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Huntsman has Coatings Covered at ECS 2007

Published on 2007-03-15. Author : SpecialChem

Huntsman is returning to the European Coatings Show (ECS), Nürnberg, Germany with its largest stand and the most comprehensive range of chemistries and product solutions it has ever displayed for coating, paint, ink and adhesive formulators.

From 8-10 May 2007, technical and commercial experts from across four different divisions of the Huntsman business will be on hand at Nürnberg Messe (in Hall 4 at Stand 4-419) to discuss the latest advances in polyurethane, epoxy, methacrylate, titanium dioxide, surfactant, coalescing agents, pigment dispersion and other additives for coatings formulation. Each attending Huntsman division will promote new products and chemistries that highlight the breadth of the organisation's expertise and the steps it is taking to proactively address issues affecting European formulators, developers and product specialists.

In order to meet current and future environmental regulations in terms of VOC (volatile organic compound) for the coatings industry, Huntsman Advanced Materials has been investing heavily in compliant technologies that can be employed in a variety of end user markets. At ECS, the team will offer solutions such as waterborne, high solids, solvent free and powder technologies, consisting of resins, hardeners, accelerators, matting agents and crosslinkers - all of which are suited for heavy duty, ACE, transportation, marine and architecture markets. A paper on waterborne primer systems will be given at the product presentation sessions. And for construction, a new range of ARAFLOOR® binder systems will be introduced for flooring formulators which are designed to help reduce time and satisfy the rigorous requirements of today's flooring industry.

Huntsman Performance Products - a leading producer of amines, cyclic carbonates, surfactants and surfactant intermediates for industrial applications - will promote a range of new technologies at Nürnberg. Fresh research and development has enabled the creation of chemistries that offer both protective and architectural coating formulators a range of manufacturing and performance benefits. In the protective coatings arena, these include an innovative portfolio of JEFFLINK® chain extenders for polyurethane and polyurea elastomers plus a series of new secondary aliphatic JEFFAMINE® SD amines for the formulator's toolbox.

In the area of architectural coatings, developments include: a new amine neutraliser which can be used to adjust and control the pH of latexes as well as assisting with dispersion and stabilisation; EMPIMIN® novel technologies for APE replacement; plus a new coalescing agent, classified as non-VOC, which is suitable for use with a wide variety of latexes including high-pH acrylics. A technical paper will be presented at the Ink Makers Forum outlining the benefits of a new range of speciality polymeric JEFFSPERSE® dispersants, which are designed for use in acqueous printing inks, industrial coatings and pigment concentrates.

Representatives from Huntsman Pigments will promote innovations within the company's TIOXIDE® portfolio - a world leading brand of titanium dioxide pigments that provides brilliant whiteness, opacity and protection to an enormous range of coatings applications. Products under the spotlight will include: TIOXIDE® TR81 pigment which delivers brilliant whiteness and super durability to industrial coatings; TIOXIDE® TR85 pigment which is designed specifically for low VOC decorative paints, offering rapid wetting and dispersion plus a very high gloss finish; and TIOXIDE® R-XL pigment which provides outstanding opacity, tinting strength and colour for matt emulsion paints.

Further representing Huntsman Pigments, Scott Wright, Customer Solutions Manager, will address ECS congress delegates about the future of titanium dioxide pigments. His presentation will discuss whether modern pigments are approaching the theoretical limits of optical performance and demonstrate how improving in-process performance can provide significant manufacturing, cost and conversion benefits for pigment users worldwide.

The team from Huntsman Polyurethanes will also unveil new concepts for two-pack VOC-free coatings. The products are based on Huntsman's low viscous polyisocyanates and caster oil polyols from Alberdingk Boley - a producer of water-based systems for coatings and finishings on all substrates. The products are the result of a collaboration between the two companies that addresses the needs of industrial flooring customers throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Additionally, Ian Rimmer, Commercial Manager Coatings EAME for Huntsman Polyurethanes, has been invited to speak on 'The Chemistry of Polyurethanes Coatings', at a pre-congress tutorial on Monday 7th May at 08.30 hrs in the Congress Centre of the Nürnberg fairground. Ian's tutorial will review relevant polyisocyanates and polyols and discuss how different combinations are suitable for an array of coating applications.

About Huntsman

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 14,000 employees and over 75 operations in 24 countries. The Company had 2005 revenues of $13 billion.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. In addition, completion of transactions of the type described in this release is subject to a number of uncertainties and to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements among the parties and closing will be subject to approvals and other customary conditions. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the transactions will be completed or that the company's expectations will be realized. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws. For additional information, please see our current report on form 8-K filed on the date hereof concerning the same subject matter.

Source: Huntsman

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