Painting chemistry green.
This month's cover article is on green chemistry for coatings.
Reducing the environmental footprint of paint manufacture and
application has been the focus of a great deal of research and
development work in the industry for many years. Our products have
become progressively cleaner, greener and ultimately more sustainable.
The focus on environmental issues has often been implicit rather than
explicit, but it has been reflected in the large and growing fraction of
the presentations at ICE and in the number of editorial pages of our
publications devoted to non-polluting coatings, coatings based on
renewable resources, and functional coatings that provide corrosion
protection or anti-fouling properties with reduced environmental impact.
What strikes me is that much of the green chemistry effort has shifted
from being driven by regulatory and "feel-good" motivations to
being driven explicitly by business requirements--cost advantages and
performance improvements--in addition to environmental benefits. A few
days after we had completed the planning of this issue and Cynthia
Challener had finished her article outlining the impact of green
chemistry initiatives in the coatings industry, the July 12, 2004,
Chemical and Engineering News arrived in my mailbox with a cover article
on the EPA-administered Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.
Here, too, the technologies described seem driven as much by business
sustainability as by environmental issues. There has, overall, been
great progress made and I think we can honestly claim to be contributing
to solving environmental problems--not creating them.
This issue also includes a Business Forum article on "Planning
and Implementing an ERP System." The latest installment in our
Analytical Series discusses the evaluation of organic coatings with
electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. And as usual we feature news of
the Federation, people in the industry, and new products.
JCT COATINGSTECH is here to provide a forum for news of the
coatings industry and updates on new products and advances in coatings
technology. Let us know how we're doing. I look forward to your
comments and to your contributions to JCT COATINGSTECH and to our sister
technical publication, JOURNAL OF COATINGS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH.
Ray A. Dickie Editor