As an island nation, Japan is particularly dependent on the sustainability of its bridges to connect its different regions for commercial activities. In order to reduce maintenance cost and downtime for bridges, Japanese road authorities have looked to the use of longer lasting premium materials of construction. In the case of bridge coatings, the road authorities have specified the use of fluoropolymer topcoats for all bridges.
Properly applied, fluoropolymer topcoats yield coating systems with expected lifetimes of 30-60 years, virtually eliminating the need for regular maintenance painting. These topcoats offer substantial life cycle cost savings compared to traditional topcoats.
Join Winn Darden of AGC Chemicals Americas in his presentation of “Bridge Coating in Japan: Doing it Right the First Time” at the Society for Protective Coatings SSPC 2013 conference in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m.