January 2019 Meeting

Jan 14, 2019 - 05:00 PM

January 2019 Meeting


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Monday, January 14th, 2019


Roland’s Seafood Grill

1904 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222



Board Meeting: 4:00 pm
Social Hour: 5:00 pm
Presentation / Speaker: 6:00 pm
Dinner / Meeting: 7:00 pm


Michael Jeffries

Michael began his career at Covestro (Mobay at the time) in 1989 working in the Quality Assurance Laboratory. In 1992 he moved into Research. There he worked on the scale up of the various polyisocyanates, polyisocyanate prepolymers, polyaspartics and polyurethane dispersions into production. In 1998 he specifically began working on the development on new isocyanate resins for use in the coatings industry. Michael has been awarded twelve patents and holds a BS Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a Field Technical Service Manager in the Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties Division of Covestro.

Michael and his wife Belinda have three children and three grandchildren. They currently reside in Follansbee, WV.

Michael enjoys family time, travel and playing guitar in Church and with family and friends.


It’s just a hardener….or is it? New innovative high-performance polyurethane hardeners – for efficiency, sustainability and more

For many years, two component polyurethane coatings have been utilized in numerous Automotive OEM interior and exterior applications. They have been chosen for these demanding uses due to the unique combination of high performance, efficiency and robust application properties that they exhibit. Formulating polyurethane coatings in most cases starts by choosing the right polyol component which will largely define the performance of the coating system. The role of the hardener is quite often defined only as the crosslinker for this polyol. This can often lead to the misperception that polyisocyanate hardeners do not significantly enhance the overall performance level. Recently, advancements in polyisocyanate crosslinker technologies have been developed which are dispelling this myth. Several innovative polyisocyanate hardeners are highlighted in this presentation, all of which strongly drive performance of coatings in areas such as improved cure response, increased intercoat adhesion, sustainability and scratch resistance/self-healing ability. These new crosslinkers enable the formulator to tailor the performance of coatings to meet the ever increasing demands of the automotive industry.