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Rohm and Haas Drives FASTRACK¬ô Technology at the Paint and Research Association (PRA) Conference

Published on 2008-04-03. Author : SpecialChem

FRANKFURT, Germany -- This year's two-day Paint and Research Association (PRA) Conference focused on "Reducing the Environmental Impact." Rohm and Haas Company participated in the meeting, which covered developments related to the production and evaluation of new waterborne and high solids coatings.

Marking paints for pavement surfaces used on roads, airfields and parking lots have been around for over eighty years, but the technology has changed dramatically over that time period. There has been a continual shift in technology from the early days of oil-modified phenol-formaldehyde resins, to alkyds, chlorinated rubber and solvent-based materials to today's more environmentally advanced and higher performing waterborne acrylic traffic paints.

Speaking at the conference in Brussels in mid-March, Rohm and Haas's Distinguished Scientist, Don Schall, said, "The binder breakthrough which enabled the widespread use of waterborne paints was the invention of a pH triggered quick set mechanism for faster drying waterborne paints, especially under high humidity and low air flow conditions." This invention is known today as Rohm and Haas's FASTRACK™ technology.

Waterborne polymers continue to advance in terms of adhesion to surfaces and retention of reflective beads for night visibility. More recent progress has enabled the application of FASTRACK™ under near freezing temperatures. Reflective beads have advanced along with the paint binder, providing waterborne pavement marking systems with significantly improved visibility on wet surfaces.

Dr. Andrew Trapani, Technical Director of the Rohm and Haas Laboratories in Valbonne, added, "The environment, employee safety, and road safety all stand to benefit from the continuing improvements in waterborne pavement markings. We are proud of the role our FASTRACK™ technology has played in these advancements."

Volatile organic compounds can present a potential health threat to workers and the environment. FASTRACK's waterborne technology, emits greatly lower levels of VOCs than solventborne paints. FASTRACK™ has made its mark on highways running through environmentally sensitive areas of the world, such as Brazil's Pantanal, a wetland and wildlife refuge the size of the state of Colorado.

About Rohm and Haas Company:

Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The company's technologies are found in a wide range of industries including: Building and Construction, Electronics and Electronic Devices, Household Goods and Personal Care, Packaging and Paper, Transportation, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Water, Food and Food Related, and Industrial Process. Innovative Rohm and Haas technologies and solutions help to improve life every day, around the world. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company generated annual sales of approximately $8.9 billion in 2007.

Source: Rohm and Haas

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