Coatings and pigments exhibition opens
Experts on coatings and pigments celebrated the 60th and 40th anniversary of their respective committees by looking beneath the surface.
(2009-03-27) On 26 March 2009 DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, opened its exhibition "Coatings and Pigments: 100 Years of Standardization". Director Dr. Torsten Bahke spoke briefly on the long history of both the Coatings and Coating Materials Standards Committee (NAB) and the Pigments and Extenders Standards Committee (NPF), and explained how standards such as DIN EN 13300 on dispersion paints or DIN EN ISO 8501-1 on the assessment of rust grades are important in everyday life.
Bernd Reinmüller, Chairman of the two standards committees, then described the three-part layout of the exhibition and gave visitors an introduction to the exhibited objects. He also thanked the members of both committees, presenting his immediate staff with bouquets of flowers as a special thank you.
Numerous visitors and staff members took the opportunity to take a guided tour of the exhibition led by Committee members. A particular eye catcher is the "laboratory car-wash" for testing the scratch resistance of automotive paints installed in the lobby. Other exhibits illustrate the difference between metallic, pearl and "candy" automotive paint, or allow visitors to check the intensity of colours hands-on.
Standards make variety comparable
Houses, cars, furniture, toys: Almost everything around us is coated. Coatings not only serve aesthetic purposes, they also provide protection against external factors such as corrosion or pollutants. Coatings can warn us by means of their colour, help us save energy, or prevent soiling. Pigments and coatings are truly all-purpose.
In the face of such variety, it is important to be able to make product comparisons. Standards help make products and raw materials comparable not only for consumers, but also for manufacturers and suppliers. The Standards Committees have harmonized various units of measurement, different terminologies, and diverse quality marks and labels into one standardized language with clearly defined requirements and effective test methods, allowing users to make the most out of the colourful world of coatings and pigments.
The exhibition is open every weekday from 9 to 6 pm until 30 September 2009.