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Hexion expands water-borne epoxy coatings capacity in China

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Hexion Inc. has recently announced an expansion of its water-borne epoxy resin production capacity in Tianjin, China.

Tianjin is a metropolis in coastal northeastern China and one of the five national central cities of China. Source: Martina Böhner/pixelio.de

Tianjin is a metropolis in coastal northeastern China and one of the five national central cities of China. Source: Martina Böhner/pixelio.de

The project, which will take advantage of the most modern technologies including a new reactor, will allow Hexion to meet increasing demand for its water-borne epoxy products used to formulate waterborne coatings, polymer flooring, and sizing for glass or carbon fibers used in wind energy, automotive and aerospace applications.

Alternative to solvent-based coatings

"Water-borne technology offers manufacturers a more sustainable alternative to solvent-based coatings by reducing volatile organic compounds," says Terry Shao, Hexion's regional market development manager for China. "Hexion was one of the first global suppliers to bring high-end epoxy water-borne technology to the region, and this investment is further evidence of our commitment to help customers meet the most rigorous environmental standards and adopt sustainable paints and protective coatings."

Shortening supply times

With the expansion, Hexion will be able to locally produce and shorten supply times for a broad range of epoxy resins, curing agent and modifiers including its latest development, a water-borne, 2K zinc-rich resin system that is comparable in performance to traditional solvent-borne technologies. The investment in new capacity, combined with Hexion's dedicated research and development capabilities in Shanghai, offers regional customers an end-to-end solution for their product development needs.

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