PROGRAM TARGETS IMPROVED QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH COATINGS
The efforts towards improving automotive refinish coatings and their application processes have gained an important ally: the Commission on Studies of Automotive Refinish Coatings has been formed within the Coatings Committee of the Brazilian Association for Technical Standards (ABNT).
The commission will initially focus on setting parameters for the elimination of heavy metals from those coatings, using international methodologies, such ISO and ASTM ones, and studies conducted by the IPT (the acronym in Portuguese for Institute of Technological Research). Based on European Directive ROHS/2011/65/EU, the Commission will set upper limits, and then it will move on to the standardization of VOC (volatile organic compound) contents.
“It is a very important step for this segment to achieve the highest quality and sustainability standards. Just as it happened with decorative paints, we believe that the automotive refinish market will evolve and get to the next level, thereby benefitting consumers and contributing to a sustainable industry development,” says Gisele Bonfim, technical manager at ABRAFATI.