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Cytec Introduces Silicone-Free Slip Additive to Enhance Performance of UV-Curable Overprint Varnishes in Europe

Published on 2005-12-15. Author : SpecialChem

Brussels -- Cytec announced that it has introduced in Europe a new silicone-free slip additive, designed to enhance the performance of UV-curable overprint varnishes.

The new additive - EBECRYL® 341 - targets the need in the graphics industry for overprint varnishes (OPVs) that provide slip, but still must be receptive to inks. Currently available slip additives contain silicone, an ingredient that dramatically decreases ink receptivity on surfaces.

In addition to being silicone-free, EBECRYL® 341 additive is UV-curable, and is highly compatible with existing UV- and EB curable formulations. As a result, the new additive allows ink manufacturers to formulate OPVs that cure instantly when exposed to ultraviolet light or an electron beam source, providing outstanding processing and finishing characteristics, with minimal impact on the environment. In development testing, EBECRYL® 341 was shown to impart excellent slip characteristics between cured coatings, and even more effective in certain cases than the silicone-based additives it replaced.

The new product is available today in commercial quantities, and can be ordered in 200-kilogram drums or 25-kilogram pails. Like all of the company's resins and additives, EBECRYL® 341 offers customers the advantages of Cytec's market-leading expertise in UV-curable coatings technology, including reliable quality and supply, competitive pricing, and compliance with statutory labeling requirements.

About Cytec

Cytec Industries is a specialty chemicals and materials technology company with pro-forma sales in 2004, including the Surface Specialties acquisition, of approximately $3.0 billion. Its growth strategies are based on developing technologically advanced customer solutions for global markets, including aerospace, coatings, mining, plastics and water treatment.

RADCURE® and EBECRYL® are trademarks

Source: Cytec Surface Specialties

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