Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Speciality chemicals maker Albemarle Corp. announced 6 March that it will raise the prices of its Ethacure 100 and 100 LC curatives by five percent worldwide, from 1 April 2008, or as contracts allow.
Albemarle describes Ethacure 100 and 100 LC curatives as low-viscosity, liquid amine curing agents and chain extenders. They are both used in polyurea and polyurethane systems applied as protective spray coatings for concrete and steel surfaces, parking decks, bridges and pickup truck-bed liners, the company said.
The curatives are also used in cast polyurethane automotive parts made via RIM (reaction injection moulding), and in hand-cast architectural moulds.
Ethacure 100 LC, which is made with special production techniques and a patented, proprietary stabiliser system, is used in applications where low colour is critical to the end-use products, the company said.