September 2020 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 * Chevron  * ExcelPlas * Graphene * Hempel * Hexion * Jotun * PCN * PPG * Sherwin-Williams * Vestas


Sales Growth and Solid Results for Jotun So Far This Year

Hempel Continues to Invest in the Chinese Market and Innovation

Singapore Billionaire has Just Struck a S$16.7 Billion Deal with Nippon Paint Holdings, the World’s Fourth Largest Paint Manufacturer
Reportedly one of the biggest transactions in Asia for 2020, looking set to become the dominant paints and protective coatings company in Asia


Inpex and Chevron Cut Jobs in Australia Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Inpex’s Ichthys LNG Project Wins Top Engineering Award
THE ICHTHYS LNG project operated by Japanese firm Inpex has taken out the Northern Territory’s Engineering Excellence Award and been named a finalist for the Sir William Hudson Award.


Electrochemical and Mechanical Studies of Epoxy Coatings Containing Eco-Friendly Nanocomposite Consisting of Silane Functionalized Clay–Epoxy on Mild Steel

Copolymer of Eugenol-based and Pyrogallol-based benzoxazines: Low Curing Temperature and Enhanced Corrosion Resistance

Nano-scale Mechanical and Wear Properties of a Corrosion Protective Coating Reinforced by Cellulose Nanocrystals

A Highly Responsive Healing Agent for the Autonomous Repair of Anti-Corrosion Coatings on Wet Surfaces

Multifunctional Ag-based Ternary Nanocomposite Incorporated Epoxy Coating as Anticorrosion and Antifouling Agent

Review of Recent Developments in the Formulation of Graphene-Based Coatings for the Corrosion Protection of Metals and Alloys

MoS2 decorated with ZrO2 Nanoparticles for Reinforcing Anticorrosion of Epoxy Coatings

Development of an Epoxy Self-Healing Coating Through the Incorporation of Acrylic acid-co-acrylamide Copolymeric Gel

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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.