Everberg, Belgium -- Huntsman Polyurethanes teamed up five years ago with Alberdingk Boley, which makes polyols based on renewable resources, to co-develop polyurethane solutions for the coatings market. Now the two companies are extending this by targeting adhesives and elastomers markets as well.
An informal partnership in 2007 aimed to develop innovative products in floor coatings, specifically to develop new concepts for two-component polyurethane coatings free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
This resulted in innovative solutions -- based on advanced MDI Suprasec technology from Huntsman Polyurethanes and Alberdingk Boley's Albodur range of polyols, castor oil-based and solvent-free products -- which help deliver high-performance coatings solutions to customers in Europe, America and the Middle East.
The products improve ease of use and deliver many technical and operational advantages, as well as complying with strict environmental regulations. Widely used in hospitals, offices, factories, warehouses and other industrial or heavy-duty environments they are particularly useful where high-wear resistance and low-maintenance are essential requirements.
In a statement, Ian Rimmer, commercial manager for Coatings EAMEI for Huntsman Polyurethanes, said: "In 2007 our partnership with Alberdingk Boley was a huge step forward for product development in the coatings sector … We demonstrated that combined technical support and expertise can significantly benefit flooring customers and coating formulators around the world..."
Thorsten Gurke, platform manager Adhesives, Coatings and Elastomers for Huntsman Polyurethanes, added: "Now we will replicate this successful model across adhesive and elastomer applications, co-developing solutions based on renewable resources, while offering mechanical properties such as low viscosity and high hydrophobicity."
Thomas Baur, manager of New Business Development at Alberdingk Boley, commented: "Together with Huntsman we can supply tailor-made raw material solutions based on a joint commitment that marries our chemistries and expertise. "