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AGM signs distribution agreement with Rayoung Chemtech Inc., Taiwan

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Rayoung Chemtech Inc. (Headquarters, Taipei, Taiwan). The partnership will extend AGM’s commercial reach directly into the region’s liquid resins, coatings, composites and polymers sectors.

Founded in 2008, Rayoung Chemtech Inc. has always been committed to delivering high performance specialty chemicals and shares AGM’s vision for helping customers improve material performance and strengthen product competitiveness. The distribution agreement will see the two companies collaborate on customer opportunities and introduce AGM’s proprietary Genable graphene dispersion technology into the Taiwanese coatings and composites market.

In addition to its own commercial hubs in the U.K. and the United States, AGM now has distribution agreements with local expert chemicals and coatings distributors in a growing number of export markets. As a result, AGM has achieved excellent regional coverage providing detailed customer understanding and appreciation of graphene’s potential.

Adrian Potts, AGM CEO commented:
“I am really pleased to welcome Rayoung Chemtech Inc. to the commercial team, in line with our strategy to continue expanding our distributor footprint. We believe that the key to graphene’s continued commercialisation is to combine innovative materials technology with a local customer approach that presents the practical advantages of use and the true potential of graphene dispersions in their applications. We look forward to working with the highly motivated team at Rayoung Chemtech Inc. to take advantage of the many opportunities in the Taiwanese market.”

Ray Chung from Rayoung Chemtech Inc. commented:
“AGM is a world-leading graphene material innovator and dispersions manufacturer and through their advanced technology, we see the vision, potential and great possibilities for supporting the development of a wide spread of industries. We are very happy to become AGM’s partner and jointly introduce new materials that can be practically applied to the Taiwan market. I believe that we can bring higher value to the industry chain and create a better future together, just as Rayoung Chemtech believes in “Better Chemistry, Better Life!”

 

Graphene-enhanced coating successfully developed for Indian power transmission assets

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is pleased to announce that Stanvac-Superon Group, the India-based manufacturer of industrial repair and maintenance solutions, has introduced a speciality conductive coating incorporating AGM’s Genable dispersed graphene materials, for use on industrial power transmission equipment.

Following successful development and testing, the new protective, conductive coating incorporating AGM’s high-quality A-GNP35 graphene dispersions will reduce contact resistance in coated copper and aluminium electrical cable joints to reduce the power lost over the connection. Using the graphene-based 8079 (A) Power-Plus coating, a 30-50% reduction in contact power loss is achieved, offering significant energy savings over time.

The first customer application is well-underway and is expected to reach approval shortly. Stanvac-Superon Group expects the product to be used for power transmission, electrical distribution, and railways, as well as other high energy consumers such as steel mills, smelters, and refineries.

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM said:
“Our easy-to-use graphene dispersions have again been successfully incorporated into high performance coatings applications, and enabled our customer to achieve a 30-50% improvement in their product’s performance. This once again reflects the success of AGM’s approach to customer engagement and customer product development. Combining our expertise in formulating and dispersing nanomaterials, we deliver a customised solution to achieve excellent performance gains in customer products.
We look forward to end-user approvals and long-term revenues from the successful deployment of this coating product in India and throughout Stanvac’s export networks.”

Sanjay Mehra, Managing Director of Stanvac-Superon Group said:
“We are indeed impressed with the performance of the AGM graphene dispersions and thank them for all their technical support and assistance in this development”

AGM Wins Funding to Further Expand Inhouse Capabilities

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is pleased to announce the implementation of a key component of its technology roadmap following a successful grant application supported by the Tees Valley Business Growth Fund (TVBGF), which supports SMEs in the Tees Valley to grow their business, improve productivity and stimulate local growth.

After a decade in business, AGM has seen growth in many areas and has expanded its inhouse capabilities to meet increasing demand for its graphene nanoplatelet technology. The installation of a new paint and coatings spray booth facility using the funding secured will facilitate accelerated internal research and customer developments, offer additional specialist training opportunities for staff, and enable AGM to complete projects even more efficiently and with a broader scope.

Growth Fund grant programmes can provide a significant contribution towards the expansion of regional SMEs and can help them to compete on a national and an international level. The funding opportunity identified by AGM through the Tees Valley Combined Authority has resulted in around £47,500 being awarded to the Company.

The Tees Valley Business Growth Fund is managed by Tees Valley Business, which is the local growth hub for the Tees Valley, established by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority. The fund is receiving support from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The latest addition to AGM’s facility based at The Wilton Centre, Redcar, will supplement the UK manufacturer’s existing comprehensive coatings capabilities and rigorous testing processes. AGM customers have direct access to its graphene dispersion expertise through its innovation accelerator programme, offering a unique end-to-end service for customer project development.

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said:
“It is brilliant that the Tees Valley Business Growth Fund is helping this innovative manufacturer to accelerate its world-leading research and development, and to create sustainable solutions for graphene use in the industrial products of the future.
“Once again our local businesses are at the cutting edge of industry and AGM, based on the Wilton site, is the latest in a long line of firms to share good news on the ground-breaking work going on right here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.”

For more information visit the AGM website: https://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com/

Dragons’ Den Innovator Introduces New Graphene-Based Detailer

[REDCAR, UK, 18th May 2021] — Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM) is delighted to announce that its partnership with a leading innovator in the cycling market, Tru-Tension, has resulted in the launch of a brand new detailing spray enhanced with AGM’s graphene nanoplatelet technology.

UK-based Tru-Tension designs and manufactures products for biking enthusiasts, from tools and cleaning products for commuters and adventure riders, to lubricants and accessories for high performance motorcycle racing. Following a programme of in-house research and testing, the manufacturer claims that the new formulation enhanced with AGM’s industry-leading Genable® graphene dispersion technology delivers extended performance benefits.

Since successfully securing a substantial investment from retail guru Touker Suleyman on BBC’s Dragons’ Den back in 2018, Tru-Tension has grown from strength to strength, expanding its range of high-quality bike maintenance solutions. Tru-Tension suggests the graphene-based spray offers an unrivalled high gloss finish that also acts as a protective layer to leave paintwork glistening, and that the newly formulated hydrophobic coating also reduces dirt build-up to make future cleaning easier.

The Graphene Bike Detailer product represents a further milestone for both companies in bringing graphene nanoplatelet-based products to the wider market. The brand is now available to purchase in Halfords and many other national retailers, as well as through the Tru-Tension website: https://www.tru-tension.co.uk/

Working with industry pioneers like Tru-Tension, AGM continues to realise the benefits of graphene for detailing product applications. This latest product launch represents another example of how the incorporation of the Company’s unique graphene dispersion technology can transform customers’ products and help manufacturers to stand out in the car and bike care market. Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, said:

“It is a pleasure to see yet another product enhanced with AGM’s graphene dispersions coming to market. Our graphene products have demonstrated exceptional performance in an increasingly broad range of applications, made possible thanks to our focus on delivering graphene nanoplatelets in a format that makes them easy to adopt in practical applications. This approach continues to deliver new customer product momentum for innovative companies like Tru-Tension. The development of our relationship with Tru-Tension is exciting and I look forward to seeing the commercial results of their current and future cutting-edge product launches.”

Chris Frappell, Founder of Tru-Tension, commented:

“It has been great working with AGM’s team to create our new Graphene Bike Detailer. The unrivalled formulation and hydrophobic performance of the graphene delivers a world leading bike detailer with a shine that reduces the build-up of dirt. This addition to our diverse range allows us to continue to deliver market leading products, for motorcycles and

bicycles, at the forefront of what is capable with technology. We look forward to working with AGM on future products and continuing to push the boundaries and performance of our products.”

For more information on how graphene dispersions could enhance your new product, call AGM on +44(0) 1642 438214, email info@appliedgraphehnematerials.com or go to www.appliedgraphenematerials.com.

AGM to Showcase Latest Technology at Key Industry Events

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is pleased to announce that it will be taking part in two events over the coming months across its key market sectors. AGM plans to showcase the Company’s latest technological developments in graphene dispersion capabilities at two events: JEC Composites Connect and CoatingsTech Conference.

The AGM team will be showcasing its graphene nanoplatelet dispersions for polymer and composite applications at JEC Composites Connect, an event which will bring together key industry players across the composites community to discuss global trends and new technologies being brought to market. With the correct incorporation through advanced materials engineering, AGM’s graphene nanoplatelets can offer composite materials improved mechanical properties, such as fracture toughness and durability, as well as enabling weight reduction across a variety of applications. Innovative collaboration projects have ranged from next-generation cryogenic pressure tanks, to automotive body panels and ocean fishing rods.

The event is taking place in digital format on June 1-2, and more information is available at https://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com/agm-joins-new-virtual-event-for-the-composites-industry/

Focused on the application of AGM’s graphene dispersions, the Company will also be presenting on Tuesday 29th June at CoatingsTech conference, which is hosted by the American Coatings Association (ACA). AGM will deliver a technical presentation on the formulation of graphene dispersions for water-based coatings and their anti-corrosion benefits. The conference will be centred on the theme of “Essential Coatings Technology: Supporting Tomorrow’s Sustainable Development Challenges Today” and will feature the latest science and technology developments from industry experts, coatings professionals and leading innovators, as they address current and future market challenges.

The two-day in-person conference will take place in Pittsburgh USA. Registration for the event and more information about the ACA’s work is available at: https://www.paint.org/aca-events/coatings-tech-conference/

Car care customer launches two innovative graphene-based sealants

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, announces that its customer, Constellation Chemicals, has launched two new sealants in its car detailing product range enhanced with AGM’s graphene nanoplatelet technology.

The two products, Parallax, a graphene-enhanced ceramic sealant and Gravity, a graphene-enhanced snow sealant, launch following a programme of research and testing by Constellation Chemicals. The growing UK-based manufacturer of car care products claims that they offer performance enhancements such as hydrophobicity, chemical resistance to acid rain, road salt and bird lye and produce excellent durability, gloss, water repellence and beading.

The new product launches demonstrate further progress in the incorporation of AGM’s industry leading Genable® graphene nanoplatelet dispersions for the car care market. Working in partnership with forward-looking players in the industry such as Constellation Chemicals, ensures AGM can continue to drive graphene innovation in car detailing applications with its customers.

The new sealants have gained significant interest from customers and are available to order at: https://constellationchemicals.com/

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, commented:

“We are pleased to have been able to work with the team at Constellation Chemicals to bring these two new highperformance products to market. It is a further demonstration of the ease of use of AGM’s carefully formulated graphene dispersions in our customers’ product formulations. We look forward to these new products gaining greater customer interest in the innovative protective car care coatings sector, and to further opportunities to collaborate with Constellation Chemicals on future products.”

Gian Franco Totis, Managing Director of Constellation Chemicals, added:
“The release of our two graphene infused products this month has been a major milestone for Constellation Chemicals.
With graphene being the new buzz word on the detailing scene we wanted to get ahead of the competition. Working with AGM’s Genable® range we quickly managed to formulate two products which have exceeded our expectations.
These products offer some great characteristics for the automotive industry including corrosion and chemical resistance, gloss enhancement and heat dissipation.
We are excited to have been able to release two brand new graphene-enhanced car care products – our ceramic sealant “Parallax”, and our snow sealant “Gravity”. Following months of research and development this success has only been possible thanks to the insights and support from the team at AGM.”

For further information, please contact:

Applied Graphene Materials +44 (0) 1642 438 214 Andy Gent, Commercial Director Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer David Blain, Chief Financial Officer

N+1 Singer +44 (0) 207 496 3000 Peter Steel / Amanda Gray

Allenby Capital Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 203 328 5656 Nick Athanas / Liz Kirchner (Corporate Finance) Matt Butlin / Kelly Gardiner (Sales and Corporate Broking) Hudson Sandler +44 (0) 207 796 4133 Charlie Jack / Emily Dillon

Take a closer look at silicate-based masonry paints

Durable and environmentally friendly, silicate paints are growing in popularity with forward-looking manufacturers and it’s not hard to see why.

The multiple benefits offered by silicate coating technology make silicate systems ideal to meet challenging modern demands. In particular, they offer significant environmental benefits as they are solvent free and not based on petrochemical raw materials. What’s more, the chemical reaction that takes place between the binder and the masonry substrate makes the paint more durable, requiring less frequent re-application.

With 125 years’ experience with alkali silicates, our key supply partner Woellner has spent the past 50 years undertaking intense application-oriented research in the water-based coatings sector. Its Betolin® system uses high-quality silicate binders and formulation additives to deliver water-based coatings with the following advantages:
• Storable, stable ready-to-use formulations
• Advantageous application properties on most substrates
• Strengthening of weathered or sandy mineral substrates
• Excellent water vapour permeability as a result of the open pore character of the cured coatings
• Low VOC content
• Positive fire protection character
• Good colour stability
• Typically low dirt pick up to exhibit self-cleaning behaviour
• Long-term stability even in combination with photo catalytic materials
• Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications for new and old buildings.

To find out more about Woellner’s products or to discuss your specific needs, please contact Michael Austin at Blagden on 01959 560804 or email.

What is Ellipsometry?

Ellipsometry measures a change in polarisation as light reflects or transmits from a material structure. The polarisation change is represented as an amplitude ratio, Ψ, and the phase difference, Δ. The measured response depends on optical properties and thickness of individual materials. Thus, ellipsometry is primarily used to determine film thickness and optical constants. However, it is also applied to characterise composition, crystallinity, roughness, doping concentration, and other material properties associated with a change in optical response.

Since the 1960s, as ellipsometry developed to provide the sensitivity necessary to measure nanometer-scale layers used in microelectronics, interest in ellipsometry has grown steadily. Today, the range of its applications has spread to the basic research in optical coating, physical sciences, semiconductor and data storage solutions, flat panel display, communication, biosensor industries. This widespread use is explained by increased dependence on thin films in many areas and the flexibility of ellipsometry to measure most material types: biological coatings, composites of materials, dielectrics, semiconductors, metals, superconductors and organics.  Find out more about J A Woollam at https://youtu.be/szkqdcoclkQ.  The UK Distributor, Quantum Design UK hold annual workshops which include an introduction, fundamentals of ellipsometric data analysis, and an overview of ellipsometric applications in both research and production.  Contact Angela Carslake for more information on the next workshop and register your interest.

alpha SE Spectroscopic Ellipsometer

J A Woollam alpha SE Spectroscopic Ellipsometer –
for spectral range of 380-900 nm

For routine measurements of thin film thickness and refractive index, this ellipsometer allows you to mount a sample, choose the model that matches your film, and press “measure”. You have results within seconds.

With fast measurement speed and push-button operation, the alpha-SE® is ideal for qualifying thin films. Single-layer dielectrics on silicon or glass substrates can be measured in seconds.

Coatings on Glass:  Patented technology allows accurate measurements on any substrate: metal, semiconductor, or glass. On transparent substrates, the alpha-SE® measures depolarisation to correct for light returning from the backside of the substrate. This unwanted light can confuse other ellipsometers, but the alpha-SE® ensures accurate optical constants.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use:  Push-button operation is complemented by advanced software that takes care of the work for you
  • Proven spectroscopic ellipsometer technology gives you both thickness and index with much higher certainty than other techniques
  • Works with your materials – dielectrics, semiconductors, organics, and more
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometry for simple sample systems
  • Hundreds of wavelengths simultaneously collected in seconds for immediate results

Quantum Design represent J A Woollam in the UK and Ireland.  Please contact Shayz Ikram for more information on the alpha-SE ellipsometer.

Introduction to the alpha-SE Spectroscopic Ellipsometer

Infinity Wax Launches Second Graphene-Enhanced Product

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM) is pleased to announce that its customer, Infinity Wax, a major manufacturer of car care products in Europe, has launched a second car care product enhanced with the Company’s graphene technology. Using AGM’s industry leading Genable® graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, Infinity Wax has launched Graphene Wax, a new generation of high-performance car wax. Infinity Wax launched the new Graphene Wax on 28 January 2021, following the success its ground-breaking QDX Graphene Detailing Spray launched during Q4 2020. The new product offers outstanding water beading and sheeting properties as a result of increased hydrophobicity, resulting in long term paint protection. Graphene Wax makes it easy to wipe away dirt, enabling car owners to achieve a professional wax shine. The new wax product is the result of an extensive evaluation and testing programme between Infinity Wax and AGM. Infinity Wax expects to see significant customer interest in the new product, as was seen in the launch of its QDX Detailing Spray in 2020, where initial stocks sold faster than anticipated and attracted interest from a number of specialist journals and forums for car groups. The Graphene Wax product is available to car owners directly from www.infinitywax.com and at a growing network of car detailing shops across the UK and Europe. Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, said:

“We are proud to have been able to work with the Infinity Wax team on the development of a further performanceenhancing product for the car care sector which incorporates our graphene dispersion technology. We are delighted to see a second graphene product launch for our customer and we look forward to seeing this product’s success in the market, and how this translates into revenue growth for both AGM and Infinity Wax. This product once again demonstrates the effectiveness of AGM’s approach to close collaboration with our customers, which has delivered an optimum outcome with the deployment of our graphene dispersions.” Mike Cipriani, Founder of Infinity Wax, commented:

“The launch of our second graphene fortified car care product in less than 12 months has been a significant milestone for Infinity Wax. AGM has been instrumental to our R&D process through technical support and a reliable supply of raw material.

The use of Genable® dispersions in our latest product, an automotive paste wax, has allowed us to push the performance of our synthetic wax technology beyond what has previously been possible while also allowing the product to be beginner friendly with effortless ease of use, something rarely seen in these types of highly durable waxes. The success of our first product, QDX Graphene, a water-based quick detail spray, has set a precedent and given a great deal of confidence to our customers using these products, but also for our new and existing distribution partners, who have also benefited from the product’s success. This is echoed by the launch of our new wax product, where 77% of the manufactured stock sold within 24 hours.”

 

If you would like to discuss how you can benefit from Graphene, please contact AGM here

Press Releases

BCF calls for further changes to UK REACH after small step in the right direction

The British Coatings Federation has welcomed recent proposed changes to the forthcoming UK REACH regime as a small but welcome step in the right direction. However, it has also warned that these changes alone will not be enough to prevent the coatings sector – and wider chemicals industry – from being hit hard financially under the new post-Brexit regime. This is because it does still not resolve the underlying, inherent problems with the proposed UK REACH system namely duplication of the EU REACH system and re-registration of all substances in a new database. It is this wholesale re-registration – including full data dossiers duplicating registrations already held in the EU REACH system – which will prove so bureaucratic, burdensome, and costly to business.

The easiest and seemingly best way to avoid this wholesale duplication would be for the UK and EU to negotiate a data-sharing agreement as part of the ongoing Free Trade Agreement talks. This would potentially mean the UK regulator would maintain access to data already registered in the EU REACH database and avoid it having to be re-registered in the new UK REACH system. The BCF fully supports the UK Government’s attempts to achieve this result as part of the FTA talks.

However, if that data-sharing outcome is not achieved as part of an FTA, the Government needs to go further and initiate greater changes to the proposed UK REACH system. The time extension for substance registrations simply spreads the cost of the registration requirements over a longer period: it does not reduce the overall cost to business. Those additional costs will still make it uneconomic for some lower quantity substances to be registered in the UK REACH database, making them unavailable in the UK and leaving UK companies at a significant disadvantage to their EU counterparts. Alternatively, UK businesses will have to take on the registration costs themselves to maintain access to crucial substances, again putting them at a competitive disadvantage.

Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation said:

“Along with others we have been actively and positively engaged in conversations with the UK Government for well over a year. It is good to see that the Government has listened to the genuine concerns industry has raised and amended their plans for UK REACH. However, while we welcome the changes as a step in the right direction, sadly we do not believe the scale of the amendments are enough to offset the large costs and inconveniences UK business will suffer at the hands of UK REACH system as it stands.

“We hope that a data-sharing agreement on chemicals can be negotiated between the UK and EU as part of an FTA, and fully support the Government as it continues to work for that outcome: it would seem to be the most practical solution to this problem. However, if such an agreement does not come to pass then we hope the Government will continue to engage with, and listen to, the continued concerns of industry. Ultimately, we hope they realise we are not crying wolf over the impact of UK REACH on companies using chemicals like the paint, coatings and printing ink industries, and agree to make further amendments to their plans that will mitigate the effect of the new UK regulatory system on business.”

Self-healing additives for improved corrosion resistance and coating adhesion after damage

Autonomic Materials is the recognized leader in self-healing additive technology for high-performance coatings, adhesives and sealants.  For a broad range of coating applications, from consumer to heavy industrial, Autonomic’s products impart unparalleled corrosion resistance, adhesion enhancement and extended service life after damage.

SELF-HEALING COATINGS FOR IMPROVED SUBSTRATE PROTECTION

Autonomic’s self-healing technology repairs coating damage immediately after it occurs. Autonomic’s microencapsulated additives are compatible with most solventborne, waterborne and powder coatings and provide improved protection to metals, wood, concrete, plastic, composite and other substrates. Three series of products are available in both wet and dry form:

  • Amparmor 1000 – Dual capsule system based on reactive silicone polymers with ability to cure under water
  • Amparmor 2000 – Single capsule system based on solvent-promoted cure of epoxy resins
  • Amparmor 3000 – Single capsule system based on oxygen-initiated cross-linking of functionalized alkyd resins

HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS

GENERAL APPLICATION GUIDELINES

AMPARMOR microcapsules are not recommended for addition to fully formulated coatings. Some degree of coating reformulation is typically required, including:

  • Adjustment of pigment volume concentration
  • Adjustment of pigment size distribution
  • Adjustment of resin chemistry to achieve desired Tg
  • Proper selection of dispersing aids

Autonomic’s self-healing microcapsules are stable under typical storage conditions. Caution must be exercised when incorporating capsules into coating formulations as excess shear and/or grinding may cause capsules to rupture.

 

  • For liquid coatings, the addition of microcapsules is recommended during the letdown stage.
  • For powder coatings, capsules should be added as a dry blend after extrudate grinding.

 

PRODUCT SELECTION GUIDES FOR COATING

CONTACT US

DKSH Great Britain Ltd. is distributor for Autonomic Materials in the United Kingdom.

For more information on these innovative products, contact Richard Nathan, Sales Manager, Speciality Chemicals Industry, DKSH Great Britain at richard.nathan@dksh.com, phone: +44 20 8879 5500

 

ABOUT DKSH

DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. The Group helps companies to grow across the Business Units Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Performance Materials and Technology. The service portfolio covers sourcing, market insights, marketing and sales, eCommerce, distribution and logistics as well as after-sales services. Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, the Group operates in 36 markets with 33,350 specialists, generating net sales of CHF 11.6 billion in 2019. With its Swiss heritage, DKSH has been deeply rooted in Asia Pacific since 1865. The DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials distributes specialty chemicals and ingredients for food, pharmaceutical, personal care and various industrial applications. With 46 innovation centers and regulatory support worldwide, we create cutting-edge formulations that comply with local regulations. With around 1,100 specialists, the Business Unit generated net sales of CHF 1.0 billion in 2019. Learn more: www.dksh.com/pm

Siltech – Silicone Amines for Coatings

Silicone amine polymers are an interesting category of materials within silicone chemistry.
They tend to provide the very best handle and softness to textile substrates.
They are also quite hydrophobic, so are used in applications such as car care.
They can additionally be used as reactive components in resins.

Broadly speaking, there are 5 categories at Siltech, as follows:

1 – Aminoethyl aminopropyl-based, with structure as shown:

“a” and “b” can be varied.  Silamine 2972 and Silamine MUE are good examples within this product group.

2 – Reactive amino-functional prepolymers, with structures as shown below:

There are a multitude of types, and these can be co-reacted into coatings and resins in order to provide flexibility and add impact resistance.

3 – Silicone polyether amines, as shown here:

In this case, the aminoethyl aminopropyl groups are “solubilised” with polyether groups.  For example, Silamine D208 EDA is water-soluble.  These types are also reactive (carbinol functional), and a, b, c, d and e can be varied.

4 – Silicone alkyl amines have alkyl groups in addition to the amine functionality, in order to improve organo-compatibility. Silamine T-97 is one example, and Siltech has made a series of these products.

5 – Fluorosilicone amines are niche, but Silmer NHF Di-H1 is one example, which has pendant fluoro groups and terminal allyl amines.

Please contact dave.wilson@siltech.com

Siltech – Silicone Film Formers for Coating Applications

Siltech Film Formers are designed to coalesce and react on hard surfaces such as concrete, porcelain, wood, countertops, or rubber, and flexible surfaces such as fabric, paper or leather.

The products are all provided in dispersible or dilutable emulsion form.

Typical properties include:

  • Release
  • Slip
  • Anti-squeak
  • Anti-stain
  • Softness
  • Hydrophobing
  • Gloss
  • Flexibility

Here’s a table which summarises the various types:

Please contact dave.wilson@siltech.com

Siltech – Using SilmerTM Reactive Silicones to Modify Coatings

Silicon and Carbon are the in same column of the Periodic Table, and so the chemistries of Si and C are very closely related.  Siltech builds upon this similarity in the “Silmer”TM reactive line of products, in order to manufacture numerous functionalised pre-polymers.  The resultant silicones can be co-reacted into analogous non-silicone systems in order to improve slip, flexibility, abrasion resistance, release, and hydrophobicity.

 

In the most general terms, the SilmerTM reactive pre-polymers are either multi-functional or linear di-functional, and there is an ever-increasing list of functional types, including the following:

 

  1. Hydroxyl (carbinol) OH
  2. Tetra Hydroxyl (carbinol) OHT functional, for better network formation and improved organo-compatibility.
  3. Acrylate ACR
  4. Tetra Acrylate ACRT
  5. Hydroxy OH ACR Acrylate functional.
  6. Hydride H
  7. Vinyl VIN
  8. Isocyanate NCO
  9. Amine NH
  10. Epoxide functional, both glycidyl-based EP and cycloaliphatic-based EPC.
  11. Trimethoxysilane TMS and Triethoxysilane TES
  12. Thiol SH
  13. Carboxy COOH

 

Please contact dave.wilson@siltech.com to discuss any of these products.

Why it’s time to embrace digital colour masters

A combination of digital standards and industry-leading instruments enables businesses to reduce costs and wastage across the entire supply chain by getting the colour of every component right first time.

Investment in R&D excellence from quality control instrument specialist BYK-Gardner enables companies across the globe to achieve consistent measurement and control of important characteristics such as colour. And not just colour. BYK-Gardner instruments measure many other characteristics such as gloss, orange peel, multi-angled colour, sparkle, graininess, colour fastness, cloudiness, transparency, clarity and haziness.

This is achieved through industry-leading LED illuminated instruments with optimal inter-instrument agreement and enables true full digital masters to be introduced for all these characteristics. The digital masters can easily be distributed through the supply chain making a digital approval process possible at every stage, in every location from beginning to end.

Guarantee repeatable product quality across time and space
Digital masters include spectral data and client requirements, while also allowing automatic colour identification where appropriate. Measurement tolerances and an instant pass/fail can be included on both hand-held and robotic installations. The result is self-approval throughout the supply chain and improved harmony between products to guarantee a high right-first-time rate.

Working with major manufacturers across many industries, the benefits from reductions in waste and delay as well as improvements in communication of measurement data, to productivity, quality and sustainability deliver a complete return on investment – the instruments can pay for themselves!
Digital masters can be sent by e-mail as an xml file to locations anywhere in the world. They have applications within industries including automotive, coatings, plastics, printing inks leather and even wine.

Blagden distributes BYK-Gardner instruments to companies across the United Kingdom. To find out how your business can benefit from the use of these instruments in combination with digital masters, call Simon Moss at Blagden on 01959 560818 or email.

Please note: Information provided here is given in good faith and without liability. It is intended for guidance only. Users are advised to conduct their own independent examination of the product to ascertain its suitability for incorporation into processes or products. Users should ensure that the use of the product complies with all pertinent current legislation. We guarantee to supply to specification, not performance.