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October 2019 Newsletter • Any Color. Any Application. Anywhere.™


Highlights from this issue:

  • Colour of the Month: Orange
  • How to ensure Performance is maintained in Industrial Settings
  • Highlights from:
    • Abrafati 2019 (Brazil)
    • WCS 2019 (USA)



Colour of the Month: Orange

OrangesWhy is it called Orange? The name of the colour orange is a relatively new term. Before the 15th century it did not have a name; it was simply called “red-yellow” or “yellow-red”. 1 In English, the colour orange comes from the Old French term, “orenge”, which originated from the Sanskrit term of the orange tree “nārañga”.2

The History Behind the Colour Orange3
Since the 12th century, ancient Egyptian art has been using orange pigment for tomb paintings and was later used to colour manuscripts. Orange pigments were historically made using a mineral known as orpiment. It was one of the only clear, bright pigments available to artists. Orpiment was discovered to be extremely toxic and incompatible with other pigments such as verdigris and azurite.

Oranges In the late 1700s, the mineral crocoite was discovered by a French scientist, which led to the development of the synthetic chrome orange pigment. This sparkled the development of many other synthetic pigments (ie. cobalt red) and allowed artists to paint outdoors to capture natural light.

In the mid 1800s, orange became quite popular with painters in England. In fact, Orange was a very important colour for all of the impressionist and post-impressionist painters. Van Gogh was one of the most “prolific” users of the colour orange, he created his own oranges by mixing yellow, ochre and red.

OrangesNow-a-days, orange is used for a variety of purposes, most of which have to do with safety (ie. lifeboats, flotation devices, etc.) due to the nature of its bright colour.

Orange Pigments in 2019
There are not very many orange pigment chemistries in our current day, most likely because creating a bright orange pigment is very difficult to manufacture. Bright orange pigment chemistries available on the market include benzimidazolone, dianisidine, pyrazolone, and VAT oranges.

Click here to learn more about our organic orange pigments.


How to ensure Performance is Maintained in Industrial Settings

Industrial coatings are a highly segmented market that includes such diverse sectors, including: A.C.E. (Agriculture, Construction, Equipment) industries, offshore oil & gas, and marine and protective coatings. They are applied mostly on surfaces such as steel (railings, racking, machines, tractors, etc.) and concrete (flooring, walls, etc.). Since these types of applications are often used for exterior applications, they endure a lot of wear-and-tear. Therefore, they must be extremely durable and must withstand significant weatherfastness and solvent resistance.

There are certain things you can do to ensure that the performance is maintained in industrial settings:

  1. Buy from a reputable manufacturer who will use high-quality raw materials.

    The coating and each of its raw materials must be high-performing in order to avoid issues with longer term durability and to improve processing efficiencies. It is also worth noting that reputable raw material manufacturers are more inclined to put an emphasis on meeting sustainability goals and meeting their downstream customer’s requirements of low or zero-VOC solutions. Continual improvement of environmentally friendly coatings will create accelerated production throughput, enable faster cure times, utilize lower cure temperatures, and reduce process steps. We have seen a move away from solvent borne to waterborne systems as the technology of the latest additives continually increases.

  2. Understand the anticipated end use and corresponding level of exposure including the expectations and limitations of the end-user.

    These are important factors to consider since the intended use and coating application (interior/exterior) may be unknown. In the end, high-performance coatings are an investment that will save time and money over the long-term as the item will not require re-painting.

    Yellow digger DCC LANSCO provides three product ranges that are well-suited for industrial applications, including benzimidazolones (yellow & orange), DPP reds, and our Super Alkali-Resistant Bismuth Vanadates. We are happy to help you find the best pigment colour for your application. Click here to request a sample.


Highlights from Abrafati & WCS 2019!

Abrafati 2019 (Oct 1-3, Brazil)

  • DCC LANSCO Staff, Patrick Chan, Jadel Baptista, and Zully Villalobos were at the recent Abrafati show!
  • Want to learn about the 4 Steps for Effective Pigment Dispersions? Click here to download Jadel’s paper!

DCC LANSCO Staff, Patrick Chan, Jadel Baptista, and Zully Villalobos were at the recent Abrafati show!


Western Coatings Societies Symposium & Show 2019
(October 20-23, 2019, Las Vegas (NV)

  • DCC LANSCO Representatives, Larry Frank, Jon Morrison and Jadel Baptista, were at the recent show!

DCC LANSCO Representatives, Larry Frank, Jon Morrison and Jadel Baptista, were at the recent show!

Upcoming conference: China Coat 2019 – We can’t wait to see you there!



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