DSM Launches Bio-based Self-matting Resin for Floor Coatings

Royal DSM has announced the launch of a new, bio-based self-matting resin, Decovery® SP-2022 XP, that will take ultra-matt flooring finishes to new levels in terms of aesthetic and functional performance, ease of application and sustainability. The new resin underlines DSM’s ambition of using science and innovation to develop sustainable solutions that outperform conventional market alternatives.

Benefits of Decovery® SP-2022 XP Resin

  • Used to create low-gloss finishes on wooden and seamless flooring, Decovery® SP-2022 XP resin offers excellent levels of functional performance at a much-reduced environmental impact
  • Specifically, the resin has 30% bio-based content, can be formulated with low levels of VOCs (less than 250g/l based on 40 CFR 59.406), and is low in odor, while also delivering outstanding chemical resistance and mechanical properties, including scratch resistance
  • In this way, Decovery SP-2022 XP enables a premium, ultra-matt appearance while safeguarding the environment
  • In addition, the new resin addresses the strong market demand for ultra-matt coating products that are easier to apply and formulate
  • In particular, the Decovery® SP-2022 XP resin requires no matting agents, no difficult formulations, and offers excellent in-can stability
  • The new resin will enable significantly easier processing than many of the commercially available alternatives, with up to one-hour time savings in operations
  • Floor coatings made with Decovery® SP-2022 XP leave no roller marks or lapping, and – unlike traditional matt coating systems – show no polishing effect

Gerjan van Laar, Segment Marketing Manager EMEA, DSM Resins & Functional Materials: “Our new Decovery® SP-2022 XP resin is perfectly aligned with our purpose-led, performance-driven strategy in that it is a sustainable, bio-based product that enables excellent performance. This resin represents a new horizon for self-matting flooring finishes, and will deliver benefits throughout the value chain – to coating manufacturers, applicators, facility managers and consumers alike. Together with our partners, we can make the world better with bio-based flooring!”

Source: DSM


AkzoNobel Upgrades its Wood Coatings Facility in High Point, North Carolina

A milestone multi-million-dollar investment by AkzoNobel is set to transform its wood coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina, into a best-in-class manufacturing site – and further strengthen the company’s market position in the US.

Reorganizing Manufacturing Operations

The transformation will involve reorganizing manufacturing operations at the site and will include the addition of automatic dosing unit technology to produce paint more efficiently. A new raw materials warehouse, research lab and technical application center are also being built. Construction is due to begin in April 2019, with rolling projects expected to be completed by 2020.

“This is a significant investment, which will further enable us to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” says AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker. “The US is a key market for our Wood Coatings business, and our customers trust us to deliver world-class products and services.

“Investing in High Point will increase our comprehensive North American supply capability for wood finishes, which also includes our plants in Roanoke, Virginia; Salem, Oregon; Warwick, Quebec; and Port Hope, Ontario. It will enable us to remain ahead of market trends, so we can continue to provide the visionary service our customers have come to expect – and it will solidify our position as a frontrunner in the wood coatings industry.”

The High Point Facility

AkzoNobel has a long and proud history of supplying the world’s leading manufacturers of cabinetry, furniture, flooring and building products with top quality industrial wood finishes to beautify and protect their products. Today, the High Point facility covers 30 acres and employs more than 250 people. The site produces a wide range of products, including UV, solvent-based and water-based wood coatings, such as paints, stains and lacquers.

“This investment in High Point will enable us to ensure the satisfaction of all our customers and partners, including our direct OEM building product customers and our Chemcraft distribution partners,” adds Simon Parker, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Industrial Coatings business.

“We’ll be able to provide current and future customers with even more flexibility through the delivery of small batch sizes; higher accuracy in stains and solid colors; more water-based products and a rapid response to requests.”

This latest investment follows last year’s opening of a newly-constructed mega-warehouse in La Porte, Texas, which serves as a central regional hub for the company’s Marine and Protective Coatings business. It also comes just weeks after the inauguration of a state-of-the-art R&D innovation campus at AkzoNobel’s Felling site in the UK.

Source: AkzoNobel


IMCD expands biocide offerings with DuPont Industrial Biosciences

IMCD and DuPont Industrial Biosciences announce an expansion of their distribution partnership for biocides used in industrial preservation and homecare applications.

The expansion of the IMCD and DuPont Industrial Biosciences partnership furthers cooperation on sales, marketing and distribution of biocides that started 35 years ago between IMCD (then AWL) and DuPont (previously ACIMA), and strengthens both IMCD’s extensive portfolio as well as DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ route to market.

Bringing together complementary portfoliosDow and DuPont are bringing together their complementary portfolios. Dow Microbial Control is now aligned under DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a business unit of Specialty Products. IMCD will distribute the company’s biocides in Europe and South Africa across the coatings, construction, homecare and industrial and institutional cleaning markets. IMCD will add value to the distribution with regulatory support and microbiological laboratory support, provided by BioPreserv in Grasse, France.

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Encapsulation of linseed oil in graphene oxide shells for preparation of self-healing composite coatings

For self-healing of polymer coatings Microcapsules were developed. The Microcapsule shells were prepared via physical assembly of graphene oxide sheets.

Graphene oxide was employed as the stabilizer of Pickering emulsions. Source: arsdigital – stock.adobe.com.

Self-healing microcapsules were filled with a glue-like chemical that can repair damage and recover the original functions of materials. Graphene oxide (GO) was employed as the stabilizer of Pickering emulsions, and then the microcapsule shells were built upon the self-assembly of GO at oil/water interfaces. Linseed oil was encapsulated in the microcapsules as the healing agent.

Stabilization of the Pickering emulsions

Several important factors were studied that affected the stabilization of the Pickering emulsions and the formation of the integral microcapsules, such as the pH value of GO aqueous solution, the GO/linseed oil mass ratio and the effect of surfactant. Chemical stitching of GO sheets by polyetheramine molecules were employed to enhance the chemical stability of the microcapsules. The waterborne polyurethane (PU) composite coatings containing 10 wt% microcapsules autonomously healed a scratch with 20 μm in width. After healing, the impedance modulus of the composite coatings was four orders of magnitude higher than neat PU.

The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings Volume 129, April 2019, Pages 285-291.

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Five facts on the water-borne coatings market

Water-based formulations are among the top trends in the coatings industry. How is the situation at the market currently? We have gathered five facts.

Water-borne coatings are developed as an alternative to solvent- borne coatings that contains high amount of VOCs, less eco-friendly in nature and causing several health issues. On the other hand, water-borne coatings are manufactured through green technology which is more eco-friendly in nature and adheres to the safety regulations proposed by REACH and other government organisations.

The global water-borne coatings market size was about EUR 62.4 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach about EUR 82.7 billion by 2022, at a CAGR 5.7% in terms of value.

The market by regions

Asia Pacific has been a bright spot in the global water-borne coatings market in the backdrop of the overall slowdown in global economic development.

Architectural coatings biggest segment

Architectural is the largest application of water-borne coatings. Rapid urbanisation, rising disposable income, and growing GDP in Asia Pacific resulted into increased demand for residential, commercial, and industrial infrastructure followed by renovation/re-paint of residential and commercial buildings.

Outlook

Forecasts for the coming years remain positive, driven in particular by rising demand for environmentally friendly technologies.

The facts are based on a longer article on the water-borne coatings market.

What are the most important resins?

There has been a shift toward water-borne acrylics, especially in the automotive basecoats due to environmental concerns.