Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

February 10th, 2022

CFCM Arkema Logo 2022 400Arkema announced a significant investment in constructing a new powder coating resins lab in Cary, North Carolina, the company’s headquarters for coating resins. The facility is expected to begin operations by the end of the third quarter of 2022.

“The new lab in Cary will expand our ability to work closely with customers in the high-growth powder coatings segment,” said Amber Goodyear, global market manager, powder resins, at Arkema. “Arkema continues to strategically invest in low-VOC powder technology as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, recyclability and innovation. Our new state-of-the-art lab, in collaboration with our other powder labs worldwide, will help to accelerate Arkema’s ability to develop innovative solutions for the market that are on the leading edge of sustainability and performance.”

Operations at the new lab will focus on formulation and application/testing support for Arkema’s REAFREE resins, including those made with polyester resins, hybrid systems, polyurethane resins, UV curable products, various additives and much more. Additionally, it will give researchers more immediate hands-on access to the Arkema test fence facility at the Cary, N.C., headquarters location, offering years of realistic exposure data across a range of resins and substrates.

“In the past ten years, we have seen a significant increase in demand for powder coating resins that offer a higher level of performance while using less energy to cure and fewer volatile organic compounds,” said Dr. Chris Miller, senior global research director at Arkema. “Our global network of labs dedicated to these technologies allow us to continually look to the future and develop new, innovative solutions for low-temperature cure formulations, superdurables and more emergent technologies that can help companies throughout the value chain improve their global performance and sustainability efforts.”


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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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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