BSCT A brief History

The British Society for Coatings Technology was founded as "The Birmingham Paint Varnish and Lacquer Club". It is Britain’s leading coatings society (founded 1930), associated with The Federation of Societies for Surface Coatings since 1935 and the only Federation Society outside of the Americas.


BSCT Members benefits include:

An extensive and informative technical and social programme.

-Monthly technical meetings(October to May) 

-Visits to Coating materials Manufacturers and key coating customers

-An active social line up and much more. Click here! for details  

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Meeting 9th March 2017 




March’s technical Lecture was given by Udo Schonhoff, Senior Technical Manager at Elementis Specialties, who spoke about Rheological additives for non-aqueous systems and detailed their range of new organothixotropes. The lecture began with presenting the technology behind castor wax or modified polyamine waxes, their advantages & disadvantages (especially false body and seeding.) Udo detailed how the more modern technology could be used to overcome these issues & the development on to diamide based organic thixotropes (second generation) and finally the development of 3rdgeneration diamides which are applicable over a much wider temperature range and are not dependant on polarity, for a more robust process.


During this meeting, the BSCT was delighted to welcome along a delegation of 7 Chemistry students from Warwick University to attend the lecture and also to network with people from the coatings industry. Comments received from their Senior Careers Consultant, Charlie Cunningham (Chemistry/Statistics/PhD) included “it’s nice to be able to chat to employers who have also started a fire in a fume hood” and “it helps to see the relevance of our course to commercial world”. 


 €1 million per micron: The Technology of Mega Yacht Coatings.


The largest Mega Yacht currently afloat is 180m in length and cost an estimated €400 million. Building a Mega Yacht starts with flat plate, pipes and stiffeners which are used to construct a bare steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The external appearance of these areas is transformed by the skilled application of specialised primers, fillers and high performance topcoats. This talk will describe the technology used in those products and discuss some of the fundamental aspects of the technical challenges that influence their design and affect performance.


"Corrosion on mega yachts"

13th October 2016. A talk by Alan Guy - Safinah