A comprehensive range of high performance and durable solutions for paints and coatings
The Arkema Group is a world leader in raw materials for paints and coatings. Its range of high performance solutions and innovative technologies cover 99% of an ever more demanding market in terms of environmental constraints.
Eager to meet the technical, economic and environmental needs and requirements of manufacturers, Arkema has developed a comprehensive offering for coatings materials (for metal, wood and plastics), decorative paints and inks.
By offering durable and wide-ranging solutions, Arkema enables its customers to remain competitive while fulfilling their objectives.
Our resins for durable coatings
Arkema, through its business unit Coating Resins, offers a comprehensive range of innovative resins for waterborne paints (e.g. Encor®, SNAP®, Synaqua®) and solvent-based paints (e.g. Chempol®, Crayamid®, Synocure®). These resins are suitable for many applications:
- Architectural and industrial coatings (decorative paints and traffic paints, coatings for transports, construction and ship-and boat-building, etc.)
- Inks, varnishes and solutions for graphic arts and printing
- Sealants and adhesives
Kynar® PVDF resins feature outstanding durability, and resistance to chemicals, erosion, UVs and pollution. Every resin in the range, e.g. Kynar 500® FSF® and Kynar Aquatec® is designed for specific applications in order to fulfil the needs of customers and end-users more efficiently.
Architectural and industrial coatings, solutions for transports, electronics and the pharmaceutical industry count among the applications in which Kynar® PVDF resins have aptly demonstrated their performance.
Sartomer offers a wide range of specialty acrylate monomers and oligomers for the formulation of high added value inks, varnishes and adhesives. These liquid solvent-free resins supply a huge variety of markets, including electronics, construction and packaging, to bring effective, productive and low-energy solutions.
The Sarbio® product range is based on bio-renewable raw materials. It helps minimise the environmental footprint even further.
Our innovative additives and modifiers for formulations
An expert in rheology additives for waterborne solutions, Coatex, an Arkema subsidiary, offers one of the most extensive portfolios on the market:
Coatex solutions are low VOC* products that are heavy metal free and nonylphenol free, and so help meet the ever changing and ever more stringent environmental regulations. They provide the ideal solution for the development of unique formulations for durable environmentally sound paints and coatings.
*VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds
Orgasol® and Rilsan® Fine Powders
Fine powders within the Orgasol® and Rilsan® Fine Powders ranges are high performance additives for metal coating (coil and can coatings), wood finish flooring, and graphic arts. They are used to impart abrasion and scratch resistance to materials, as well as texture effects (e.g. matting effect).
Amines marketed under the brand name Alpamine® are used as neutralising agents in waterborne paint and coating formulations and as anti-skin agents in alkyd paints.
Oleris® is used as a plasticiser with an excellent solubility in paints and inks. Developed from vegetable oil (castor oil), it features excellent film-forming properties and imparts very good light stability to formulations.
Nanostrength® et BlocBuilder®
Nanostrength® nanostructured acrylic block copolymers are produced by the BlocBuilder® technology. They enable the development of new generation acrylic or epoxy coatings, dispersing agents, surfactants, etc.
The BlocBuilder® controlled radical polymerisation technology is a proprietary technology developed by Arkema to produce acrylic, methacrylic, styrenic block copolymers with wide-ranging functionalisation.
Our monomers and specialty chemicals to fine-tune coatings
Thanks to their unique properties, the acrylic monomers marketed under the trade name Norsocryl® enhance the performance of the polymers used in solvent-free paints and coatings, by making them longer-lasting and more environmentally sound.
Developed by CECA, Adiansol® and Dianol® polyetherpolyols ranges are used as intermediates in the manufacture of epoxy, polyurethane and polyester resins, to which they impart superior flexibility, chemical stability and heat stability.
Specialty surfactants are used as wetting agents, dispersing agents, plasticisers, etc.
Clarcel® diatomite and Randafil™ perlite are processed minerals used in traffic paints, decorative paints and industrial paints. They improve the paints’ properties: greater roughness for improved adhesion, superior mattifying effect, abrasion resistance, reduction in blistering and peeling effects, etc., while reducing costs.
Siliporite® molecular sieve powders are used as a moisture scavenger for the storage of polyurethane formulations. In fact they help prevent gassing and viscosity increase as a result of contact with moisture.
Sartomer offers a comprehensive range of specialty acrylate monomers and methacrylate monomers that impart unique properties to coatings. These solutions can be used as polymerisation co-monomers for the synthesis of polymers, resins or additives.
In addition to plasticisers, Oleris® also offers monomers as synthesis intermediates for light-stabiliser additives.
For coating resins, Arkema’s amines are used as synthesis intermediates for specialty monomers and catalysts.
Methane sulfonic acid
Arkema’s methane sulfonic acid (MSA) is an esterification catalyst. This effective acid is non-oxidising, biodegradable and easily recyclable, and makes ester-based resins colourless and less odorous.
Our solvents to enhance the properties of coatings
Oxygenated solvents are used as solvents in formulations or resins for architectural paints, wood coating and coil coating. They can also be used in the synthesis of pigment dyes. Others help delay film formation in solvent-free/water-based paints.
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)
Safe for human health and the environment, the polar aprotic solvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) enhances the solubility and dispersion of polymers, specific formulations and other waterborne solutions for paints, lacquers and inks.