Oct 27, 2015 Off Comments in Powder Coating by

Demand for VOC-free coatings is increasing, and that demand will accelerate as more global regulatory attention is paid to products containing solvents and producing carbon emissions.

Many countries have or will enact regulations limiting the manufacture and use of solvents and evaluating various carbon tax schemes. This regulatory pressure is motivating coating consumers and users alike to seek out coatings that are at least are classified as “low VOC” and can be used as substitutes or replacement for solvent-containing coatings.

This shift is challenging resin and coating suppliers to develop new products and modify existing lines, an increasingly difficult proposition, given the new materials and solutions are required.

The fastest growing segment of the coatings industry is waterborne liquid coatings, which use water as a major solvent constituent material, but may contain other types of solvents such as alcohols, amines, and ethers. These other solvents assist with leveling and performance properties.

Liquid coating products dominate the $100 billion global coatings industry and are the product leaders in three broad industry segments: architectural, manufacturing and marine/specialty coatings.

But UV-cured powder coatings are becoming a viable substitute for solvent-borne and solvent-containing liquid coatings. The ability to finish heat-sensitive substrates and various other products with UV-cured powder coatings extends their market reach beyond that of both thermal powder and liquid coatings.

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