European Coatings SHOW
Closes With New Record Highs
With 1,024 exhibitors from 42 countries and around 28,500 trade visitors representing nearly 110 nationalities, the European Coatings SHOW closed today with new record highs - despite strike-related train cancellations throughout Germany. The leading trade fair thus underscored its position as an international meeting place for the global coatings industry.
The world's largest industry show for the paint and coatings industry occupied seven halls in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg and once again impressed with innovative products and knowledge transfer at the highest level. With around 700 participants from 42 countries, the European Coatings CONGRESS was overwhelmingly well attended. 144 presentations given by prestigious speakers from science and research focussed on the production of high-quality coatings, paints, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives. The products at the SHOW and the presentations at the CONGRESS showed the diverse requirements met by modern coatings solutions: functional, safe, environmentally friendly, and firmly committed to the idea of sustainability as bio-based products.
Every two years at the European Coatings SHOW, exhibitors from around the world present the latest products and ground-breaking developments for the entire process chain of paint and coatings production. In addition to all the raw materials for coatings, printing inks and adhesives, the show includes laboratory and production equipment as well as testing and measuring devices. Congress participants and trade fair visitors agree that a knowledge lead is everything in a research-intensive industry. In three halls, short product presentations offered trade fair visitors the opportunity to learn about new products. One highlight on the second day of the trade fair was the premiere of the INNOVATION SLAM in a real boxing ring located in hall 4. In front of an enthusiastic audience, five competitors set out to win over the spectators by pitching an innovative product in a presentation lasting 180 seconds. Voting by smartphone, the audience selected Dr. Berta Vega Sánchez from Bayer Material Science with her presentation "First biobased polyurethane crosslinker: Desmodur eco N" as the winner.
In his keynote address at the congress, Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt from the Freiburg Materials Research Centre FMF at the University of Freiburg took a critical look at the term "sustainability". Green in the sense of biobased is not enough to label a product as sustainable. It is far more important to closely examine the entire manufacturing process, beginning with the cultivation of the raw plant materials. The growing demand for biobased products will also always be in competition with the worldwide production of food products. According to Prof. Mülhaupt, when viewed as a whole, synthetic polymers could well be clearly superior to biopolymers. With the European Coatings AWARD, Fred van Wijk (Nuplex Resins) was recognized for his congress presentation "New, ultra-fast drying, low VOC, isocyanate-free technology for 2K coating systems." In his presentation, Van Wijk pointed out the potential that can be found in using isocyanate-free chemicals as a replacement for conventional two-component top coats. The main benefit: The decoupling of pot life and drying time while at the same time allowing for fast curing.
Save the Date:
The next European Coatings SHOW will take place in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 4-6 April 2017.
Image (Intro): NürngerMesse