The Universal Selection Source: Coatings Ingredients

PU Coatings
Polyurethane can be used as one component system (1K formulation), where a high molecular weight PU is mixed with isocyanate that cures with moisture, though it can be used with non-isocyanate formulations as well. PU coatings are also widely used through two components systems (2K formulation) where a polyisocyanate reacts with a polyol or a polyamine. PU coatings bring color retention, better surface finish (high gloss), increased scratch and abrasion resistance as well as moisture resistance. They are applied on many different substrates in very diverse markets like automotive, aerospace, furniture, flooring, and textiles. Strong drivers for their use include low to zero VOC emissions and the potential use of renewable sources like bio-based polyols.

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Jun 19, 2017 | Product News

Axalta Launches Low VOC PU Clearcoat for Transportation Market

Axalta has introduced Imron® Elite 8831S Low VOC Clearcoat for the commercial transportation market. It is a two-component, low HAPs polyurethane clearcoat for customers with force dry capabilities...

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Jun 5, 2017 | Industry News

Mississippi Floods Force BASF to Reduce MDI Production

BASF declared a force majeure in North America on methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) system. Flood waters on the Mississippi River caused unsafe operational conditions and resulted in BASF’s...

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May 23, 2017 | Industry News

Axalta to Purchase Spencer Coatings Group, an Industrial Coatings Manufacturer

Axalta has entered an agreement to acquire the Spencer Coatings Group, a manufacturer of industrial coatings. Spencer products include PU and water-based coatings for both glass and general...

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May 17, 2017 | Industry News

Covestro’s Waterborne PU Coating Used in One of a Kind Furniture

Furniture designer Thomas Schnur has created a one of a kind piece, Each element incorporates a Covestro material. The wooden surface utilizes a waterborne PU coating made from Bayhydrol® and...

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May 5, 2017 | Industry News

Covestro’s Waterborne PU-based Coating Transforms PUMA Football Boot

With its latest innovation in football footwear, PUMA has set new standards in design, precision and comfort. Topaz-DOTS, the coating technology from Trans-Textil, is based on INSQIN® waterborne PU...

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Jun 13, 2017 | Industry News

Covestro & PPG Partner to Test Sustainable Automotive Coatings in Solar Car

A group of highly motivated students developed a solar car. Covestro partners with PPG to test its bio-based hardener. PPG used a three-layer polyurethane coating on the car. The coating is suited...

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May 24, 2017 | Industry News

Covestro Resumes Production of Polymeric MDI in EMEA Region

Covestro is lifting the declared force majeure for polymeric MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) in the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region with immediate effect. The supply situation will...

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May 22, 2017 | Industry News

Huntsman & Clariant to Create Combined Company for Specialty Chemicals

Huntsman and Clariant have announced that their Boards of Directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine in a merger of equals. The merged company will be named HuntsmanClariant...

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May 12, 2017 | Industry News

Covestro to Feature Sustainable Wood & Textile Coatings at interzum 2017

Covestro has announced that it is making its debut appearance as an exhibitor at interzum 2017. Covestro is featuring sustainable wood coatings based on PU raw materials. It offers a unique tactile...

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May 5, 2017 | Industry News

Wanhua Chemical Opens Technical Center to Expand its MDI Business

Wanhua Chemical has opened the N.A. Technical center to better focus on its MDI business. The tech center is positioned as regional customer service base and will be utilized primarily for local...

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