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There is a lot brewing in the paints and coatings markets. While some of the big names in the industry have launched new product lines, some have predicted colour trends. Here are two leading companies that were in the news recently:
AkzoNobel predicts teal will rule the colour market in 2014
AkzoNobel has stated that aspects such as sophistication, tranquility, balance and versatility will mark the color trends of 2014. The company, one of the largest colour producers in the world, has been predicting colour trends since 2004, helmed by an international team of designers, architects and colourists. The company has predicted that teal colour with its versatility and appeal will rule the market in the upcoming season which also happens to be a favourite among designers.
Some of the other colour themes predicted to be in vogue include ‘Silent Revolution’, ‘Margin of Proof’, ‘Secret Garden’, ‘Urban Folk’ and ‘Do It Now’.
Nippon Paints tries to tap the affluent Malaysian consumers with its new generation paints
Nippon Paints recently concluded its premium expo – Re:Think. Re:Create. Nippon seized the occasion to showcase the use of ‘paint beyond walls’. The expo featured paints which can be used to re-create a variety of textures from stone to marble to velvet. What’s interesting is that one doesn’t actually need these materials to recreate the experience and effect.
Nippon aims at capturing the vast economic growth in Malaysia which has led to the rise of the middle class. Many affluent Malaysian consumers are now looking at building their dream homes and are considering various materials to enhance the look and feel.
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Nippon Paint China, one of the major players in the paints and coatings market, has joined hands with Gold Mantis Construction Decoration Co., Ltd – the largest domestic decoration enterprise in China. Under this partnership, Nippon Paint will provide painting products and customised painting services for all the future projects of Gold Mantis. Nippon Paint China has the experience of delivering services such as building and construction painting and auto painting.
The projects that Nippon will undertake under the agreement includes five-star hotels, high-end office buildings, villas, residential apartments, hospitals, airports, and high-speed railway stations – constructed by Gold Mantis. Although the two big names have worked together in the past, this is the first time ever that they have joined hands officially.
This partnership comes at a time when there are big opportunities in the real estate sector in Asia along with a growth in the Asian coatings and paints industry, especially the decoration sector.
For more updates on the paints and coatings market in Asia, attend 13th Asia Coatings Market in Singapore on 7-8 November, 2013.
A new and unique method for coating a transparent mesh of conductive silver nanoparticles, which could revolutionize touchscreen displays and solar cells, has been developed recently by Cima Nanotech.
Cima has developed something called a "Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Technology", which uses nanoparticle ink to self-assemble into a fine, random mesh upon drying. This material is optimal for transparent, highly conductive coatings.
This new technology makes sure the lines of silver nanoparticles, which make up the mesh, are narrow enough to make the coating transparent, but at the same time allows them have enough connection so as to ensure a conductive path from one edge to the other.
There are several other nanomaterials in the market, which serve as replacements for the previously used ceramics like ITO; these include graphene, carbon nanotubes, and silver or copper nanowires. However, these materials have a much higher resistance as compared to nanoparticle. This is true even over large areas.
According to Jon Brodd, CEO of Cima NanoTech, the five micron-wide lines in the mesh have a sponge-like structure, which you can see with a SEM. This allows the material to be stretched and flexed, and can even be thermoformed. The coating also have excellent optical properties - "transparent" ceramics like ITO and AZO (aluminium zinc oxide) are not perfectly transparent.
Apart from using on touchscreens this technology can also be applied to EMI shielding, flat panel OLED-based lighting and solar cells.
CMT’s 13th Asia Coatings Markets, being held on 07-08 Nov, 2013 in Singapore brings together key industry players to share latest advances in new smart coating trends and views on industry’s current issues.