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Versamine S – series: the ideal choice for marine, protective and civil engineering epoxy coatings

Published on 2007-02-02. Author : SpecialChem

These days, coatings for marine and civil engineering applications are required to combine environmental compatibility with the level of performance that users have come to expect from conventional products. Cognis' patented Versamine® S range of curing agents do just that, enabling coatings manufacturers to develop high-solids epoxy coatings that are easy to apply and cure very quickly. They allow equipment to return to service sooner, while offering good chemical resistance and effective protection against corrosion.

Modern protective coatings for marine and civil engineering applications have to be able to stand up to application and use under extreme conditions. They must cure quickly in high-humidity and low-temperature environments, and offer excellent adhesion, even on imperfectly prepared substrates. Cognis' Versamine S range of curing agents (the "S" stands for "speed") uses a range of innovative technologies, facilitating the development of high-solids epoxy coatings that are easy to apply and cure quickly even at low temperatures. Moreover, in addition to this outstanding performance, Versamine S curing agents are also environmentally sound, have very low VOC emissions and comply with local applicable regulations. Versamine S technology represents a cost-effective option for both manufacturers and users, successfully combining a high level of protection with environmental sustainability and low toxicity.

As well as boasting fast curing properties, Versamine S curing agents also help users reduce their costs in a number of ways. The high-performance hardeners are extraordinarily efficient, and therefore allow Cognis customers to formulate coatings that offer high film build - which in turn reduces the number of coats that users need to apply. Moreover, coatings that incorporate Versamine S series develop hardness fast and have a shorter recoatability time. This combination of fast curing and a smaller number of coats means that the total time needed for the painting process is substantially reduced, and so the coated part can be returned to service sooner. In shipbuilding and construction projects, this can significantly improve the profitability.

Outstanding performance - come rain or shine

The excellent performance of these innovative hardeners means that users do not have to stop work during cold or rainy weather, increasing year-round throughput. Ships and engineering plants are very capital-intensive to build and maintain, so shipping and construction companies naturally want to reduce maintenance times to a minimum. And by using Versamine S curing agents, coatings manufacturers can help their customers to achieve precisely that.

Comments Shailesh Shah, Global Marketing Coatings and Construction of Cognis: "In industries like shipbuilding and civil engineering, time really is money. Our Versamine S curing agents help our customers to be at the cutting edge of protective and marine coatings technology. Paints with Versamine S hardeners can significantly accelerate the return to service of equipment, and so reduce the end users' downtime and operating costs. It goes without saying that these benefits are a big help to our customers - the coatings producers - in the marketing of their products."

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 8,000 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, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The company holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world's leading manufacturers of oleochemicals.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2005, Cognis recorded sales of 3.18 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 356 million euros.

Source: Cognis


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