale use and cause considerable costs. During ink development and quality assurance, the interaction between the print head control and the ink must therefore be perfectly adjusted and monitored. The DSA Inkjet was specifically designed for this task. With its integrated printer electronics, it communicates directly with the print head installed in the instrument and analyzes the ink drops in real time.

Innovative technology for drop imaging and analysis
Once the print head has been inserted into the instrument in a just few simple steps, the intuitive waveform editor realistically simulates the electronic control in a printing process. The microscopic lens depicts the drop beam in a sharp and high-contrast manner. The DSA Inkjet uses an imaginative method to precisely analyze ink drops of just a few picoliters at flight speeds of up to 40 m/s: Two different-colored light flashes in swift succession provide double exposure of the drop in a single color camera video image. By separating the color channels, discrete images of the same drop are obtained at intervals of a few microseconds.

This method opens up unprecedented opportunities for capturing the drop flight live, automatically analysing the drops and obtaining result parameters that are relevant for the print quality. To name but a few examples, the software-controlled measurement provides mean values for the drop’s volume and speed, trajectory (deviation from the vertical), length of the ligament and the number of drop parts, which is important when satellite drops occur. The data is generated as direct feedback on the dynamically adjustable print parameters and is particularly suitable for checking an ink or optimising the printing process. Easy-to-create automation programs also enable measurements under repeatable conditions to test ink formulations in a standardised manner.

Observing the nozzles and automatically determining the image scale
Wetting the print head during printing can deflect the drop jet and clog the nozzles by drying out. A separate lens observes the nozzles from below to make unwanted ink drops visible on the rows of nozzles. Another innovative development makes it easier to measure real drop dimensions such as volume or ligament length. The image scale is automatically determined with the aid of a calibration grid regularly projected into the camera image. This eliminates the need for image calibration when changing the zoom, saving time and ensuring reliable results.

Thoughtful construction for practical suitability
The DSA Inkjet is designed for easy, versatile, and safe use. Inserting the print head and focusing on individual nozzles is a matter of a few simple steps thanks to the 3D fine positioning. The instrument is also equipped with a storage tank to supply the print head with ink during long-term measurements, whereby the drops are collected in a waste container. A suction device prevents exposure to harmful vapors. Thanks to a UV protection cover, UV-curing inks such as those used for 3D printing can also be examined.

Drop Shape Analyzer – DSA Inkjet for real-time analysis of ink drops


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KRÜSS September 2019 Press Release

Real-time Drop Analysis for Inkjet Printing

KRÜSS is set to showcase the new Drop Shape Analyzer – DSA Inkjet – at two inkjet conferences in Hamburg (Germany) and Louisville, KY (USA)

  • Integrated printer electronics and an intuitive waveform editor for direct print head control
  • Live analysis of resulting drop properties such as volume, speed and trajectory

Hamburg, March 25, 2019 – In April, KRÜSS will unveil its new Drop Shape Analyzer – DSA Inkjet, a measuring instrument for analyzing the properties and flight behavior of ink drops after exiting the print head. Presentations will take place at two parallel conferences, the IMI Inkjet Ink Development Conference held in Hamburg from April 8 to 11, and the InPrint show held in Louisville, KY (USA) from April 9 to 11.

While inkjet technology is declining in the home and office sectors, industrial applications are recording strong growth. Common problems such as drying nozzles and blurred print images also occur during large-scale use and cause considerable costs. During ink development and quality assurance, the interaction between the print head control and the ink must therefore be perfectly adjusted and monitored. The DSA Inkjet was specifically designed for this task. With its integrated printer electronics, it communicates directly with the print head installed in the instrument and analyzes the ink drops in real time.

Innovative technology for drop imaging and analysis

Once the print head has been inserted into the instrument in a just few simple steps, the intuitive waveform editor realistically simulates the electronic control in a printing process. The microscopic lens depicts the drop beam in a sharp and high-contrast manner. The DSA Inkjet uses an imaginative method to precisely analyze ink drops of just a few picoliters at flight speeds of up to 40 m/s: Two different-colored light flashes in swift succession provide double exposure of the drop in a single color camera video image. By separating the color channels, discrete images of the same drop are obtained at intervals of a few microseconds.

This method opens up unprecedented opportunities for campturing the drop flight live, automatically analyzing the drops and obtaining result parameters that are relevant for the print quality. To name but a few examples, the software-controlled measurement provides mean values for the drop’s volume and speed, trajectory (deviation from the vertical), length of the ligament and the number of drop parts, which is important when satellite drops occur. The data is generated as immediate feedback on the dynamically adjustable print parameters and is particularly suitable for checking an ink or optimizing the printing process. Easy-to-create automation programs also enable measurements under repeatable conditions to test ink formulations in a standardized manner.

Observing the nozzles and automatically determining the image scale

Wetting the print head during printing can deflect the drop jet and clog the nozzles by drying out. A separate lens observes the nozzles from below to make unwanted ink drops visible on the rows of nozzles.

Another innovative development makes it easier to measure real drop dimensions such as volume or ligament length. The image scale is automatically determined with the aid of a calibration grid regularly projected into the camera image. This eliminates the need for image calibration when changing the zoom, saving time and ensuring reliable results.

Thoughtful construction for practical suitability

The DSA Inkjet is designed for easy, versatile, and safe use. Inserting the print head and focusing on individual nozzles is a matter of a few simple steps thanks to the 3D fine positioning. The instrument is also equipped with a storage tank to supply the print head with ink during long-term measurements, whereby the drops are collected in a waste container. A suction device prevents harmful vapors. Thanks to a UV protection cover, UV-curing inks such as those used for 3D printing can also be examined.

Lancashire-based environmental consultancy Yordas Group expands to Turkey: KKDIK services in high demand

Lancashire-based environmental consultancy Yordas Group expands to Turkey: KKDIK services in high demand


Chemical Regulatory consultancy Yordas Group has opened a new entity in Istanbul, Turkey by the name of Yordas Danışmanlık Limited Şirketi. The erection of a new office reflects the increased demand in services aimed at chemical importers and manufacturers who need help complying with new obligations under KKDIK, Turkey’s new REACH-like law.


KKDIK addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. In contrast with EU-REACH, following the 12-month Pre-registration period at the end of 2020, KKDIK will open a single Registration window running until the end of 2023. During this period, all substances will need to be registered.


Yordas Group can help organisations with dossier preparation and translation, provide Certified Chemical Assessment Experts to sign off the dossier and CSR, author and certify SDS and maintain tonnage and importer lists. In addition, Yordas provides Only Representative and SIEF representation services. Further information about Yordas’ services for the Turkish market can be found at https://www.yordasgroup.com/global-notifications/turkey

Leading innovator in the European car care market to launch graphene enhanced car polish

Applied Graphene Materials, the producer of speciality graphene additives, is delighted to announce that INFINITY WAX, a leading innovator in car care products, will launch the ground-breaking QDX Graphene Detailing Spray during Q4 2020. Detailing sprays are used to elevate shine and enable car owners to wipe away dirt in a far more straightforward manner.

The detailing spray polish that will be available to global retailers is the result of an extensive product development and rigorous third-party testing programme which has produced a formulation and system that delivers industry-leading performance.
When launched, the product which is enhanced with AGM’s market-leading Genable® graphene dispersions will be available to car owners of all types representing yet another significant milestone achieved by the Company.

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, said:

We have seen growing interest from the Car Care sector for graphene nanoplatelet dispersions to take product innovation to a new and exciting performance level. The QDX Graphene Detailing product is a great step forward for Infinity Wax and a major milestone in this space for AGM. It further validates the ease-of-use and outstanding utility of the graphene nanoplatelet dispersions we offer. Selecting the correct form of dispersion as the optimum delivery system for nanoplatelet materials is key to successful product formulating. Integration of our products into a new sector further demonstrates that well-dispersed graphene materials can be introduced into existing formulated systems to create new, higher performance products that build on the remarkable attributes of our graphene nanoplatelets. I am particularly excited to see this innovation come to market with Infinity Wax as our lead customer in this space and look forward to seeing volumes grow as the product is adopted by the public.”


Mike Cipriani, Infinity Wax company Founder, commented:

The team at Infinity Wax is excited to launch the first graphene-enhanced product in our retail range, QDX Graphene. It builds on the success of our existing range of detailing sprays and with the Genable® graphene dispersions supplied by AGM we can take the performance of the products to the next level. It is a highly powerful spray product with industry-leading performance that is incredibly easy to use. We would like to thank all at AGM for their invaluable support and assistance during this project and look forward to building Genable® into other product formulations.”


You can also visit our website to view the QDX Graphene.  If you would like to know more about any of graphene dispersions please contact us on +(44) 01642 438214 or infoa@appliedgraphenematerials.com

Leading Speciality Chemicals Company Launches New Pigment Range


Devine Chemicals, a Consett, UK-based speciality chemicals distributor and manufacturer, has launched DeLOUR, its first range of pigments.  This will further strengthen the company’s diverse portfolio and help to cement its position as a leader in the speciality chemicals market.

The DeLOUR pigments are a range of phthalocyanines available in blue and green and are appropriate for both water-based and solvent-based applications. Tailormade for the coatings, inks and plastics markets, the pigments have been optimised to give UV stability, solvent fastness, light fastness and chemical resistance.

Devine Chemicals also offers a range of products for the coatings, inks and plastics markets including its own range of DeCAL grades which comprise a wide range of thickeners, dispersing agents and defoamers for aqueous and non-aqueous systems, as well as acrylic polymers for inks and coatings and associated auxiliary chemicals.  The company offers its own range of Titanium Dioxide, DeTOX that is available in chloride, sulphate and anatase grades.

Dan Devine, commercial director at Devine Chemicals, said “The launch of the DeLOUR pigment range is an important milestone for Devine Chemicals as we remain focused on strengthening our product portfolio through extensive research and development, anticipating changes in the market and delivering the right solutions for our customers.

“We had identified a gap in the market and an opportunity to strengthen our portfolio and after vigorous testing we are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the new DeLOUR range. This product range is another example of how our business is committed to serving the coatings, inks and plastics markets.”

Devine Chemicals has over 30 years’ experience in supplying speciality chemicals internationally and for use in many sectors, including building and construction, coatings, adhesives, textiles, agrochemicals, paint, plastics, rubber and homecare.

The company offers a trusted and personal service with full technical support and a comprehensive after-sales service, supported by the team’s in-depth knowledge of speciality chemicals and their applications.

For more information on Devine Chemicals visit https://www.devinechemicals.co.uk

Learn more about digital color management during Datacolor® free webinar series!

Learn more about digital color management during Datacolor® free webinar series!

Datacolor offers a series of free webinars on color theory and digital color management, with topics like how to properly use and maintain your spectrophotometer for the highest sample measurement accuracy, setting up a successful color evaluation process, sample measurement do’s and don’ts and many more. The webinars are on demand, so you can watch them whenever it fits your calendar.

Discover the full program here.

Lehmann & Voss & Co. takes over the Osthoff Omega Group

Lehmann & Voss & Co. takes over the Osthoff Omega Group

With effect from January 1st, 2019, Lehmann&Voss&Co. took over the business operations of the Osthoff Omega Group, Norderstedt, Germany.

With a leading market position in the field of functional and lightweight fillers, Lehmann&Voss&Co has been able to complement its portfolio with the following product ranges, which are now available through LEHVOSS UK:

WOLLATROP® – inorganic rheology modifiers

With the WOLLATROP® product range Lehmann&Voss&Co. offers a series of multifunctional inorganic thickeners. The use of WOLLATROP® leads to advantages in processing, stability and the rheology in water-based, solvent-based or solvent-free systems.

OMEGA-SIL solid microspheres, universally applicable ceramic solid spheres

OMEGA-SIL products are a series of functional fillers which are suitable for a wide range of applications. OMEGA-SIL contributes to an increase of surface hardness of coated surfaces and improves the resistance of concrete to chemical exposure.

OMEGA-SPHERES, THERMO-SPHERES – Hollow microspheres, universally applicable ceramic hollow spheres

With the products OMEGA-SPHERES® and THERMO-SPHERES Lehmann&Voss&Co. extends its range of hollow microspheres. The inert ceramic hollow microspheres can optimize mechanical and thermal properties of the formulations.

TRI-SPHERES – universally applicable ceramic multicellular hollow spheres

The TRI-SPHERES series includes multicellular inorganic hollow spheres, which can be used in diverse applications and in many different formulation types. This product range can be customized in respect to particle size distribution, strength, density and can therefore be adjusted to most needs of the developer.

LITHO-BUBBLES – universally applicable ceramic foam

With the line extension LITHO-BUBBLES Lehmann&Voss&Co offers a new series of ceramic foam which can be applied universally in solvent borne or waterborne systems. The range of LITHO-BUBBLES includes different particle sizes and hydrophobic types for individual usage to adjust thermal and mechanical properties.

Lehmann&Voss&Co.KG establishes own portfolio of solid polyester resins


Lehmann&Voss&Co.KG establishes own portfolio of solid polyester resins

Lehmann&Voss&Co.KG now offers saturated, solid polyester resins under the new brand LUVORES®. With this new product group we are expanding our existing range of binder resins under the brand name:


Saturated Polyester Resin

Product description

LUVORES® SP are low to high molecular weight solid polyester resins that can be used as an integral part of adhesives and coatings and are characterized by excellent adhesion and mechanical resistance up to deep drawability. Due to the optional reactivity of different LUVORES® SP grades, binder combinations with reactive partners such as melamine or isocyanates are also possible.

LUVORES® SP Advantages

  • Soluble in various solvent systems
  • Excellent adhesion to materials such as plastics, metals, paper and textiles
  • Excellent mechanical properties such as flexibility, durability and tensile strength
  • Approvals for food use according to current guidelines
  • Corrosion-protective and scratch resistant effect
  • Yellowing resistance

LUVORES® SP resins can be used in a wide range of applications in areas such as:

Type overview LUVORES®

LUVORES® SP can be dissolved with the usual solvents and can therefore be used flexibly.

We will be pleased to advise you in order to find the optimum LUVORES® SP type for your application. Should you require further information or samples of our polyester resins for testing in your product, please contact your LuV contact person.

Let There be Light!

Let there be light!

Technical guide for visual colour evaluation

1 Colour harmony under various lighting conditions
Uniform colour is directly associated with high quality and influences our purchasing decision. This is especially true for multi-component products consisting of different materials and or being produced by different suppliers. The human eye is often the final judge for approving a new design. Therefore, the visual inspection conditions need to be standardized to guarantee repeatable visual results. The most important colour match is under natural daylight. The CIE defined several standard D illuminants with D65 being the most important one. The lamps used in a light booth must simulate D65 as close as possible. Until now, fluorescent tubes were used to simulate D65. A new unique lighting setup is now able to achieve class A quality by simulating CIE D65 with a smart combination of filtered halogen lamps and LEDs.

2 Standardization of visual colour evaluations
Colour perception is dependent on personal experience as well as illumination and surrounding observing conditions. As the ambient conditions are highly variable and not consistent at all, it is required to standardize common lighting situations. The illumination should be easily switchable in order to observe and avoid so-called “Metamerism”, i.e. differences in colour matching when lighting conditions change. In order to guarantee reliable testing and evaluation conditions, international standards specify testing procedures defining the following components: [1][2][6][7][10][12][13]

2.1 Observer
The observer must have normal colour vision and should be properly trained in evaluating colours. To avoid eye fatigue the colour decision should be made within seconds. Additionally, small breaks must be taken between evaluations. As people describe colour differently, the following order should be used for communication and documentation of colour: Hue -> Chroma -> Lightness.

2.2. Object
The specimens should be flat and uniform in colour, gloss and surface texture. Standard and sample shall be placed next to each other without any distance in between and be reversed from time to time. The preferred sample size is approximately 10 cm to 15 cm. The viewing distance between eyes and the specimen should be 50 cm. This distance corresponds a 10° field of vision.

2.3 Surrounding
The visual field immediately next surrounding the specimen as well as the ambient visual field, used to let the observer’s eyes rest, are of high importance for colour appraisals. The interior of the light booth should have a matte grey surface, and the appraiser should wear neutral coloured clothing to avoid disturbing chromatic reflections.

2.4 Illumination
The level of illumination at the colour-matching position shall be between 1000 lx and 5000 lx, depending on the respective international standard. A diffuser panel shall normally be used to avoid direct reflection and ensure a uniform distribution of lighting over the entire inspection field.

3 Terms for characterization of light
Light is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The word light usually refers to radiation that is visible to the human eye (wavelength: 400nm to 700nm). In order to characterize light emitted by a light source several terms are used: colour temperature (CT) and correlated colour temperature (CCT), colour rendering index (CRI Ra) as well as spectral power distribution (SPD) and metamerism index MIVIS.

3.1 Colour Temperature (CT) and Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT)
The concept of colour temperature is based on the fact that the colour of an object changes when being heated because the emitted radiation changes. According to ISO/CIE 10526:1991 (E) a colour tempera
Let there be light! I June 2019
ture Tc is defined as “The temperature of a Planckian radiator whose radiation has the same chromaticity as that of a given stimulus.”
Simply explained, the colour temperature is a temperature describing the colour characteristics of visible light based on the temperature of a Planckian black-body. Figure 1 shows the CIE x,y chromaticity space. The black line in the graph pictures the chromaticity values of black-body light sources of various temperatures.[8] [11][12][13]

Colour temperature is usually expressed in Kelvins (K). The Kelvin scale is a measure for absolute temperature (0°C = -273K). Colour temperatures over 5000K are defined as cool colours, with hues of bluish white, where lower colour temperatures (2700K – 3000K) are defined as warm colours, with hues of yellow and red. Most natural light sources (e.g. sun, stars) very closely follow the Planckian locus. When sources are to be described, which do not emit light exactly matching the black-body radiator, the term Correlated Colour Temperature is used. According to ISO/CIE 10526: 1991 (E) a correlated colour temperature, Tcp is defined as “The temperature of the Planckian radiator whose perceived colour most closely resembles that of a given stimulus at the same brightness and under specified viewing conditions.” [1] [2][8][13][12]

3.2 Spectral Power Distribution
Colour and colour temperature are not unique parameters to describe a light source. Two light sources with the same chromaticity coordinates xy and colour temperature might have a different spectral characteristic and therefore, create different colour impressions. Thus, the most accurate way of characterizing a light source or an illuminant is by their spectral power distribution curve (short: SPD curve). [1][2][8][6] [10][12][13].
The curve shows the radiant flux emitted by the light source at various wavelengths across the visible spectrum (amount of energy [E(λ)]). Mathematically the spectral power is written as:

Where E (λ) is the spectral power/energy, Φ is the radiant flux, A is the area over which the radiant flux is integrated and λ is the wavelength.
Quite often, the relative spectral power is indicated by the ratio of the spectral power at a given wavelength [E(λ)] to the spectral power of a reference wavelength [E λ0].

Therefore, the SPD curve is normalized (see Formula 3) at the wavelength of 560nm so that the assessment is independent of the absolute level of illumination.

3.3 Colour Rendering Index – CRI
The colour rendering index is a quantitative measure of a light source and its ability to reveal colours of objects in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. The term CRI is often used on commercially available lighting products. By proper definition, it should be called Ra – the General Colour Rendering Index, or Ri – the Special Colour Rendering Index, corresponding to the number of test-colour samples that are evaluated.

The CRI is calculated by comparing the colour rendering of the test source to that of a defined source. For test sources with a CCT under 5000K a black body radiator is used as the defined source. For test sources above 5000K daylight (D illuminants) are used. The detailed calculation of Ri and Ra is explained in the technical report of CIE 13.3-1995. [4] The test method is using a set of eight (Ra) or fourteen (Ri) CIE-1974 test-colour samples from an early edition of the Munsell Atlas. The first eight samples are moderate in saturation, cover the hue circle and are approximately the same in brightness. The other six samples provide supplementary information about the colour rendering properties of the light source.

3.4 Metamerism Index – MI
CIE publication 51.2 describes a method to rate the quality of daylight sources. For the visible range the method uses five theoretical sample pairs, where each pair consists of the standard and metameric sample with a MIVIS = 0 for standard illuminant D65. The higher the mismatch between the MIVIS of standard illuminant and MIVIS of the daylight-simulating source, the worse is the quality of the light source. [5][13][12]
Pursuant to MIVIS for the visible range, the CIE also defined MIUV for the fluorescent range, with three theoretical metameric sample pairs. The formulas for MIVIS and MIUV are as followed:

Where ΔEi and ΔEj are the L*a*b* (L*u*v*) colour differences between the ith and jth pair of metamers. The classification of MIVIS and MIUV is done according to the following table.

As there are no actual D65 light sources available, the challenge is to develop a D65 simulator as close as possible to the CIE D65 illuminant. The quality of a simulator is objectively assessed with the CIE Metamerism Index MIVIS, corresponding to quality classes A to E with class A being the most accurate simulation.

4 Quality measures for simulating CIE illuminants by artificial light sources

4.1 Definition light source and illuminant
When speaking about light sources and illuminants it is important to know what the difference between these two terms is. A simple and proper explanation comes from “Billmeyer and Saltzmann”, where a light source is explained as “Physically realizable light, whose spectral power distribution can be experimentally determined”. An illuminant is defined as a “Light defined by a relative spectral power distribution that may or may not be physically realizable as a source.”

4.2 Standard illuminants
The CIE (Commission Internationale de l’Éclairage) defined a number of SPD curves to provide reference spectra for colourimetric applications, the so-called CIE standard illuminants.

4.2.1 CIE standard illuminant
A Standard illuminant A was introduced by the CIE in 1931 and represents an incandescent tungsten filament lamp. Its relative SPD is that of a Planckian radiator at an approximate temperature of 2856K. To simulate standard illuminant A in a light booth conventional light bulbs or nowadays quartz tungsten

4.2.2 CIE standard illuminant series F
CIE defined 12 fluorescent lamp types, named F1 to F12, classified into three groups. They differ in the bandwidth and wavelength peak of their emission spikes. Consequently, different colour rendering indices and colour temperatures are achieved.

Among these twelve, F2 and F11 are most commonly used in the industry. F2, also named “CWF” (cool white fluorescent) has a CT of about 4000K and a CRI Ra ≈ 60. F11, also known under TL84, has a CT of about 4000K and a CRI Ra > 85. To simulate standard illuminant F series in a light booth, commercially available fluorescent tubes are used. [11] [16][17]

4.2.3 CIE standard illuminant D65
In 1964 CIE defined a series of daylight illuminants by numerous measurements of real daylight (see Table 3). Out of 622 measurements, the theoretical SPD curves of daylight from 330nm until 700nm were constructed. CIE standard illuminant D65 is the most important representation of an average daylight at 6504K corresponding to a midday light in Western/Northern Europe, comprising both direct sunlight and the light diffused by a clear sky including UV component.

In order to simulate daylight, different types of light sources are used in commercially available light booths/luminaires for visual appraisals. Depending on how good the match between artificial light source and standard illuminant CIE D65 is, a sample pair can look very different. In the following example, a sample pair is evaluated in light booth 1 with fluorescent tubes with a CT of about 6500K and a CRI Ra of about 96. The daylight simulation is an approximation of the CIE defined D65 with CIE MIVIS (see Chapter 3.4) Class B quality level (see Figure 4). The difference between this sample pair is very significant under these evaluation conditions.

Next, the sample pair is evaluated in light booth 2, byko-spectra pro, using halogen lamps with a specially developed blue filter glass combined with an LED array. This combination creates an excellent simulation of CIE D65 without any spikes (see blue curve in Figure 5) resulting in a CIE MIVIS quality class A. Under theses condition our sample pair will show only a small difference like under natural daylight.

5 Best in Class
Daylight with byko-spectra pro BYK-Gardner’s new light booth byko-spectra pro masters the challenge of bringing true daylight into the lab by a smart combination of filtered halogen lamps and LED array. This combination guarantees best in class daylight simulation – tested according to CIE.

Additionally, the built-in sensors in the light booth permanently control the lamp performance and automatically adjust the voltage to guarantee lamp stability. In order to control the lamp condition and trigger lamp replacement actual colour temperature, light intensity and lamp operation time are shown on the display of the light booth. To reduce maintenance interval, the class A daylight lifetime is extended to 600 hours.

Depending on a product‘s usage, colour needs to match under a variety of illuminations. To be prepared for metamerism the light booth byko-spectra pro offers two daylights illuminants with class A performance (D65 and D75), incandescent lighting (A), three fluorescent illuminants (CWF, TL84, U30) and a UV light for evaluation of fluorescent samples.

As diffused light is essential in the evaluation of solid colours, diffuser panels mix the light to ensure uniform lighting over the entire inspection field. To comply with international standards, the interior walls are painted with a matte light grey colour to eliminate influence of the sorrounding on the observer.

Technical performance is not the only key criteria for a light booth. Efficient and comfortable operation also play an important rule for the user. The large colour display not only allows the switching of illuminants, but also enables an easy menu guided operation. The included remote control allows switching illuminants from a distance of up to 10 m. An Auto Sequence Mode progresses automatically through the user-defined sequence of illuminants for hands free operation.

byko-spectra pro is available as a regular light booth and as luminaires. The luminaires can be hung from the ceiling as a set or as multiple units to outfit an entire colour harmony room to evaluate system components or complete products, e.g. car bodies. Luminaires also have the same class A illumination specifications as the light booth, ensuring the needed precision in visual colour appraisals.

More information is available from BYK-Gardner GmbH, P.O. Box 970, 82534 Geretsried, Germany: By fax: +49 8171 3493-140, the free service no. 0 800 gardner (0 800 4273637) or on the Internet at www.byk.com/instruments.

[1] DIN EN ISO 3668:2001-12: Paints and varnishes – Visual comparison of the colour of paints
[2] ASTM D 1729: 1982: Standard Practice for Visual Appraisal of Colours and Colour Differences of Diffusely-Illuminated Opaque Materials
[3] ISO/CIE 10526:1991: CIE Standard Colourimetric Illuminants
[4] CIE 13.3 – 1995: Method of Measuring and Specifying Colour Rendering Properties of Light sources
[5] CIE 51.2 – 1999: A Method for Assessing The Quality of Daylight Simulators for Colourimetry
[6] CIE 15:2004, 3rd edition: Colourimetry
[7] CIE DS 014-1.2/E:2004: Colourimetry – Part 1: CIE Standard Colourimetric Observers
[8] CIE DS 014-2.2/E:2004: Colourimetry – Part 2: CIE Standard Illuminants
[9] CIE S 014-3/E:2011: Colourimetry – Part 3: CIE Tristimulus Values
[10] DIN 6173 – 2: 1983-12: Colour matching: lighting conditions for average artificial light
[11] CIE 192:2010: Practical daylight sources for colourimetry
[12] SAE J361TM – 04/2017: Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice: Procedure of Visual Evaluation of Interior and Exterior Automotive Trim, Chapter 4.1.3
[13] Yuk Ming Lam, John H Xin, Kwan Moon Sin: Study of the influence of various D65 simulators on colour matching, Colour. Technol., 117, 2001
[14] Roy S. Burns: “Billmeyer and Saltzman’s Principles of Colour Technology”, Third Edition, 2000 by John Wiley and Son’s, Inc.
[15] Wyszecki & Stiles: “ Colour Science – Concepts and Methods, Quantitative Data and Formulae”, Second Edition, 1982 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
[16] Wout van Bommel, Abdo Rouhana: “ Lighting Hardware”, Philips, released September 2011
[17] Wout van Bommel, Abdo Rouhana: “ The science of lighting – A guide about the nature and
behavior of light”, Published by Philips Lighting University, 2016

Looking for Abrasion-Resistant Matt Surfaces?

Looking for abrasion-resistant matt surfaces?

 IST Metz, winner of accolades for its UV technology, uses the excimer process for bright matt results across a range of industrial applications.  

IST Metz is a global specialist in UV curing and coating systems which now offers excimer technology to produce matt surfaces with high scratch and abrasion resistance. This technology is widely used for the cleaning and modification of surfaces in the manufacture of displays and touch panels, bleaches in the textile and cellulose industry, disinfection of air and water, and the matting of plastic parts.

After over 40 years in UV, IST Metz is a very well-established player. It started out in, and continues to serve, the printing industry but subsequently diversified into much wider industrial applications, recognising the benefits it can bring to many sectors with its coatings expertise. Currently it is generating great interest in its excimer technology.

IST entered the excimer (a shorthand for excited dimer) field 20 years ago, seeing the appeal of a matt surface finish. Its purpose is to create a roughened surface so that, when light strikes it, it is not reflected in a definite direction. That means the surface will look bright and the same from any direction, in other words matt.

IST uses very short-wave radiation and high energy to penetrate a very thin layer of a varnish coating. Xenon excimer lamps are used as the short-wave source. The surface dries very quickly causing shrinkage and a wave effect on the surface which is then preserved by applying long wave radiation using a medium-pressure lamp. It is a system that gives high processing speeds and can be used on large surfaces.

IST customer Klebchemie has seen the benefits of excimer technology for wood flooring applications. Rainer Kampwerth, sales manager for industrial coatings at Klebchemie, says: “We are currently seeing a slight stagnation in high-standard, high gloss coatings. On the other hand, a rapid rise in ultra-matt surfaces is becoming apparent, Thanks to excimer technology, we are the market leader in this sector and were the first to push ahead with industrial installations for engineered wood boards. We now have a dozen such installations worldwide.”

He believes that chemical matting materials will continue to have their place but that physical matting, eximir technology, has added levels of matting that been thought of as extremely difficult or impossible until now.

“The gloss levels are now highly scratch-resistant and have anti-fingerprint and anti-grease properties thanks to excimer technology. In short, the surfaces are more matt as well as more resistant to scratches and grease,” says Mr Kampwerth.

Last year IST Metz was awarded the title “Global Market Leader 2018” in the Mechanical and Systems Engineering sector and in the category for Drying Systems based on Ultraviolet, Infrared and Warm Air. The Global Market Index 2018 listed 461 companies and those chosen for awards were selected based on a ranking by the University of St Gallen. This award IST sees as recognition of its innovation and practical commercial solutions.

IST Metz, which is based in Nürtingen near Stuttgart, was founded by Gerhard Metz in 1977 and today employs about 500 staff and has 15 subsidiaries around the world. Its UK subsidiary, IST (UK), is based in a 400m² facility in Skipton which includes training and presentation areas, systems and spares storage as well as being the main base for the sales and service team. Joint managing director Simon Mitchell is responsible for industrial applications of UV technology and can be contacted on 07771-614487.

Looking for alternatives to yellow lead chromate for Hot Melt Road Marking and Industrial Paint manufacture?

Looking for alternatives to yellow lead chromate for Hot Melt Road Marking and Industrial Paint manufacture?

Speak to Brenntag team

A recent EU General Court ruling on 7th March 2019 has effectively stopped the sale of Lead Chromate pigments for the manufacture of road marking and Industrial paints. This is because Lead is a neurotoxin that can harm the nervous system and chromium VI is a carcinogen.

Brenntag UK & Ireland has been promoting and selling a full range of alternative Lead Chromate free pigments for over 10 years. To meet the specific performance requirements of different paint manufacturers, it has been very important to offer a full range of technologies.

For Hot Melt Road Marking we can offer the heat resistant and light stable Bricofor Organic Pigments.

For Industrial Paints & Coatings Brenntag has several options so that comparative colour shades and hiding power (opacity) can be achieved – These offerings include starting point formulations utilizing Kenalake opaque organic pigments.

Dry Pigment Powder Preparations (for Hot Melt and Industrial Paint)

Brenntag also offers dry pigment powder preparations based upon organic pigments, inorganic pigments and fillers matched to the customer’s required colour shade and performance standards.

Due to the dry milling process, extra colour strength can be provided by milling the organic pigment components onto the inorganic and filler components.The finished preparation developing more colour strength from the organic pigment. Other advantages are the preparation is non dusting and can be stirred in. No additives are used so film performance is not affected by surfactants.

Products are available in standard packaging and also in low melt sachets, if required.

Direct matches to lead chromates are offered alongside a full range of RAL and BS Colours. We also offer a bespoke colour matching service with a minimum order quantity of just 25kilos.

Brenntag UK & Ireland


Major British Retail Chain Halfords Now Selling AGM-Graphene Enhanced Primer Instore and Online

Major British retail chain Halfords now selling AGM-graphene enhanced primer instore and online

Applied Graphene Materials, the producer of specialty graphene materials, is delighted to note that Graphene primer is now on sale at Halfords, the UK’s leading retailer of motoring, cycling and leisure products and services, with 465+ retail stores, under Halfords’ own brand.

James Briggs Ltd (JBL) has also launched its Hycote graphene anti-corrosion primer, developed in collaboration with AGM, for sale on Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce marketplace, and through Tetrosyl Express, the largest supplier of car care, parts and accessories in the UK.

The launch of a product enhanced with AGM’s graphene to the mainstream consumer market represents a significant milestone for the Company.

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, said:
“This is a landmark moment for AGM. The fact that a leading mainstream retailer is now advertising and selling a product with AGM’s graphene in it, both online and instore, gives a clear signal of the confidence that paint formulators and their customers now have in the exceptional performance benefits and value opportunity, as well as the stability and long-term reliability, of our graphene products.”

Jim Miller, Commercial Director at JBL, commented:
“We are delighted to launch these ground-breaking products into the market. They have been received very positively in the marketplace and will offer the end user significant benefits over and above existing products in the market, as well as adding value to our customers’ propositions.”

The key advantage of the new aerosol primer, as advertised to consumers, is the exceptional corrosion protection (1750+ hours ASTM G-85), that has resulted from the incorporation of AGM’s graphene dispersion. As a zinc-free primer system, the paint also has positive environmental and performance features.

JBL formally launched its Hycote anti-corrosion automotive aerosol primer at the Automechanika trade event earlier in 2019 following extensive and rigorous testing of the product with AGM’s technical team. AGM expects JBL to continue to ramp up sales through both their distribution channels and direct retail selling based on growing consumer demand.

To learn more please contact us on 01642 438214 or visit the contact page

Managing Virtual Events

The below is an extract taken from the August edition of the Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal.

To read more please click here

By Ann-Marie Etherington & Laura Merritt

OCCA has long been a member of the Science Council, a membership organisation for professional bodies and learned societies across science, bringing together a range of disciplines and sectors to reflect the multi-disciplinary practice of science in today’s society. On 7th May, the Science Council’s Event Managers Network held an online meeting to discuss issues relating to holding virtual conferences and events. At this time, OCCA had already postponed its AGM, cancelled its seminars and rescheduled the Surfex exhibition for 20-21 October 2020.

The hot topic of conversation was which online platforms were people testing and using to deliver their societies activities. Amongst the platforms being used by participants of the meeting were Zoom, GoToWebinar and Livestorm. The preferred choice for an event depended how the strengths and weaknesses of a platform met the needs of the event, for example, would voting be required? Was there a need for interactive questions and answers, downloadable content, live and recorded sessions? One clear message was that no one could sit for an entire day ‘attending’ a full day online conference. Some success was gained by separating presentations and discussions and limiting to 1.5-hour sessions mixed with interactive sessions.

One of the societies represented had already held a virtual AGM and their experience is being reviewed by OCCA council. The selection of a suitable platform to allow voting, presenting of information, viewing of documentation and affording the opportunity to ask questions was successfully met. This certainly provides OCCA with a possible solution to holding an AGM this year in a safe manner. All the societies rely on event activities to raise funds. Discounts for online conferences were considered a good solution to encouraging attendance, since money was saved by not hiring venues. Free taster sessions were also being considered to entice attendees, with the opportunity to pay to download recorded webinars and review at a convenient time. ‘Free’ events were a great way to attract new members, provided that the events did not cause long-term damage to future income streams.

Conference dinners could also be held online, using delivery services to supply dinner and beverages. Would society members be interested in seeing their industry colleagues eat dinner? No one seemed convinced. However, trials of online OCCA quiz nights with a favourite beverage have proven to be successful and plans are being rolled out to include all members.

A number of difficulties in attending online events were highlighted in the meeting including company security blocking websites and Apps, poor access to broadband and even insufficient bandwidth perhaps due to competition with home schooling. The necessity of a Host, Moderator and IT Support for Online sessions were deemed essential for the smooth running of online sessions. Also, it was recommended that attendance should be ‘by invite’ only, ensuring events were not wrecked by malicious people.

There are plans to hold a follow-up Event Managers Network meeting to share experiences, successes and failures when more virtual events have been held. OCCA has successfully held several online Council meetings, social networking events, quiz nights and weekly webinars. There are further plans to move our seminars to online webinars and hold our first virtual AGM, to be combined with a social event. We have been truly inspired by our Science Council colleagues.

Manufacturing nanocomposites? Take part in the EU study on ultrafine dust emissions

Manufacturing nanocomposites? Take part in the EU study on ultrafine dust emissions

 The NanoExplore project is currently recruiting companies based in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany that manufacture or handle nanocomposites, or are concerned with ultrafine dust emissions to take part in a research study.


Reasons to get involved:

  • Learn about the potential risks of exposure to ENMs at the workplace
  • Receive personal results relative to exposure to ENMs and biological markers
  • Improve health for others in the future and to help the development of long-term health surveillance and worker protection programs
  • Benefit from exposure control measures set up by your employer as a result of this study

About the study

The study involves two field campaigns separated by a 6- or 9-month interval. Each field campaign will last for 4 days, during which staff will be followed in usual tasks in order to monitor a number of variables in the ambient air. Before and after starting this 4-day period, staff will be asked to fill in a questionnaire, to perform a pulmonary function test and to provide biological samples. Participants will have the possibility to discuss the results with a referent occupational physician.

The main goal of NanoExplore is to reduce the adverse effects derived from the exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) by setting up a harmonized health surveillance system and promoting new EU policies for the safe use of ENMs.

Join the study

Interested parties should email info@lifenanoexplore.eu or click this link for more information.
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Mayor Visits Teesside Firm Distributing ‘Super Material’ Across the Globe

Mayor Visits Teesside Firm Distributing ‘Super Material’ Across the Globe

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited the Teesside manufacturer of a ‘super material’ which is distributing its innovative work across the globe.

Applied Graphene Materials plc, (AGM) based at The Wilton Centre in Redcar, is a leading innovator in the manufacture and application of graphene powder, a form of carbon, which can have transformational performance when added to other materials.

During his visit, Mayor Houchen was able to see first-hand the manufacturing of highperformance graphene materials which are being produced here in the Tees Valley, and he also learnt more about some of the commercial projects the firm is pursuing.

The firm also has sales desks in UK, Kentucky and Oklahoma and has recently secured several new distributors, signing agreements with firms in Italy, Japan, China and South Africa.

AGM uses the materials it manufactures to assist customers across a range of sectors who are producing graphene enhanced products. The Company has a primary focus on anti-corrosion
primers and coatings, such as a recently customer-launched liquid coating roofing system for the construction industry to enable substantially longer lasting asset life. Making best use of its unique properties, graphene can be used in paints, coatings, lubricants, adhesives and batteries amongst an ever-growing number of applications.

The company was founded by Professor Karl Coleman in 2010 with operations and processes he initially developed at Durham University. In 2013, the firm was admitted to London Stock Exchange’s AIM for smaller companies and expanded its infrastructure to go global.

Mayor Houchen said: There is some truly amazing ground-breaking work going on right here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool that is attracting attention right across the world with our highly-skilled workers using their expertise in a range of sectors, and Applied Graphene Materials is a great example of that.

It was brilliant to learn all about their work and their interesting opportunities in our region. They are an example of a firm creating the products of the future in sectors we need to support, and we as a region are leading the way.

Adrian Potts, AGM’s CEO noted It was a real pleasure to have Mayor Houchen visit today to see what we do and to understand more about graphene materials and the potential they offer in real world applications.

To enable the Mayor’s team to see this technology right here in the Tees area is important in gaining an appreciation of the breadth of opportunity that it could represent.

Applications are apparent in a wide range of sectors for the local area including steel, wind turbines, and industrial coatings and other adjacent advanced technologies such as composite materials. We look forward to stronger links with local companies and the Mayor’s office as a result of this visit.

Measure colour as you really see it with the new spectro2profiler

Measure colour as you really see it with the new spectro2profiler

The launch of spectro2profiler, available from Blagden, takes objective colour measurement to a whole new level by integrating four parameters within a single robust, portable instrument.

When you look at an object, its colour is just one element of what you perceive. Gloss and surface grain also contribute to the overall appearance. Various products with exactly the same coating colour may appear different as a result of these other parameters.
What this means is that objective measurement of colour alone is not enough. However, until now, grain or surface structure could only be judged visually or with the use of sophisticated microscopes. That has changed with the launch of BYK-Gardner’s spectro2profiler which is available from Blagden.

Colour, gloss and surface topography combined
This single instrument combines colour, gloss and surface appearance. It measures colour as you see it. It also measures structure and gloss as you see it. And it provides a new 3D structure analysis by taking multiple images under different illumination conditions to estimate surface curvature. This data is aligned with 2D camera-based reflectivity measurements which separate gloss reflection from the ‘hills and valleys’ of structured surfaces. Colour-coded images visualise the 2D/3D measurement data for ease of interpretation.

Highly accurate, spectro2profiler competes with microscopic analysis to provide comparative data which can be analysed for use in product development and compared with global standards. It is portable and easy to operate with an intuitive smartphone-like interface. A live preview of the measurement spot ensures precise positioning and avoids false readings on scratches or imperfections. Shadows on the image indicate if the instrument is tilted.

Ensure consistent measurement and global standards across supply chain
The results obtained from spectro2profiler enable you to ensure consistent measurement both from a single instrument and between instruments. Global connectivity allows you to identify and maintain global standards through your entire supply chain as well as in lab analyses.

spectro2profiler is ideally suited for ensuring production quality control of injection or slush-moulded parts, structural coatings including powder coatings, the analysis of leather and fake leather, and more. It is particularly useful for achieving overall harmony of automotive interiors where different parts are made from different materials with the same grain.

For more information about spectro2profiler and other quality control measurement solutions, visit Blagden’s website or contact Simon Moss at Blagden on 01959 560818 (email).

Measuring Duplex Coatings in the Automotive Industry

For automotive manufacturers, it is of increasing importance to control the quality of the paint processes in order to ensure effective corrosion protection while reducing costs. Especially in EDP (electrophoretic deposition) processes, this requires adherence to tight tolerance limits, which in turn, requires careful monitoring. But the measurement task itself should also be fast and cost-effective; the instrument must be able to measure lacquer atop various base materials (mainly galvanized steel or aluminum) without refitting or recalibration.

To measure lacquer coatings on both steel and aluminum with the same instrument and without having to change probes, it is necessary to utilize different methods. Furthermore, when the steel is galvanized, the Zn coating must be measured separately in order to determine the thickness of the lacquer coating above it. Especially for this purpose, FISCHER has developed the PHASCOPE® PMP10 DUPLEX and the ESG20 probe, uniting three measurement methods in one system for testing the thickness of each layer precisely and accurately.


For a typical lacquer/Zn/Fe combination, the Zn layer is measured through the lacquer using the phase sensitive eddy current method (employing lift-off-compensation). At the same time, the overall coating thickness (Zn+ lacquer) is measured using the magnetic induction method; the thickness of each individual layer is derived from this and displayed on the instrument.

For coating systems on aluminium, the amplitude sensitive eddy current method is used. A special conductivity compensation feature ensures that the various conductivities of different Al alloys exert no influence on the measurement of the lacquer layer. Without any additional calibration, the coating thickness can be measured precisely and reproducibly in one pass even when the substrate changes, as the probe automatically identifies what the base material is.

Typical measurement tasks in the automotive industry. MS = magnetic induction method, WS PS = phase sensitive eddy current method, WS AS = amplitude sensitive eddy current method.

Especially with costly EDP coatings, very small tolerances – often of just ± 2 µm – must be met in order to ensure the minimum thickness for effective corrosion protection while minimising the amount of material consumed. This is why it is necessary to measure the Zn layer underneath the paint to determine the real thickness of the lacquer, since even minor variations in the Zn coating could erroneously indicate a (non-existent) flaw in the paint process.

The PHASCOPE® PMP10 DUPLEX, together with the ESG20 probe, was developed especially to meet the requirements of the automotive industry. Its three different measurement methods make it possible to measure lacquer coatings precisely, in one operation, whether on galvanized steel or on aluminium. Learn more by following the link:



Measuring Viscosity with ROTAVISC

Measuring viscosity with ROTAVISC

New product group among the IKA laboratory instruments

After it’s been produced, stirred and shaken, the viscosity of a sample can now be measured with the new ROTAVISC series from IKA. This parameter indicates the fluidity of a substance and is important for quality control in all manufacturing processes and even early on in the application in the research laboratory. ROTAVISC is the most functional viscometer in its class.

Four new models for different viscosity ranges are part of the new product series. They deliver extremely precise measurements under different conditions, so that chemical substanc  es, cosmetic products, paints or foodstuffs actually achieve the desired consistency and reliably maintain them, even at different temperatures.

The new ROTAVISC series viscometers are characterized by their infinite viscosity measurement ability. At the same time they are very easy to handle. In addition, device control and the documentation of the measurement process are possible using special software. ROTAVISC offers users the popular IKA laboratory equipment structure and can be tested in the IKA Application Center.

METAL – The Whole Story


The metal packaging sector is justly proud of its sustainability credentials, but although we share a lot of the detail, we rarely tell the whole story.

Sure we explain that metal can be recycled again and again with no loss of quality, and as such is classified as a permanent material.

We also talk about our impressive packaging recycling rates: 71% of steel (source: DEFRA) and 75% of beverage cans; and we are highly likely to mention the oft used statistic that something like 80% of all the metal ever produced is still in use today.

But we rarely talk about primary metal extraction and that’s probably because some perceive it as a weakness in our sustainability argument.

It is true that when metal is produced for the first time it incurs a carbon debt. But, given that metal can be recycled infinitely, and that every time it is recycled it saves considerable resources, energy and CO2, a large part of that initial energy debt is repaid over successive reuse cycles.

A metal drinks container, for example, can be used, recycled and be back on the shelves within sixty days, then again a further sixty days later and so on indefinitely, ultimately offsetting that initial energy many times over.

It is therefore clearly inappropriate to consider the production of metal packaging without also factoring in its recycling rate, which of course is also impressive and based primarily on two key factors: firstly, that metal has an intrinsic value and is therefore in demand; and second, it is really easy to recycle.

Steel is extracted from the waste steam via magnets, and aluminium via eddy current fields. But  even if any metal packaging escapes an initial sort and ends up in an incinerator, all is still not lost as it can be recovered from the bottom ash after the incineration cycle is complete.

The other reason why metal packaging is so easy to recycle is that unlike many other forms of packaging, its recyclability is not adversely affected by the way the pack has been customised or by product contamination from its contents, making it a truly circular material.

It’s interesting to see where steel for packaging fits into steel production overall and you might be surprised that steel-based packaging actually accounts for less than 2% of the global annual steel production. So our access to steel for use in packaging could in fact be considered a highly beneficial by-product of world’s voracious appetite for planes, trains and automobiles, as well as a whole host of other high value products, not to mention buildings and other forms of infrastructure.

Small wonder then that something like 80% of all the metal ever produced is still in use today.

Of course, when we are thinking about sustainability and packaging holistically, it’s important to consider also whether the packaging saves or consumes additional energy or carbon during use. Metal food cans for example require no special storage at any time prior to use and so avoid all the energy and carbon associated with refrigeration. Canned food’s ambient storage temperature also eliminates the additional energy required to heat products from chilled or frozen storage at home.

The impressive shelf life associated with metal food cans also helps reduce food waste, which in turn avoids the production of methane which of course has a global warming potential of well over 20 times that of CO2.

And if that wasn’t enough, many forms of metal packaging are so useful around the home that after the initial product has been removed or consumed we keep them for storing other items. And why not? They’re robust, look great and last forever. We of course refer to all those biscuit tins and the like that we all keep for our buttons and bits and bobs.

So given that metal saves resources by recycling forever, is reused indefinitely, and minimises food waste while avoiding the need for refrigerated storage, it clearly is the whole story.

Metapol: Together Creating a Brilliant World

Metapol: together creating a brilliant world

 The design and manufacture of metallic pigments of effect is our greatest passion and it grows when the customer goes beyond satisfaction and expresses a “wow” of absolute conformity with products of high brilliance, sparkle, whiteness, mirror effect, smoothness, glamour, which give distinction and elegance to their products. This is synergized with collaboration and a culture of service.

Metapol’s experience of more than 40 years in the metallic pigments market has been built with professionalism and good practices of teamwork, which makes us a reliable partner.

We develop effect metallic pigments of the hand of our customers, this collaboration fills us with passion and great pride by adding efforts, creating Customer-Metapol synergy to innovate in the market with products tailored to their needs, which is the best motivator.

Providing solutions

In a dynamic and competitive market environment, to remain and be attractive, it is vital to have differentiated products that are the solution to each personalized requirement. As passionate experts in metallic effects, we offer the best pigments that guarantee trendy products of high colours and bright visual effects.

Metapol is committed with the following markets:

Coatings | Graphic arts and inks | Plastics | Functional applications

We provide a wide range of aluminium and bronze pigments with different features and of different sizes (fine, medium, coarse and extra coarse), ideal to ob­tain metallic finishes desired by the final customer.

Our latest innovations

ALU D10011 and ALU D10015 are thin silver dollar effect pigments which due to their narrow particle size distribution, offer perfect balance between hiding power and brilliance, ideal for automotive finishes.

For more information on these innovative products, contact Richard Nathan, Sales Manager, Speciality Chemicals Industry, DKSH Great Britain at richard.nathan@dksh.com, phone: +44 20 88795500

MG Paints donates hand sanitiser

HMG Paints donates hand sanitiser

April 2020 – HMGM97

The UK’s largest independent coatings manufacturer, HMG Paints Ltd has utilised its manufacturing knowledge and existing alcohol stocks to produce hand sanitiser for front-line workers, care providers and charities in Manchester and across the UK. The company developed the First Thing Sanitiser, which contains over 70% alcohol, after staff and their families reported being unable to find stocks at other locations. The First Thing name derives from internal communication messages urging staff to make washing their hands the first thing on their mind whether in work or at home.

The company is now working with partners to supply hand sanitisers, based on a World Health Organisation recommended formulations, to those who need it the most during the spread of Covid-19, which has led to a national shortage. With a severe shortage for those working in environments with those most vulnerable (care homes, the homeless, charities etc) HMG is keen to help as many get the supplies that are needed.

“Our team of chemists have worked extremely hard on the formulation and it has been a true team effort to make the hand sanitiser available.” Said John Falder, Managing Director. “By utilising our existing alcohol stocks, we believe that we can help the HMG Family, our customers and those who need it the most during the current shortages.”

The first batch of First Thing Sanitiser saw donations made to Greater Manchester Police along with local care homes and frontline workers. The current situation in the UK has seen a number of HMG’s customers assist with Government and NHS Infrastructure support initiatives utilising their skills and expertise to help during the current outbreak. The company intends to manufacture as much hand sanitiser as possible and set aside a number of sanitisers to donate to front line workers and others most in need during the crisis.

The paints made by HMG Paints are also being utilised during the current crisis with their Commercial, industrial and decorative coatings being used on everything from hospital beds, workbenches, communication equipment, the Nightingale temporary Hospitals and buildings to the trucks and commercial vehicles keeping goods moving across the country. The Sales Order office is contactable via calling 0161 205 7631 or emailing sales@hmgpaint.com.

If you would like information on the sanitiser, which is available in 250ml bottles, please email sales@hmgpaint.com. Priority will be given to essential services to critical industries such as pharmaceutical packaging/health/ transport/utilities/defence throughout the current situation. However, the company have capacity to support anyone who is still in need of sanitiser supplies.


If you require further information on the press release, please contact:
Gracienne Ikin or Stephen Dyson
HMG Paints Communications
gikin@hmgpaint.com or sdyson@hmgpaint.com
0161 205 7631

HMG Paints Ltd is a family owned business situated in Manchester. Now the UK’s largest independent Paint Manufacturer, HMG are proud to work alongside customers to create the very best individual service and tailored solutions for them. With a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise HMG boast a portfolio including wet paint, powder coatings and aerosols, covering virtually every type of surface imaginable. This is all backed by an extensive 90 years’ experience in developing pioneering coatings for a myriad of industries including; industrial, specialist industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, defence, aerospace, wood finish, decorative, arts & craft, marine and rail, we have a drive to set the standards for the industry not just meet them.

Nace: Corrosion Costs $2.5 Trillion Annually

Nace: Corrosion costs $ 2.5 trillion annually

Every year, corrosion causes an economic damage of more than $ 2.5 trillion worldwide. Therefore, the prevention of corrosion, is an issue that plays an important role in many areas. The new MMS® Inspection series that is optimized for corrosion protection reliably supports the inspector in assessing corrosion-exposed components and in jobs that involve checking of corrosion protection.

Corrosion is the deterioration of a metal as a result of chemical reactions between it and the surrounding environment.

This leads to a functional impairment of the metallic component over time. Accordingly, rust formation on a railroad track is not harmful, since the function of the rail is not diminished. However, a pipe which has become leaky due to pitting corrosion is clearly defective, since the safe transport of liquids is no longer guaranteed. The same applies to the maritime sector, where material surfaces attacked by corrosion on ship walls can quickly become a safety risk. There are serious consequences caused by corrosion in engineering structures such as bridges. If the steel structure corrodes without any control, a bridge can quickly become a threat to those who move on it. Furthermore, there are economic advantages to implementing proper corrosion prevention methods.

In order to protect metallic materials against environmental influences and thus corrosion, in most cases coating with suitable corrosion protection material is sufficient. The expense for this – passive – corrosion protection is relatively low in relation to the costs caused by corrosion such as loss of value, downtime, dismantling, etc. For companies and institutions saving on corrosion protection, it usually becomes expensive to repair the damages afterwards. This is especially so for structures that are very difficult to access after installation, such as offshore wind turbines. Corrosion protection involves regular inspection and checks for proper functioning. This means that inspectors and service personnel need to use targeted measurements to inspect if the quality of the corrosion protection coatings still meet specified standards.

With regard to coating thickness gauges used here, both magnetic induction method and eddy-current testing have established themselves as standards worldwide.
Magnetic induction is the method of choice for measuring the thickness of non-magnetic layers on magnetic base materials, e.g. layers of paint, plastic, galvanized or hot-dip galvanized layers on steel and iron. The eddy current method is suitable for electrically non-conductive layers on non-ferrous metals, such as e.g. paint, lacquer or plastic on aluminium.

Depending on the version, modern gauges such as the newly developed MMS® Inspection series from Helmut Fischer offer both measuring methods.

Helmut Fischer has made every effort to ensure the convenience of the user. For this reason, international measurement standards such as SSPC PA2 (Level 1-5), IMO PSPC, ISO 19840, Australian AS 3894.3-2002 or Swedish IS 1841 60 are firmly integrated as pre-configured batches or measurement specifications via the software. The dew point measuring device MMS® Inspection DPM, which belongs to the same series, measures the dew point before the corrosion protection paint is applied. It this helps to ensure that the coating is applied under proper environmental conditions. If the conditions are not suitable, premature corrosion may occur or the paint may peel off as a result of poor adhesion.

The MMS series offers a third model, the MMS Inspection SPG. This gauge measures according to the “Peak to Valley” method, meeting ASTM D 4417-B and US Navy NSI 009-32 standards. The surface profile depth influences the amount of paint needed. If the peak to valley distance is too big, the applied paint layer may not be thick enough on the peaks. Additionally, the profile infuences the adhesion of the paint on the surface.

The MMS series is offered as a set of three to enable better corrosion protection. They are the only device on the market that meet IP 65 protection requirements which include dust protection and water proof.

The MMS Inspection offers one-handed operation and provides immediate feedback by means of light, vibration and sound. The auto rotate function allows the corrosion inspector to view measurement results at all important angles.

A big advantage of the MMS® Inspection series is the intuitive user interface for all systems. The software guides the user step by step through the individual measuring programs and shows him how to proceed with each measurement. Thus, the devices can be handled reliably even by untrained personnel.

Helmut Fischer has designed this series of gauges to make corrosion protection inspection considerably easier. This enables many companies around the world to avoid corrosion damage and the resulting loss of value.

NANOSTAR 7.5 Digital

NANOSTAR 7.5 digital

The overhead stirrer NANOSTAR 7.5 digital is 30 % smaller than the MICROSTAR 7.5 digital and therefore even more space-saving. However, its performance remains the same. NANOSTAR 7.5 digital convinces with perfect basic functionalities, its compact design and is with just 0,8 kg easy to handle.

Constant torque
NANOSTAR 7.5 digital guarantees a constant torque over the entire rpm range from 50 – 2.000 rpm.

Ease of operation
Operation takes place using a stable rotary knob. The display clearly shows the rotational speed.

Rapid updates
Regular software updates can be undertaken rapidly and simply via the USB interface.

RCT 5 digital

Multifunctional menu
Whether determining the direction of rotation, timer functions or sequence programming – the stirring process can be programmed individually from beginning to end. In this way, the reaction runs reliably and safely even without monitoring.

Scratch-resistant ceramic coating
RCT 5 digital has a rectangular set-up plate with a white, ceramic coating. It is less scratch-prone than conventional magnetic stirrer plates.

Safety features
The display is made of chemical resistant and hardened glass which increases the safety of the user. In addition, a symbol in the display warns in case of a hot surface and therefore protects from burnings. The safety circuit can be adjusted up to 370 °C.

New application note for viscosity testing of varnish samples using the IKA Rotavisc Viscometer

The task was to find a suitable viscometer to measure varnish samples directly in the varnish vessel.
For this purpose, the relative measuring spindles that are included in the scope of delivery of the ROTAVISC hi-vi I were utilized. Five varnish samples were measured with a rotational viscometer to determine a reproducible measuring method.

Please click the below image to learn more about the IKA Rotavisc.

New development added the TenADD stain blocker range

Tannin and stain blocking additives were developed to augment resin technology in stopping the migration of these soluble stains to the surface of the paint. Blocking tannins and other common wood stains (sap, rosin, or other oleo resinous substances) can be quite daunting for water-based coatings. Tennants TenADD stain blockers come as liquid additives which are formulated into paint where they are designed to react with soluble tannins to form insoluble complexes. They can be used to give stain blocking along with your existing polymer or enhanced stability along with stain blocking resins. TenADD 1602 has been improved to give greater stability

For more information about the TennADD grades and stain blocking resins please contact your Tennants Representative

New environmentally-friendly recirculating chiller

/// RC 2 GREEN saves not only on operating costs, but also tons of CO2

Staufen, 14 September 2020 – IKA extends its range of recirculating chillers with the addition of the powerful and environmentally-friendly RC 2 GREEN basic and control models. The new devices combine a natural coolant with the tried and tested demand-controlled compressor technology. The result: Brilliant energy-efficiency, CO2 savings from the very first hour of operation and a reduction in operating costs.

Plant 163 trees or choose the RC 2 GREEN: You can save up to 4 tons of CO2 over a period of ten years using the new circulation cooler as compared to conventional equipment. This corresponds to a return flight from Frankfurt to New York. IKA achieves this significant reduction in the CO2 footprint as a result of the environmentally-friendly and natural coolant R 290 and the energy-efficient compressor technology.

The coolant R 290 is classed as a pure hydrocarbon. It does not damage the ozone layer and has only a slight greenhouse potential. In addition, it has very good thermodynamic properties and promises a long service life for the recirculating chiller, even with future utilization requirements. Combination with the demand-regulated compressor in the RC 2 GREEN achieves a cooling capacity of 800 Watt and a minimum temperature of -30 °C. Not only is this good for the environment, but it also saves from 150 to 250 Euros per year of operation, calculated over a ten year period.

Both variants of the device are developments of the RC 2 recirculating chiller. However, at 800 W, the RC 2 GREEN conceals double the cooling capacity, in identical housing, thus saving 30 % in installation footprint and half the device volume when compared to competitive devices. The result is a space-saving operation of two rotation vaporizers, each having a vaporizing piston of 1000 ml, for example.
In addition, the RC 2 GREEN offers everything one would expect to see in a good recirculating chiller: a powerful pressurization and suction pump, a high-quality fine-mesh stainless steel filter and, of course, the typical IKA modern and user-friendly design incorporating intuitive menu navigation. The display on the control variant can be removed. This permits straightforward remote operation, freeing up space immediately around the working environment for additional essential laboratory equipment.

The IKA recirculating chiller product group now includes a total of six devices. They are all particularly suited for cooling in extraction processes and in combination with rotation vaporizers and laboratory reactors.

New pioneering technology to objectively evaluate total perception of structured surfaces

Authors: Dr Christopher Groh, Gabriele Kigle-Böckler – BYK-Gardner GmbH

Our visual perception is influenced by color, gloss and the surface structure. Our visual rating takes all three parameters into consideration and makes an overall judgement. Up to now, grain or surface structure could only be judged visually or with high sophisticated microscopes. This has changed with the new spectro2profiler, a pioneering technology combining color, gloss, 2D reflectivity and 3D topography in a robust, portable tool with a short measuring time.

Introduction – Color analysis is not enough
Uniform appearance is a crucial quality criterion for many products. The choice of material and production process variations influence the surface quality, for example the cell size of powder coatings is highly dependent on paint film thickness and curing conditions. Another example are injection molding applications where fluctuations in tool pressure and temperature will show up in gloss and contrast variations. With the change of just one material or process parameter, the visual perception of color and appearance can be changed significantly. So far visual assessment was the only way to deliver a complete judgement of a textured surface including color and gloss evaluation. The recent developments of color and gloss meters significantly improved quality control, but do not include the effects of structure or complex gloss behavior of 3D-surfaces. Therefore, 3D microscopes are used to provide very detailed information of the surface structure in the laboratory for research purposes, but not suitable for fast and easy analysis of production quality.

3D Topography analysis using photometric stereo technique
Photometric stereo is a technique for estimating surface normals in order to calculate a 3D topography of that surface. The technique was originally introduced by Woodham in 1980.i The surface normals are calculated by observing an object from different illumination directions. With each direction, the object casts different shadows on the surface and a camera acquires images for each illumination (Figure 1). Using shape from shading, the surface curvature is estimated, and the height map of the object can be calculated. The result is a real 3D topography of the measured object surface (Figure 2).

Watershed analysis to define structure cell sizes
Topographies such as leather grains or coarse powder coated structures can be characterized by their structure cells. To divide the topography into cells, the watershed algorithm is used, a region-based segmentation approach. One can imagine that the algorithm gradually floods the valleys of the topography, building rivers until hill areas are surrounded.iii These areas will be defined as cells, marked as green lines in Figure 3.

Characteristic features of the surface can be calculated based on the watershed segmentation results to compare different structures or grains. Spatial length scales result from camera calibration and are traceable to SI-units. The calculated average cell size correlates to our visual impression of coarseness. The distribution of individual cell sizes is an indication for the uniformity of the surface structure. For example, a natural leather structure varies in uniformity depending on the part of the cow skin. A textured paint can form agglomerations during the wet paint application, if the application parameters vary resulting in an inhomogeneous appearance. The normalized cell size deviation is calculated by dividing the cell size distribution with the mean cell size. It is an objective measure to compare the uniformity of different structures independent of its absolute cell size.

Conventional measurement of reflectivity and gloss
Reflectivity and gloss are based on the interaction of light with the physical properties of the sample surface. The intensity is dependent on the material and the angle of illumination. The measurement results of a conventional glossmeter are related to the amount of reflected light from a black glass standard with a defined refractive index. Today’s measuring instruments are very precise and widely used in industry, but they hold some weak points in the measurement of structured surfaces. Cast shadows and areas that are invisible to the measurement detector can falsify the measurement result. Moreover, the perception of gloss does not only depend on specular gloss but also on the observed contrast between specular highlights and diffusely reflecting surface areas.iv A conventional gloss meter is not capable to capture more complex reflective behaviour such as spatially distributed reflections e.g. high reflecting hills next to low reflecting valleys which occur in leather-like structures.

Spatially resolved 2D reflectivity measurement
The spectro2profiler offers a new camera-based technology to capture the spatial distribution of reflectivity. . An in-line illumination setup eliminates cast shadows, invisible areas and perspective distortions so that the measurement is independent of orientation (Figure 4). The camera acquires
2D reflectivity images.
Figure 5 shows a grey scaled reflectivity map in which every pixel represents a reflectivity value allowing more detailed analysis of reflectivity distributions of a surface.

Combination of 3D topography data with 2D reflectivity data
In order to assess the overall appearance of an object, it is necessary to measure surface structure and reflectivity in parallel, as they are mutually interdependent, but are combined for an overall visual assessment.v Because our eyes are only capable to acquire 2D information, the human visual system reconstructs 3D information of objects in our brain using shading and reflections.vi That means, the perceived depth of a structure is dependent on the reflection behaviour on the hills and valleys. Since the spectro2profiler uses the same camera and lens system for the acquisition of 3D topography and 2D reflectivity data, it is possible to combine the data of both measurement principles. Thus, the reflection of hills and valleys can be separated. The difference between reflection of hills and valleys, describes the contrast and perceived depth of a structured surface.

A practical example as found in the automotive industry
Many automotive interior components have a leather-like look and are manufactured by different suppliers with different processes and made of various materials. The appearance of the products surface is analyzed in the different development phases, e.g. at the very beginning by the design department in the grain development to approve suppliers and at the very end by quality control in production.Leather grain structures can appear different in contrast although color and 60° gloss are the same (Figure 6).

This can be caused due to different reflectivity levels of the surface on hills and valleys. Up till now this had to be evaluated visually which is subjective and non-repeatable. The results in Figure 7 show how the reflectivity contrast Rc distinguished the samples despite having the same color and 60° Gloss. Moreover, the results of the reflectivity for hills and valleys provide details about what causes the different reflectivity contrasts.

The new measurement parameter reflectivity contrast is an ideal measure for production QC of injection or slush moulded parts.

spectro2profiler (figure 8) is a game changer and marks a turning point in the analysis of structured surfaces. The combination of color, gloss, 3D topography and 2D reflectivity in one easy to use instrument is a milestone in the objective measurement control of textured surfaces. At this moment, the spectro2profiler incorporates three algorithms for surface structure analysis – leather-like structures, coarse paint textures and fine paint or plastic textures. Due to its excellent technical performance in regards to repeatability and inter-instrument agreement, digital standards can be used as a reference, allowing a flawless communication within a global supply chain.
From now on, our visual perception of colour, gloss and structure can be evaluated in a holistic and objective approach, color and appearance harmony when combining different components can be optimized and all this is possible in the laboratory as well as on the production line with the portable spectro2profiler.

New Products Which Meet Changed Regulations

Regulatory changes in relation to Irgacure® 369 and similar photo-initiators, as well as the reclassification of a phosphoric acid ester have led to the launch of new and adapted ranges from our key supply partner ECKART.

Rotostar UV 166 Flexo Ink
This is a series of entirely new UV flexographic inks covering a broad palette of gold and silver shades which meets the new regulatory landscape. ECKART reports that even at high machine speeds, no loss of colour intensity or brilliance were detected. Other technical highlights include exceptional runability, quick drying action and ideal wetting and foaming properties. Rotostar UV 166 Flexo Ink is recommended for label printing, flexible packaging, and folding cartons. Paper, cardboard, and film are ideal substrates.

Metalstar UV 285

This has also been reformulated following the reclassification of the photo-initiator and is suited to UV curing flexo and offset printing processes. Its gold and silver shades offer optical properties comparable with predecessors.

Hydroxal V Series

The Hydroxal V series was developed to fulfil regulatory requirements in relation to a substance used to stabilise aluminium pigments. It offers maximum formulation flexibility for water-based gravure, flexographic and screen printing. Properties for all Hydroxal V products include:

All components are contained in the Swiss Ordinance on Materials and Articles
Free from binding agents
Compatible with almost all water-based binding agent systems
Highest possible gassing stability
Ideally suited for abrasion-resistant and polychromatic printing inks
The metallic brilliance persists, even when dyed with coloured pigments

Ideal substrates are paper and cardboard for packets and folded boxes of all types. The metallic silver effect is also impressive on wet-glue and self-adhesive labels.


Stapa® Hydroxal V 70970: By using a novel pulverisation technology, the silver dollar has a pronounced opacity even with low pigmentation without losing brilliance. An even, unstructured effect is ensured by the broad particle size.

Stapa® Hydroxal V 57137: Another non-leafing silver dollar in the series, this one offers a distinctive sparkle and brilliant glitter effects created by tight particle size distribution.

Stapa® Hydroxal V Chromal VIII and Stapa® Hydroxal V 2020: One leafing and one non-leafing dispersion complement the series on the basis of cornflake pigments and meet customer requirements in the cost-efficient standard range.

For more information and to test these new products for your own applications, please contact Philip Randall on 01959 560857 or email.

Please note: Information provided here is given in good faith and without liability. It is intended for guidance only. Users are advised to conduct their own independent examination of the product to ascertain its suitability for incorporation into processes or products. Users should ensure that the use of the product complies with all pertinent current legislation. We guarantee to supply to specification, not performance.

NEW: Ashland Introduces a MIT-Free Version of Aquaflow™ NHS 300 NSAT: Aquaflow™ NHS 300MF Rheology Modifier.

NEW: Ashland introduces a MIT-free version of Aquaflow™ NHS 300 NSAT: Aquaflow™ NHS 300MF rheology modifier.

This is the newest version of Ashland’s workhorse newtonian thickener for ICI viscosity build.

Aquaflow™ NHS-300MF NSAT has been specifically formulated with a MIT-free biocide package designed for full compliance with the European biocide directive (EBD 2017) and meets or exceeds virtually all EU Ecolabel requirements for waterborne paints and coatings.

IMCD provides solutions to the coatings, paints, construction, adhesives and inks industries. Our customers can count on our local sales teams to understand their markets and to care for their individual needs. We provide customised services and deliver solutions from our comprehensive portfolio of additives, fillers, pigments, resins and specialty solvents. Technical expertise is key to the way we grow business, therefore IMCD Coatings also runs ten application laboratories worldwide to support customers and suppliers, while enhancing the technical knowledge of our teams. We can offer formulation guidance, take over analytical services and develop innovative ideas together with our partners.

For further information and / or samples of Aquaflow products, please contact Dr Mike Bamber (mike.bamber@imcd.co.uk).

OCCA & Academic Institutes

One of the main objectives of OCCA is to strengthen our relationship with academic institutes, forge new partnerships and recruit new student members as they plan to embark on their career in the coatings industry. Since 2018, OCCA has boasted academic partnerships with three universities – Leeds, Salford and Warwick. As recently as this last month, we have added a fourth university – Lancaster University – to this group of Academic Partners. Over the last eight years, Lancaster has invested over £30 million in their learning environment and recruited world-leading academic staff to their team. A recently launched initiative “Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation” has ‘surfaces & coatings’ as one of its core areas of focus. It therefore seemed only natural to include Lancaster as our newest Academic Partner. More details will be made available to members in our next issue of SCI. We are also in discussion with several other universities and hope to add more to our list of official Educational Partners in due course. It is important to mention that we benefit from Professor Long Lin (Leeds) and Danny McCaul (Salford) as our academic advisors on OCCA Council.


Insight Into Industry

OCCA proudly launched a new “Academia meets Industry” initiative, bringing together individual OCCA members, our industry partners, and students and staff from academia. We have successfully run a number of events in order to engage with students and introduce them to our challenging and everchanging industry.


Leeds University

Leeds University is currently the only academic institution in the UK to run a Masters Course in Colour Chemistry, run and managed by Council Member Professor Long Lin. Council members visited Leeds to speak with the Masters students about careers and the different roles in our industry. They also introduced the newly launched Surfex Bursary scheme and discussed future career development. There were plans for an “Industry Insight Day”, to be run for the undergraduate and post-graduate students once exams were completed in June, but this will now potentially be run as a Zoom event in early September.


Salford University

Salford University became an OCCA Educational Partner in 2018, OCCA’s Centenary year – the same year in which Salford reintroduced an undergraduate Chemistry degree, after an absence of almost 20 years. OCCA spent a day at Salford University with representatives from our Corporate Sponsor companies. Each representative provided an ‘elevator pitch’ about their personal route into the Coatings Industry and provided more detail about their specific roles (technical service, lab management, commercial, procurement, manufacturing, R&D). This was followed by a small breakout session, giving small groups of 6 or 7 students the opportunity to ask questions of each of the industry representatives in turn. The feedback from all involved was very positive – for industry colleagues, the students and their lecturers.

Warwick University

Warwick University joined our Educational Partners scheme in 2018, following the very successful Surfex exhibition that year. The vibrant Chemistry Department has one of the newest undergraduate teaching laboratories, equipped with state-of-the art instrumentation. Major investment has provided outstanding infrastructure for both undergraduate study and research, including a £24m interdisciplinary centre for Materials and Analytical Science. At the start of 2020 we held several meetings with key staff members at Warwick, exploring ways in which to develop a two way collaboration between our respective organisations – in terms of support we can lend to Warwick by provision of industry lectures, Industry Insight sessions and financial support for students eligible to apply for the Surfex Bursary.

From Warwick’s perspective, the University was keen to showcase their services available to industry partners and to consider the type of projects currently undertaken by their Masters and PhD students. Subsequent to our initial meetings, we hosted a “Meet OCCA” pizza evening with the Warwick ChemSoc. Further plans extend to a full Industry Insight Day and involvement in their ‘Careers in Chemistry’ Fair, but these have had to be put on hold owing to the current pandemic. We are, however, exploring ways in which to host similar online events at the start of the new academic year, which will feature Industrial presentations and breakout sessions. In each instance, when we have put industry experts and students together, we have witnessed so much enthusiasm from the students, staff and industry colleagues alike. We are forging ahead with plans to foster new links with other academic institutions and universities in our bid to engage with and inspire the coating industry professionals of the future.


Would you like to be  involved with an Industry Showcase?

OCCA are looking to arrange virtual events at the start of the new academic year.  We are looking for industry members to volunteer a few hours to speak with students about their careers and the industry they work in.  Please contact admin@occa.uk.com for information.



Surfex & OCCA Bursaries

One of the key elements during the OCCA visits was to discuss the bursaries provided by OCCA and Surfex. Launched in 2019, the Surfex Bursary is designed to help both students and industry chemists with training and career development. Leaflets have been designed for display on notice boards and for distribution to students at careers events. Visits were made to our three of our educational partner universities to launch the scheme in January 2020 and to encourage students to submit their applications for the September 2020 intake year. For further information about the Surfex Bursary, please contact

Dr Laura Merritt: laura@occa.org.uk There are plans in place to launch a new OCCA bursary later this year. An outline of the proposed scheme will be presented to members at this year’s AGM.


Future Plans

OCCA are seeking to partner with several more UK universities throughout the course of the year and had several presentations and events planned with prospective University partners when Covid-19 struck. While students and staff are unlikely to be on-site at Universities in the near future, we will continue to pursue these potential links and will promote OCCA and our bursaries via social media. We will keep our membership updated as we make the bursary awards. For more details, visit our website: www.occa.org.uk/bursaries

OCCA & Surface Coatings International

The below is an extract taken from the August edition of the Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal.

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Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal is the main publication by OCCA. Issued 6 times per year it is filled with technical papers, industry news, regulatory updates and regional activity reports. SCI has a new editor, Dr Richard Kennedy, and publishing team. The latest issue of SCI was released in mid-July and focuses on Covid-19 and how it has affected our members and industry.

OCCA members receive the journal as a benefit of membership. To join OCCA or to subscribe to SCI, please contact admin@occa.org.uk

OCCA members can choose to ‘opt out’ of paper copies and switch to receiving issues in digital format. By logging into the members’ area on the OCCA website (www.occa.org.uk) you can access current and past issues of the journal.

SCI current articles include

  • Fighting the Covid-19 Outbreak: Surface Science & Coatings by Professor Stuart Clarke, Department of Chemistry and BP Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • Nine pages of industry news including Industry Moves, Distribution & Supply, Manufacturing, Technology, Equipment & Testing, Raw Materials, Formulations and Appointments.
  • ‘May you live in interesting times’ by Paul Sheppard, OCCA President Elect & Laboratory Manager HMG Paints
  • Industry responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The financial impact of COVID-19 on the coatings industry: Q1 2020
  • Technical Paper: Novel Oil-Modified Acrylic Multi-Domain Dispersions for Wood Coatings
  • SHE Information
  • Technical Paper: The prospects for antiviral coatings
  • OCCA Association News
  • International Coatings Calendar


Surface Coatings International journal is always interested in suitable technical papers. Details of papers to be submitted should be outlined in an email addressed to editorial@occa.org.uk.

OCCA & Surface Coatings International

Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal is the main publication by OCCA. Issued 6 times per year it is filled with technical papers, industry news, regulatory updates and regional activity reports. SCI has a new editor, Dr Richard Kennedy, and publishing team.

OCCA members receive the journal as a benefit of membership. To join OCCA or to subscribe to SCI, please contact admin@occa.org.uk

OCCA members can choose to ‘opt out’ of paper copies and switch to receiving issues in digital format. By logging into the members’ area on the OCCA website (www.occa.org.uk) you can access current and past issues of the journal.

SCI current articles include

  • Industry news – 15 pages of news including Industry Moves, Distribution & Supply, Manufacturing, Technology, Equipment & Testing, Raw Materials, Formulations and Appointments.
  • Financial Report – the impact of CoVID-19 on the coatings industry: Q2 2020
  • Technical Paper: Investigating the long term effects of immersion in salt solution on the protective properties of bio-content polyurethane coatings
  • Technical Paper: Colour tolerance for liquid coatings
  • OCCA Association News
  • SHE Information – Latest regulatory news
  • International Coatings Calendar

Surface Coatings International journal is always interested in suitable technical papers. Details of papers to be submitted should be outlined in an email addressed to editorial@occa.org.uk.

OCCA Visit to the University of Salford 16th of October 2019

The latest student event organised by the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA) at the University of Salford coincided with the University’s largest new student intake, into the area of Chemical Sciences, for more than 20 years.  University life itself has changed remarkably during the last two decades, as have the challenges faced by our graduates once they leave University and embark on a career that will, for many, change the direction of their life forever. Most of us can cast our minds back to the first job that we had after leaving School, College or University, and in many cases we recognise this as a defining moment on the path to where we find ourselves today.

Choosing a career, and finding opportunities to pursue such a choice, has never been more difficult. The current generation of University graduates face a reality where career boundaries are now blurred and not clearly linked, in most cases, to the main subjects that they studied. In addition, the search for graduate level jobs has never been so competitive and complex. Local ties between industry and a University, with strong reputations in areas such as Chemistry, can be crucial in enabling graduates to pursue their favoured career choices.

The OCCA event at Salford University in October was a huge success, with more than 80 first year students attending. They were treated to some stimulating and insightful talks by OCCA members and a enjoyed a memorable buffet lunch obtained from the local Subway outlet! In the final part of the event the students were presented with OCCA embroidered lab coats and as you can see from the photographs, a week later, these were finding good use in our main teaching laboratory. Intriguingly some of the lab coats have also found their way into some of our Research laboratories in the last few weeks!

Students need to work hard, apply themselves – and have a little bit of luck – to get a good job after graduation. However, relationships between organisations representing industry contribute greatly to a student’s chances of future success.  The University of Salford recognises the importance of external speakers and organisations who sacrifice so much of their time, energy and resources to give students an insight into future career choices and pathways. As such the academics and students at Salford University would like to express their thanks to all the members of OCCA who have given so much to the student experience over the last 12-months and we hope the relationship will continue to flourish in the years ahead.

David Pye FRSC
Head of Chemical Sciences
The University of Salford

OCCA Weekly Webinar – Compal range of aluminium pigments for water based systems and powder coatings

OCCA Weekly Webinar – “Compal range of aluminium pigments for water based systems and powder coatings”

Date: Wednesday 7th October 2020

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

We are pleased to begin the Autumn Series of our OCCA Weekly Webinars with “Compal range of aluminium pigments for water based systems and powder coatings” presented by Joanne Mitchell of Sun Chemicals.

This webinar is free to attend, simply register below and you’ll receive further details/instructions on how to join the webinar in due course.


COMPAL aluminium is a highly concentrated pigment in a pellet form. This alternative delivery form allows safer shipping, storage and handling compared with typical aluminium pigments in powder and paste forms. With developments in technology, COMPAL can now be utilised in a wider range of applications such as waterborne coatings and powder coatings. The presentation will cover the COMPAL product range, suitable applications and guidelines for incorporating COMPAL.

Speaker Profile – Joanne Mitchell, Global Product Manager for Metallics, Sun Chemical

I have worked in the metallic pigment industry for 29 years starting at Wolstenholme International, Darwen as Industrial Technical Services Manager after completing my Chemistry degree at Manchester University. In 2005 I transferred to Ciba and then BASF with the Metasheen business. Joining Sun Chemical in 2013, I now manage the Metallic product portfolio for all applications into the global market.

Register Now to Attend

OCCA Weekly Webinar 5

OCCA Weekly Webinar 5, Wednesday 4th November 2020

Dr Anita Barni Global Business Development Manager

Solutions for textile finishing in a sustainable and circular economy

The vision of a sustainable economy is rapidly advancing. Companies are proactively searching for alternative raw materials and production processes for the development of new materials that can have a lower toxicological and environmental impact. Textile finishing will probably remain an industrial prerogative and, in the future, process safety will be granted in all stages: raw material selection, chemical synthesis and reuse/ recycle of all the article at the end of life. Virtuous examples of new sustainable technologies are already available in the field of polymer production for textile finishing in order to eliminate organic solvents, avoid/ limit the use of toxic substances in all steps of production, produce biodegradable articles & reduce carbon footprint. This webinar will pay particular attention to new bi-component polyurethane systems for in situ, water-based biodegradable polymer dispersions for coating, laminating and padding, and high performance low eco-toxicological impact polymer dispersions.

OCCA Manchester Section AGM

Date: Thursday 5th November 2020

Time: 2.30 – 3.30pm

via Zoom meeting link

Cost: Free to attend

This year’s Manchester Section AGM will be hosted as a Zoom webinar, to be held on the afternoon of Thursday 5th November 2020. Members are asked to register for the AGM, via the OCCA website (www.occa.org.uk/events) in order to receive a unique Webinar log-in link, which will be emailed 1 day ahead of the AGM. The AGM will commence at 2.30 pm prompt and is expected to finish no later than 3.30pm. Copies of the agenda, minutes from the 2019 AGM and nomination forms are available from admin@occa.org.uk

Manchester Section Annual Quiz Night

Date: Thursday 5th November 2020

Time: 19:30 – 22:00pm

Venue: From the comfort of your very own home!!

An internet connection and computer screen to enable viewing of powerpoint slides & other video content is essential. Cost: Free to attend Manchester Section is holding its annual quiz night, hosted by resident Quiz Meisters Paul Sheppard & Phil Knowles: a chance to test your knowledge against friends and colleagues in the industry.


In a break with tradition, this year’s quiz is for individuals, rather than the usual teams of four people. Quiz entry is free of charge to members and non-members alike. There will be a prize awarded to the winner. Booking is required in order to receive a Zoom meeting link and password.


Please visit the Events Page on the OCCA website to book: www.occa.org.uk/events If you have any queries, please contact Ann-Marie on 07739 689710 or email admin@occa.org.u

OCCA Weekly Webinars

In May OCCA successfully launched a series of ‘Weekly Webinars’, to coincide with ‘Learning at Work’ week. We collaborated with the Surfex Team for the third webinar in the series with an audience that included our members and the exhibition visitors. A fantastic programme of technical presentations has been designed to inform, inspire and involve our members all around the world.

Our Corporate Sponsors and leading figures in the coatings industry will present on a range of topics all related to the coatings industry.  At the end of each webinar, there is an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  The webinar presenter, supported by a panel of industry experts, will address all technical enquiries.  This is a great opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the latest innovations in our industry.

What does it entail?

We meet weekly on Zoom, at 2.30 pm BST on Wednesday afternoon.  OCCA hosts the 30-40 min ‘live’ webinar followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

How do people register?
The webinars are available to all OCCA members, Corporate Sponsors and students & staff from our recognised Educational Partners. Weekly updates with information about the programme of confirmed speakers and topics can be found on our website and social media pages

Register online for attendance at any or all of the scheduled sessions via our Events section on our website: www.occa.org.uk/events

 Missed a webinar?
Copies of each presentation are available to download via the Members’ Area of the OCCA website.  Additionally, all sessions have been recorded and made available for download upon request by webinar attendees.

Would you like to present a webinar or join a discussion panel?
If you have research that is relevant to the coatings industry and would like to share and debate with our members;  or you are an industry expert and would be willing to contribute to the panel please contact: admin@occa.org.uk

Weekly Webinar Programme


#1           Graham Armstrong, OCCA, President
Thursday 21st May

“Inspiring Colourful Futures……Why do we use paint?”


#2           Markus Vogel, Evonik
Wednesday 27th May

“A new silica particle technology to improve the durability of architectural coatings”


#3           Dr Lars Kirmaier – Sun Chemical
Wednesday 3rd June

“Eco-efficiency and Performance: Advancements in Organic Pigments”


#4           Dr Lucas Zimmerman – ICL Phosphate Specialty
Wednesday 10th June

“A new revolutionary scratch resistance additive to increase the durability of waterborne wood coatings”


#5           Ulf Moebius and Stephen Gilligan  – BASF Colors & Effects
Wednesday 17th June

“Reach out to the future:  Xfast® Easy Color”


#6           Ed Rushworth – Blackburn Chemicals
Wednesday 24th June

“Dispelair CF 604: New deaeration additive for spray applied coatings”


#7           Jorn Renema – BASF Formulation Additives
Wednesday 1st July

“Block copolymers as coatings additives”


#8           Dan Clingerman – PPG Silica Products
Wednesday 8th July

“Silane-Modified Silicas as Functional Matting Agents”


#9           Michael Sommer – Gustav Grolman GmbH
Wednesday 15th July

“Plastics re-cycling vs. upcycling”


#10         Rick Ridenour  – BASF Colors & Effects
Wednesday 22nd July

“Inorganic Pigments”


#11         Joanne Mitchell – Sun Chemicals
Wednesday 29th July

“Compal range of aluminium pigments for water-based systems and powder coatings”


#12         Antonietta Schiro – Vinavil SpA
Wednesday 5th August

“Multifunctional nano-polymer emulsion for wood coatings”


#13         Colin Wakeford – X-Rite
Wednesday 12th August         

“Cutting Edge Colour Matching Solutions for Paints & Plastics”


#14         Andre Bendo – BASF Colors & Effects
Wednesday 19th August

“Get the Royal Treatment – Next Generation Lumina® Royal Effect Pigments”


#15         Dr Ivan Viviani – Maflon SpA
Wednesday 26th August

“Maflon: Innovative Fluorinated Solutions”

OCCA Weekly Webinars – Inform, Inspire & Involve

OCCA Weekly Webinars – Inform, Inspire & Involve

In May OCCA successfully launched a series of ‘Weekly Webinars’, to coincide with ‘Learning at Work’ week. We collaborated with the Surfex Team for the third webinar in the series with an audience that included our members and the exhibition visitors.

A fantastic programme of technical presentations has been designed to inform, inspire and involve our members all around the world.

Our Corporate Sponsors and leading figures in the coatings industry will present on a range of topics all related to the coatings industry.  At the end of each webinar, there is an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  The webinar presenter, supported by a panel of industry experts, will address all technical enquiries.  This is a great opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the latest innovations in our industry.

What does it entail?

We meet weekly on Zoom, at 2.30 pm BST on Wednesday afternoon.  OCCA hosts the 30-40 min ‘live’ webinar followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

Series 1 webinars – a programme of 15 webinars in total – will run throughout June, July & August.  We will then review feedback from participants and design Series 2 to run throughout October, November & December 2020.

How can people participate?

The webinars are available to all OCCA members, Corporate Sponsors and students & staff from our recognised Educational Partners.

During the initial period of lock-down, non-members have been offered the unique chance to participate in the first six sessions, up to the end of June.  Beyond this, individuals are being offered the opportunity to sign up for membership of the Association, at a special reduced rate for the remainder of 2020. This will enable them to register for all 15 webinars in Series 1.

Missed a webinar?

Copies of each presentation are available to download via the Members’ Area of the OCCA website.  Additionally, all sessions have been recorded and made available for download upon request by webinar attendees.

Would you like to present a webinar or join a discussion panel?

If you have research that is relevant to the coatings industry and would like to share and debate with our members;  or you are an industry expert and would be willing to contribute to the panel please contact: admin@occa.org.uk

How do people register?

Register online for attendance at any or all of the scheduled sessions via our Events section on our website: www.occa.org.uk/events

You will be sent a secure link to the session and a reminder for your calendar.  Once the session has started you may type questions for the presenter and panel to answer at the end of the presentation.

Series 1 Webinars

Thursday 21st May 2020

Graham Armstrong, OCCA President

OCCA Weekly Webinar – “Inspiring Colourful Futures……Why do we use paint?”


Wednesday 27th May 2020

Markus Vogel, Evonik

“A new silica particle technology to improve the durability of architectural coatings”


Wednesday 10th June

Dr Lucas Zimmerman – ICL Phosphate Specialty

“A new revolutionary scratch resistance additive to increase the durability of waterborne wood coatings”


Wednesday 17th June

Ulf Moebius and Stephen Gilligan  – BASF Colors & Effects

“Reach out to the future:  Xfast® Easy Color”


Wednesday 24th June

Ed Rushworth – Blackburn Chemicals

“Dispelair CF 604: New deaeration additive for spray applied coatings”


Wednesday 1st July

Jorn Renema – BASF Formulation Additives

“Block copolymers as coatings additives”


Wednesday 8th July

Dan Clingerman – PPG Silica Products

“Silane-Modified Silicas as Functional Matting Agents”


Wednesday 15th July

Michael Sommer – Gustav Grolman GmbH

“Plastics re-cycling vs. upcucling”


Wednesday 22nd July

BASF Colors & Effects

“Inorganic Pigments”


Wednesday 29th July

Joanne Mitchell – Sun Chemicals

“Compal range of aluminium pigments for water-based systems and powder coatings”


Planned future webinars

We are finalising our programme for August and will publish details in due course.

Weekly updates with information about the programme of confirmed speakers and topics can be found on our website and social media pages:

On-Trend New Pigment Brings Fizz to Premium Range

On-trend new pigment brings fizz to premium range

An elegant, shimmering champagne shade, available from Blagden, is the latest addition to ECKART’s pearlescent pigment range.

A third pigment, recommended for premium automotive and industrial coatings, has been launched within ECKART’s EDELSTEIN range. The new pigment, EDELSTEIN Sunstone Champagne, is a refined champagne shade closely aligned with colour trends currently dominating the market and is available from Blagden Specialty Chemicals.

The pigment provides a surprising colour interplay depending on the angle of view or the way the light is reflected. By variously emitting a silver-white shimmer or a warm, mellow red colouring, it opens up exciting new possibilities for product design.

Like all synthetic pearlescent pigments in the EDELSTEIN range, EDELSTEIN Sunstone Champagne is based on a special selection of premium synthetic silicate. It is highly chemically resistant, has excellent shear stability, is easy to incorporate in all established applications, and has an exceptionally long shelf life. A CFX version will soon be available for applications with especially high resistance requirements.

The pigments are particularly recommended for premium automotive and industrial coatings and for plastics, especially household appliances and consumer electronics. EDELSTEIN Sunstone Champagne also produces attractive results in printing.

For further details about this and other products available from Blagden, please contact Michael Austin on 01959 560804 (email) for coatings applications or Philip Randall on 01959 560857 (email) for printing applications. And don’t miss us on Stand 233 at Surfex2020.

EDELSTEIN Sunstone Champagne is the latest addition to ECKART’s pearlescent pigment range, available from Blagden.

One Out of 60 Inventions: STARVISC 200-2.5 Control Officially Launched

One out of 60 inventions: STARVISC 200-2.5 control officially launched

/// Display viscosity even during product development: the new IKA STARVISC 200-2.5 control torque-measuring stirrer makes it possible.

The device was introduced as a world first at the Achema 2018 in Frankfurt and has been officially launched on August 1, 2018. The Torque measurement instrument STARVISC has a broad range of applications. This is particularly helpful during product development: STARVISC already clearly indicates while running research programmes as to whether the stirred substance can be used as desired. The device is characterized by high-precision measurement, a user-friendly menu for viscosity calculation, a removable control and a powerful and very intense agitator.

Onsite Technical Advice from Elcometer Experts

Onsite Technical Advice From Elcometer Experts

With our global headquarters and principal manufacturing, service and support centre in Manchester, Elcometer is proud to be a UK company supporting our customers, providing solutions to their coatings, NDT and concrete inspection needs since 1947.
With the introduction of our comprehensive range of abrasive blast equipment in 2019, we are now able to support more than ever before.

 Elcometer is more than just a manufacturer, we offer onsite help and advice to both the Industrial Finishing and Protective Coating industries, providing comprehensive coating inspection equipment solutions to meet the requirements of the UK and global industries that we serve.

“Every customer is unique, Elcometer believes in building long term relationships with our customers.  Our ability to work closely with our customers at their facility means that we are able to add value and help solve their coating inspection needs” said Neil Beswick, Elcometer UK & Ireland Sales Manager.

“To be able to sit down and discuss their requirements with a knowledgeable technical representative from Elcometer is reassuring to many of our customers and allows us to develop new product technologies in line with the ever changing requirements of our industry.”

Furthermore, Elcometer’s comprehensive range of physical test equipment used in paint formulation laboratories and test houses around the world, Elcometer is best placed to meet your needs whether you are developing a coating, inspecting a product on the production line or monitoring the coating system to prolong the lifetime of your assets.

To find out how Elcometer can assist you, join us at Surfex 2020, Stand  404 on 2-3rd June 2020 or visit www.elcometer.com.

Polymers Paint Colour Journal and The Coatings Group are Delighted to be Working in Partnership with Surfex

Polymers Paint Colour Journal and The Coatings Group are delighted to be working in partnership with Surfex

Polymers Paint Colour Journal (PPCJ) and The Coatings Group are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the organising team who will be running the Surfex event on 2-3 June 2020. As such, PPCJ and The Coatings Group team will be taking a stand and exhibiting on stand 703 at the forthcoming event, which is held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, UK.

PPCJ publishes two highly successful coatings industry magazines; PPCJ and Asia Pacific Coatings Journal (APCJ) and the Coatings Group, owned by dmg events, complements these by organising a number of successful coatings events around the world. Many of the visitors to the events are regular readers of the magazines, providing an integrated platform for promoting products in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Most recently, our flagship brand, The Middle East Coatings Show (MECS), has moved to resume its original format. Since 2015, MECS has taken place annually in Dubai. During this time, the Coatings Group / dmg events has continually monitored the changing social and economic dynamics of the region, and after extensive consultation with our exhibitors and stakeholders, we are pleased to announce a resumption of our original, pre-2015 programme.

From 2020, MECS will alternate every Spring, between Dubai, UAE, and Cairo, Egypt, adding value for exhibitors and enabling the best possible exposure across the wider Middle East and North African markets. You can read the full article on the MECS 2020 event website.

The next MECS will take place on 09-11, March 2020 in Dubai at the DWTC. Following that, it will be MECS Cairo 2021 (March), MECS Saudi Arabia 2021 (September) and then back to MECS Dubai in 2022.


Further information:

For more information on PPCJ or The Coatings Group, please visit:

https://polymerspaintcolourjournal.com/ / https://www.coatings-group.com/

Prime Minister told of the coatings and printing inks industry’s concerns on post-Brexit trade

Prime Minister told of the coatings and printing inks industry’s ‘substantial and growing concerns’ on post-Brexit trade

The British Coatings Federation has increasing concerns at how plans for post-Brexit trade with the EU will have a substantial negative impact on its membership in future.

In a letter to the UK Prime Minister, BCF CEO Tom Bowtell cited lack of progress on UK-EU Free Trade Agreement talks, as well as how current plans for future regulation of chemicals in the UK – particularly a UK version of REACH – would create substantial extra financial and regulatory burdens for business. These conditions could lead to global companies moving their manufacturing to sites in Europe threatening the UK’s status as a net-exporter. The letter also highlighted fears of job losses across the UK if workable solutions for trade beyond the Brexit transition period were not found.

Examples of extra regulatory burdens on the coatings and printing inks industry included UK-based companies that want to continue to export to the EU having to set up legal entities in the EU and operate under dual labelling regimes. On top of those issues of red-tape are the much-talked-about concerns over the setting up of a separate UK REACH system, duplicating the requirements of the existing EU REACH. In the letter to the PM, BCF explained how additional costs to chemical manufacturers re-registering chemicals in the new UK chemicals database within a two-year period are conservatively estimated at £1 billion. Moreover, EU companies may deem it uneconomic to register some substances in the new UK system at all. That would mean UK manufacturers would not have access to the same raw materials as their EU counterparts or, in order to make sure they can continue to have access, UK downstream manufacturers, like those in the coatings sector, would have to take on the re-registration costs themselves.

The letter goes on to urge the Prime Minister to secure a comprehensive FTA that maintains tariff-free trade, high standards and consistency in chemicals regulation, and does not create substantial extra cost and bureaucracy or animal testing. It also calls for the current duplications inherent in the planned UK REACH system to be rethought, to reduce the additional costs that it would currently mean for business.

Commenting on the letter, Tom Bowtell said:

“The BCF has, along with many other organisations, worked closely with Government to try and ensure a workable transition for industry post-Brexit. However, with the clock ticking, and FTA talks making very little progress, we feel that there remain significant – indeed growing – risks that what is currently planned will significantly and detrimentally impact on our members’ future business. Put simply, if a key point of Brexit was to reduce bureaucracy for business, this will not end up being the case in the coatings or wider chemicals sector as things stand.

We still believe the best way to prevent the issues outlined in our letter from damaging UK business would be for the UK to remain as an associate member of the European Chemicals Agency. However, if the UK Government has definitively ruled that option out, we support attempts to negotiate access to the EU chemicals database for the UK regulator through an FTA chemicals annexe. However, even then, there would be extra obstacles and costs to trade between the UK and EU our members will have to deal with. We therefore also need the UK Government to minimise those added hurdles of new UK regulations in future, especially where they introduce duplicate requirements for our industry, as will be the case with UK REACH.”

Product Showcase: Dianal, Elvacite® and Lucite® Acrylic Resins from Mitsubishi Chemical

In 2021, Mitsubishi Chemical in Europe underwent a transformation as the group’s companies came together for the first time under one name. This regional approach brings together decades of knowledge and experience across a huge variety of industries and applications.

In addition to the strengths of the integrated European business, we continue to benefit from close partnerships with Mitsubishi Chemical companies around the world. This global network of innovation and manufacturing excellence allows us to offer our customers an even greater range of products and services.

At the forefront of Mitsubishi Chemical is our mission to harness the power of chemistry to create a brighter, more sustainable future. We call this ‘KAITEKI’, and it influences everything we do. This can be seen through our recent investments in recycling technology, green energy, and bio-based raw materials.

Mitsubishi Chemical offer a portfolio of Dianal, Elvacite® and Lucite® brand acrylic polymers and co-polymers, which gives customers a broad choice of performance characteristics. Adhesion, rigidity, flexibility, solvent compatibility, temperature resistance and pigment dispersion are just some of the features offered.

Mitsubishi Chemical’s acrylic resins are solid, free-flowing spherical beads. Each resin offers its own characteristic features based on a range of product chemistries (including thermoplastics, carboxyl functional and hydroxyl functional grades).

The properties of these resins can be enhanced by blending with each other, with other additives such as plasticisers, or with other resins. Dianal and Elvacite materials can be compatible with
alkyds, nitrocellulose, epoxies, vinyls, melamines, ureas, isocyanates, and cellulose butyrate resins.

As the demand for specialised, high-performance solutions increases, Mitsubishi Chemical continues to design, manufacture and supply products which meet the needs of our customers. Dianal, Elvacite® and Lucite® brand acrylic resins from Mitsubishi Chemical have been used for many years in a wide range of applications:

• Reactive hot-melt glues
• UV-curable inks
• Castings and encapsulations
• Sealants for metal, wood, concrete and plastic
• Aerosols, lacquers and traffic marking paints
• Automotive coatings and adhesives
• Intumescent and anti-fouling coatings
…and many more

Quality and reliability are vital in high-performance industrial applications, and all Mitsubishi Chemical acrylic resins comply with ISO9001 quality standards. Each batch is tested against agreed specifications, and our optimised manufacturing processes allow us to offer products with tightly-controlled particle sizes, molecular weights, acid content and residual initiator.

Certainty of supply is essential and Mitsubishi Chemical has recently expanded production in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to support the growing European market. A vertically integrated supply chain also ensures a continuous and dependable supply of products for our customers.


Mitsubishi Chemical UK is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. Formerly Lucite International, the Specialty Polymers and Resins business supplies products for many different applications, including dental and medical prosthetics, coatings, inks and adhesives, castings and embedments and glass separation.

Product Benefits

  • Wide variety of technical properties
  • Adhesion to an extensive range of substrates
  • High gloss, clarity and hardness
  • Flexibility and solvent compatibility
  • Pigment dispersion

Abrasion, temperature and chemical resistance

Quantum Design UK and Ireland launch new Company video and magazine

Featuring staff, suppliers and customers


September 2021



The company video is being launched in tandem with Quantum Design’s first Company magazine “High-Tech Instrumentation“. QDUKI Marketing Manager, Angela Carslake comments,

“Featuring some of our partners and customers, the video provides an insight into our people, method of working and proud history.”

Angela Carslake, Marketing Manager, Quantum Design UK and Ireland




There are contributions from:

  • Prof. Joseph Keddie, University of Surrey, JA Woollam Ellipsometry Customer for 20 Years
  • Angela Carslake, Marketing Manager, QDUKI
  • James Hilfiker, J A Woollam Co.
  • Dr. Jordan Thompson, Service Engineer, QDUKI
  • Mark Donaghy, Raptor Photonics
  • Dr. Shayz Ikram, Technical Director, QDUKI
  • Dr. Gavin Stenning, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, QD Systems Customer
  • Josh Hook, Service Engineer, QDUKI
  • Shane Hritz, Lake Shore Cryotronics

Angela Carslake continues,

“I for one am very proud of the video, having worked at QD-UKI for many years. I really feel that it has captured the heart of the company and how we enjoy collaborating with our customers and suppliers, and building relationships that will last for many years. I really hope you enjoy watching it.”

Angela Carslake, Marketing Manager, Quantum Design UK and Ireland

Included in the Magazine:

QD-UKI take a really in depth look at how their partnership with the Medical Technologies Innovation Facility at Nottingham Trent University could be of benefit to you – with one-off bespoke ellipsometer measurements available on the J.A. Woollam IR VASE II Spectroscopic Ellipsometer provided by QDUKI to the facility.

QD-UKI will be exhibiting at Surfex in June.  Find out more here

Rakem are excited to start preparations for SURFEX 2020

Rakem are excited to start preparations for SURFEX 2020. A proud supporter of the event for over ten years, the team are excited to be back at the Ricoh Arena in June.

As a family run business, Kevin, Eugene and Kieran Rafferty have established a successful reputation throughout the industry. Recently they are joined by the third generation and founder Frank Rafferty’s grandchildren, Caitlin and Dayna. Keeping the ethos of a family business whilst expanding into a group of companies, specialising in the coatings industry, Rakem has gone through significant change since SURFEX 2018. Rakem operates from Bury, Lancashire where it now has a dedicated team of research and development chemists. Working from their state on the art laboratories, the team provides technical support for customers and in house testing of raw materials and formulations.

Experienced distributors of raw materials to the coatings industry, both the sales and technical team will be on hand to provide information on products and solutions to the industries common problems.

Recently Rakem became CLiQ Swisstech’s official UK distributor. Rakem’s portfolio is always expanding to ensure they supply the ‘Perfect Mix’ of raw materials to the coatings industry. CLiQ have some very innovate products for the market, including high quality dispersing agents and rheological additives.

Experts in titanium dioxide and functional additives for the coatings market, the team will be promoting their Venators grades. The technical team have been working on formulations using our titanium dioxide and blanc fixe. These formulations will provide solutions for customers to both improve opacity and brightness. SURFEX will be the perfect opportunity for Rakem to launch their product videos and showcase grade comparisons. There will be focus on new pigments from Venator, including Altiris, a solar reflecting pigment, perfect for surface coatings. The pigment improves the thermal stability of both coatings and plastics.

The Rakem team look forward to welcoming both existing customers and new visitors to the stand. Each show visitors look forward to their stand entertainment, from their ice cream machine to their ‘Perfect Mix’ sweet stand. The team are known for balancing technical advice and support with fun and familiarity. Last year, Rakem’s Perfect Mix cocktail hour was well received by everyone from customers to competitors! Follow Rakem on social media for updates on their plans for 2020!

Raw Materials for DIY Products

Raw Materials for DIY Products


Stort Chemicals Ltd are here to help support your customers DIY projects with a range of materials for water-based and solvent-based formulations.


Products for protection

HEXAFOR® W-624 – Used for durable transparent wood protection

LINEWAX® P-2002-A – Gives a matting effect and scratch resistance

Wood Stains:

Resins, Additives, Colour

BENASOL® resins – for non-yellowing, high gloss varnishes and paints with improved hardness and chalk resistance

BLUEPUR® & REXIN® – aliphatic polyurethane resins suitable for a wide range of wood coatings

HEXAFOR® 695 & 692 – additive for anti dirt pick-up and wipe clean surfaces

HEXAFOR® 641 – wetting and anti-withdrawal additive. Assists with surface contamination in wood coatings

NOVAPINT® E – colourants with excellent water repellence and light fastness for façade paints

ORASOL® – pigment dispersions with good weather fastness to be used in wood stains

Stone & Concrete Protection:

HEXAFOR® – range of fluoropolymers for stain and oil repellence on a range of surfaces. Simply dilute to create sealers for natural stone, porous tile, grout and masonry, all without changing the natural appearance!

Stone Sealers:

easy to apply and quick drying resins that make a real difference

ACRONAL® DS 6262 & A754 – 1K concrete protection with low water update and low MFFT

UCOPOL® W 708 – 1K clearcoat for tiles and masonry

Real-Life Roofing Application Using Graphene Enhanced Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Real-Life Roofing Application Using Graphene Enhanced Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Alltimes Coatings has successfully used their recently launched Advantage Graphene anti-corrosion sprayable coating in what could be the world’s first roofing application using a graphene enhanced coating system.

Nigel Alltimes, Managing Director, Alltimes Coatings Limited, said:
We believe that with the launch of Advantage Graphene, we are bringing to market a unique and revolutionary liquid roofing system for our industrial and commercial customers. Without doubt, Applied Graphene Materials’ deep understanding of coating technology and how best to effectively integrate graphene into novel chemistry, has played a major role in the successful launch of this product. Early feedback from our customers has been very positive and we anticipate strong uptake as we extend the performance of our product range with graphene technology.

Revolutionary orange peel measurement system continues to make waves

The launch of wave-scan 3 from Blagden’s key supply partner BYK-Gardner brings more precision more quickly for assessing smoothness and gloss of paint finishes.

BYK-Gardner’s wave-scan range – available from Blagden – makes the objective measurement of surface texture possible. Its impact has been revolutionary, changing how industries envisage the painting process. By providing diagnostics to objectively evaluate surface quality after each paint process step, wave-scan makes it possible to identify exactly which substrate layer is influencing the final appearance. It therefore allows manufacturers to establish processes to ensure a flawless finish and reduces time spent trouble shooting.

What’s the connection between waves and gloss measurement?
The wavy pattern of light and dark areas on high gloss surfaces is known as orange peel and is influenced by brilliance – or gloss – and waviness. wave-scan incorporates these two features into its measurements. It evaluates the brilliance of the surface by simulating the visual perception of waviness. With the results produced, quality can be analysed and optimised based on material and process parameters.

What’s new in wave-scan 3?
wave-scan continues to lead the way with the launch of wave-scan 3. It responds to advances in technology and paint finishes which create challenges for controlling waviness in the final surface appearance.

The new wave-scan 3 incorporates a fresh design with extra-large colour touch display and intuitive operation. Complex waviness scales are calculated with super-fast chip technology, reducing measurement time. Results correlate closely with visual perception and align with earlier wave-scan models.

Introducing the wave-scan 3 family
Four instruments in the wave-scan 3 family enable solutions tailored for every task:
wave-scan 3 is the specialist instrument for orange peel and distinctness of image (DOI) for high-gloss finishes
wave-scan 3 dual provides an expanded measurement range for medium- to high-gloss surfaces
• micro-wave-scan measures orange peel on small and curved high-gloss parts like fuel doors, mirror housings and decorative trim.
• wave-scan ROBOTIC automates paint quality control on the production line.

For more information about wave-scan 3, please contact Simon Moss at Blagden on 01959 560818 or email smoss@blagden.co.uk.

Save Energy Costs with allnex catalysts

Save energy costs by using Cycat 296-9 in your coatings applications with high imino & partially alkylated resins. You can achieve the same hardness as similar uncatalysed systems that require higher temperatures. Allnex offer a full catalyst range to complement their Cymel range of amino cross-linkers

For more information please visit https://allnex.com/en/product-finder?keywords=cycat

Or contact your representative at Tennants Distribution.

SCI Technical Paper: Novel Oil-Modified Acrylic Multi-Domain Dispersions for Wood Coatings

The below is an extract taken from the August edition of the Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal.

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By Andreas J. Steiner, ALLNEX Austria GmbH, Austria

  1. Lunzer, T. Vanheertum, T. Kittler, L. Sterckx, K. Gariepy


Abstract: Waterborne acrylic dispersions and alkyd emulsions have been extensively used for architectural coatings for decades, each technology having its advantages and drawbacks. While alkyd emulsions generally exhibit very good application characteristics, such as high gloss and good penetration, they lack in performance for weathering resistance. Acrylic dispersions, conversely, are disadvantaged in terms of flow, levelling and appearance, but perform well for outdoor durability. Many attempts have been undertaken to find the balance of performance by hybrid technology approaches. The presented work highlights a novel synthetic approach to oil-modified acrylic multi-domain dispersions combining acrylic-like outdoor durability with alkyd-like appearance and application properties.

For Full Technical Paper – See SCI Volume 103.3 May-June 2020

SCI Technical Paper: The prospects for antiviral coatings

The below is an extract taken from the August edition of the Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal.

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By Peter Collins (Peter Collins Coatings Consultancy) & Richard Kennedy (Editor of Surface Coatings International)

Introduction: The current COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on societies worldwide. Within a matter of weeks, normal day to-day life changed to something more akin to a horror film as many nations introduced draconian measures in order to reduce the spread of the virus and prevent the numbers of patients requiring hospital treatment overwhelming their intensive care facilities. In light of the perceived high infectivity of the virus, members of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Surface Coatings Special Interest Group, in collaboration with the British Coatings Federation, organised a virtual gathering of more than 130 academics, industry specialists and representatives of healthcare and transport organisations to share knowledge about antiviral coatings and express views on what needs to be done to accelerate research output in this field. One of the aims of the meeting was to review hygienic coatings technology and its prospects for fighting viruses.

For Full Technical Paper – See SCI Volume 103.3 May-June 2020

September Webinar Program for BASF Performance and Formulation Additives

Topics covered this time include the Dispersing Agent Toolbox allowing label-free universal pigment concentrates, and Rheovis® PU 1340, our highly efficient Newtonian PU-thickener for flat to high-gloss coatings in the field of architectural coatings. Feedback from the last series included requests for more information on light stabilisers so there will be the opportunity to learn more about Tinuvin® 5866 – the optimal solution for a wide range of applications, typically sealants that heat up in the sun – and Tinuvin® 533-DW for joinery, wood and other industrial coatings that require UV-A and UV-B protection.


Registration is open and sessions are free so please click on the link to reserve your place(s.)

Siltech – Continuing Innovation in Silicone Materials

Siltech – Continuing Innovation in Silicone Materials

Siltech is a family company, with nearly 180 employees and two modern silicone manufacturing plants in Toronto.

Siltech may be a relatively new name on the silicone scene within Europe and the UK, but 2020 marks the 8th year with local employees, alongside our Siltech BV and a Dutch warehouse, and the 31st year for Siltech overall.

Siltech works closely with customers to develop the correct silicone polymer/s for the job.

Industrial application areas for silicones include:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Composites and 3D Printing
  • Electronics
  • Household
  • Inks and Coatings
  • Medical
  • Mould Making
  • Oil and Gas
  • Paper Release
  • Plastics
  • Polyurethane Foam
  • Pulp and Paper Manufacturing
  • Textiles

Silicone polymer types include polyethers and other carbinols, amines, epoxies, carboxies, thiols, hydrides, vinyls, acrylates and methoxy/ethoxy silane-modified prepolymers.

For some further informative videos, please click this link: https://www.siltech.com/about-siltech/

Please come and visit us at Surfex 2020, at booth BZ114.


Siltech – Fluorosilicones for Coatings

Siltech offers a wide range of fluorinated silicones for coatings and other applications, which can offer good solvent and chemical resistance, lubricity and slip.  The silicone part proffers good water repellency, and the fluorine attachments can improve dirt, soil and grease repellency.

There are 5 generic categories in the Siltech portfolio:


1- Perfluorobutylethylene- or PFBE-based (F9)

These are perhaps the more established types of fluorosilicones (c=3):

2- Trifluoropropyl- or TFP-based (F3)

Newer and potentially cheaper, these are often compared side-by-side with their PFBE-analogues.


3- Alkyl fluorosilicones

These can be low melting point solids at room temperature, or liquids.  The percentages of alkyl character and the amount of fluorine can be tailored to the desired applications.  Both PFBE and TFP types can made.


4- Polyether fluorosilicones

The most interesting point about fluorinated silicone polyethers is that they can be water soluble, depending on the amount of ethylene oxide which is incorporated.  They can also be considered as being reactive, via their carbinol functionality.


5- True reactive fluorosilicones

These are quite specialised types, and are very interesting for durable coating applications.

Fluorosils TMS C7-1F and EP C7-1F are methoxy- and epoxy-functional respectively.

Fluorosil TFP OH B10 is a hydroxy-functional fluorosilicone.

For UV-cured systems, Siltech had also made hydroxyacrylate fluorosilicones, namely Fluorosil OH ACR C7-F and Silmer OH ACRF B10.


Please contact dave.wilson@siltech.com

Siltech – Foam Control for Coatings

Silicones are widely used as defoamers and anti-foamers in industrial applications.  This is not only limited to paints and coatings, but also includes pulp and paper, laundry, water treatment, dry cleaning, distillation and metal working.

Siltech manufactures a range of products, broadl