Coatings without byproducts are wave of future – US exec

15 April 2010 21:45  [Source: ICIS news]

CHARLOTTE, North America (ICIS news)--Coatings with no byproducts are set to become the wave of the future, a US coatings executive said on Thursday.

“We have developed products with no byproducts,” said Joel Zazyczny, business manager, silanes and metal organics, for US-based specialty coatings provider Gelest. The developments were in response to customer demand, he added.

After silicone, Gelest’s core competency is silanes, used heavily in coatings as a corrosion inhibitor. However, they are also solvent-based and emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

As a result, the company said it had synthesised a new compound - cyclic azasilane - for bonding nanoparticles and pigments.

“We are not interested in commodities,” said Zazyczny. “We are targeting specialty, architectural, military, transportation and electronic coatings.”

With the global economy downsising, innovation is driving the coatings market, he noted.

Gelest projected that while “China is poised to become the commodity [chemical] supplier to the globe - with India as high-tech supplier”, the US would become the world’s high-tech designer.

Zazyczny spoke with ICIS on the sidelines of the American Coatings Show, sponsored by the American Coatings Association. The show runs through Thursday.

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