Protective coatings and harmful substances
Introducing new technologies can therefore be difficult. However, there are developments that can reduce the usage of isocyanates, as Bayer adds: “The complete groups of polysiloxanes and water-borne pure acrylics can be used as an alternative to the common polyurethane technology.”
Marie-Josee Dery-Chauvette from epoxy resin supplier Olin emphasises, that reducing the usage of harmful substances is a lot of work. “Substitution is not a one-for-one, like-for-like process and involves compromise”, she explains and adds: “the compromise will be in efficiency and productivity as the cure profile – the ability to control, modify speed and degree of cure – will most likely be impacted with the change in hardener chemistry.”
Even though replacing substances that cause some concern, both experts are optimistic. Frank Bayer is sure, that “an innovative chemical industry will bring up new less harmful and sustainable raw materials suitable for coatings.” He adds that this trend is driven by customer demand as well as regulations. To achive such goals “it is important for contractors and owners to work together with formulators and raw material suppliers as part of the solution”, explains Marie-Josee Dery-Chauvette.
Of course, reducing harmful substances is only one way to make coatings more sustainable. And sustainability is seen by both of them as a major trend for the future. More about the experts’ views on the sustainability topic can be found in European Coatings Journal issue 4/2021, where we published an interview with them.