Is Nano-Coating the Green Future of Coatings?
Over the last few decades, several remarkable breakthroughs have taken place in the development of various coating types using innovative technologies.
Among those exciting breakthroughs, nano-coatings have shown the most promising results. To know and understand better, let’s start with discussing nano-coatings.
Nano-coating- A brief Introduction
Nano-coating, also known as ceramic coating, is a procedure of applying a nano-coating layer on the surface that repels water, dirt, oil, and dry particles.
The nano-coatings can be found in both solid and liquid forms and have different characteristics in both forms. For instance, nano-coating can be used to make surfaces free of scratches, improve harnesses, and provide protection against bacteria.
How is Nano-coating Used?
Nano-coating materials are used in several fields and industries such as medical equipment, transportation, industrial manufacturing, aerospace, and electronics.
This coating is used for several reasons such as preventing fingerprints from being imprinted on the automotive surfaces, reducing the growth of harmful bacteria, and helping in repelling moisture.
For example, nano-coating is used in making windows of different vehicles resistant to ultraviolet (UV) and heat rays.
Today, nano-coating is being used to solve several common challenges and problems, from automotive to pharmaceuticals; they are being used in massive amounts.
Why is the demand for Nano-Coating Market Growing?
With the growing advancements in technologies, coatings and paints have become a crucial part of several sectors such as healthcare and automotive.
Earlier, the coating was only used for decorative purposes but today it is being used due to its several benefits such as smudge protection and anti-corrosiveness.
However, the use of traditional coatings and paints has increased environmental concerns, and sectors that are using them have started demanding green solutions.
The reasons behind such demand are that most of the chemicals used in paints and coatings cause pollution, are non-biodegradable, and have negative impacts on the environment.
To overcome such issues, the demand for nano-coating is growing at a much higher pace as it is more efficient as compared to traditional coatings and paints in different sectors such as automotive
According to a BIS Research report, the global nano-coating market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.0% from a market value of $3,567.0 million in 2016 during the forecasted period 2016–2026.
Also, the nano-coating market holds high shares in several countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South America, North America, and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Among these, North America is currently dominating with a share value of 39.8% in the global nano-coating market.
Key Advantages of Nano-coating:
Although nano-coating is currently a new and emerging idea but will soon be ready to assist in all kinds of applications in different sectors.
In comparison to traditional coatings, nano-coating delivers several promising advantages that are mentioned as follows:
- Useful for Non-Porous and Porous Surfaces
Protecting the surfaces of industries often means reducing their chances of being porous. By having a low porosity level, the surface fights moisture intrusion and becomes strong against different corrosions such as rust.
The nano-coating is much smaller in size which allows one to use it on any porous surface no matter whether the surface was treated in the past or not.
- Extraordinary Weather and Water Resistance
Nano-coating materials can help industries by providing benefits such as water and weather resistance options.
These nano-coating materials can be used on different surfaces inside the industries and help to reduce the damage caused by water and weather issues.
- Chemical, Salt, and Oil Resistance
There are several corrosive and harsh chemicals used in the industrial workplace daily. Many commercial and industrial sites located near the waterfront require protection against the damages caused by the salt-attack.
Adoption of nano-coating can help to protect from the same and raise the resistance level against these.
- Extreme Longevity and Durability
Nano-coating can be used for extreme hardness in industrial places. It is a hard coating layer that is difficult to even scratch. So, using the same in the industries for the different applications can result in getting durable options.
The demand for nano-coating is increasing in the consumer market because of the benefits mentioned previously.
However, industrial and commercial nano-coating needs special care while using it for any applications.
The industry must review its need for nano-coating before choosing it as there are several types of nano-coating found in the market such as anti-cross and antibacterial nano-coating.
The demand for nano-coating is constantly rising and it is becoming a better alternative to the available traditional coatings and paints. In the future, nano-coating is expected to provide different sectors with better options to protect their surfaces against several challenges such as water and weather problems.
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