AkzoNobel Interpon Shines At The Shard Inauguration

By: Tim Pennington 5. October 2012

AkzoNobel is showcasing its Interpon powder coatings on the newly inaugurated Shard tower in London, a new development in the London Bridge quarter that is now the tallest building in Western Europe.
AkzoNobel says the new building has coating protection from eight different Interpon products applied by approved applicators Josef Gartner and Höfer and SAS International (UK).
Interpon D1036 and Interpon 810 coatings are protecting and decorating the interior ceiling panels, while products from the Interpon D2525 range offer superior protection to the exterior aluminium structure.
“We are very proud that our coatings have been chosen for this prestigious project,” says Russell Deane, Global Architectural Marketing Manager AkzoNobel Powder Coatings. “The Shard tower is already an iconic structure in the London skyline so expectations for product performance were high. We are delighted that our products stood out as the coating of choice on this project.”
Interpon D is a range of sustainable powder coatings developed specifically for the architectural and construction industry. The Interpon D range has been used on a wide range of iconic, world-class structures from sports stadiums to museums, apartment buildings, hotels and offices.
The Shard combines office space, luxurious apartments, outstanding restaurants and the prestigious Shangri-LA hotel, towering at 310 meters. We are pleased to add the Shard to our world-wide track record.



New Surface Coating Evicts Biofilms For Good, Researchers Say

By: Tim Pennington 10. August 2012

The word "SLIPS" is coated with the SLIPS technology to show its ability to repel liquids and solids and even prevent ice or frost from forming. The slippery discovery has now been shown to prevent more than 99% of harmful bacterial slime from forming on surfaces. (Image courtesy of Joanna Aizenberg, Rebecca Belisle, and Tak-Sing Wong.)


Biofilms may no longer have any solid ground upon which to stand. A team of Harvard scientists has developed a slick way to prevent the troublesome bacterial communities from ever forming on a surface. Biofilms stick to just about everything, from copper pipes to steel ship hulls to glass catheters. The slimy coatings are more than just a nuisance, resulting in decreased energy efficiency, contamination of water and food supplies, and—especially in medical settings—persistent infections. Even cavities in teeth are the unwelcome result of bacterial colonies.


In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), lead coauthors Joanna Aizenberg, Alexander Epstein, and Tak-Sing Wong coated solid surfaces with an immobilized liquid film to trick the bacteria into thinking they had nowhere to attach and grow.


“People have tried all sorts of things to deter biofilm build-up—textured surfaces, chemical coatings, and antibiotics, for example,” says Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. “In all those cases, the solutions are short-lived at best. The surface treatments wear off, become covered with dirt, or the bacteria even deposit their own coatings on top of the coating intended to prevent them. In the end, bacteria manage to settle and grow on just about any solid surface we can come up with.”


Taking a completely different approach, the researchers used their recently developed technology, dubbed SLIPS (Slippery-Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces) to effectively create a hybrid surface that is smooth and slippery due to the liquid layer that is immobilized on it.


First described in the September 22, 2011, issue of the journal Nature, the super-slippery surfaces have been shown to repel both water- and oil-based liquids and even prevent ice or frost from forming.


“By creating a liquid-infused structured surface, we deprive bacteria of the static interface they need to get a grip and grow together into biofilms,” says Epstein, a recent Ph.D. graduate who worked in Aizenberg’s lab at the time of the study.


“In essence, we turned a once bacteria-friendly solid surface into a liquid one. As a result, biofilms cannot cling to the material, and even if they do form, they easily ‘slip’ off under mild flow conditions,” adds Wong, a researcher at SEAS and a Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wyss Institute.


Aizenberg and her collaborators reported that SLIPS reduced by 96–99% the formation of three of the most notorious, disease-causing biofilms—Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus—over a 7-day period.


The technology works in both a static environment and under flow, or natural conditions, making it ideally suited for coating implanted medical devices that interact with bodily fluids. The coated surfaces can also combat bacterial growth in environments with extreme pH levels, intense ultraviolet light, and high salinity.


SLIPS is also nontoxic, readily scalable, and—most importantly—self-cleaning, needing nothing more than gravity or a gentle flow of liquid to stay unsoiled. As previously demonstrated with a wide variety of liquids and solids, including blood, oil, and ice, everything seems to slip off surfaces treated with the technology.


To date, this may be the first successful test of a nontoxic synthetic surface that can almost completely prevent the formation of biofilms over an extended period of time. The approach may find application in medical, industrial, and consumer products and settings.


In future studies, the researchers aim to better understand the mechanisms involved in preventing biofilms. In particular, they are interested in whether any bacteria transiently attach to the interface and then slip off, if they just float above the surface, or if any individuals can remain loosely attached.


“Biofilms have been amazing at outsmarting us. And even when we can attack them, we often make the situation worse with toxins or chemicals. With some very cool, nature-inspired design tricks we are excited about the possibility that biofilms may have finally met their match,” concludes Aizenberg.


Aizenberg and Epstein’s coauthors included Rebecca A. Belisle, research fellow at SEAS, and Emily Marie Boggs ’13, an undergraduate biomedical engineering concentrator at Harvard College. The authors acknowledge support from the Department of Defense Office of Naval Research; the Croucher Foundation; and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

NASF Hosts Chinese Finishing Association for EPA Meetings

By: Tim Pennington 1. August 2012

The NASF in June hosted leaders of the Chinese finishing industry for discussions with U.S. regulators on environmental regulatory challenges and the future of standard-setting for the two countries.
U.S. finishers invited the Chinese delegation earlier this year as part of the NASF SUR/FIN international panel discussion in Las Vegas, and the launch of the NASF’s Global Surface Technology Roundtable.
The U.S.-China coatings exchange on standards and environmental sustainability spanned meetings from Washington to Los Angeles, where NASF’s California chapter hosted the Chinese delegation for a tour of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District.
Keep reading the NASF Report in Products Finishing magazine for more coverage in the future.

CCAI Honors Chapters User of the Year; Elects New Board

By: Tim Pennington 18. July 2012

Larry Melgary, left, congratulates Bob Shipley of Briggs & Stratton on receiving the Wisconsin Chapter User of the Year Award.
The Chemical Coaters Association International honored its Chapter User and Supplier of the Year members at its annual meeting recently in Florida. Chapters recognize a User and Supplier member for their year-long service and dedication to their respective Chapter.  
“It’s a great honor and the CCAI is an excellent organization that is dedicated to our educational efforts to helping people in the finishing industry,” said Bob Shipley after receiving the Wisconsin Chapter Supplier of the Year award. “Every member is like family and they are always willing to help out.”
Shivie Dhillion, President of Sundial Powder Coating was also present to receive the Southern California Chapter User of the Year award.
"As someone who powder coats for a living, it is critically important that I am up to speed on all technologies, regulations and trends,” says Dhillion. “Being recognized as a 'User of the Year' further builds my confidence that I can offer my customers the best there is to offer."
The 2012-2013 Chapter Award winners are:
  • Central States Chapter: Weston Conner, IHD Powerdcoat Services, Inc. and Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons, LLC
  • Northern Illinois Chapter: Joe Laubenthal, Acme Finishing Co., Inc. and David George, Henkel Corp.
  • Twin Cities Chapter: Tim Milner, J.I.T. Powder Coating Co. and Paul Pagel, Univ. of Minnesota – MnTAP
  • West Michigan Chapter: Techno-Coat (company award),and Dave Scharphorn, ChemQuest
  • Wisconsin Chapter: Bob Shipley, Briggs and Stratton Corp. and John Murray, Prime Coatings Co.
  • Southern California Chapter: Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating and Rosie Orellena, DuPont Industrial Coating Solutions.
CCAI also installed the following individuals to serve on the National Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 term during the 2012 Annual Meeting:
  • President: Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons LLC - Unaffiliated
  • Vice President: Kevin Coursin, KMI Systems – Northern Illinois Chapter
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Ron Lum, Coral Chemical – Southern California Chapter
  • Recent Past President: Sherrill Stoenner, Stoenner Finishing Consultants – Central States Chapter
In addition to the officers, serving on the National Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 programming year will be: Jim Andrews, Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg., LLC – Atlantic Coast Chapter; Trena Benson, DuPont Coating Solutions - Texas Chapter; Bruce Bryan, Mighty Hook – Northern Illinois Chapter; Jim Docken, Galaxy Associates – Twin Cities Chapter; Duane Fudge, Chemetall - Mid-Atlantic Chapter; Jim Gallagher, Harley Davidson - Wisconsin Chapter; Loren Keene, Wagner Systems, Inc. – Central States Chapter; Todd Luciano, Products Finishing – Greater Cincinnati Chapter; Ron Lum, Coral Chemical – Southern California Chapter; Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp. - Unaffiliated; Bill Oney, American Finishing Resources - Wisconsin Chapter; Ken Pelak, Broadmoor Products - West Michigan Chapter; John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems – Northern Illinois Chapter; Serving as Ex-officio Board members are Bob Warren, retired – West Michigan Chapter; Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemicals -Wisconsin Chapter; and Vicki Gelling, North Dakota State University – Unaffliated.
“It’s hard to believe but each year it seems like our Annual Meeting gets better and better,” commented CCAI Executive Director Anne Goyer. “We had 97 people registered for the event with more first time attendees than ever before. Our evaluations ranked our presentations very high and we are already at work on the programming for our 2013 Annual Meeting. We love to find ways to make the next meeting better than the last. Our fantastic group of attendees this year definitely made this one of our all-time best Annual Meetings.”
CCAI members can access the presentations from this year’s Annual Meeting on the MEMBERS ONLY area of the CCAI website at
CCAI’s 2013 Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 19 - 21 at The Resort at the Mountain in Mt. Hood, OR.
CCAI is a non-profit technical and professional association that provides information and education on surface coating technologies worldwide. Visit CCAI on the web at

DuPont Powder Coatings Hosts “Sailing into New Horizons" Conference For Customers

By: Tim Pennington 11. May 2012


DuPont Powder Coatings hosted a customer conference called “Sailing into New Horizons” in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in April, welcoming 65 key customers, allied suppliers, press and trade association leaders.
DuPont Powder Coatings Marketing Manager Trena Benson the conference featured keynote speakers, DuPont Star CoaterCouncil forums, business improvement presentations, panel discussions, technology directions, a supplier trade fair, and relationship building events.
“There is no doubt that when we reach out to help our customers grow stronger businesses, the end result brings greater value to our entire industry,” says Benson, who was joined at the conference by other DuPont executives, including Dave Lazzeri, the business director for DuPont Powder Coatings Americas and Nigel Budden, business director for DuPont Performance Coatings North America (pictured above)
Keynote speakers focused on topics such as:
  • Transforming from a Commodity to a Profitable Niche Market (Drew Greenblatt - Marlin Wire Inc.)
  • Business Transformation to a High Quality, Top Performing Business (Charles Howison - Alumi-Guard )
  • DuPont Economist's view on the US/Global Economy and Key Drivers in our Industry ( Robert Shrouds).
“It was a great pleasure to host so many valued customers for a conference filled with learning opportunities for customers and DuPont alike,” says Lazzeri. “The feedback we've received is overwhelmingly positive and we're encouraged that the experience will lead to many business improvements for all involved.”


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