Coatings industry seeks lower environmental impact – expert

20 March 2013 13:51  [Source: ICIS news]

NUREMBERG (ICIS)--The need to reduce the coatings industry's environmental impact was a major driver behind Momentive's investment in its waterborne epoxy resins unit in Barbastro, Spain, the company said on Wednesday.

"The industry needs materials that have a lower impact on the environment and waterborne systems enable us to use less solvents [which are less environmentally friendly], said Daniel Weinmann, Global Segment Leader for Coatings and Civil Engineering at Momentive Specialty Chemicals, on the sidelines of the European Coatings Show and Congress in Nuremberg, Germany.

Momentive has more than tripled its waterborne epoxy resin production capacity with the development of new production facilities in Barbastro, Spain, the US-based company said on 18 March.

The site will allow the company to produce its complete range of standard and modified epoxy resin emulsions and dispersions, and is already producing Momentive’s in-house surfactants. No financial details were disclosed.

We are convinced that this new capacity will benefit our customers enormously and will help them address some of the sustainability and VOC-related (volatile organic compound) challenges they will face, Weinmann added.

The congress ran from 18-19 March, while the show runs from 19 to 21 March. 

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