14 April 2010 06:27 [Source: ICIS news]
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (ICIS news)--Major US-based producer Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has introduced new acrylics products, expanding its coatings portfolio to better respond to its customers' needs, a company executive said on Tuesday.
The company is considered a leader in polyurethane chemistries and its entry into the acrylics business would address the growing demand for more ecologically friendly products, said Richard Sabatine, vice president of functional films and specialties, NAFTA region for BMS on the sidelines of the American Coatings Show (ACS).
BMS was mindful of the strong movement towards waterborne coatings and low-volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and decided to have its own acrylics, said Sabatine.
The company's new waterborne acrylics are Bayhydrol AH XP 2741 and Bayhydrol AH XP 2754 dispersions for indoor wood construction and furniture, and plastic coatings for consumer electronics, respectively.
Sabatine said that environmental concerns and sustainability were driving forces in the coatings industry but admitted that finding bio-based raw materials will be “a long haul".
At the ACS, BMS also introduced Bayhydur polyisocyanates and Bayhydrol polyurethane dispersions, raw materials for waterborne, soft-touch coatings and films.
Although soft-touch coatings and films are used in a variety of applications, their major use is for automobile interiors. Car manufacturers, like General Motors, with whom BMS has worked, rigorously test to ensure their standards, and have rejected many attempts.
“This is something the market has been looking for for a while,” said Sabatine, adding that soft touch coatings has been “the Holy Grail” for auto market suppliers.
The ACS, which runs through 15 April, is sponsored by the American Coatings Association.
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