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Cognis at Eurocoat 2006: focusing on performance chemicals working in harmony with nature

Published on 2006-08-31. Author : SpecialChem

At this year's Eurocoat trade show for the coatings industry to be held in Barcelona, Spain, on October 3 to 5, Cognis' Polymers, Coatings & Inks (PCI) business unit will be presenting market-ready concepts for a variety of industrial applications, including the company's award winning environmentally friendly Disponil® AFX surfactant systems and Perenol® S 57, a 100-percent active matter, silicone-based slip modifier and leveling agent for printing inks, coatings and paints. These are intended to provide Cognis' customers with solutions that combine superior performance, sustainability and convenience, while helping them to reduce costs.

Surfactants have proven their value in household detergents and cleansing products, as well as in technical applications, such as the manufacture of polymer dispersions. However, the alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) traditionally employed for this purpose are environmentally problematic, which has led to the European Union banning them from being used in many applications. Cognis will be presenting its Disponil AFX surfactant systems at the trade show, a high-performance, biodegradable alternative for use in a variety of technical applications. Disponil AFX is made from renewable raw materials and is comparable to APEs in terms of both cost-effectiveness and performance. Using such alternatives to APEs enables manufacturers of emulsion polymerization, paints and varnishes to comply with environmental regulations. The company has recently received recognition of the European chemical industry, in the form of the 2005/2006 environmental award from the Federation of German Industries (BDI) for its contribution to the sustainable development.

Highly efficient silicone-based additive

To satisfy growing demand for high-quality surface coatings and inks, Cognis has developed a new 100-percent silicone-based additive. Perenol S 57 significantly reduces the surface tension in UV-based systems, and provides excellent substrate wetting, even on critical substrates. The additive also improves surface slip which enhances scratch resistance in a variety of systems. Orange-peel effects can be reduced, increasing gloss values. Perenol S 57 is effective even in very low concentrations and can be used in UV-based systems, as well as in water- and solvent-borne coatings and inks.

Product performance and environmental compatibility - twin pillars of Cognis innovation strategy

Cognis' PCI business unit has identified sustainability, convenience and performance as trends where market requirements are becoming more exacting and has concentrated its innovation strategy on these fields. "With environmentally compatible production processes, and products that are ecologically superior and toxicologically safe in their application, we can offer our industrial customers solutions which they can use to carve out a lead for themselves, both on the manufacturing side and in their consumer markets," says Uwe Held, Technical Sales Functional Products. "At this year's Eurocoat, we will be presenting solutions that take into account the heightened environmental awareness of today's consumers, yet at the same time possess key quality attributes such as performance, convenience and ease of handling."

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 8,000 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 company 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 2005, Cognis recorded sales of 3.18 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 356 million euros.

Source: Cognis

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