June 2020 Vol. 2

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
Stay in Touch with the Cladding Industry While Social Distancing

NEWSMAKERS: * Axalta * Akzo Nobel * Carboline * DENSO * ExcelPlas * Hempel * Jotun * NACE * PPG  

Akzo Nobel Protective Coatings Loses Around Quarter of Sales in April-May Lockdowns

Akzo Nobel Says Virus has Hit Revenue

AkzoNobel Revenue Down 30% In April, 20% In May

PPG Initiates Global Restructuring, Targeting $170 Million in Annual Savings

Jotun Expands Factories in Egypt and one in Vietnam, with a total of 36 Advanced Dispersion Technology Dissolver machines

ExcelPlas Labs – The Experts in Failure Analysis of Protective Coatings
We use an array of advanced analytical instruments to characterise, identify and probe coating failure to determine the root cause of failure.
Our sophisticated approach combined the following techniques to understand coating failures: FTIR-DSC-TGA-SOM-SEM-EDS-XRD-EIS-QUV-SSC

PPG New Asset Integrity Management Software Wins Awards
The software enables maintenance engineers to more accurately forecast which assets will require a new coating or surface repair and when that work must be done

Jotun Protective Coatings- Skating into a New Age of Sustainability

Hempel Coatings Protect Over 20,000 ISG Containers

Axalta Releases First Quarter 2020 Results, Provides Update on COVID-19 Impacts

Axalta Announces New Australian Headquarters in West Sydney

Enhanced Corrosion Resistance and Adhesion of Epoxy Coating by Two-Dimensional Graphite-Like Nanosheets

Nanoclay Dispersion and Colloidal Stability Improvement in Phenol Novolac Epoxy Composite via Graphene Oxide for the Achievement of Superior Corrosion Protection Performance

Correlation Between the Physical Structure of a Commercially Formulated Epoxy Paint and its EIS Response

Fabrication and Characterization of Alumina-Silica /Poly(o-toluidine) Nanocomposites as Novel Anticorrosive Epoxy Coatings Films on Carbon Steel


This newsletter is brought to you by ExcelPlas Coating Labs (http://www.excelplas.com/)

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.