By Liz White, UT staffRidgefield, Connecticut-Global Matrechs Inc. announced 24 Feb that it has received its first commercial order for HNIPU (hybrid nonisocyanate polyurethane). The material, ECPU 2851 clear binder, was ordered by industrial paint producer Denber Paints & Coatings Israel Ltd. It is being produced by Global Matrechs' manufacturing, sales and marketing partner, Environmental Friendly Materials GmbH (EFM), based in Germany. Denber will use the binder to make industrial paint. Global Matrechs itself has ordered some of the binder from EFM to make paint samples for its US sales activities. Expressing his pleasure at order, "which will generate the first royalties on HNIPU for Global Matrechs from EFM," Michael Sheppard, president of Global Matrechs, said he hoped it would lead to additional orders.According to a 24 Feb statement from Ridgefield, Connecticut-based Global Matrechs, Denber thinks that HNIPU-based paints "will have much greater applications then conventional polyurethanes which are porous, with poor hydrolytic stability and moderate permeability." "Conventional polyurethanes also require highly toxic components in their manufacture, such as isocyanates, rendering production and use extremely toxic and dangerous," whereas HNIPU does not pose this danger, the firm added. HNIPU was developed by modifying the structure of the urethane polymer, a new method for increasing hydrolytic stability, said the firm. This gives HNIPU superior resistance to chemical degradation-some 30- to 50-percent better than conventional polyurethanes, according to Global Matrechs. It is also significantly less permeable, the company says. Global Matrechs says that, unlike conventional polyurethanes with bonds that are easily hydrolysed, HNIPU has an intramolecular hydrogen bond formed during its synthesis. This improves hydrolytic stability well beyond that of the conventional material, the firm said. "