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Clariant to Discuss New Stabilizer Concepts to Protect Automotive Coatings at Additives 2006 Conference

Published on 2006-04-28. Author : SpecialChem

Coventry, RI, -- Clariant Pigments & Additives has announced that Gerd Faoro, Head of Technical Marketing Light Stabilizers at Clariant Huningue in France, will discuss new stabilizer concepts for optimizing the protection of interior and exterior automotive coatings against light and temperature at the Additives 2006 symposium held in Rosemont, Illinois, on June 20, 2006 (morning session I). The conference runs June 19 through 21.

Protection from UV light is not only a requirement for convertibles, whose interior plastic coatings are directly exposed to sunlight, but also for standard passenger cars when the windows are open. Cars with large glass panels also need extra protection from sunlight, because interiors can become very hot. On a sunny day, interior components are subjected to temperatures up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.

Faoro's presentation, entitled "New Stabilization Concepts for Plastics Coatings in Automotive Interior Trim," is based on a study recently released by Clariant's Pigments & Additives Division. The Clariant study examines stabilizer packages consisting of UV absorbers and radical scavengers based on sterically hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS). Other test combinations also contained a special antioxidant, which prevents the thermal degradation and subsequent destruction of the coating.

The study shows that the stabilizer compounds provide effective protection against light and heat - and more. The compounds also enhance the stability of the brilliance and the shade of the coating. With these new stabilizer packages, the Pigments & Additives Division of Clariant responds to the need of the automotive industry for powerful stabilization of high-end coatings.

Source: Clariant Pigments & Additives Division

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