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Air Products Introduces Hybrid Waterborne Resins at ICE

Published on 2003-11-14. Author : SpecialChem

Air Products Responds to Market With Acrylic and Urethane Polymer Interpenetrating Network

What do an interpenetrating network and tangled hair day have to do with a new hybrid resin product? Not only is it the theme for a new advertising campaign for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.'s (NYSE: APD) latest hybrid resin offering, but it also provides an ideal description of how the new Hybridur® 870 and Hybridur® 878 waterborne resin technologies work. The commercially available Hybridur 870 and 878 waterborne resin products are being debuted as part of Air Products' new customer offerings at the International Coatings Expo being held in Philadelphia, Pa. from November 12-14, 2003.

While tangles ruin a hairdo, they present the ideal basis for the performance of this new Hybridur 870 resin product, which entangles acrylic and urethane polymers in an interpenetrating network. "Our research chemists were able to develop a cost-effective waterborne resin that combines the affordability of an acrylic with the abrasion and chemical resistance of a PUD. What's even more impressive is that they were able to develop this general-purpose resin for waterborne coatings and inks to be NMP-free (N-methylprrolidone). This reduces formulation costs, addresses worker and consumer safety concerns, and could significantly reduce the level of VOCs in customer formulations," said Ernie Galgoci, head of the Hybridur 870 resin applications development team at Air Products. "This is the only NMP-free hybrid that maintains all the properties of a PUD and is actually more cost effective in finished formulations. The market wanted high performance, NMP-free, and cost effective. Hybridur 870 polymer binder is that product."

Hybridur 870 resin is a urethane-acrylic hybrid dispersion based on patented technology for use in one-component high performance coatings. Product features include fast dry capability, superior weatherability, good hardness and toughness balance, superior chemical resistance, and excellent adhesion to a wide variety of substrates. Hybridur 870 resin cures by air dry, or low or high bake heating, and blending this material will upgrade the performance of acrylic emulsions in coatings for primer, topcoat and clearcoat applications. It has wide formulation latitude and is good for interior and exterior formulations.

While Hybridur 870 resin is a general purpose product, Hybridur 878 resin-which carries all the general product attributes of Hybridur 870 resin and is designed to work the same way-is lower odor and delivers higher hardness in its intended applications. These applications include wood flooring, and plastic and metal business machine coatings.

More information on this unique product is available via the worldwide web by visiting www.airproducts.com/epoxyadditives. For samples, please contact Air Products' Product Information Center, 7201 Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown, Pa. 18195-1501; telephone 800-345- 3148 (outside the U.S. 610-481-6799); fax 610-481-4381; or e-mail prodinfo@apci.com.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets and is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 17,400 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

Source: Air Products

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