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Reichhold, Inc. Introduces Beckosol AQ™ Alkyd Latex Resin Line for Coatings Applications

Published on 2007-09-28. Author : SpecialChem

Research Triangle Park, NC -- Reichhold, Inc. has introduced a groundbreaking new coatings resin technology in its Beckosol AQ™ line of alkyd latex. This technology is expected to revolutionize the way paint and coatings manufacturers formulate products for the next 10 years or longer.

Based on proprietary Reichhold technology, the Beckosol AQ line of products provides alkyd-like performance in a waterborne vehicle at zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Unlike many of its waterborne alkyd predecessors, Beckosol AQ delivers on both product performance and environmental compliance. This line of alkyd latex products provides formulated paint and coatings with performance as good as or better than conventional solvent borne alkyd or alkyd latex-based coatings, at VOC levels far below today's regulatory requirements.

Reformulating products to meet new VOC regulations can be expensive. With Beckosol AQ™, formulate just once! Reichhold is providing customers with the ability to escape the treadmill of reformulating each year to meet steadily tightening regulatory changes. Customers who employ BeckosolAQ alkyd latex resins will be able to far exceed today's VOC regulations and stay ahead of increased regulatory constraints for the next 10 to 15 years. With Beckosol AQ™, formulate once and be done with it!

The first two products commercially available from Reichhold's Beckosol AQ line are AQ 100 and AQ 200. Beckosol AQ 100 is a soya-based, long oil alkyd resin provided at 55% solids. Beckosol AQ 200 is soya-based, medium-oil alkyd resin, also provided at 55% solids. As soya-based products, BeckosolAQ resins are produced from renewable resources (soy beans) making this a truly "green" or environment-friendly technology. Beckosol AQ technology enables extraordinarily low VOC while utilizing less petrochemical feedstock raw materials than conventional latex products.

Architectural Applications

The Beckosol AQ line of products provides alkyd-like performance in a waterborne vehicle for flat, semi-gloss, gloss enamels and primers among other applications. Performance of enamels and primers based on Reichhold's Beckosol AQ resins is equal to or better than that of coatings based on conventional alkyd and latex resins.

"We believe Beckosol AQ will be a game-changing technology within the coatings industry," said Reichhold Chairman, President and CEO John Gaither.

"First and foremost, this family of resins provides the performance that coatings manufacturers and their customers have come to expect in alkyd-chemistry products," Gaither continued. "Secondly, the level of environmental compliance made possible with these products is comprehensive and far reaching."

"Where most resin technologies promise incremental improvements in lowering VOC levels, Beckosol AQ products are a quantum leap in this area," Gaither explained. "When we say, 'Formulate once and be done with it,' we're not exaggerating. These products will allow coatings manufacturers to leap frog years ahead of regulators and remain in compliance for years to come without constant reformulation, and without sacrificing performance in formulated coating products."

About Reichhold

Founded in 1927, Reichhold, with its world headquarters and technology center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, is the world’s largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins and a leading supplier of coating resins for the industrial, transportation, building and construction, marine, consumer and graphic arts markets. Reichhold has manufacturing operations throughout North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.

Source: Reichhold, Inc.


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