Environmental issues related to paints, coatings and adhesives

In five years, the Arkema group has become one of the leading global suppliers of paints and coatings. Its high performance products are innovative, and are used to manufacture paints, coatings and adhesives which are respectful of the environment.

The Arkema group constantly expands its offering and has rapidly become one of the leading global suppliers of paints and coatings. A sector characterized by a strong demand for products which are respectful of the environment, resistant and sustainable.

Moving to eco-sustainable paints

At present, the manufacturing of paints primarily utilizes oil-based solvents. However, the use of these solvents is beginning to be restricted by policies aimed at reducing VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions. Solvent-free, water-based and powder paints are being developed and the Group is supporting this trend by offering eco-sustainable products to its customers. These include:


  • Waterborne ENCOR® acrylic emulsions and Synaqua® alkyd resins for coating formulations used for wood, metal, etc.
  • SNAP®nanostructured polymers which give paints for buildings their satin or gloss finish
  • Celocor®opaque acrylic polymers which partially replace titanium dioxide (Ti02), an indispensable but costly pigment in paints. Celocor® improves the hiding power of paints and optimizes their production cost
  • Coatex rheology additives which are used to adjust the viscosity and dispersion of acrylic paints (EcodisTM, CoadisTM, CoapurTM, RheotechTM)
  • Norsocryl® acrylic monomers used to produce resins and waterbased dispersions for paints and coatings.

Synaqua® 4804: for “green” paints … which come in all colors!

Thanks to the Synaqua® 4804 resin, it is possible to formulate solvent-free water-based paints which are as glossy and resistant as traditional paints with solvents. Made from raw materials of plant origin, Synaqua® 4804 makes it possible to produce paints with a very low VOC level. It has been awarded the European eco-label.

Durable coatings

In the coatings market the growing demand for products respectful of the environment is accompanied by ever more stringent requirements related to durability and thermal insulation. The Group fully meets these expectations with its product offering of high performance coatings and additives, including in particular the Kynar® PVDF resins, Orgasol® polyamide powders and Crayvallac® waxes.

Kynar Aquatec®: the coating which reflects ecologically

paint-coating-kynar_aquatec2To protect the metal parts of very high industrial and commercial buildings, architects endorse Kynar 500® FSF® and Kynar 500® PC® PVDF resins  due to their excellent UV and dirt pick up resistance, and their durability which exceeds 40 years.

Building on this success, the Group developed Kynar Aquatec®, a soluble PVDF for water-based paints which can be applied directly on site on all types of substrates (wood, cement and asphalt). Coatings made with Kynar Aquatec® are used like conventional paints on the roofs and facades of buildings. Thanks to its reflective properties, it reduces the use of air conditioning and the energy costs of a building may be cut by 15%. In 2010 it was awarded the Pierre Potier prize for “chemistry innovation serving sustainable development”.

Long life adhesion

To ensure the resistance, longevity and insulation of coating systems, Sartomer, a subsidiary of the Arkema group, produces and markets a complete range of special acrylate oligomers and monomers for UV Curing (instantaneous drying of liquid coatings or acrylic resin-based inks by ultraviolet rays). These low level VOC products make it possible to apply high quality coatings on all types of substrates (paper, wood, plastic, fiberglass, etc.).

Sarbio®: sustainable raw materials within the very heart of UV Curing coatings

The new Sarbio® acrylates and methacrylates produced by Sartomer are made from renewable raw materials and are used as reactive diluents for the formulation of UV coatings and inks. They enable formulators to produce very high quality coatings with a high level of technical performance, while also preserving the environment.