In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Ben Gillies, the Sales Manager for in Mossville, New South Wales, Australia. A&I Coatings has been at the forefront of providing ultra-durable coatings, particularly their coatings based on Lumiflon resins. Their products have been used on bridges in the UK, high-rise towers in Sydney, sculptures in Melbourne, and stadiums in New Lambton, Australia. We will discuss how the protective coating market in Australia differs from that in the U.S.

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Introduction to A&I Coatings:
Ben Gillies begins by shedding light on the rich history of A&I Coatings, a third-generation paint company founded by his grandfather. Initially involved in coatings at major manufacturers, they ventured into manufacturing polyurethanes in 1989. However, challenges with early fading and loss of gloss led them to explore more durable coating solutions, eventually leading them to Lumiflon resins. Since the introduction of their first fluoropolymer coating in 2000, A&I Coatings has been synonymous with high-quality and long-lasting coatings.

Navigating Market Dynamics:
Gillies highlights the diverse climatic conditions across Australia, influencing the choice of coatings. From cold regions in Tasmania to hot climates in Queensland, A&I Coatings tailors coating systems to withstand varying environmental challenges. The use of fluoropolymers, particularly Lumiflon-based coatings, emerges as a preferred choice for its superior and longevity.

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Challenges in Specifying Coatings:
The conversation delves into the complexities of specifying coatings, especially in the absence of standardized fluoropolymer specifications in Australia. Gillies emphasizes the importance of educating architects and engineers about the benefits of fluoropolymer coatings and navigating bureaucratic hurdles to establish robust standards.

Innovative Coating Solutions:
A&I Coatings prides itself on its versatile range of coatings tailored to diverse substrates. From and to and glass-reinforced concrete, their coatings offer unmatched and performance. Gillies highlights the development of specialized coatings such as anti-graffiti formulations and scratch-resistant solutions to address evolving market needs.

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Exploring New Substrate Trends:
The conversation concludes with a glimpse into emerging substrate trends, including the growing use of fiberglass in marine structures and architectural applications. Gillies also shares insights into innovative applications such as fluoropolymer coatings for swimming pools, offering superior and durability compared to traditional coatings.

As the conversation draws to a close, we extend our gratitude to Ben Gillies for sharing his insights into the dynamic world of coatings. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, A&I Coatings continues to redefine industry standards and set new benchmarks in coating solutions.

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