New Trends in Industrial Coatings

July 1, 2009

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Many buildings and facilities today are benefiting from significant breakthroughs in industrial coatings technology. Industrial contractors have a wide array of options to choose from in terms of the right industrial coatings solution to use in buildings and facilities, because of the years of research and development conducted at all areas of the coatings sector. Advances in products and raw materials, enhancements to application methodologies, and even improvements in industry regulations and standards have made it easy for industrial contractors and facility managers to implement the best solution to any industrial coatings requirements. 


What’s more, these advances have taken into consideration the effects of harmful coating substances in the environment, resulting in more ecologically-friendly coatings. Furthermore, with the help of federal regulations and industry standards, there is now a way for industrial contractors to deliver only the best quality coatings applications to facilities.


A New Generation of Industrial Coatings 

Improving the appearance and longevity of buildings and facilities is more cost-effective to implement because of quick-drying coating products that provide better aesthetic value and longer protection to facilities. Less expensive yet high-quality paints and materials are now available for industrial contractors to choose from, allowing facility owners the freedom to decide on the best value-for-money option for their facilities. 

New generations of coatings range from epoxy-based coatings to oil-based latex paints. These paints are infused with a myriad of capabilities, such as high-adhesion to any types of surface substrates and materials, low-VOC emissions that reduce environmental damage, high resistance and control of corrosion, fire and other damages, among others. Specialty coatings based on urethanes and polyurethanes also add to the wide variety. The trend is also pushing ever forward and in line with the growing trend in Green Building, requiring greener and more ecologically-friendly paints that are less harmful to the environment.


Industrial Coatings Application Trends 

Industrial contractors have added more knowledge and expertise to their portfolio as part of the improving trends in industrial coatings. They are better at planning and implementing any painting project. The manpower skills of industrial contractors produce safer work environments, and their work ethics and methodologies result in efficient and highly effective coating projects. 

Furthermore, the industrial contractors have widened their database of painting products to suit any type of coating applications. They use more innovative equipment in various processes of the coatings application. Their methodologies and knowledge result in proper execution of painting jobs, with an eye for keeping costs to a minimum, while taking into consideration environmental concerns, compliance to industry regulations, and continued high performance and long-term sustainability.

Future Trend in Industrial Coatings

With the alarming effects of global climate change felt everywhere on the planet, industrial contractors and facility managers are ever on the lookout for greener alternatives in industrial coatings. Future outlook points to increasingly green coatings and the total elimination of high-VOC substances in paint formulations. Low-temperature curing painting systems are also gaining ground, for obvious cost benefits. The same is true with paints meant to withstand high-temperature exposure. 


Equipment and methodology improvements are also in the forecast, aiming for higher equipment utilization rates, higher curing rates, and better production speeds. Thinner films in more color varieties and adhesion capabilities will also be the norm someday, to provide better control in hard-to-reach surfaces and greater aesthetic value to industrial facilities.

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