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The Environmentally Sound Cognis "Green" Photomer™ Range: Sustainable UV/EB Technology

Published on 2009-01-08. Author : SpecialChem

MONHEIM -- Reactive monomers and oligomers are key ingredients in energy-curable inks and radiation-curable coatings, which are often used for industrial applications where fast processing of coated parts is essential for high productivity. The newly compiled Cognis "Green" Photomer™ range offers coatings and graphic arts industries a comprehensive selection of products based on natural, renewable raw materials.

Cognis is one of the leading manufacturers of UV acrylate monomers and oligomers. The "Green" Photomer brand offers a broad range of reactive diluents, epoxy and polyester acrylates which contain as much as 84% renewable ingredients and include 100% solvent-free solutions providing both environmental soundness and effectiveness across a range of applications: The "Green" Photomer range is suitable for ultra-violet/electron-beam-curable (UV/EB) coatings, lacquers and litho, screen and flexographic inks. Properties such as reactivity, compatibility, degree of wetting and solubility are tailored to the application and substrates (wood, plastics, metals etc.) in question.

Says Simon Poulton, Global Product Group Manager: "Cognis' 'Green' Photomer range offers customers tailor-made solutions that combine performance and sustainability. The new 'Green Photomer Acrylates' information pack is available and our in-house experts will help select the most appropriate Photomer products that best meet customer needs."

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 6,000 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, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2007, Cognis recorded sales of about 2.8 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 360 million euros.

Source: Cognis

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