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ABRAFATI. Brazilian Coatings Manufacturers Association



Sustainability in Coating Products and Processes to Be Addressed by Jane Valenta

As Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety, the lecturer has extensive experience in the coatings industry and a solid technical background.

The lecture to be delivered by chemist Jane N. Valenta at the Plenary Session on October 15 is going to be one of the special attractions at ABRAFATI 2015. The PPG Vice President is going to talk about sustainability in the development of coating products and processes, a subject on which she is an expert and works globally at the company.

Responsible for environmental affairs, product stewardship, health, safety, compliance assurance and corporate medical, she has extensive experience analyzing and implementing best practices, which adds to her consistent technical training, especially her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Texas Tech University, and her master’s and PhD degrees in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

“Sustainability can be defined in a number of ways depending on one’s perspective especially in the coatings industry. If one would ask a formulator, production manager, EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) specialist and painter to define the attributes of a sustainable coatings product, you will find that no two answers are exactly alike. There are different expectations on what a sustainable product should deliver”, Jane Valenta explains. “For this reason, my presentation will focus on the evolution of coatings and sustainability; past, present and future from a number of different perspectives,” she adds.