PAINTINDIA Chennai Outreach 2014 Conference - Better Raw Materials for Better Coatings

Excerpt: Traditionally the most well-attended of the Outreach events, this edition too saw about 125 delegates predominantly from Tamil Nadu and Bangalore in attendance.

THE next edition of the PAINTINDIA Outreach Initiative was held on Friday, 22nd August at Hotel Ambassador Pallava in Chennai. Traditionally the most well-attended of the Outreach events, this edition too saw about 125 delegates predominantly from Tamil Nadu and Bangalore in attendance. What was noteworthy was the high proportion of coatings manufacturers.

Dilip Raghavan, Paintindia

The welcome address and first paper was made by Dilip Raghavan, Editor- Publisher of PAINTINDIA, who gave the audience an insight into the thoughtprocess behind the event, and also a summary of PAINTINDIA's commitment and scope of activities in the coatings domain. He also spoke of how PAINTINDIA has been increasingly partnering like-minded and worthy industry associations in helping the industry grow. He emphasized on the increasing importance of the PAINTINDIA Exhibitions in the global context, and urged every single member of the coatings fraternity to be part of the event. He also spoke of the need for better research and innovation for coatings manufacturers

Sandeep Sharma, Birla Carbon

The next paper was by Sandeep Sharma of Birla Carbon, who spoke on the importance and applications of Carbon Black in coatings. He first spoke of the functional roles of carbon blacks in any coatings system. He then spoke on the challenges in handling carbon black, and also the trends in the usage and applications of carbon blacks in coatings. He touched upon regulatory and legislative aspects which could be areas of concern. He then went on to look at how Carbon Blacks can be used in various coatings applications like Automotive, Coil, Conductive, Architectural, Powders and Industrial Maintenance.

Adamali Motiwala, Patcham

The next paper was by Adamali Motiwala of Patcham, who spoke on Dispersing of Difficult Pigments. He spoke on a unique chemistry called High Molar Volume polymer technology, based on which additives for better dispersing of various pigments were being facilitated. He described their usage in coatings systems with carbon black, transparent pigments, colour concentrates, titanium dioxide and aqueous pastes. He described the challenges in each of these systems, and the desired formulation solutions for each.

Prashant Gangwar, Bayer MaterialScience

The next paper was by Prashant Gangwar of Bayer MaterialScience. He spoke of "Direct-to-Metal Coatings" based on single-pack polyurethane systems. His paper covered solutions for various applications, mainly on metal surfaces. He also responded to audience queries and addressed how they could be utilized for plastic surfaces. The paper was unique in terms of its content and very well-received by the audience.

Pankaj Verma, Aditya Birla Chemicals (Epoxy Division)

The next paper was by Pankaj Verma of Aditya Birla Chemicals (Epoxy Division). He spoke on the use of Epoxies in Protective Coatings applications. He spoke of the desirable attributes of any epoxy system, and then spoke on the various components including the various types of reactive diluents, the new-age bisphenol resins, and curing agents. He looked at various coatings applications and the performance of epoxies therein. He also touched upon multifunctional liquid epoxies and water-borne epoxies. He rounded off his paper with a look at newage green epoxy solutions.

Suresh Yadav, Wacker

The next technical paper for the day was by Suresh Yadav of Wacker, who spoke on Green Coatings. He began with an in-depth look at Vinyl Acetate- Ethylene Emulsions, and their usage in Interior Decorative Coatings. He then went to explain how Green Coatings and Low-VOC coatings could be realised by minimizing the use of coalescing agents, and the dynamics of film-formation with these. His presentation had elaborate data on various performance parameters of these coatings as compared to other water-based systems. He also spoke on Suresh Yadav, Wacker how they impart low-odor characteristics to the paints formulated therein. He also spoke on their usage in dry-mix mortars and intumescent coatings.

John Gillatt, Thor

The next paper was by John Gillatt of Thor who spoke on Biocides for Dry- Film Protection of Paints and Coatings. He first educated the audience about the various growth-causing organisms on painted exterior surfaces and the conditions in which they thrive. He then touched upon the various biocides and related chemistries available for the prevention of the same. He did a detailed comparative analysis of these various options. He then went on to speak on their own solutions for the same, as also the various tests adopted to evaluate their performance.

Ajit Pisal, Ashland

The next paper was by Ajit Pisal from Ashland who spoke on Advance Rheology Solutions for Water-based Architectural Coatings. He spoke of the important role that HECs, as one of the leading kinds of thickeners play in various key performance areas like prevention of agglomeration, spatterresistance, leveling and hiding. He also spoke on Non-Associative Synthetic Thickeners and how they could be used in combination with HECs.

Siddhartha Ghosal, Angus

The next technical paper was by Siddhartha Ghosal of Angus. He spoke on how Nitro-Alkane chemistry could be used for better coatings ingredients. He spoke on how the AMP ingredient can be used as a multi-functional ingredient in various coatings systems for multiple applications. He also spoke on the recent EPA VOC norms and how AMP can help align with these regulations.

Swapan Ghosh, NSCC

The last technical paper was by Dr. Swapan Ghosh of NSCC who gave a very interesting perspective on how Nanotechnology can be harnessed for industrial coatings applications, and how it can be made relevant and useful to everyday applications through the coatings route. He showcased real-life examples of how he and his team had developed such applications in a costeffective and easily implementable manner.

View of the audience

The event saw a great interaction between the audience and the speakers, and was acknowledged by everyone as an enhanced session in terms of the quality of content and deliberations.