Smart solutions for paint shop 4.0

The optimal link-up of flexible hardware with intelligent software, complemented with innovative digital services, maximizing customer benefits – with this in mind, the German painting plant manufacturer Eisenmann is tackling the challenges of the future. The aim is to build the “Paint Shop 4.0” for the automotive industry and other sectors. How far the possibilities of digitization in surface treatment have developed in the meantime was shown to the visitors at several trade fairs with Eisenmann participation. Around 1,000 guests from 34 nations, mainly from the automotive industry, came to the Eisenmann Technology Days to see the latest solutions for surface treatment in Industry 4.0. Read More


BASF SE said that human needs inspired its 2018-19 automotive colour trends with the trends “Keep it Real”. As innovations such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and robotic industrialization take hold, the return to the human element – people’s needs and emotions – becomes increasingly important. The designers at BASF’s coatings division translated these observations into a collection of 65 colours for automotive surfaces. Dark colors, blue hues and complex effects represent the omnipresence of technology. Advancements in digitalization make technology become less visible and more intertwined with reality. Read More


In an interview, Dr. Mohammad Vaseem with Chemical Today Magazine opens up on the opportunities that printed electronics ink has in the age of wearable electronics. Dr. Vaseem is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division of King Abdullah University Of Science & Technology (KAUST), KSA. Printed electronics (or additive manufacturing) is revolutionizing the way electronics are manufactured. Inspired by the printing of newspapers and magazines, the roll-to-roll and reel-to reel printing capability is being considered as the future for large volume manufacturing of flexible and wearable electronics. Read More

In an interview, Dr. Apoorv Shanker with Chemical Today Magazine delves into the use of polymers and sift materials in his research on cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Shanker is a post-doctoral associate at Prof. Paula T. Hammond Lab, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Research insight: With new cancer treatment regimens coming up, a lot of effort is being expended on developing spatiotemporally-controlled drug delivery systems. Polymers and soft materials are at the core of such systems. In my current project, I am focusing on cancer immunotherapy. Read More