are used in all markets, subject to the constraints of the technology and often competing with liquid
coatings. Market segments within powder are identified such as:
• Automotive components
• Domestic appliances (washing machines, radiators, fridges)
• Metal for architecture (aluminium and steel for window frames)
• Metal furniture
• Many general industrial items
• Computer cases
There is also a large market for job coaters. These are people that coat on behalf of others. Powder coatings were first introduced in the 1950s and since the 1970s market growth has outstripped the general growth of coatings.
Powder Coatings – Multi-purpose Their areas of application keep expanding Many product users are taking advantage of the benefits of modern powder coating systems. Three criteria must be met before using powder coating technology:
• The object to be coated must be suitable in both design and size.
• The substrate must be conductive or can be made temporarily conductive.
• Thermal stability with respect to the baking process.
Metallic objects have generally proved to be suitable. However, modern materials, such as plastics and timber derivatives (MDF), can also be powder-coated.