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Cognis at China Coat 2007: "where ecology meets performance"

Published on 2007-11-26. Author : SpecialChem

Monheim -- At the China Coat 2007 trade show, held in Shanghai from November 21 to 23, Cognis' Functional Products strategic business unit exhibited its products and solutions for the paints, coatings and inks industry. Among them are the Loxanol EFC 300 coalescent and the DSX 3800 rheology modifier which will be introduced to the Chinese market. They combine outstanding performance and cost-effectiveness with environmental sustainability - and as such meet the industry's key requirements.

Environmental issues are the subject of much concern these days, and consumer interest in environmentally sound paints and varnishes, and especially in solvent free and aqueous systems, has risen rapidly. At the show, Cognis presents Loxanol EFC 300, a new zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) coalescent (according to 1999/13/EU or 2004/42/EU), which is based on natural resources. Its special performance features include excellent efficiency in reducing the minimum film forming temperature (MFFT), which can lead to cost savings, and faster development of film hardness compared to competing products.

Another highlight from Cognis at the China Coat 2007 is the associative solvent-free mid-shear rheology modifier DSX 3800, which is based on Cognis' patented "Star Technology". As a clear, colorless fluid product, the modifier is easy to handle and offers excellent performance in all aqueous formulations like paints, adhesives and printing inks. DSX 3800 is free from VOCs, APEOs and heavy metals, which makes it ideal for use in environmentally sound paints and varnishes for both indoor and outdoor use. The product complements the DSX 3000 series and is effective with many resin types.

Sustainable, high-performance solutions

Customers in the paints, coatings and inks industry are becoming more demanding all the time. "Manufacturers are constantly trying to cut costs, while maintaining standards of performance and efficiency - and at the same time, environmental sustainability is also becoming increasingly important in Asia, as it has done elsewhere in the world," says Patrice Pinsard, Vice President Marketing and Business Development Functional Products. "Cognis Functional Products anticipated these shifts in demand, and offers solutions that make manufacturers' production processes more efficient and cost-effective, yet which are also environmentally sound."

About Cognis

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 7,700 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The subsidiary Pulcra Chemicals offers specialized chemical products and process expertise to customers in the fiber, textile, and leather industries. Cognis also holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world's leading manufacturers of oleochemicals. Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2006, Cognis recorded sales of 3.37 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 394 million euros.

Source: Cognis

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