Additives & Admixtures

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

Applied Graphene Materials Announce Approval Grant

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), is delighted to announce that approval has been granted by ECHA, the European Chemical Agency, for a volume threshold of 1 to 10 tonnes of powder usage per annum of graphene products supplied by individual members of the Graphene REACH registration consortium, of which AGM is a founding member.

Following rigorous evaluation of the range of graphene materials which each consortium member offers, and completion of the final submission documents to ECHA towards the end of 2020, the successful outcome represents a major milestone for the graphene industry and enables consortium members such as AGM to supply quantities of graphene materials in volume. The tonnage band registration of 1 to 10 tonnes p.a. provides confidence in the potential for volume quantity use of graphene materials in the range of applications which consortium members including AGM are pursuing.

Adrian Potts, CEO of AGM, commented:
“I am delighted to announce the successful REACH registration for this volume tonnage band, which represents the culmination of almost four years of work. Strategically, we identified the critical importance of regulatory registration to the long-term success of our business and have committed significant resources to achieving this result today. This registration underpins the effective and safe use of AGM’s graphene materials at higher volumes. AGM continues to demonstrate the excellent utility of our graphene products with our customer engagements, and this registration will ensure we can meet our ambitions for larger volume orders as our commercial pipeline continues to develop. I would like to recognise the tireless efforts of our Technical team as members of the graphene consortium who have pursued the substantial workload that is represented in this registration announcement.”

 

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

Blagden Invests in CRM Platform

Blagden invests in CRM platform to reach new levels in customer service excellence

Blagden Specialty Chemicals Ltd has chosen Creatio as its new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform to streamline its service and further develop excellent customer relationships.

 

The new CRM system will underpin interactions with customers and potential customers to accelerate sales and service processes. The move is the next stage in Blagden’s implementation of digital systems enabling the company to respond quickly to the ever-increasing usage of e-commerce and on-line services.

 

Blagden Chief Executive and Managing Director, Graham Turton, said: “Strong relationships with our customers are the cornerstone of Blagden’s success. The ability to align sales, marketing and service while sharing information across all areas of the business enables us to stay at the very forefront of excellent customer service. Furthermore, by delivering greater insights into market trends and customer needs, we can ensure our business responds quickly and flexibly to changing demands. The CRM system provides the ideal vehicle to support this.”

 

Blagden is one of the best-known names in specialty chemicals distribution for the UK and Irish markets, providing a comprehensive product range across key market sectors, supported by technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of applications and benefits. Just as it offers personal dedicated service to its customers, it appreciates working with local suppliers who offer similar bespoke service. After extensive research, Blagden chose the Creatio package which will be integrated into its Sage X3 and SEI Intelligence system by CRM Specialists, Collier Pickard, based close to Blagden’s offices in Westerham, Kent.

 

“We are pleased to work with specialists Creatio and Collier Pickard in this area of business technology,” Graham added. “The size and flexibility offered by the Creatio package are ideal for our needs and create the opportunity for a more bespoke solution. Collier Pickard proved to be very in tune with our requirements and we look forward to working closely with them.”

 

Collier Pickard Account Director, Alan Joenn, commented “We are delighted to be working with the team at Blagden. Adopting new working practices and making the most of advanced technology for business requires a shift in emphasis and we will use our expertise and experience to help Blagden achieve rapid change, without disruption to the smooth operation of the business. Our goal is to help Blagden make it easier for people to do business with them.”

Blagden to Supply Novares Hydrocarbon Resins

Blagden Specialty Chemicals Ltd has been appointed the exclusive UK and Irish distributor for the Novares range of hydrocarbon resins from Rain Carbon Company (formerly known as Rütgers) from 1st January 2021. “The Novares range of hydrocarbon resins is a valuable addition to the high-performance products we already offer,” said Blagden CEO Graham Turton. “They will be available for prompt distribution from UKbased warehouses in the new year.”

Novares resins are based on petrochemical feedstock and offer diverse properties which help to produce safe and high-quality products for industries including coatings, plastics, rubber and adhesives as well as for road construction and printing inks. The resins are produced by Rain Carbon Inc, a global leader in the production of raw materials.

Blagden has a long-established reputation as a leading supplier across UK and Irish industrial markets, representing some of the largest and most innovative manufacturers. It takes over distribution from Gelpke & Bate who, after a long association with Rain Carbon, will close their office by December 31st 2020.

“We will soon be expanding the range with the introduction of hydrogenated versions of hydrocarbon resins,” Graham added. “This pure series of resins offer a water-white quality, low odour and colour, thermal stability and excellent compatibility where required.”

To find out more about these products or to discuss specific needs within the following industries, please contact:

Coatings: Michael Austin on 01959 560804 (maustin@blagden.co.uk)

Plastics: Ian Corke on 01959 560809 (icorke@blagden.co.uk)

Industrial Applications: Greg White on 01959 560817 (gwhite@blagden.co.uk)

Printing Inks: Philip Randall on 01959 560857 (prandall@blagden.co.uk)

Press Releases

allnex launches new eco-friendly phenolic resin for BPA-NI application

September 2, 2020 – allnex, the leading supplier of specialty chemicals, offering a broad range of coating resins, additives and cross-linkers for use on wood, metal, plastic and other surfaces, is excited to announce the launch of PHENODUR® PR 616/65B, a new, eco-friendly phenolic resin recommended for interior and exterior can coatings with a very low free formaldehyde value of < 0.1%.
The PHENODUR PR 616/65B contains neither Bisphenol-A nor Bisphenol-F and has very low free monomer content. PHENODUR PR 616/65B can be used in combination with high molecular weight polyester in BPA-NI application or with high molecular weight epoxy resins for rigid and flexible packaging and drum lining. These coatings show a very balanced performance in terms of flexibility and reactivity. Compared to PHENODUR PR 612/80B, our new resin PHENODUR PR 616/65B  shows improved solvent resistance without losing flexibility and has good sterilization resistance and good substrate adhesion after sterilization in traditional epoxy-phenolic coatings and in future orientated polyester-phenolic combinations (i.e. DUROFTAL® PE 6619/40SNA).

Key attributes of the PHENODUR PR 616/65B include:

  • Provides excellent balance of hardness and flexibility
  • Formulate BisA- and BisF- free coatings
  • Low level of free formaldehyde of < 0.1%
  • Delivers very smooth cured coating surface
  • Compatible with most backbone binder chemistries

To request a sample please contact Tennants Distribution for the UK/Ireland or allnex directly for EMEA

 

For more technical information, please reach out to your regional contact below:

EMEA: oliver.etz@allnex.com

 

Live web link to allnex website article is here:-

https://allnex.com/en/info-hub/news/allnex-launches-new-eco-friendly-phenolic-resi-(1)

BASF / BTC Europe FREE Webinar: HEP N-Hydroxyethyl-2-Pyrrolidone, Hydrophilic Co-Solvent for the Formulators Toolbox.

HEP uniquely combines a high boiling-point and water-solubility allowing for diverse use as a co-solvent or extraction solvent typically in inks, coatings, cleaning, agrochemicals / pharma applications. Its hydrophilic nature and strong polar solubility also suggest its use as a humectant. Current users of 2P, GBL and NMP will be interested to learn that HEP is label-free and can offer a low-tox or more sustainable alternative to standard pyrrolidones.

If you would like to find out a little bit more about the chemistry, characteristics and applications for HEP then please join us for the following session:

Thursday 8th October 2020
09:30 UK/BST
Register here to attend.

Safety, Regulatory and Safe Handling of Chemicals

Safety, Regulatory and Safe Handling of Chemicals are topics that constantly challenge the global Chemicals industry at all times.
There is a need for companies to understand the correct regulatory, classification, symbols and pictograms.  It’s not just enough to write SDSs ‘in-house’ without employing proper tools or knowledge resources or simply copy-pasting safety data sheets from competitors, suppliers or from the internet as these could be quite misleading!  Yet another requirement for companies aspiring to get various types of Quality, Compliance, other certifications is to have proper systems in place including those of Safety, Regulatory and Safe handling of Chemicals regardless of being hazardous, non-hazardous chemicals or both.

 SIAM SL, Spain based in the world famous La Rioja wine region of Spain develops IT Solutions and Software for the automatic Classification, Formulation and Authoring of Safety Data Sheets for single substances and mixtures falling under CLP and GHS regulations.  SIAM provides a highly versatile software (CHEMETER) for preparing multilingual SDS in over 55 world regulatory/languages and multilingual product labelling and provides SDS AREA, a platform for easy distribution and management of Safety Data Sheets.
Both CHEMETER and SDS AREA solutions offer major time-savings to companies over traditional methods of authoring SDSs as well as using old software since both solutions come with latest features suited to the current and evolving safety regulations in over 55 countries.   CHEMETER software is easy to understand, open and flexible and built-up in a modular fashion to suit your exact needs at any given time.

1000+ clients across 45 countries that use CHEMETER software and SDS AREA include a variety of manufacturers, exporters, importers, distributors, traders, MSME’s, OEM’s into all kinds of Chemicals, API’s and Plastics and coming from all walks of industry including CASE, Petrochemicals, Pigments, Resins & Additives, Dyes & Dispersions, Textile and Leather Chemicals, Cleaning & Construction Chemicals, Lubes & Greases, Cosmetics, Solvents, Rubber, Plastics, Detergents, Flavours & Fragrances, Water Treatment Chemicals, Agro Chemicals, Monomers and Polymers, Resins and more.

Come 1st November 2020 and CHEMETER software will offer its users an additional module specially designed to help users manage the EU’s new regulation of UFI (Unique Formula Identifier) Code in order to comply with the EU’s new Poison Centre Notification (PCN) requirements for hazardous mixtures being supplied into the EU.   The module automatically creates PCN dossiers for harmonised notifications and within a few minutes, users can upload files with all necessary documentation, automatic UFI code generation, toxicological information, complete chemical composition, etc.   It is a simplified and easy step-by-step process and significant time-saver compared to the 2-3 hours odd it otherwise takes to generate PCN for a single product using the official portal.

You can get more information about SIAM’s Regulatory IT Solutions on https://www.siam-it.com or by sending an email to:

Nirav Banker
(UK, Asia & Middle-East Business Head)

Email: n.banker@siam-it.com
UK Mobile: (+44) 747 096 4875

Sail into a new dimension of Orange

Autumn is a time when reds, yellows and oranges take centre stage. The novel Pacific Orange L2828 pigment from BASF opens up the orange colour-space for paint formulators by providing a highly chromatic hybrid pigment chemistry designed to meet the demanding requirements of powder and industrial coatings, including for lead-chrome replacement.

In comparison to other pigments in the orange colour space if offers outstanding weather resistance and good opacity, with high temperature and chemical stability.
It can be combined with DPP Reds without colour shift, even at higher powder coating curing temperatures, in fact it is the ideal formulating partner to create super-durable orange RAL shades or corporate colours in combination with other high performance organic or inorganic pigments. Pacific Orange is also an excellent choice to overcome the fading of pale or pastel shades in architectural exterior applications due to its excellent weathering fastness in white reductions.

The new pigment will be showcased at Surfex in June 2021 but for further information or to sample please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales: Coatings, Inks & Plastics BTC UK Email: christopher.morgan@btc-europe.com

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.