The coatings that are made in the west are typically either industrial protective coatings or architectural and decorative paints. Reports have shown that these two types of coatings each take up about half of the market, with industrial protective coating and paint taking up 48 percent and architectural/decorative materials taking up 52 percent. The industrial protective coatings are typically produced for very specific needs in particular fields. Industrial equipment coatings, for example, are some of the most common coatings that are produced for industrial purposes.
In the last two decades, the growth of water based paints and the decline of solvent based paints has been one of the more interesting trends. Experts say an increased use of water based industrial protective coatings will likely occur in the future, because they are convenient to use and safe for the environment as well as for human beings. Of all the industrial protective coating materials on the market, thin ceramic coatings have become a popular material in recent times, as well.
Technological innovations in industrial equipment coatings and other protective sealants are slow and steady, but interesting trends emerge nonetheless. These trends have affected industrial protective coating materials and methods of application. Changes in industrial protective coatings can be considered as a natural evolution of the industry, from being based originally on naturally occurring materials through the synthetic resins to the many different types that are currently in use.