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BASF introduces VARI-Cool® metal coating

Published on 2007-12-04. Author : SpecialChem

SOUTHFIELD, MI -- BASF Corporation has announced that it has introduced a new VARI-Cool line for the coil coatings market. VARI-Cool is a unique polychromatic paint coating that offers specifiers, architects, aluminum composite manufacturers and building owners design versatility and the ability to create the "wow factor" their projects deserve.

VARI-Cool is a premium fluoropolymer (PVDF), factory-applied, pearlescent coating system created on the foundation of Kynar® 500 or Hylar® 5000 resin. "These coatings are considered best-in-class and offer superior durability, color-fastness, and gloss retention," said Tom McKay, market development manager for BASF Industrial Coatings Solutions. VARI-cool utilizes effect pigments (commonly referred to as "interference pigments") made from SiO2 (silicon dioxide) platelets that are specially coated with metal oxides.

"These pigment particles create color travel, which allows VARI-Cool colors to change subtly depending on the viewing angle and on how light refracts across a particular area," explained McKay. BASF offers 17 standard "colors in motion" in six different color groupings.

Primary applications of VARI-Cool include metal roofing and wall panels, aluminum composite parts and accent trim, with possible future end-uses such as appliance, interior wall/ceiling systems and extrusion. Additionally, this new formulation adapts easily to classical or modern architectural designs. VARI-Cool coatings are not only beautiful and stimulating, but are the only coil-formed polychromatic coating that integrates the energy-saving ULTRA-Cool® technology.

As VARI-Cool is also ULTRA-Cool, it meets industry standards and regulations, including LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), and ENERGY STAR criteria for steep slope cool roofing; and contains all the other benefits associated with cool metal roofing (recyclability, fire and wind-resistance, energy-efficiency, etc.). VARI-Cool is the latest example of BASF's overall commitment to creating innovative, sustainable products. Kynar 500 is a registered trademark of Arkema, Inc., and Hylar 5000 is a registered trademark of Solvay Solexis.

BASF - The Chemical Company.

BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs more than 15,500 in North America and had sales of approximately $14.3 billion in 2006.

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 (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006.

Source: BASF

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