The European Coatings Show 2017 was held in Nuremburg from the 4th to the 6th of April. It’s the largest event of its kind in the world and the most important global coatings event. It’s a biennial event bringing together over a 1000 exhibitors from 43 countries and nearly 30,000 visitors connected to the coatings industry, from over 100 countries.
So why would a small paint manufacturer from Yorkshire go?
Well in the space of three days you can see a world-class range of raw materials, laboratory and production equipment, testing and measuring equipment, and services all in one (albeit massive) exhibition centre.
You can also speak to Technical Experts to learn about the latest developments in raw material technology; sit down with them and discuss your projects. I find this help invaluable and to optimise my time at the exhibition, go with a “shopping list” of ideas and projects. I modify this as I go along of course constantly reminding myself of what’s feasible given limited resources!
So what did I come back with?
Here a a few of the key pieces of knowledge I brought away with me:
Some excellent information on flame retardant additives and the answers to some questions that had been puzzling me;
Up to date information on various additives that will improve the aesthetic appeal of our paints & coatings;
All the latest information on new ranges of biocides (in can preservatives) so we can keep our paints as user friendly as possible;
different types of binders that improve the soft feel of paints and the visual effect of a painted room (I can’t wait to try this out);
Plant based raw materials;
What people find astonishing is the size and scope of the industry, a large part is automotive coatings (self-healing coatings for cars anyone?) but if you look around you, most things you come into contact with in everyday life are coated whether, for a functional purpose (corrosion protection, scratch resistance, non-stick, water resistance), aesthetic purposes or both combined.
It’s all environmentally friendly too, as the coatings are developed to improve the performance or lifetime of an object, structure or machinery and scientists are constantly working on developing raw materials from renewable resources.
Oh and Nuremburg is a lovely place to visit; it’s affordable (Ryanair from Manchester!) and has some excellent beer!