12 December 2019

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Go Green for sustainable development

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Indian paint and surface colour industry have witnessed new developments and scientific breakthroughs at the India Surface Coating Show 2011.

The industry players acknowledged the fact that adoption of green and sustainable technologies in the surface coating industry is extremely required in India.

Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the event provided a platform for exchange of ideas and interactions between Indian and foreign industry players, even as the sector is poised for 11-12% growth in years to come.  Mr Vijay K Thadani, Chairman, CII (Northern Region) and Chief Executive Officer, NIIT Ltd, highlighted the huge opportunity in industrial paints and urged the participants to build competence and excellence.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr Thomas Moser, Head (General Finishing), Eisenmann AG, Germany, said that the challenge lay in harmonizing economic growth with the environment.  R&D results, he added, were promising and many were already being implemented on the shop floor.

Dr Peter Schubach, Vice President - Technology, Global (R&D), Application Technology & Product Car Chemetall GmbH, Germany, described a green alternate to conversion coating for automotive OEMs replacing zinc phosphate which cut process costs by as much as 40 per cent.

Mr Michael Hanschke, Sr Manager (Sales), Eisenmann, briefed the delegates on various steps that could be taken through the use of energy-saving plant components. “The idea is to achieve energy efficiency by arriving at an energy balance.”

Similar thought was presented by Mr Jayant Davar Chairman, Regional Committee on Manufacturing Competitiveness, CII (Northern Region) and Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Sandhar Technologies Ltd, who highlighted the need for the Indian industry to adopt new technologies with the aim of ‘zero impact’ on the environment.

Mr M G Mehrotra, Vice President (Technical), Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd, India, noted that the initiative towards environment-friendly processes was largely self-driven as yet but the day was not too far when the Indian industry would be subject to regulations as done abroad. He welcomed the growth in R&D efforts and suggested that the focus should be product and process development.

Earlier, welcoming the participants, Mr Ramesh C Jain, Event Chairman, India Surface Coating Show 2011 & Former Group Vice Chairman, Eicher Group & Director, Graziano Trasmissioni India Pvt Ltd, set the tone for the two-day deliberations by asserting that the use of new technologies would not only provide a competitive edge to Indian industry but also meet consumer expectations more efficiently.

Focusing on sustainable technologies in the surface coating industry, the two-day conference-cum-exposition focused on new developments and innovations in pre-treatment systems, painting processes and equipment, and environment and safety aspects.


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