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RadTech Europe honours award winners at biennial conference

Celebrating innovation for the construction industry and research in coatings for aeronautical applications

(PresseBox) (Haag, ) RadTech Europe announced the award winners of its 13th conference edition that took place in Basel, Switzerland, last month. The association works consistently on identifying, comparing and communicating the numerous advantages of radiation cure technology. In addition, RadTech Europe strives to stimulate and reward research and development in the industry by distributing the biennial RadTech Awards for Innovation and the Paul Dufour Award for the best research/paper.

Both awards went to France this year: the company VisioTechnic received the innovation award for their NUMERICOAT® process. And Dr. Nadia Moreau from Socomore was honoured with the Paul Dufour award for her research paper on coatings for aeronautical and Direct-to-Metal (DTM) applications.

Innovation award: serving today's architecture and construction industry

"The RadTech award is open to all companies utilising UV/EB technology innovations. The award recognises and encourages innovative companies which manufacture products using radiation curing technology, while promoting the future development of UV & EB technology by highlighting its many benefits and new possibilities," says David Helsby, President at RadTech Europe. "That is exactly what the winning NUMERICOAT® process from Visio Technic reflects - it is a combination of sustainable surface treatment and creative digital printing."

"Over the last decade, architects have been showing tremendous creativity by making the buildings they design as original as possible," says Martin Saunier-Plumaz, Sales and Marketing director at VisioTechnic. "The NUMERICOAT® process is a coating technique that allows users to transfer any digital image into the middle of a high resistant thermohardening primar. This enables architects and construction builders to bring a unique design and effect to facades that is both durable and artistic. Moreover it is graffiti, UV and fire resistant."

Paul Dufour award: pioneering research and best conference paper

In 2003 the traditional award for the best conference paper was named after one of the founding fathers of RadTech Europe, Paul Dufour, in recognition of his contribution to UV/EB technology. The award, now in its tenth year, has become the UV/EB curing industry standard of excellence and is bestowed upon the most innovative paper presented at the conference.

This year, Nadia Moreau, product manager at Socomore presented her winning paper on the opening day of the conference in the session called 'Developments in metal, plastic and automotive.' The paper covered the topic of 'UV cured hybrid sol-gel coatings for aeronautical and Direct-To-Metal (DTM) applications.'

UV-curing technology and hybrid sol-gel chemistry have been combined to develop a single-step route toward chromate-free coatings. These novel UV-cured hybrid sol-gel coatings have been found efficient to protect aeronautical substrates against corrosion. Moreover, this innovative out-of-bath technology can be applied on a vast array of substrates including metal and composites.

"The research done on this topic has been part of my PhD," says Ms. Moreau. "It has been a very rewarding and fun process so far, and I wish to gratefully acknowledge my colleagues and co-authors for their support. For researchers, receiving an award and recognition from the industry brings additional encouragements in our future scientific endeavors."

"Given the fact that papers at the conference typically number well over a hundred, winning one is no small feat," comments Dawn Skinner from Heraeus Noblelight Fusion UV Inc. and Chair of the Conference Programme Committee at RadTech Europe. "The Programme Committee agreed that this paper combined academic research in a demanding application area and communicated the results in a clear and informative manner."

RadTech Europe

RadTech Europe (RTE), founded in 1988 in Switzerland and headquartered in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the European industry association that promotes the development, use and benefits of UV/EB curing technology for the markets of Graphic arts, Adhesives, Electronics, Industrial Coatings, Automotive, Medical, Dental, Cosmetics and an array of new emerging applications. RTE membership provides access to a collaborative platform, for knowledge transfer at educational, and networking events and achieves effective representation as a body in public affairs initiatives.