AkzoNobel seeks bio-based chemicals to replace BPA coatings

15 February 2011 22:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN DIEGO, California (ICIS)--Dutch specialty chemical firm AkzoNobel is looking at bio-based chemicals as a possible replacement for controversial bisphenol-A (BPA) coatings in food cans, a company official said on Tuesday.

“We have to get traditional epoxy resins out of our coatings in response to customers’ requests in eliminating bisphenol-A in food can coatings,” said Gary Craun, a scientist and global research specialist in packaging coatings at AkzoNobel.

“If any of the bio-based chemical companies can provide us with a chemical that we can use, with the same properties of bisphenol-A that we use now, come see me,” he said.

Speaking at the Infocast Bio-based Chemicals Summit, Craun said that AkzoNobel has been evaluating technologies from several bio-based chemical companies ranging from bio-acetic acid to platform monomer molecules for adhesives and coatings applications.

He said the company has created a dedicated internal web site that compiles data on bio-based companies and technologies that could be in synergy with AkzoNobel’s product portfolio or for their customers.

“It took us a couple of years to decide which bio-based chemical companies to approach or who to suggest to our suppliers that they can approach,” he said.

He said that AkzoNobel’s long term goal is to become a sustainable company not just in terms of replacing petrochemical-derived substances and products with bio-based alternatives but to also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Bio-based Chemicals Summit ends on Thursday.

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By: Doris de Guzman
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