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Bayer MaterialScience Develops Imprafix® 2794 XP, a Cross-linker for Coating of Textiles

Published on 2013-02-22. Author : SpecialChem

LEVERKUSEN -- With the polyurethane dispersion Imprafix® 2794 XP, Bayer MaterialScience has developed a high-performance crosslinking agent for the coating of temperature-sensitive textile fibers. One example is elastic polyamide fibers, which are used most frequently in swimwear and athletic attire, but also in outerwear, underwear, panty hose and shoes. The blocking agent in the dispersion enables formulations with an extremely long pot life, meaning that they can be stored almost indefinitely before they are used.

On the other hand, temperatures of around only 125 °C are sufficient for deblocking and initiating the crosslinking process. Such formulations can therefore be used to coat elastic polyamide fibers, without damaging them. "Conventional blocked crosslinking agents require a higher temperature of 150 °C, at which such textile fibers experience a loss of elasticity," explains Thomas Michaelis, a Textile Coatings Expert at Bayer MaterialScience.

Coatings based on the Impranil® line of polyurethane dispersions and the new polyisocyanate dispersion adheres extremely well to textile fabrics. They improve the fabric's scratch resistance and make it very resistant to abrasion. Such coatings are also extremely resistant to dry cleaning and washing. Because of the long pot life, formulations based on Imprafix® 2794 XP can be used flexibly with respect to time and as needed in the production of textiles and synthetic leather.

The new cross-linker also offers advantages for applications beyond the textile industry. The baking coating of perfume bottles or fine dining glassware is usually performed at temperatures above 180 °C. With many conventionally blocked cross-linkers, deblocking at such temperatures is associated with clearly perceptible yellowing. Not so with the new product, in which the isocyanate groups are blocked with dimethylpyrazole (DMP). The decorative coatings produced are dishwasher-safe and lightfast.

Imprafix® 2794 XP is also an alternative to other polyisocyanate cross-linkers for baking coatings used in automotive OEM coating applications. Formulations based on the new cross-linker can be applied as a filler, for example, and offer good protection against mechanical loads and stone chipping.

About Bayer MaterialScience

With 2011 sales of EUR 10.8 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world's largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2011, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,800 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

Forward looking statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Source: Bayer MaterialScience

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