PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business will introduce its Powercron Epic electrocoats at ECOAT14. These coatings are formulated with a metal-free catalyst, making it easier for manufacturers to comply with stringent global environmental regulations and to protect them themselves from the cost volatility associated with scarce raw materials such as tin and bismuth. Other benefits of the metal-free catalyst technology are lower cure temperatures to save energy and improved throw power for more uniform film builds on complex parts.
As a major sponsor of the conference, four PPG scientists also will present technical papers and participate in panel discussions and workshops. Thor Lingenfelter, technical supervisor, electrocoat, will present “Trends in Electrocoat” as part of a panel discussion on “Advancements in Coatings.” Axel Linnewerth, manager, product stewardship, industrial coatings, will present “The Impact of REACH Legislation on Electrocoat” during the conference’s general session. Stephanie Lemanski, technical service chemist, electrocoat, will discuss “Pretreatment Alternatives for Electrocoating Applications” as a participant in the “Advancements in Pretreatment” panel discussion; and Gary Orosz, application process manager, electrocoat, will lead a discussion about “Non-Contact Electrocoating” for the “Advancements in Equipment” workshop.