Seminar Room C Seminars

09:30 - 09:50

Mapping Marine Slime by Spectral Imaging

Biofilm fouling on ships (slime) is an environmentally and economically costly problem with global impacts.  Alongside developing new fouling control coatings, AkzoNobel are developing complementary methods of characterizing biofilm fouling characteristics with the end goal of understanding microfouling heterogeneity and resulting drag.  This is not an easy task, as many of the existing tools available to measure, identify, and characterize biofilms are, appropriately, microscale specialist techniques.  In contrast ships are hundreds of meters in length.  Within this context, I have developed meso and macro scale spectral imaging techniques to map fouling biomass in a quantitative and, importantly, scalable framework.  This talk will cover some of the remote sensing approaches I have adopted and modified for quantifying marine fouling biofilms.

09:50 - 10:10

Smart Surfaces: Building a Transformational Technology Stack with Coatings

Coatings protect, enhance, and decorate our world. Soon they'll power it too. Bare Conductive is building a technology stack on top of contemporary coatings technologies to make any surface smart. By combining the scalability of coatings with the power of modern electronics, smart surfaces can seamlessly integrate functionality into almost any environment. From use cases in smart buildings to healthcare to transportation, smart coatings will provide significant value to the consumer and present an incredible opportunity for the coatings industry.

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10:10 - 10:30

The ‘B’s & C’s of Sustainability’ (BASF to Brexit and Circularity to Climate Change)

Business success tomorrow means creating value for the environment, society and business. This is why sustainability has been reinforced as a cornerstone of BASF’s updated corporate strategy. Using the various tools of our sustainability management, we carry out our company purpose: “We create chemistry for a sustainable future.” We systematically incorporate sustainability into our business. We understand future sustainability trends and derive appropriate measures for our business to seize business opportunities and minimize risks along the value chain. Integrating sustainability deeply into our business models and business conduct secures the long-term success of our company, creates business opportunities and establishes BASF as a key partner supporting our customers. We want to be a thought and action leader in sustainability and we therefore want to increase the relevance of sustainability in our business decision-making processes.

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  • Geoff Mackey Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director - BASF
11:00 - 11:40

Robotics: No Scaffolding. No Ladders. No Danger

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11:20 - 11:40

Creating Culture, Decent Worthwhile and Secure 

My grandfather used to tell me stories of the ‘old’ HMG, when we received our raw material deliveries via horse and cart, took orders via telegram and made deliveries using the HMG company bicycle. HMG is a very different business than it was in the 1930s, with different machines, people and customers but the family culture and guiding principles of decent, worthwhile and secure remain the same. Generations of families have worked through HMG and grown up together passing on their knowledge, expertise and passion to future generations. When we see grandfathers and grandmothers, fathers, sons, mothers and daughters all working through HMG together and encouraging the next generation to follow this is a good indicator that we are getting culture right. My talk is about how this culture was formed, why its important and how we keep it strong in a changing and developing world.

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11:40 - 12:00

Reengineered Paint Supporting a Circular Economy

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13:30 - 13:50

Painting By Numbers: the Real Impact of EPR on the Paints Sector

The UK Government are currently consulting on a raft of environmental legislation aimed at the packaging sector. This includes DRS (deposit return scheme), EPR (extended producer responsibility), standardisation of collection, mandatory labelling and a plastics tax. The target date for implementation is currently 2023 and the combined effect of these changes on the packaging landscape will be profound with significant increases in costs in many cases, especially for packaging that cannot be recycled, or that has a low recycling rate. This presentation aims to provide an overview of the likely changes and the related cost implications related to pack selection.

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13:50 - 14:10

Going Around in Circles: How Metal Paint Cans Serve the Circular Economy

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14:10 - 14:30

Doing What it Says On The Tin

The metals sector has a longstanding and widely used generic label, Metal Recycles Forever , but look on any paint can and you’ll see a host of other labels, some clear, others anything but; some factual, others downright misleading.

‘Doing what it says on the tin’ looks at effective on-pack labelling, presents bespoke consumer research on pack labelling and the latest efforts by OPRL and DEFRA to bring about consumer-led clarity and consistency across sustainability labelling.

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15:00 - 15:20

Enforcement and REACH Registration of Polymers in the A&S Sector

The Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a very demanding system for any business either large or small. To date polymers, other than some low molecular weight polymers, have been exempt from registration, however that now looks likely to change. As almost all adhesive and sealant formulations contain polymers, this is potentially very challenging for manufacturers. This presentation will look at the current key chemical’s regulations affecting adhesives and sealant manufactures and their related supply chain and will focus on the key steps that have to be taken to comply with the current UK regulations, and the likely demands on polymer suppliers and downstream users.

 

 

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15:20 - 15:40

Implications of Disaster on Competency of Marketing, Specification and Installation of FR Products

In the early hours of 14 June 2017, a fire spread through Grenfell Tower. Seventy-one people died, many homes were destroyed, and countless lives have been affected. The fire appeared to be accelerated by the building’s exterior cladding system, leading to a national programme of extensive testing of the cladding on other high-rise buildings. The disaster prompted an independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and as the review progressed, it became clear that the whole system of regulation, from what is written down and the way in which it is implemented, is not fit for purpose, leaving room for shortcuts to be taken without understanding the consequences. This presentation will examine lessons we can learn and steps that should be taken to improve the competency of installations with respect to fire resistant products.

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15:40 - 16:00

Current Substance Issues and the Impact on Adhesives and Sealants Formulations

Adhesives and sealant formulations contain a wide range of formulating ingredients and since the introduction of REACH in a number of key substances have come under scrutiny requiring re-formulation. There have been regulations and directives that have resulted in phasing out of certain substances, sometimes only on a precautionary principal rather than sound scientific evidence. This presentation will look at the effects of some of these substance restrictions and will highlight upcoming new regulations that are likely to impact existing formulations in the UK. It will look at the possible effects on functionality and the cost of reformulation.

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16:00 - 17:00

Bringing Nano-enabled Products to the Market Quickly and Safely

16.00  REACH Compliance in Light of Missing Tools and Rules and What Nano Needs to Catch Up

Dr Kai Paul, Senior Consultant, Bluefrog Scientific

 

16.20 REACH and Nanomaterials: Pitfalls and Opportunities for the Nanotechnology Industry

Dr Neil Hunt, Senior Regulatory Specialist, Yordas Group

 

16.40 : Advancing Into a New World – The Translation of Nano into Advanced Materials and Implications for Regulation and Policy

Dr Claire Skentelbery, Director General, Nanotechnology Industries Association

 

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09:30 - 09:50

Brexit – Consequences for the UK Coatings Industry

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09:50 - 10:10

Communicating Safe Use of Substances – SWEDs, SUMIs and SpERCs

REACH requires manufacturers to assess how a substance can be safely used. REACH also requires downstream actors in the use chain to pass on this information to ensure the safe use of the substance. Industry, supported by ECHA, have developed the concept of a SUMI – Safe Use of Mixture Information, to implement this. Behind each SUMI is a SWED – Sector-specific Worker Exposure Description. This describes the end-use of the mixture containing the substance and provides a proven link between the safe exposure level with that expected in practice. Wayne will present details of the CEPE/EuPIA SWED/SUMI initiative and introduce the concept of SpERCs for the environment.

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10:10 - 10:30

Paint & Coatings Sales Trends

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11:00 - 11:20

SPECIFIC – Creating Surfaces for Energy Positive Buildings

Buildings energy demands contribute significantly to the overall global energy use and associated CO2. At SPECIFIC (Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coating) we believe that the building envelope offers scope for harvesting energy from the environment which can be stored and released when required within the building. The presentation will cover numerous examples where coating technology has been an enabler for this vision through a pair of working buildings (a classroom and an office) which are energy neutral in operation.

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11:20 - 11:40

Poison Centres – Is There a Better Way To Protect Users of Chemicals?

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11:40 - 12:00

Product Environmental Footprint

Product Environmental Footprint – Currently there are a proliferation of green labelling schemes and green claims for Decorative Coatings. This can lead to confusion for consumers and tradespeople, which in turn can lead to mistrust of the information provided. The European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint aims to provide a common approach for the measurement and communication of environmental impacts associated with products. A number of pilot schemes have been run, including one on Decorative Coatings. The project, headed by CEPE and involving a number of European Decorative Coating manufacturers has drafted a set of category rules and made proposals on what communication of results could look like.

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13:30 - 14:30

Adding Functions to Coatings and Surfaces with Nanomaterials

13.30 Bringing New Nanomaterials to the Market for Surfaces and Coatings

Dr Sean Kelly, Senior Project Manager, Nanotechnology Industries Association

 

13.50  From Silica Nanomaterials to Superhydrophobic Coatings

Dr Simon Haas, Research Scientist, Promethean Particles

 

14.10 Thermo-chemical Surface Treatment of Nanocarbon Materials

Dr Robert Menzel, University Academic Fellow, University of Leeds

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  • Sean Kelly Senior Project Manager - Nanotechnology Industries Association
  • Dr Simon Haas Research Scientist - Promethean Particles
  • Dr Robert Menzel University Academic Fellow - University of Leeds
15:00 - 15:20

Preserving Adhesives and Sealants in an Increasingly Regulated World

This presentation will look at the history and importance of adequate preservation of various different adhesives and sealants formulations and will then assess the impact on those choices of the increasing regulation to remove or reduce active substances that help to preserve many formulations. It will assess industry’s efforts to increase awareness on the impacts of reducing preservation and the consequences on formulations supplied to consumer, professionals and industrial applications.

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15:20 - 15:40

How the Focus on Nanomaterials Impacts Adhesives and Sealants

Nanomaterials are special for several reasons, but for one in particular – their size. Nanomaterials are up to 10 000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Nanomaterials are not just made in a laboratory but are found everywhere in nature. A nanomaterial may have different properties compared to the same substance in bulk form. That means that a material could change when it goes from bulk to nanoform, but at what size that happens varies depending on the substance.

Nanomaterials have been used in adhesives and sealant formulation for many years and this presentation will look at some of the applications and make an assessment on possible regulation and how this might impact our sector.

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15:40 - 16:00

The Challenges of Plastics in the Adhesives and Sealants Sector

There is an increasing demand to move away from a linear economy model (make, use, dispose) to a regenerative circular economy model that minimises resource input, waste, emissions and energy leakage. With an increased focus on single use plastics and the presence of microplastics in the environment, adhesives and sealants manufacturers are looking at how they can continue to positively contribute to a circular economy. The manufacturing of adhesives is a complex world, with many different chemistries, formulations that take different shapes, and with each formulation often requiring different production and application techniques. Adhesives have replaced conventional methods such as mechanical fastening, welding, and other joining methods because of superior product performance, reliability, and better operating life. The use of adhesives helps to reduce overall manufacturing cost. In the construction industry, adhesives are used in many applications including floor manufacturing, insulation, and panels. In addition, more sealing is taking place for improved thermal insulation and for damping noise and vibration (in building/construction, transportation and general assembly applications). For all of these benefits on the different applications, the adhesives and sealants have to be supplied to the end user in some form of packaging. This presentation will look at some of the challenges to A&S manufacturers both in terms of user acceptance of any changes, and cost implications of different delivery systems.

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