SAPICI, Liberty Chemicals and Galactic Jointly Develop New Formulations of Water-based Paints for Wood Coating
Como, Italy, April 30, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- SAPICI, Liberty Chemicals and Galactic announce the initial results of their cooperation aimed at developing new formulations for wood coating characterized by high environmental compatibility. The new proposals enhance the production process sustainability and the final products life-cycle by an improved application duration. The performances of the new paints for wood coating result to be equal or better compared to those of traditional products.
The cooperation among SAPICI, Liberty Chemicals and Galactic has been defined to provide measurable contributions to the reduction of the solvents’ emissions that occur during the use of traditional products, specifically for coating applications; furthermore, it goes in the direction of simplifying the industry’s compliance to the increasingly more strict international regulations for the use of solvents. The synergy has allowed to leverage the three companies’ respective competencies and experience to develop and characterize high-range polyurethane coating for wood surfaces treatment.
The cooperation originated when SAPICI – developer and manufacturer of waterborne polyurethane dispersions, PUD – committed to develop a new coalescent-free product line for coating with features and performances comparable to traditional products. SAPICI contacted Liberty Chemicals, a company with extensive experience and recognized capabilities in the development of innovative solutions including solvents based on molecules of natural origin coming from carbohydrates fermentation processes. The on-going relations between Liberty Chemicals and Galactic, Belgian company active in the development and production of lactic acid derivatives through fermentation, added to the project complementary competencies.
The starting point was the coalescent-free PUD resin SAPICI Bluepur 2937; the challenge was to identify – for the formulation of the final product that is used by the applicators – a sustainable and non-glycolic coalescent originated from biological and renewable sources able to combine environmental aspects with high technical properties, characteristics and durability for the final paint. Liberty Chemicals has proved to be an ideal partner thanks the results achieved over the years in the development of solvents and solvent-blends from carbohydrates fermentation, specialties already used in various industrial fields such as the AstroBio NS. The participation in the project of Galactic has allowed including in these mixtures the lactic-acid esters of the Galaster series that enable an effective filming effect for water-based products, specifically with the Galaster EHL 95.
The R&D cooperation among the three companies has allowed achieving outstanding results even at low concentrations of green-coalescent, offering relevant benefits in particular to the do-it-yourself applications by roller or brush. The high efficiency of these products has allowed reaching finishing values of 90 gloss, underlying the excellent coalescing power of the formulations. A further element of sustainability is in the lower consumption of raw materials.
The new formulations are already available to the customers of the three companies.
About SAPICI – Established in Italy in 1936, S.A.P.I.C.I. S.p.A. is a global innovation and full-quality driven developer and manufacturer of advanced and high-performance polyurethane products for such applications as Coating, Flexible Packaging, Industrial Adhesives, Prepolymers, Inks, and more. SAPICI combines its product offering with direct and tailored services to its customers worldwide including continued technical assistance, research and development, and industrialization. SAPICI technical knowhow and testing and analysis equipment allow its highly qualified workforce to anticipate and satisfy the needs and requirements of its most demanding customers, contributing to paving their way to further sustainable success. Over 160 SAPICI employees located in the Company’s commercial offices and in the three production sites in Italy and China serve their customers supported by a capillary technical and commercial global organization. More information is available at www.sapici.it.
About Liberty Chemicals – Liberty Chemicals srl has been active for over thirty years in the auxiliary chemicals market, and since ten years it also operates in the industry of bio-solvents designed and developed from the fermentation of natural molecules as an alternative to traditional chemical and petrochemical feedstock. The company produces and distributes alternatives to traditional solvents of petrochemical origin, including NMP (N-methyl-pyrrolidone) and aromatics (toluene and xylene). Liberty Chemicals has increasingly strengthened its collaboration with the multinational group Galactic SA (Belgium), a leader in the production of lactic-acid and its derivatives (salts, esters, etc.) that find application in such industries as food & feed, pharma and health, cosmetics, and more, and are increasingly proving to be very effective solvents with characteristics including, viscosity and surface tension control. More information at www.libertychems.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.