AkzoNobel Combines Sales and Marketing Teams from Its Liquid and Powder Coatings Businesses

AkzoNobel will combine the sales and marketing teams from its liquid and powder coatings businesses that serve the aluminum architecture and façade and cladding markets. The move reflects the growing importance of powder coatings in that sector, and will help customers and specifiers to make the right coatings choices, says Ben Mitchell, manager, Extrusion Coatings at AkzoNobel.

”Because liquid and powder coatings are not always interchangeable in aluminum applications, it is important for customers to understand which are most appropriate,” he says. “Having a combined team will ensure a unified approach to helping designers, specifiers and fabricators to select the optimal solution for their project.”

The new team builds on an effort to educate industry professionals about powder and liquid coatings choices for aluminum, Mitchell adds. These include an AkzoNobel research paper presented at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 2015 Conference and the AEC Daily continuing education course “High Performance Coatings for Aluminum Fenestration”.

“Specifiers need accurate information on all available products in order to make the best decision for a given application, Mitchell adds. “AkzoNobel prides itself on superior customer service, so our priority is to keep internal experts networked throughout our organization and provide clients with optimal solutions for their specific application, regardless of chemistry or application method.”

AkzoNobel’s products for metal coil and extrusions include TRINAR, CERAM-A-STAR, POLYDURE, ACRA-BOND, INTERPON D3000, INTERPON D2000 and INTERPON D1000.

SOPREMA Acquires Chem Link

SOPREMA, a manufacturer of roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering solutions, announces the acquisition of Chem Link, a manufacturer of high-performance, environmentally friendly adhesives, sealants and coatings.

Chem Link will operate as a subsidiary and it will be business as usual for their customers and for the markets they serve. The joining of companies accelerates access to more technology, products and innovation for existing and new complementary markets.

“We’re proud to be welcoming Chem Link into our company, helping SOPREMA further our commitment to providing environmentally friendly innovations that drive our industry forward,” says Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager, SOPREMA USA. “Adding Chem Link is an opportunity for us to provide greater value for all our customers, suppliers and employees.”

“Chem Link’s business principles and core values align extremely well with SOPREMA’s, and being a part of the SOPREMA Group will provide additional resources to assist the company in attaining its fullest potential,” says Phil Georgeau, founder.

Valspar Launches Website for Coil and Extrusion Division

Valspar recently launched a new website for its coil and extrusion division. Keeping the same domain, the new website provides an easy to navigate layout, that is fresh and functional for visitors. From architects to installers, the new design addresses the needs of all end-users.

With a focus on innovation, Valspar’s new architectural coating website allows users to explore colors, industries, products and projects. An updated project gallery showcases the latest innovative uses for Valspar coatings across a variety of industries. Endless inspiration coupled with educational resources provides users everything they need to transform ideas into a colorful reality.

Visitors have the option to browse by color family or special effect to find the best fit for new projects. With more than 20,000 choices and the ability to create custom colors, the new website displays the wide variety of options in an easy-to-preview format.

The new website also houses a wealth of resources for customers to utilize, along with company news and updates. Visitors will find literature on everything from new coatings to Valspar’s commitment to sustainability. The site also features an education component geared towards AIA certification.

RCMA and Members of Congress Address Issues of the Roof Coatings Industry

Members of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) met with its members of Congress on Capitol Hill as part of the Association’s Summer Meeting and Legislative Day.

More than 30 RCMA members participated in the Legislative Day, which entailed paying visits to members of Congress and key congressional staffers from their states and districts. RCMA scheduled meetings with more than 80 congressional offices, offering opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers to the industry to communicate to lawmakers the issues of importance to the roof coatings industry.

“The meetings on Capitol Hill gave RCMA members the chance to highlight the issues that are important to our industry,” says John Ferraro, RCMA’s executive director. “It was clear many of the senators, representatives and legislative staffers we met with were receptive to these industry issues, and therefore RCMA will be continuing the dialogue with these congressional offices.”

In particular, RMCA members discussed three main issues of interest to the roof coatings industry: opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from further lowering the National Ozone Standard, supporting the Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act, and advocating for a federal tax credit for reflective roof coatings.

The RCMA opposes the EPA’s proposal to lower the National Ozone Standard. Reductions to the standard have resulted in implementation of hundreds of regulations that created a tremendous regulatory burden. Consequently, the rule forced industries to spend billions of dollars to reformulate their products to achieve new volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits. Over the last few decades, 90 percent of VOC content has been eliminated from roof coatings, and further reduction of VOCs can have a wide variety of unintended consequences.

The RCMA supports the CASE Act (Senate Bill 751 and House Bill 1388). The bill would prohibit the U.S. EPA from lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) until at least 85 percent of counties that are in nonattainment areas have attained the standard.

To incentivize building owners to make the investment to save energy and reduce roofing waste, the RCMA supports the creation of a federal tax credit for reflective roof coatings applied to low slope roof surfaces on multi-family residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Valspar Acquires Quest Automotive Products and Quest Industrial Products

Quest Specialty Chemicals has completed the sale of the Quest Automotive Products and Quest Industrial Products businesses to The Valspar Corp. The two divisions account for approximately $190 million in sales of specialty coatings in the automotive, transportation and industrial markets. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

“Over the past several years we have successfully built strong teams and grown these businesses into leadership positions in their markets. I’m very pleased that in Valspar we have a buyer who can continue to build the business, brands and customer relationships,” says Doug Mattscheck, president and CEO of Quest Specialty Chemicals.

QAP manufactures automotive refinish coatings, fillers, putties, and other accessories primarily under the Matrix, Pro-Spray and USC brands globally, and QIP serves the professional and consumer markets with aerosol spray products and coatings for industrial applications under the Patriot, Raabe and Precision Color brands.

“Our brands are well recognized and respected, and they compete favorably with premium brands in performance and color-matching at a better value,” says Mattscheck. “They will be a good complement to Valspar’s product range.”

Quest previously announced that it was actively seeking new ownership with the blessings of its equity partners, Audax Private Equity and Moelis Capital Partners. Quest retains ownership of the Quest Construction Products business, which makes and sells roofing systems, reflective coatings for buildings and pavement coatings for the construction market.

Research Helps Industry Organizations Conclude Ballasted Roofs Provide Energy Savings

During the last decade, the roofing industry has been increasingly impacted by two strong forces: first, rising energy prices with no real end in sight, and, second, increasingly stringent building codes and regulations, designed to limit emissions, reduce energy use and mitigate the impact of urban heat islands.

The first definitive study to measure the energy-saving potential of ballasted roofs was done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 2007.

The first definitive study to measure the energy-saving potential of ballasted roofs was done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 2007. PHOTO: EPDM Roofing Association

The industry response has also been two-fold: In some instances, new products have been created, such as lower VOC adhesives, primers and sealants, self-adhering membranes and a wider variety of reflective membranes. At the same time, roofing professionals have taken a close look at some of the products that have been in use for a generation. Using rigorous science, they have tested these tried-and-true products to see how they measure up against the new standards. And in many cases, they’ve found that products that have been in use for decades are delivering great results in this new, energy-sensitive environment. Case in point: ballasted roofing, which has been available since the early 1970s, is turning out to be a great choice to meet 21st century needs.

2007 Study

The first definitive study to measure the energy-saving potential of ballasted roofs was done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 2007. Andre Desjarlais, ORNL’s group leader of Building Envelope Research, and his colleagues had just completed work in which “we had done a fairly substantial comparison of different cool roof technologies, both membrane types, as well as coatings,” Desjarlais says. At the request of EPDM manufacturers, working together at the newly founded EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), Bethesda, Md., as well as manufacturers within Waltham, Mass.-based SPRI, Desjarlais designed and implemented a second study to assess the performance of ballasted roofing. “We undertook a study to effectively expand what we had done earlier on coatings and membranes,” he says.

Other factors also encouraged ORNL to generate data about ballasted roofing. The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, had just revised its codes, essentially defining roofs with high reflectance and high emittance as the only choice of roofing membranes that would deliver high energy savings. Desjarlais believed this definition of a “cool roof” might be inaccurately limiting roofing choice by excluding other roofing materials, such as ballasted roofs, that would deliver comparable savings.

The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, had just revised its codes, essentially defining roofs with high reflectance and high emittance as the only choice of roofing membranes that would deliver high energy savings.

The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, had just revised its codes, essentially defining roofs with high reflectance and high emittance as the only choice of roofing membranes that would deliver high energy savings. PHOTO: EPDM Roofing Association

In addition, in Chicago, a new Chicago Energy Code was adopted as early as 2001 “with high reflectivity and emissivity requirements that limited severely building owners’ and managers’ roof system choices”, according to a paper presented in 2011 by Bill McHugh of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association. At the roofing industry’s request, a reprieve was granted, giving the industry until 2009 to come up with products with a reflectivity of 0.25.

Faced with that 2009 deadline, the Chicagoland Roofing Council, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association and Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association began in 2001 to conduct research on products that would help to meet the city’s goal of creating a workable Urban Heat Island Effect Ordinance while giving building owners a wider choice of roofing products. As part of their effort, the industry coalition turned its attention to the energy-saving qualities of ballasted roofing and coordinated its work with the research at ORNL.

Desjarlais points out the concept of thermal mass having energy benefits has been accepted for years and has been a part of the early version of ASHRAE 90.1. “Thermally massive walls have a lower insulation requirement, so there was industry acceptance of the fact that using mass is a way of saving energy,” he says. “But we had a hard time translating that understanding from a wall to a roof. Whether you do that with a concrete block or a bunch of rocks doesn’t really matter. The metric is no different. Roofs or walls.”

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Valspar Offers BIM Material Library for Exterior Coatings

Valspar offers Autodesk Revit BIM material library for its Fluropon 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings.

Valspar offers Autodesk Revit BIM material library for its Fluropon 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings.

The Valspar Corp. continues to enhance creative choices and simplify architectural coating specifications by adding color-accurate, building information modeling (BIM) tools to Autodesk Revit software for its Fluropon 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings have been used for metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications since its launch in 1965.

“For more than 200 years, Valspar has helped people connect to the power of color. For the last 50 years, architects and design professionals have relied on our Fluropon products to protect their commercial buildings’ exteriors. We are excited to offer our proven products with Revit’s software for convenience in previewing color selections on their buildings’ designs,” says Jeff Alexander, vice president of sales for Valspar’s global coil and extrusion businesses.

Once Valspar’s Fluropon material library has been loaded into a Revit model, the Fluropon colors are ready to select by using the “Paint” tool on a variety of architectural building products exterior metal surfaces. Valspar’s Fluropon material library in Revit is built around accurate Valspar color palettes to ensure consistency in both the virtual and real world. After selecting final colors, Revit users have the option to order physical color samples by visiting Valspar’s architectural website and referencing the product code listed next to the color name within the material library. Alexander continues: “Color can bring a design to life. Now, it’s easier than ever before. With our BIM tools and a few clicks of a button, you can see how yellow curtainwall framing contrasts with a blue wall panel system, how a white metal roof matches the skylight framing, or how bright purple window framing pops next to a red entrance system.”

For easy access to every color, download and store the Autodesk Library file on a local machine, or centrally on a server for a larger project team, and load it right into the Revit model for easy access. Users may import favorite colors or entire color families and palettes, to meet their specific project needs.

Meeting the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification, Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasion and humidity. These field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen and solar reflective ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallic and pearlescent coatings.

Western Colloid Donates All-Terrain Wheelchair to Veteran

Western Colloid, a West Coast-based coatings manufacturer, donated a very special kind of wheelchair to a deserving veteran during the 2014 holiday.

“We became aware of an organization called the Independence Fund, which brings the generous support of Americans directly to the wounded war veterans that need it the most,” says Western Colloid President Gary Scholten. “The Independence Fund, among other charitable endeavors, helps distribute a very unique piece of equipment which gives those in wheelchairs the ability to climb a mountain. It’s called a Trackchair, which is like an all-terrain vehicle.”

Action Trackchair, based in Minnesota, has been making these specialized vehicles since 2008 to allow people to have the freedom to get off the normal path. These all-terrain wheelchairs allow the mobility to go to the beach, hunt, hike and fish.

“We are really proud of our employees’ participation with this donation. It’s because of their dedication and hard work that we can provide this Trackchair to a real hero. We are all excited that we found out about this special organization and wheelchair. We are honored for the opportunity to make someone’s life a little easier and maybe allow them to participate in the activities they once enjoyed.”

Congress Associates Announces Sales Representative Agreement with Karnak Corp.

Congress Associates announces a new independent sales representative agreement with Karnak Corp. Congress Associates will be responsible for product representation in all of the New England states including Connecticut and the Albany, N.Y., market. The company has represented coating and restoration systems for numerous years and is pleased to align itself with Karnak reflective and fire retardant coatings.

“Karnak has been long known for quality coating products and offers a line of high end restoration and waterproofing systems,” says John Massengill, Congress Associates president. “We are constantly looking to improve our service offerings by aligning ourselves with manufacturers at the forefront of product development. Karnak is the perfect addition to our roofing and waterproofing services offered. Our customers further benefit from innovative solutions provided by trusted sources in the industry to best protect their assets.”

Karnak manufactures a complete line of reflective coatings, cements and sealants for roofing, waterproofing and maintenance. Karnak is the premier manufacturer of Energy Star labeled coatings. All products are tested for fire resistance and wind uplift, approved by UL, FM, certified to comply with ASTM specifications and are CRRC listed. The company’s Energy Star labeled coatings qualify for LEED points as part of LEED Certified buildings.

Moisture, water intrusion and reducing energy consumption are a concern for all building owners and property managers. Karnak Kanopy reflective roof and maintenance coatings reduce roof surface temperature by preventing heat absorption, extend the life of the roof and reduce building operating costs. These coatings lessen the heat island effect, benefiting the environment.

National Coatings Corp. Expands in the Gulf States

National Coatings Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of durable, energy efficient, cool roof coatings, announces the addition of Pillar Building Solutions LLC, Memphis, to National Coatings’ Gulf States Regional Team.

Thomas Mayberry started Pillar Building Solutions in 1991 (formerly Pillar Sales Group). He has 35 years in the building industry, covering many facets of construction, including painting, glazing, remodeling, roofing, insulation, waterproofing, coatings and sealants. Mayberry along with his representatives, Josh Howard and Ryan Mayberry, are responsible for building off of National Coatings’ current customer relationships while growing opportunities with contractors, building owners, architects and consultants in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Pillar Building Solutions are participants in CSI and AIA. Mayberry has served on numerous committees, several as chairman, including the Memphis CSI Products Show.

“I am very excited to have Thomas and his team represent us in the Gulf States market.” says Collin Qualls, National Coatings’ District Sales Manager – Gulf States. “They bring a stellar reputation to National Coatings and will aid in our expansion of the region.”