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European Coatings Award 2007 goes to BASF

Published on 2007-05-10. Author : SpecialChem

BASF AG has received the European Coatings Award 2007. BASF researchers were awarded the prestigious prize for the new AQAGloss binder for high-gloss water-based coatings in Nuremberg. The prize is presented every two years on the eve of the European Coatings Show (ECS), Europe's leading trade fair for paints and coatings, and goes to the best scientific presentation of new product technologies.

European Coatings Award 2007 goes to BASF

BASF's presentation of AQAGloss at the ECS show cases an innovation in the field of water-based coatings. "AQAGloss is a brand-new dispersion-based binder for the manufacture of high gloss water-based coatings and thus a genuine alternative to conventional solvent-based architectural coatings", explained Jan-Peter Sander, head of BASF's Adhesive and Construction Polymers regional business unit and thus responsible for the architectural coatings business in Europe. The product's advantage? Paints based on AQAGloss can already meet the environmental standards of the future (EU Directive 2004/42/EC and emissions tests based on the guidelines of Germany's Committee for Health-Related Evaluation of Building Products - AgBB), since thanks to their environmentally friendly properties they contain only small amounts of film-forming auxiliaries. In addition, they contain no heavy metals (driers).

AQAGloss also introduces new possibilities for processing. It forms a crystal-clear, tack-free film at room temperature and is extremely easy to apply. The advantages it offers users are haze-free, high-gloss surfaces previously associated only with solvent-based alkyd resin coatings. Whereas the flow and leveling properties of conventional acrylate coatings can barely match the performance of solvent-based systems, AQAGloss produces paint formulations whose rheological behavior meets the requirements of professionals too. "With AQAGloss, we are offering our customers a first-class product, which along with its innovative and environmentally friendly features is also easy to apply. This will enable us to further expand our leading position in sustainable, water-based dispersions for architectural coatings and to set new standards", emphasized Dr. Frauke Richter, head of marketing for Polymers for Architectural Coatings at BASF.

Other innovative binders in our portfolio

Binders for coatings are classic BASF products. They ensure gloss, mechanical stability or the necessary adhesion of the paint to the respective surface. For large-volume applications such as interior paints, facade coatings or outdoor plasters, BASF's water-based polymer dispersions, for example Acronal® S 790 or Acronal 290 D, have proven their worth for many years.

Along with AQAGloss, BASF is also exhibiting other innovative binders and coating additives in Hall 4, booth 4-113, at the ECS 2007: The new generation of the nanotechnology-based COL.9® binder ensures dirt resistance and color retention on facades. Its principle? During the production of COL.9, inorganic nanoparticles are incorporated homogeneously into organic polymer particles of water-based dispersions. They then form a three-dimensional network in the facade coating which ensures an extremely hard and hydrophilic surface and a good balance between moisture protection and water vapor transmission.

A cost-effective and top-quality alternative to other rheological additives is the new Latekoll® DS 6269 additive. Just small amounts of this so-called HASE (hydrophobic modified acrylic swellable emulsion) lead to a sharp increase in viscosity in dispersion paints and plasters. The result is excellent coatability.

As a major supplier to the architectural coatings and the construction chemicals industry, BASF develops, produces and markets polymer dispersions, powders and solutions based on acrylates, styrene and butadiene worldwide. They are used, for example, to manufacture plasters, finishing systems and compounds, advanced super concrete plasticizers, roof coatings and ceramic tile adhesives. They act as binding agents in paints and coatings. BASF's special strengths lie in its high-performance research, development and applications technology. The business is part of the Functional Polymers division in BASF's performance products segment.


BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion in 2006. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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