Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

January 18th, 2022

CFCM Arkema Rilsan Kepstan 400Arkema has been granted UL Yellow Card certification for two new polyamide 11 powder coating grades for use in electric vehicle battery systems and other applications. Rilsan T Orange 7706 is a primerless fluid bed dipping grade designed to achieve high thickness (500 µm) in one dip. Rilsan ESY Orange 7705 is a primerless electrostatic coating grade for components that require thinner insulation. Both grades achieved CTI ratings in excess of 600 volts and fire resistance class UL 94 V-0. In addition, these materials offer ease of processing due to their high level of flexibility and ability to be easily masked. Rilsan polyamide 11 is a versatile polymer that is 100 percent bio-based (derived from castor oil). In addition to powder coating grades, Arkema provides injection molding and extrusion grade solutions for electrical insulation as well.

Arkema also offers grades of Kepstan PEKK, a high-performance polymer, for electrical applications requiring temperatures too high for other polymers. Kepstan PEKK will also provide better thermal runaway resistance compared to existing solutions. With melt temperatures in excess of 300oC, the most stringent requirements can be addressed utilizing polyaryletherketones like PEKK. Kepstan PEKK grades offer high polarity that enables adhesion to metal without a primer, a low dielectric constant (2.9) for insulation, and flexibility of manufacturing options allowing the insulation to be applied via powder coating, extrusion, or overmolding.

For more information about Rilsan polyamide 11 and Kepstan PEKK products, please visit and


Feature Video: DeVilbiss TEKNA Gun Flexes on Muscle Car Show

CFCM TeknaGun 400

Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ DeVilbiss TEKNA spray gun was recently featured on an episode of Detroit Muscle on Power Nation TV to bring a 1973 AMC Javelin back to life. Featuring a high finish quality and operator ergonomics, The TEKNA gun’s high transfer efficiency provides materials savings for solvent or waterbase paints.

The spray gun technology, which has been used in automotive refinishing processes for many years, is designed to spray all types of materials and comes with high efficiency or HVLP air caps that produce large spray patterns with even material distribution.


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New Digital Solution Helps Customers Bring Colours to Life

AkzoNobel 3D colour visualization tool
AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has developed a new web application 3D colour visualization tool within its Interpon webshop to help customers better understand how a powder coating’s colour, texture and finish that look good in theory, will actually appear in reality. 

The tool provides instant access to thousands of colours in the Interpon range. Using a 360-degree dynamic camera and simulated lighting, the customer is given a true-to-life image of how the colour performs to a degree of accuracy and realism not possible before in a virtual environment.  

Rather than the image being ‘flat’, the customer can orientate the ‘virtual’ panel to see how the light reflects and the colour looks from different angles.  
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