December 2019 Vol. 4

PCN – Communicating News In Protective Coatings Globally in Real Time

Leading Source of Industry News on Protective Coatings for Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Marine and Construction

NEWSMAKERS: * Akzo Nobel * ExcelPlas * Graphene * International Paints * Jotun * PPG * Sherwin-Williams

Jotun Restructures US Business

AkzoNobel Coatings Take Landmark Building to Another Level

Global Coating Industry Announces Price Hikes

Sherwin-Williams Faces Pressure Overseas

Graphene Leaders Canada’s Supply Agreement with Eagle Graphite for Developing Graphene of Superior Quality for Protective Coatings

High Solids Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Coatings Based on Silicone-Epoxy-Silica Coating with Improved Anticorrosion Performance

Siloxane-Epoxy Composite Coatings for Enhanced Resistance to Large Temperature Variations

Manipulating Graphene Oxide Nanocontainer with Benzimidazole and Cerium Ions: Application in Epoxy-based Nanocomposite for Active Corrosion Protection

Corrosion Protection of Epoxy Coatings Containing 2-hydroxyphosphonocarboxylic Acid Doped Polyaniline Nanofibers

One-Step Preparation of Hyperbranched Polyether Functionalized Graphene Oxide for Improved Corrosion Resistance of Epoxy Coatings

Effect of Fe3O4-Decorated N-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanohybrid on the Anticorrosion Performance of Epoxy Composite Coating

A Critical Overview of Monitoring Infrastructural Health Using Corrosion Probes

Electrochemical Characterizations of Epoxy Coatings Embedded by Modified Calcium Carbonate Particles

This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (

ExcelPlas Labs provides independent testing, analysis and investigation on protective coatings to prevent corrosion.

ExcelPlas has extensive analytical capabilities for testing of Protective Coatings and Insulation Consulting for major oil and gas companies.

We conduct corrosion surveys, coating sampling, coating analysis and testing to ensure coating specifications for a wide range of onshore and offshore clients in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

ExcelPlas Labs offer a full range of coating testing and analytical services to Australia’s mining, oil, gas and infrastructure sectors.

Forensic analysis for undertaking various coating based failure investigations and problem solving.

ExcelPlas Undertakes Analysis & Testing of Polymer Coating Systems including:
• Epoxy Protective Coatings
• Epoxy-Phenolic Protective Coatings
• Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) 
• Dual-Layer Fusion bonded epoxy (DLFBE)
• Liquid applied epoxy (LAE)
• Abrasion resistant overcoat (ARO)
• Three-layer PE (3LPE)
• Multi-component liquid spray  (MCL)
• Heat shrink sleeves (HSS)

Testing on Coatings that ExcelPlas can Undertake includes:
• Coating identification by Infra-red Analysis (FTIR)
• Degree of Cure by Thermal Analysis (DSC)
• Coating Filler Identification by X-ray Analysis (EDS/XRD)
• Coating Microstructure by Embedding, Polishing and Optical Microscopy (OM)
• Coating Thermal Stability and Composition by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

DSC – Phase transition/volatiles / Tg / degree of cure/characterisation
TGA – Volatile compounds, inorganic mass % mix ratio
Element mapping for chlorides on paint flakes
Microscopy -Count layers and thickness of layers
-Assess porosity and voids
-Check distribution and orientation of filler particles

Condition monitoring and analysis of corrosion prevention coatings (epoxies, epoxy-phenolics)

Testing of Epoxy Coatings (LAE, FJC, FBE), heat shrink sleeves and tapes, barrier tapes and meshes.