Welcome to the Golden Gate Society for Coatings Technology!

The Golden Gate Society for Coatings Technology (GGSCT) is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association. We represent paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, educators, and students.

An important GGSCT objective is to provide technical education and professional development to its members and to the Northern California coatings industry through its monthly technical presentations, technical documents, job assistance and scholarships.

Next Meeting:

The annual GGSCT Half Day Seminar will be held on Monday, January 26, 2020 at the Acqua E Farina Restaurant at 22622 Main St, Hayward, CA 94541.  

Gathering time will be from 11:30 to noon

Complimentary Lunch will be served at noon

Speakers will start approximately on the hour from 1:00 - 5:00

Speaker 1:  Richard Abbott, Birla Carbon

Asbtract:  A review of the fundamental properties of carbon black will lead into a series of case studies on the use of carbon black in a variety of coatings systems.  Areas covered will include dispersion and color development in high jetness coatings; a thorough review on the challenges and difficulty of replacing carbon black in tinting systems with drop in replacements as well as possible solution to that issue; and information on powder coatings challenges.


Bio: Dr. Richard Abbott has 20 years of experience working with carbon black in a variety of liquids systems. He has been based at the Birla carbon Headquarters and Technical center since 2003, transferring from the Columbian Chemicals European Central lab based in Avonmouth. An accomplished scientist his current role is Applications Manger (Liquid Systems) where he is responsible both for developing new carbon blacks and leveraging existing products into new and different applications.

Speaker 2:  Fred Marschall, Technical Director, CR Minerals


Title:  “An Introduction to Pumice for Paints and Coatings”


Abstract: Pumice is a natural, lightweight material that is used in many different industries and applications around the world since the Roman days.  The unique properties of pumice are the result of its origin as volcanic lava that underwent the simultaneous actions of rapid cooling and rapid depressurization. The result was a network of porous voids within the glass structure, similar to a sponge.  Pumice grades are widely used in the paint and coatings industry. The low density and unique particle morphology of the vitreous pumice imparts many desirable properties to paint formulations. In this presentation, we will discuss properties, attributes and applications for pumice in the paint and coatings industry.

Bio:  Fred joined CR Minerals in 2005 and supports its products throughout the various industries with a focus on the paints and coatings industry.  He has over 50 years of experience in the paint and coatings industry.  He began his career with the Rohm and Haas Company where he worked for 10 years at their paint exposure station.  After leaving Rohm and Haas, he worked for a number of eastern paint manufacturers in the Mid-Atlantic States and Florida.  He has been active in various paint organizations since the late 1960’s and is a 40 year plus member of the American Chemical Society and ASTM.  Fred resides with his family in Clearwater, FL.

Speaker 3:  Martin Kays, Technical Support Manager – Sales and Distribution, BYK USA Inc.

Abstract:  Over the last few years the protective coatings industry has seen an increased demand for high performance waterborne coatings in the field of corrosion protection.  Market drivers such as “Sustainability”, “Greenability”, and ongoing regulatory and environmental concerns continue to force coatings producers to look for other viable options to replace conventional solvent borne technologies.  By their very nature waterborne systems require elaborate additive packages so that they can achieve acceptable levels of performance when compared to traditional technologies. 


On one hand, wetting and dispersing additives are required to achieve proper pigment and filler dispersions, coating processability, and proper hiding and other film properties.  On the other hand it can be said that waterborne wetting and dispersing additives potentially bear the risk of increasing hydrophilicity of the paint film which may potentially have negative impact on paint film barrier properties such as, early water and moisture resistance, water uptake, and corrosion resistance.

New wetting & dispersing additives based on novel chemical technologies have been formulated, which allow for improvements in durability, anti-corrosion, and adhesion properties of the coating along with improved processing characteristics.

Bio:  Martin Kays is Applied Technology Specialist at BYK USA.  He graduated from the University of Louisville earning a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering followed by a MBA.  During his career, Martin developed an expertise for formulating and introducing new products into the coatings and plastics markets.  His experience eventually lead to sales and marketing roles with both national and global responsibility. 


Martin Kays

Technical Support Manager – Sales and Distribution


1600 West Hill Street

Louisville, KY  40210

(502) 550-7564


Speaker 4:  Ronald Brashear, BYK


Title: New Developments in Rheology Modification for Waterborne Epoxy Systems


Abstract:  Protective Coatings and Water-Borne Technologies?


Historically conventional solvent borne epoxy technologies dominated the primer and mid-coat application areas within the protective coatings market.  These historical systems offer exceptional overall performance with regard to film and barrier, rheology, storage properties due in part to their optimized additive packages.  Continued VOC regulations as well as the industry desire to move towards more environmentally friendly options have placed an emphasis on developing alternative technologies for use in this formulation space.


Waterborne epoxy systems have been in use for several years, typically in less challenging service environments; however, with recent advancements in waterborne epoxy technologies the protective coatings market is now making greater use of waterborne epoxy systems in primer and mid-coat applications.   Like their predecessors, waterborne epoxy systems must also employ optimized additive packages in order to achieve the highest level of performance.  System rheology is an important aspect for these systems as it has direct impact on properties such as anti-sagging, anti-settling and application properties. Existing waterborne rheology modifiers technologies display limited functionality in these next generation systems and there are obvious limitations on their effectiveness.  There is a need to develop new rheology additives that will address the shortcomings of existing technologies. 


Bio:  Ronald has worked in the coatings industry for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities ranging from R&D, technical service, technical sales, and sales & marketing.  He is a published author of numerous papers relating to rheology modifiers and has been a speaker at various society functions and technical symposiums. 


He is Byk’s Protective and Marine End Use Manager supporting the North American heavy duty, marine & protective coatings markets. 

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