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By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor | April 21, 2016

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a unique coating product to counteract the negative effects of ice buildup.

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a unique coating product to counteract the negative effects of ice buildup on car windshields, airplanes, wind turbines, oil rigs and power lines. Traditionally, removing ice with the current methods available – usually chemical melting agents or labor-intensive scrapers and hammers – is difficult and expensive work.

That could soon change thanks to a durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed after nearly fours years of work by University of Michigan researchers. Thin, clear and slightly rubbery to the touch, the spray-on formula could make ice slide off equipment, airplanes and car windshields with only the force of gravity or a gentle breeze. This could have major implications in industries like energy, shipping and transportation, where ice is a constant problem in cold climates.

“There are multiple applications such as coatings for cars (preventing ice build up on windshields, windows and wipers), ships (preventing ice build up on hulls), aircraft (eliminating deicing), power lines, satellite dishes, refrigerators (ice makers), food packaging (frozen food), wind turbines, ice cream makers etc.,” said  Anish Tuteja, U-M Material Science and Engineering Associate Professor.

The new coating could also lead to big energy savings in freezers, which today rely on complex and energy-hungry defrosting systems to stay frost-free. An ice-repelling coating could do the same job with zero energy consumption, making household and industrial freezers up to 20 percent more efficient. The coating is detailed in a new paper published in the journal Science Advances.

Made of a blend of common synthetic rubbers, the formula marks a departure from earlier approaches that relied on making surfaces either very water-repellent or very slippery.

"Researchers had been trying for years to dial down ice adhesion strength with chemistry, making more and more water-repellent surfaces," said Kevin Golovin, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering. "We've discovered a new knob to turn, using physics to change the mechanics of how ice breaks free from a surface."

Led by Anish Tuteja, associate professor of materials science and engineering, the team initially experimented with water-repelling surfaces as well, but found that they weren't effective at shedding ice. But during their experiments, they noticed something unexpected: rubbery coatings worked best for repelling ice, even when they weren't water-repellent. Eventually, they discovered that the ability to shed water wasn't important at all. The rubbery coatings repelled ice because of a different phenomenon, called "interfacial cavitation."

Golovin explained that two rigid surfaces—say, ice and your car windshield—can stick tightly together, requiring a great deal of force to break the bond between them. But because of interfacial cavitation, a solid material stuck to a rubbery surface behaves differently. Even a small amount of force can deform the rubbery surface, breaking the solid free.

"Nobody had explored the idea that rubberiness can reduce ice adhesion," Tuteja said. "Ice is frozen water, so people assumed that ice-repelling surfaces had to also repel water. That was very limiting."

Read the full article at Coatings World HERE.

BASF has celebrated the inauguration of its new facilities for the production of Ucrete in Bukit Raja, Klang, Malaysia. It will allow BASF to better meet the increasing demand for high quality, durable industrial flooring solutions in the Asia Pacific region.

“The new facilities improve our flexibility to better and quicker serve our customers by ensuring a stable supply. We can reduce lead times by up to 35 percent near the place where the product is used,” said Arnold De Silva, Head of Construction Chemicals responsible for Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos in BASF.

The Ucrete production facilities are the first that can produce all four components of the Ucrete polyurethane concrete flooring system in Asia Pacific. BASF has a similar plant in the United Kingdom. Located within the company’s Construction Chemicals manufacturing plant in Bukit Raja Industrial Park in Selangor, Malaysia, the new facilities benefit from global experience and proven technologies, operational efficiency and technical competencies.

Daniel Loh, Managing Director, BASF (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said, “BASF has continuously invested in Malaysia for more than 25 years, making the country an important production hub for BASF to serve customers in the region. The opening of the new facilities in Malaysia underlines our strategic commitment and long-term focus on serving our customers in Asia Pacific.” Ucrete is a unique polyurethane resin technology that gives floors exceptional resistance to aggressive chemicals, as well as extreme mechanical and thermal conditions. It is ideal for the most demanding industrial environments, non-tainting and fully serviceable at temperatures up to 120°C at only 9mm thickness. –

Source: Coatings World

The Sherwin-Williams Company  and The Valspar Corporation  have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sherwin-Williams will acquire Valspar for $113 per share in an all-cash transaction, or an enterprise value of approximately $11.3 billion.  At $113 per share, the transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, represents a premium of approximately 41 percent to Valspar's volume weighted average price for the 30 days up to and including March 18, 2016.

Sherwin-Williams and Valspar have highly complementary paints and coatings offerings and this combination enhances Sherwin-Williams position as a premier global paints and coatings provider.  The transaction results in an exceptional, diversified array of strong brands and technologies, accelerates Sherwin-Williams growth strategy by expanding its global platform in Asia-Pacific and EMEA, and also adds new capabilities in the packaging and coil segments. The combined company would have pro forma 2015 Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA (including estimated annual synergies) of approximately $15.6 billion and $2.8 billion, respectively, with approximately 58,000 employees.

John G. Morikis, president and chief executive officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, said, “Valspar is an excellent strategic fit with Sherwin-Williams.  The combination expands our brand portfolio and customer relationships in North America, significantly strengthens our Global Finishes business, and extends our capabilities into new geographies and applications, including a scale platform to grow in Asia-Pacific and EMEA.  Customers of both companies will benefit from our increased product range, enhanced technology and innovation capabilities, and the transaction’s clearly defined cost synergies.  We have tremendous respect for the expertise and dedication of the Valspar team and we are excited about the opportunities that this combination will provide to both companies’ employees.  Sherwin-Williams will continue to be headquartered in Cleveland and we intend to maintain a significant presence in Minneapolis.”

Morikis added: “Sherwin-Williams has a long track record of successfully integrating acquisitions. We are highly confident in the industrial logic of the transaction and, once closed, our ability to achieve $280 million of estimated annual synergies in the areas of sourcing, SG&A and process and efficiency savings within two years and our long-term annual synergy target of $320 million.  We expect this transaction to be immediately accretive excluding one-time costs and meaningfully enhance our cash flow generation profile.”

Gary E. Hendrickson, chairman and chief executive officer of Valspar, said, “We are pleased to announce this compelling transaction, which delivers immediate and certain cash value to our stockholders. We believe that Sherwin-Williams is the right partner to utilize our array of brands and create a premier global coatings company. The combination of Sherwin-Williams and Valspar will benefit our customers, employees and other stakeholders. We are confident this transaction will create opportunities to accelerate many of the operating initiatives already underway at Valspar.  We look forward to positioning Valspar to enter its next phase of growth and success and to working closely with Sherwin-Williams to seamlessly close this transaction.  Together we will continue to build on the solid momentum our team has worked so hard to create.”

Transaction Details

The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q1 calendar year 2017, and is subject to the approval of Valspar shareholders and customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and regulatory approvals in various other jurisdictions.  Both companies believe that the combination will benefit customers and that it will receive all necessary regulatory clearances.

Given the complementary nature of the businesses and the benefits this transaction will provide to customers, Sherwin-Williams and Valspar believe that no or minimal divestitures should be required to complete the transaction.  Under the terms of the merger agreement, in what both companies believe to be the unlikely event that divestitures are required of businesses totaling more than $650 million of Valspar’s 2015 revenues, the transaction price would be adjusted to $105 in cash per Valspar share.  Sherwin-Williams would have the right to terminate the transaction in the event that required divestitures exceed $1.5 billion in 2015 revenues.  These provisions provide Sherwin-Williams and Valspar with greater closing certainty.

Sherwin-Williams intends to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand, liquidity available under existing facilities and new debt.  Sherwin-Williams has obtained committed bridge financing from Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in support of the transaction and is committed to maintaining its current dividend and rapid deleveraging using significant free cash flow.

Citi acted as the lead financial advisor to Sherwin-Williams and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC also acted as financial advisor.  Jones Day and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP are acting as legal advisors to Sherwin-Williams.  Goldman Sachs and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as financial advisors to Valspar and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as its legal advisor.


Source: Coatings World

A whole range of products can now take advantage of Vantablack’s astonishing characteristics, thanks to the development of a new spray version of the world's blackest coating material. The new substance, Vantablack S-VIS, is easily applied at large scale to virtually any surface, whilst still delivering the proven performance of Vantablack.

Vantablack's nano-structure absorbs virtually all incident light, enabling the performance of precision optical systems to be optimized. The material’s developer, UK-based Surrey NanoSystems, has mimicked the performance of its original Vantablack with a new version that can be sprayed onto objects, rather than deposited using a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process.

Vantablack S-VIS greatly widens the potential applications space, making it possible to coat larger complex shapes and structures. It is applied at temperatures that are easily withstood by common plastics, further extending its use. Even though the material is applied using a simple spraying process, it traps a massive 99.8% of incident light. This property gives Vantablack S-VIS its ability to make objects appear to be two-dimensional black holes, as it becomes impossible to make out surface topography.

The only other commercially-available material that is darker than the new S-VIS version is original Vantablack, which set a world record for absorption of light at a staggering 99.965%. Vantablack was originally developed for satellite-borne earth observation imaging and calibration systems, where it increases instrument sensitivity by improving absorption of stray ultraviolet, visible and infrared light. Since then, many other applications have emerged, including solar-energy collector elements, functional surfaces in buildings and architecture, cinematographic projectors, high-performance baffles and lenses, and scientific instruments.  Its ability to deceive the eye also opens up a range of design possibilities to enhance styling and appearance in luxury goods and jewellery.

To read the full article, click here.

Source: Coatings World

In a recent announcement by the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the northern states are currently experiencing a heatwave after 5 straight days of above normal temperatures, with Perlis recording temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius last Friday. While The Malay Mail source says the heat wave could last until the beginning of May, until which a monsoon season will bring relief from the heat between May and September, before returning back to normal.

Heatwaves are just one of many issues experienced by Malaysia property industry, which raises many concerned and awareness on insulation & its benefits to Malaysia property market.

Come visit Coatings & Corrosion, Fabrication & Welding 2016 on 17th – 19th May at Putra World Trade Centre, and explore how coatings & insulation keep you ahead of your competitors. In this exhibition, we bring you the latest technology from around the world with international and local exhibitors bringing products from China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, USA and many more.

See you there!

In the latest edition of Automotive Color Popularity Report by Axalta Coating Systems, white is the the most popular car colour for 5 consecutive years, having taken over silver as the most popular colour in 2011.

White has been one of the top five colours during all but three years since 1953. It has evolved into many shades of white, from stone white solid colours and vanilla shades, to cool bright whites and pearlescent whites.

White is the preferred colour of the world, with 35% of all vehicles made coming in different shades of white. Coming into second place is black, which claims 18% of the total colours. These are followed by silver at 13 percent, grey at 10 percent, red at seven percent, and blue and beige/brown tied at six percent. At the least popular end of the spectrum, yellow was found on only two percent of vehicles, green on one percent, and all other colours on two percent of vehicles.

Image from the Global Automotive 2015 Color Popularity Report by Axalta Coating Systems.


To read the report, follow this link: http://www.axaltacs.com/content/dam/New%20Axalta%20Corporate%20Website/Documents/Publications/Axalta-2015-Global-Color-Popularity-Report.pdf

In an announcement made through Bursa earlier last week, PBJV Group Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of Barakah Offshore Petroleum Berhad, has been awarded an FLNG offshore work contract from PETRONAS Floating LNG 1 (L) Ltd (PFLNG).

The Contract is Package 3 of PLNG's development of a floating liquified natural gas ("LNG") plant to be located offshore Sarawak/Sabah. The floating LNG plant will gather gas production from several gas fields offshore Malaysia and liquify the gas into LNG. Upon completion, the floating LNG plant has a rated capacity of 1.2 metric tonne per annum.

The Contract is for the provision of engineering, procurement, installation and related activities for FLNG Offshore Works- PFLNG Post-Installation Activities and On-Board Hook-up, Commissioning and Start-Up Activities (Package No. 3) of PETRONAS FLNG. The subcontracting works is valued at approximately RM19.1 million for duration from December 2015 to October 2016.

Source: Bursa Malaysia

The use of corrosion-resistant lined storage tanks, process tanks and vessels has continued to expand in the manufacturing sector.  This includes the power generation, steel, corn processing, chemical processing water filtration and metal finishing industries.

For many of them, the purchase and repair of these tanks is a time-consuming process that often requires planning, coordination, added transportation, and scheduling as well as quality issues. Basically, these issues stem from one primary reason: they are having their tanks fabricated and linings applied by two different suppliers.

Although this scenario is common enough in the industry, companies that source custom fabricated, corrosion resistant lined tanks from a single source can save on the purchase price and speed delivery, while assuring that their tanks and liners are designed and built to maintain integrity.

To be sure, the fabrication of tanks or other vessels and the subsequent application of linings are unique specialties, which is why manufacturers typically contract with two separate suppliers.

For tanks that are constructed at the plant (rather than in the field), fabrication entails sophisticated processes and equipment plus the availability of metals containing specific alloys. Fabrication facilities must include extensive lifting capabilities and equipment such as heavy-duty break presses, plate rolls, automated submerged-arc welding, and CNC plasma burning machines.

The formulation and application of coatings for tank linings is also a highly sophisticated business that involves materials such as rubber linings, epoxies, vinyl esters, polyesters, alkyds and specialty coatings. In some cases composite fiberglass lining systems are required applying a fiberglass reinforced resin base coat combined with an abrasion resistant top coat. The application of linings such as rubber membranes to contain highly corrosive acids may require the use of high pressure  steam vulcanizers  in order to cure the rubber lining.

Plus, surface preparation work such as sandblasting, in conjunction with spark testing is required to ensure there are no pinholes or other breaches in the membrane where chemicals could undermine the lining and eventually cause a failure.

Source – Coatings World

Emery Oleochemicals’ Group CEO, Ramesh Kana, has been elected the new president of Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCLN-MY)- the local chapter of United Nations Global Compact. He succeeds Mohd Shah bin Hashim who has been the president since mid-2013. Bringing substantial  international experience in oil and gas, mining services, investment banking and accounting sectors, Kana stepped into the Group CEO role at Emery Oleochemicals in January 2015 having joined the company in 2009 as its Group chief financial officer.

With a career history that included key positions in Australia, United Kingdom, Latin America and China, Kana’s extensive knowledge and understanding of strategic leadership and the successful implementation of corporate sustainability initiatives, compliments his unique understanding of issues of global governance and in particular, global sustainability. His passion for corporate sustainability has been instrumental to the rollout of the  “Sourcing with Respect” Guidelines (SRG) in 2014 at Emery Oleochemicals. Premised on the10 Principles set forth by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) covering areas such as human rights, labour rights, environmental sustainability and anti-corruption, the guidelines and business best practices it advocates resonates with Kana and the leadership team at Emery Oleochemicals.

“I’m deeply committed to promote wider uptake and understanding of corporate sustainability,” Kana said. “The Principles promoting ethical business operations  is one that I support wholeheartedly. Additionally, going beyond the Principles upon which UNGC’s mission is built, I believe in the long-term societal improvements that shared responsibility between private organizations can bring.”

The United Nations Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible and sustainable corporate policies and practices. Endorsed by chief executives, it seeks to align business operations and strategies everywhere with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.  With over 12,000 signatories from 170 countries having pledged to uphold sustainable corporate governance and practices based on the 10 Principles, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.


Source: Coatings World

By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor of Coatings World

Valued for its lower environmental impact, powder coatings are used in a wide variety of applications. According to Chemark Consulting Group, the global powder coatings market can be divided into four segmentations by substrate: metal, wood, glass and plastics. Metal substrates because of its natural conductivity and heat tolerance comprise 93 percent of the value, wood and plastic substrate are three percent and plastics is one percent.

Chemark Consulting reported that there are several segments that offer growth potential for powder coatings: “The transportation market segment has always considered powder coatings an economical alternative for primarily vehicle body parts where abuse and corrosion potential exists. Underbody and under hood, tail pipe extensions, windshield wiper devices and wheel rims are such examples. Full scale widespread commercial topcoats…has eluded powder coatings. However, powder coatings used as a primer coat over ecoat, has been accepted.

The global powder coatings market is expected to reach $12.48 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing support for the use of powder coatings in comparison to conventional liquid paints by regulatory agencies such as EPA and REACH on account of negligible VOC emissions is expected to be a key driver for market growth. In addition, growing application demand with regards to automotive, appliances and consumer goods is also expected to drive powder coating sales over the next six years.

To read the full article, follow the link here: http://www.coatingsworld.com/issues/2015-12-01/view_features/the-powder-coatings-market-/#sthash.JaDA7QNG.dpuf

Source: Coatings World

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