The PFAS issue has not just been on our minds here at APO this year. After all, the dangers posed by these “forever chemicals” have been talked about for a long time. We in the painting and coating technology industry are naturally strongly affected, since so many of the available bonded coatings contain PFAS. Similar to the replacement of the NMP ﴾N‐methyl-pyrrolidone﴿ co‐solvents in coatings, we also expect serious cuts in product availability in the future with regard to PFAS.
Although some of these chemicals are undeniably harmful to the environment and health and should therefore definitely be replaced, we are watching the regulatory process with mixed feelings. Once again, it is apparent that an issue has not been completely thought through to its ultimate conclusion. Many companies are currently and rightly getting actively involved in the process in order to prevent incorrect risk assessments or over‐regulation.
Regardless of whether and which restrictions will take effect in the future, we are dealing with them proactively at APO. We are constantly working to remove critical and hazardous substances from our portfolio and replace them with harmless materials. After all, we are convinced that everyone should play their part in creating a healthy environment. That’s why , about two years ago, we started developing a PFAS‐free , high‐performance bonded coating and can already offer our customers a solution.
We have now invested heavily once again and have been securing our energy needs this year with our own photovoltaic and liquid gas systems. This gives us and our customers the necessary security and stability. Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, however, we have felt more clearly than ever how energy-intensive industrial coating is. Read more about how we keep production costs stable with our new equipment.
- 25. September 2023
The German contract coating company APO started small and now owns the largest number of Rotamat coaters of any business in the world. The company currently operates ten machines of this kind and coats around one billion parts per year. Walther Trowal and APO worked closely together to develop the Rotamat so that it could coat plastic parts as well as metal ones.
- 20. October 2020
11.2019 The use of plasma for the treatment, cleaning and refinement of component surfaces has long been a technical standard in industry. Low-pressure plasma is indispensable, especially when dealing with the coating, bonding or lacquering of elastomeric and other polymer components. However, not all plasma units can achieve the same effects within comparable times. The new and patented plasma equipment technology from APO GmbH provides savings potentials for the cleaning and coating of components.
- 7. June 2019