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Bitrez to Manufacture New Series of ‘Green’ Epoxy Curing Agents

Published on 2020-03-17. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Natural-based Adhesives      Epoxy Adhesives    

Bitrez_Curing_AgentsBitrez will be manufacturing a new series of ‘green’ epoxy curing agents, Furalkamine grades under license from Chemical Process Services Ltd. CPS has researched and developed the new curing agents and a patent is pending.

New Form of Mannich Base Curing Agents

The Furalkamine range of polymers combat the withdrawal of conventional Mannich base grades prohibited in Europe under REACH regulations or due to inclusion of undesirable residual monomers.

Our new Furalkamine grades are a great example of how we lead the way in continually pushing the boundaries of chemistry to provide our customers with innovative bespoke solutions,” said Paul Jones, managing director for Bitrez and CPS.

The Furalkamines are a new form of Mannich base curing agents, derived from pentosane-rich biomass. Subsequent reaction with a variety of amines influences the processing characteristics and offers a new solution to low temperature cure and cure under adverse conditions, whilst maintaining regulatory compliance.

Ideal Curing Agents for Adhesives

These attributes make them ideal as the principal curing agent or modifiers for other curing agents in the formulation of solvent free or high solids, low VOC maintenance specialized marine coatings, flooring and adhesives.

These solutions fill the gaps generated by removal of products, like conventional Mannich base curing agents, from the marketplace due to regulatory changes,” said Jones.

Resin manufacturers were recently forced to withdraw or rationalize some conventional Mannich base curing agents from their product range because of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) compliance.

Our focus on regulatory compliance, sustainability and reduced hazard rating whilst providing the highest technical performance is one of the reasons why we are growing so rapidly,” said Jones.

The new series of Furalkamines have been designed to be compliant allowing continuity of supply in Europe. These epoxy hardeners are especially useful for formulating systems for protective coatings and civil engineering applications.

Source: Bitrez
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