Fighting Corrosion, Friction, and Fouling: The Power of Protective Coatings

December 21, 2011 | State of the Market Report

Friction from parts rubbing together, corrosion from exposure to harsh environments, and fouling due to deposition of extraneous material are some of the biggest sources of inefficency and degradation of industrial equipment. While a variety of other approaches exist to deal with these problems, the use of coatings builds resistance into the equipment itself and can limit consumables, maintenance, and environmental impact. To assist industrial users and materials developers in the struggle to keep industrial equipment functioning better and longer, we positioned emerging coating developers on the Lux Innovation Grid, mapped technologies onto industry needs using the Technology-Application Heat Map, and developed a strategic playbook that allows players to maximize the economic potential of their core technologies.

Coverage Area

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Coatings can protect industrial equipment from many costly degradation mechanisms, but the balance between cost, performance, technical, and regulatory factors is application-specific.
  • Analysis
    Protective coatings vary greatly on cost, performance, and maturity; to succeed, developers and users must match industry needs with solutions, and pursue the right business models.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

Lead Analyst

Ross Kozarsky
Director, Research


Daniel Choi