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Infomercial from Advance Resins Pvt  Ltd.

APON” Polyester Resins for Powder Coatings
It is our immense pleasure to inform you that we have started our new Polyester Resin Manufacturing plant since mid April'13. Advanced Resins Pvt. Limited (ARPL) is company with state-of-the-art Resin manufacturing operation in Baroda, Gujarat, India. We have a production capacity of over 6000 MT of Polyester Resin per year. Our LAB is fully equipped with state of the art lab instruments for testing all products & also R&D facility. Our latest machineries and technology help us make our product stand out from that of our competitors. Giving the utmost importance to the quality of the Resins, we have carved a niche for our self in the market.

In the huge customer market in India, we have reached a few of Large & Medium Powder manufacturing companies & their repeated orders speaks all about quality & price of our product. To those customers whom we have not approach due to unavailability of contact details, we request to come forward & contact us to serve you best.

Incepted in 2012, we are a company in continues engagement with quality & innovations. Under the experienced handling of Mr. Bharat Patel, we have seen new heights of success. It is because of the harmonious relation of the following integral components of our company that we have achieved the status of most dependable Resins Manufacturer, Exporters, and Suppliers in India.

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Giving the utmost importance to the quality of the chemicals & Resins, we have carved a niche for our self in the market. Our product Resins are manufactured according to the ISI standards.

Advanced Resins Pvt. Limited (ARPL) is a limited company with state-of-the-art Resin manufacturing operation in Baroda, Gujarat State. Our production line has a capacity of over 6000 MT of Polyester Resin per year. Our laboratory is fully equipped with state of the art R&D facility. Our latest machineries and technology help us make our product stand out from that of our competitors. Apart from standard testing instruments we have a fully functional Powder coating manufacturing line to test the Resins

We emphasize quality. Always, our technicians closely monitor each production cycle. Batch to batch reproducibility is always achieved. Stock Batches are produced in such quantities as to minimize shelf-life of the product which results in higher application efficiency. By employing high-tech equipment and numerous years of process experience in manufacturing, Advance offers quality and consistency.

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  Infomercial Royal Spectrum Pvt Ltd  
  Royal Spectram Pvt. Ltd.
Custom Designed Powder Paints.
233 A, III Phase, G.I.D.C.,Antalia - 396325, Dist. Navsari,
(Ph) 02634 284312
Email info@royalpowdercoating.com

Royal Spectrum Pvt Ltd had its inception in the month of May 2013 at Bilimora, Gujrat. This plant was originally based in Surat under the name of Americoats India Pvt. Ltd; however a new set of promoters offered to take up this venture.

The new set of promoters who have shown interest in this are
1 Mr Pramit K Patel; MD & Chairman Bipico Industries
2 Mr Uday S Nemani; SWad group
3 Mr Prushat V Patel; Shankar Electrodes Industries

The Brand "Americoats" remains; as well as the technical tie up with its mother company Americoats based in USA.

In this change over the plant machinery, lab equipment's the personnel or workers have remained the same. So the best has retained and we continue to strive to provide better quality products.

Our product range includes

1 Epoxy - Polyester or Hybrids
2 Pure Epoxies.
3 Pure Polyesters
4 Polyurethanes
5 Metallics
6 Different finishes- Glossy, Matt, Satin, Semi Glossy, Structures, Textures etc

Please also refer to our website www.royalpowdercoating.com  for more information.

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233 A, III Phase, G.I.D.C.,Antalia - 396325, Dist. Navsari,
(Ph) 02634 284312
Email info@royalpowdercoating.com 

Uday S Nemani
Royal Spectrum Pvt Ltd.



  Infomercial Vijay Enterprises Pvt Ltd  
Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Vijay Enterprises is a leading manufacture of powder coating materials (PCM) in India. VIJAY COAT today stands as a Reliable source of High Quality and Durable Powder Coating materials at very reasonable prices. Vijay's PCM find extensive application for industrial and other demanding applications. Vijay enterprises was incorporated in 1995 with a view to supplying quality PCMs to Indian industry. Vijay's manufacturing set up is equipped with best machines from M/s Buss AG Switzerland who are world's largest manufacturer of Powder Coating Machines. Vijay has now established itself and earned a name for its quality supplies and prompt delivery at reasonable prices.

The types of powders manufactured by VIJAYCOAT are as under.
Pure Epoxy
Epoxy Polyester (Hybrid)
Pure Polyester (TGIC)
Pure Polyester (TGIC Free)
Super Durable
Poly Urethane Powder

Types of Finishes manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Semi Glossy
Specialties like Silver, Gold, Copper
Antique Finish
Hammer Tone
Wood Finish
Pearl Finish
Coloured Transparent

Technical Powders Manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Fast Cure
Lower Temperature Cure
Thin Film Powders
Hot water resistance powders
Heat Resistant Powders for automobile silencers
Fire Retardant Powders
Powders for in contact with food stuff (Food Grade)
Electrical Insulation Grade
Lead Free and ROHS Compliant Powders
Reach registered European Powders.

Fusion Bonded Epoxy Powders
Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Reinforcing Bars

Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Pipe Coatings

Administrative Office:
Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Admin. Office :
65, World Business House
Nr Piramal Garden Cross Road
Eliss Bridge, AHMEDABAD
Ph 079-26461540, 65242828, Tel/Fax 079-26461539
Email: vijaycoat@gmail.com  , vijaycoatoffice@vijaycoat.com 
web: www.vijay-powdercoat.com



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I am Amol Vijayrao Gangarde, completed my Post –HSC Diploma in Surface Coating Technology from D.E.S. Technical Institute Pune.
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An astute sales person with base in central India having experience in sales of surface coating equipment/ plants/ accessories for 10 years looking for a suitable career in similar/ allied field. The total experience of 16 years covers automobiles, pneumatics, shot blasting, surface coating, dust extractions. The excellent contacts all over India with proper planning & execution skills have made new heights in each industry.
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Kansai Nerolac launches new TVC with brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan

NEW DELHI: Kansai Nerolac Paints today unveiled its brand new TVC featuring its brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan. The TVC highlights the weather defense formula of Nerolac Excel in extreme tropical weather conditions of high rainfall, humidity and heat.

In order to showcase extreme weather conditions in India, the ad shoot panned across various outdoor locations - from the historic locales of Jodhpur to the picturesque countryside of Kerala.

The ad film features a gigantic 50 feet furled umbrella being ferried on a boat across the rivers of Kerala and the narrow by-lanes of Jodhpur, stirring curiosity among the passerby. Upon reaching its destination, the crowd gathered is amazed to witness the umbrella being unfurled by its owners to protect their homes against the harsh weather conditions - extreme heat (Jodhpur) and torrential rain (Kerala).

The ad film culminates with Shah Rukh, who is one of the bystanders' exclaiming that - 'Homes that are not painted with Nerolac Excel will need some other kind of weather protection and for Nerolac Excel homes; the paint takes care of everything'.

The ad film is also dubbed in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali and is currently being aired across all national channels. The ad will also witness SRK speaking in Malyalam for a TVC for the first time. <more>

In 2012 China produced 1.1 million metric tons of powder coatings
A new report released by ResearchInChina titled Global and China Powder Coating Industry Report, 2012-2013 says - Worldwide demand for powder coatings has increased over the last few decades, due in part to their lower environmental impact when compared to other coatings. At present, powder coatings are widely used in the automotive industry, for home appliances, and in architecture. Powder coatings’ share in terms of finished product amounted to approximately 20 percent in 2010, compared to eight percent 1995. In China, the powder coatings market share is estimated at 11 percent. However, powder coatings continue to gain popularity in the country. In 2012, China produced about 1.1 million metric tons of powder coatings, an increase of seven percent year-over-year. Major players, such as Huajia DuPont Chemical, Guangzhou Kinte Industrial and Anhui Meijia New Materials, dominate the local industry.

Berger Paints to invest Rs 120 cr on capex in FY14
Berger Paints India Ltd is planning to invest Rs 120 crore on capital expansion for augmenting production capacity by 13,000 tonne per month to 33,000 tonne per month by the current financial year.

Berger Paints India Ltd is planning to invest Rs 120 crore on capital expansion for augmenting production capacity by 13,000 tonne per month to 33,000 tonne per month by the current financial year.

Meanwhile, the paint maker is set to hike price for decorative and industrial paints by 2.5 per cent from September 1, resulting in total rise in price by 5.7 per cent since April this year.

"The hike is being done to protect from the rupee depreciation," Berger CEO and MD Abhijit Roy said. This would be the third price hike by the company in the current financial year. However, this rise in price will keep product price stable till rupee remains below Rs 65-mark against US dollar.

The rupee depreciated 6.28 per cent against the greenback in 2012-13, and has fallen 10.18 per cent against the dollar so far during the current financial year.

During 2012-13, the company raised its prices by around 4 per cent across all categories, he said. The company is in the process of completing the construction work at its plant in Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh, which is expected to be commissioned by October.

"The initial capacity at Hindupur plant will be at 2,500 tonne per month, and it will be gradually scaled up to 8,000 tonne per month, Roy said. Berger paints has also completed the ongoing capacity augmentation exercise at its plants in Rishra, West Bengal, and Goa which would generate additional capacity, he said.<more>

Billionaire club sees one entry,
five exits in first 7 months of yearBerger Paint's Dhingra sees net worth surge by 43%; Sun Pharma's Shanghvi moves up to fourth slot

The slowdown clouds may be getting denser but Kuldip Singh Dhingra has little to complain about.

The 66-year-old chairman and promoter of Berger Paints is the latest — and in fact, the only — entrant to India’s dollar-billionaire club in the first seven months of this year. Dhingra, who holds a 75 per cent stake in the Kolkata-based firm, has seen his net worth surge by 43 per cent to $1.04 billion.<more>

Managed a profit growth of 17-18% on lower input costs: Abhijit Roy, Berger Paints
In an interview with ET Now, Abhijit Roy, Managing Director, Berger Paints India Ltd, shares his views on the company's quarterly performance and the road ahead. Excerpts:

ET Now: Walk us through the quarterly performance. Despite being a weaker quarter for the industry, you have been able to maintain your margins. So what went right for you?

Abhijit Roy: We had a value growth of about 9% and profit growth was around 17-18%. Basically, we have advantage in terms of raw material prices, which have softened. We were also able to improve the mix in the decorative paints category.

Our decorative paints category actually had a double digit growth, but the growth in terms of the total overall growth got pulled down a bit because of the industrial paints segment which didn't do well.

There have been a lot of headwinds in the industrial sector. Also, in the automotive industry things are not moving fast. Both put together, the industrial coatings actually registered almost zero growth and the rest of the growth was driven essentially by the decorative category.

ET Now: How much of the top line growth has been contributed by volume and prices?

Abhijit Roy: Most of it is volume led. The price increase effect is about 1% and the rest is volume driven.

ET Now: What kind of volume growth we can see in the foreseeable future?

Asian Paints completes Sleek Group acquisition
Sleek Group manufactures, sells and distributes kitchens and components

Asian Paints Ltd has informed BSE that the Board of Directors of the Company at its meeting held on August 08, 2013 have approved the infusion of Rs 99.78 crore for 51% stake in Sleek International Private Limited (SIPL). Post the infusion, the company would hold 51% stake in SIPL, said statement from Asian Paints.

The company would further infuse a sum of Rs 19.69 crore, on August 10, 2013, as a second tranche to this transaction by further subscription to equity shares of SIPL with a corresponding proportionate infusion by the existing promoters of SIPL. On completion of the infusion in the second tranche, the Company would continue to hold 51% stake in SIPL, comapny said<more>

BASF India to set up new plant at Mangalore
The Board of Directors of BASF India Ltd at its meeting held on July 29, 2013, has approved the proposal for setting up of precious metal catalyst plant at Company's existing manufacturing site at Mangalore. The project cost will be approximately 10 crores (Euro 1.5 million) and the same will be financed through internal accruals. Production is likely to commence in last quarter of 2013.

The Board approved cessation of operations at the blending plant of automotive coatings division at Khuskhera in Rajasthan due to safety risks from operations of neighboring industries. The customers of the said location will be served from the Company's Mangalore plant and hence there is no material impact on the performance of the Company.

The Company has taken on lease approximately 30 acres of Agricultural land at Lonikand near Pune for a period of 20 years to set up an Agricultural Research Station for testing new agro chemical compounds on agricultural crops and to examine their efficacy under local climatic conditions.<more>

Clariant to Expand Production of Azo Pigments in India
Strategy supports emerging market with low-VOC pigment preparations.
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is proceeding with a 50% expansion in capacity at its Azo pigments and pigment preparations plants in Roha, India, underlining the company’s commitment to provide customers in the region with high quality products specifically tailored to their needs.This recently approved investment will also enhance the capabilities and output at the site in a sustainable manner by reducing energy consumption and expanding the range of low VOC-containing Pigments Preparations offered to the market.<more>

State of the Asian Coatings Industry: 2013 and Beyond
2013 – A Year of Transition for the Global Economy?
By Charles Bangert and Scott Detiveaux, Orr & Boss
As is the case in all regions of the world, coatings demand in Asia Pacific is heavily influenced by a wide array of economic factors. So before getting into the main theme of this article, let’s first review where we are, or at least where we think we are, on the state of the global economy. Simply put, there are two views held by international economists and cable television pundits on how the global economy is shaping up as we close in on 2013’s final quarter. Those two divergent views are: (1) the global economy is certainly improving; and (2) the global economy is certainly still struggling. Each perspective will be briefly reviewed below <more>

India Imported 14324 MT of TiO2 in June 2013.
Titanium Dioxide Report says: During the period Jan to June 2013, India imported 91654 MT of TiO2.

Jotun hosts special Iftar for orphans in association with Dubai Charity Association

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Jotun Paints, one of the world's leading producers and distributors of paints and powder coatings, recently hosted a special Iftar for more than 20 orphans coming from the Dubai Charity Association (DCA), at the Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai.

The children were treated to a specially prepared Iftar across a spectacular view of the creek. Jotun employees present at the event helped entertain the orphans with interactive activities like games, a magician and clown show. Being true to the company's core value, 'CARE,' the children also received gift vouchers as an early Eid treat.<more>

Nippon eyes automotive refinishing paint segment
Japanese paint manufacturer, Nippon Paints is focusing on automotive refinishing segment after other categories got affected by the general slowdown in consumption. The company is setting up a new plant in Bawal to produce automotive refinishing paints.<more>

Akzo Nobel to substitute imports
Paint-maker Akzo Nobel India is substituting imported raw materials with local sourcing to tide over the adverse impact of rupee depreciation.

Akzo has already selected two of its high-value raw materials -- two types of resins. It has created capacity with local vendors for these.

“We use about 700 different raw materials, including 180 that are imported. We’ve identified 8-10 which have significant contribution to the import basket. We have implemented a programme to replace two chemicals,” said Akzo’s MD Amit Jain at the firm’s annual general meeting.

Akzo took price hike of 1% on select lines of products this month to offset rupee hit.

Ahead, it would remain conservative in raising prices further as it might impact penetration into the mid-market segment.

“We have a 21% share in the premium segment. But now, we are focusing on the mid-tier segment which is growing fast. While demand in the urban markets has slowed, demand continues to be robust in mid-tier cities and rural markets,” Jain said.<more>

Akzo Nobel standalone Jun '13 sales at Rs 573.64 crore
Akzo Nobel India has reported a standalone sales turnover of Rs 573.64 crore and a net profit of Rs 34.81 crore for the quarter ended Jun '13. Other income for the quarter was Rs 10.17 crore.
For the quarter ended Jun 2012 the standalone sales turnover was Rs 563.01 crore and net profit was Rs 60.89 crore, and other income Rs 35.55 crore.<more>

Dulux Paints sees potential for growth in Jharkhand
JAMSHEDPUR: Akzo Nobel, the world's largest paints and coating company and the maker of Dulux Paints in India, sees potential for growth in Jharkhand.<more>

Nippon Paint launches paint with odour-less air care
CHENNAI: Japan-based Nippon Paint Group today launched odour-less air care product which cleanses the air by absorbing the indoor air pollutant, according to a company official.

The latest product from the company would initially available in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh markets. It would be later rolled out in the other markets in coming months, Nippon Paint (India), President (Decoratives) Ramakanth V Akula said.<more>

Asian Paints hikes stake in Singapore arm to 75.8% for $5.2M, to delist it from SGX
Asian Paints (International) Ltd (APIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s largest paints company Asian Paints Ltd, has acquired additional 25.72 per cent stake in Berger International Ltd, which is listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX), for S$6.7 million ($5.2 million or Rs 33.8 crore).

With this transaction, Asian Paints, which already held 50.1 per cent stake in the indirect subsidiary, has increased its stake to 75.82 per cent.

parts2clean 2013 (22 to 24 October):
Powerful solutions and a wealth of expertise for reliable component and surface cleaning

– The 11th annual parts2clean trade fair with about 240 exhibitors from 15 countries
– Bilingual technical forum – Cleaning expertise with a payoff.

Stuttgart/Hannover, Germany. About 240 exhibitors will be represented when the doors open at the 11 fair at the Stuttgart fairgrounds on 22 October 2013. “Attendees not only expect the world’s most comprehensive range of products and services designed to carry out industrial parts and surface cleaning reliably, cost-effectively and ecologically,” says Olaf Daebler, manager, Surface Technologies, at Deutsche Messe. “Numerous innovations are
being showcased as well.” The bilingual (German <> English) technical forum is also providing wide-ranging information on optimizing cleaning processes.

Whether the process is de-greasing, de-burring, cleaning, checking residual soiling, or temporary corrosion protection – in recent years, the requirements for cleanliness have increased enormously in manufacturing, maintenance and remanufacturing – and this despite
rising cost pressures. More than ever, companies are facing the challenge of carrying out cleaning processes highly efficiently, safely and ecologically. The approximately 240 exhibitors from 15 countries at the 11th annual parts2clean fair offer the solutions to handle these tasks. The share of foreign companies at this year’s  top international fair for industrial parts and surface cleaning is about 19 percent.<more>

Breakthrough for Nippon Paint China
After years of development work, Nippon Paint Auto is pleased to announce that its products have been adopted by American auto parts suppliers. As a result, Nippon Paint China has become a supplier of coating for US auto parts.

Mercedes-Benz Vietnam has officially opened its technically most advanced and ecologically  friendly electro-dipping coating facility, worldwide, in Ho Chi Minh city. The opening  ceremony was witnessed by around 100 official guests from the government, business  partners and media.

Starting construction in November 2011, this electro-dipping coating facility is an investment of nearly 10 million US dollars. Vietnam is Mercedes-Benz’s pilot country for this  type of plant. This foreign direct investment underlines the companies clear belief in the  automotive market in Vietnam.

Mr. Ngo Van Tru, Deputy Director General – Ministry of Industry and Trade, attended the opening and said that the government appreciated Mercedes-Benz’s long-term investment in Vietnam and affirmed Mercedes-Benz to be a part of Vietnam’s auto DNA.<more>

Iran Produces Self-Cleaning Coatings for Textile Industries

Iran Produces Self-Cleaning Coatings for Textile IndustriesTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian researchers at Gilan University synthesized self-cleaning coatings for the textile industries and in building different surfaces.
The coating has been made by synthesizing titanium dioxide nanoparticles dopes with silver and zirconium on polyacrylonitrile fibers, and it has photocatalytic self-cleaning properties.

The aim of this research was to synthesize titanium dioxide nanoparticles doped with silver and zirconium, and also to synthesize a joint doped sample by using silver and zirconium (Ag-Zr-TiO2) on polyacrylonitrile fibers to investigate their photocatalytic self-cleaning properties.

Recent studies on the modification of photocatalytic properties of TiO2 through co-doping process show that the photocatalytic properties of TiO2 improve due to the strengthening of the doping ions. In this research, too, the strengthening and interaction between silver and zirconium in Ag-Zr-TiO2 nanocomposite improves the photocatalytic properties of TiO2 in its photocatalytic self-cleaning behavior.

New coating turns ordinary glass into super-slippery glass
Resilient, ultraslippery glass could lead to self-cleaning, scratch-resistant windows, lenses, and solar panels

Cambridge, Mass. - August 2, 2013 - A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning and incredibly slippery, a team from Harvard University reported online July 31 in Nature Communications.

The new coating could be used to create durable, scratch-resistant lenses for eyeglasses, self-cleaning windows, improved solar panels and new medical diagnostic devices, said principal investigator Joanna Aizenberg, who is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. <more>


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"Ask Joe Powder"
"Ask Joe Powder" is a question and answer column authored by Kevin Biller of the Powder Coating Research Group. Mr. Biller has over 30 years experience formulating and manufacturing powder coatings. He welcomes your questions regarding powder coating technology. Please write to: askjoepowder@yahoo.com or post your question through the your facebook id http://letsfinishit.com/askjoe.htm

Kevin Biller
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Dear Joe,
We are a small custom coater in the Midwest. We have a customer that needs a 2000 gal. potable water tank made of mild steel. They need it coated inside with a NS approved powder. We etch, rinse the tank, then heat dry it. Our issue is that in some random spots usually adjacent to a welded seam or inside corner there will be a bald spot completely void of powder after cure. Mil build next to these areas is satisfactory. It looks like the powder drew away during the cure cycle. A recoat usually covers OK. Any direction would be helpful.
Dick Whicker

Hello Dick,
It sounds to me that either the metal isn't completely clean before welding or that the welding process is inconsistent. I would be looking very carefully into the condition of the metal prior to the welding operation. I would also ensure that your welding process is consistent. Could there be excess flux that in some areas? Most flux materials will be nearly impossible to cover with powder. That said, a strong acid etch usually is sufficient to clean most welds. Aggressive mechanical cleaning of welds is another ossible remedy, however it is always best to eliminate the problem rather than correct for it later.

I hope that this gives you some ideas on where to investigate your problem.


Hey Joe,
Do you think powder coating a sink is a good idea given that you do not know what types of cleaners will be used on it (for instance, bleach and bleach-based cleaners)? And, what about when they take a scouring pad to it? Won't the gloss be knocked down? Your thoughts?
J&J Performance Powder Coating

Hey Jim,
Most powder coatings will not stand up to the abuse that the finish of a sink will see. There is some technology that has been used on washer tops and lids for over 20 years. These products resist bleach and detergents and provide rather decent scratch resistance. We called them "Porcelain Enamel Replacement" technology when they were introduced back then. Will they perform as well as porcelain enamel? In some ways better, in other ways not as good. These powders have extraordinary alkali resistance (detergents are typically alkaline), in fact better than porcelain. They also have superior flexibility - you won't see any chipping or cracking. Porcelain enamel however has better scratch and abrasion resistance.

I would say that the powder products would provide a very good surface if abrasive cleaners (e.g. old fashion cleanser) were avoided. Theoretically a simple condition but difficult to exclude in the real world.

If you have an interest in evaluating tough coatings such as these please let me know.


Dear Sir
We shall be pleased to receive your valuable information regarding replacing TGIC with HAA, to overcome TGIC toxic effect and other ecological reasons. How safe is HAA as far as health hazards on human beings are concerned? Where can we get all data? Apart from PRIMID, who are other manufacturers/SUPPLIERS of HAA for powder coatings? European market has restriction for use of TGIC, is it so?
We wait eagerly for your feedback.
Thanks and warm regards

Dear Jayaprakash,
Hydroxy Alkyl Amide (HAA), a commonly used curing agent for polyester resins, is a relatively non-toxic alternative to Triglycidyl Isocyanurate (TGIC). TGIC has been found to cause an increase in mutagenic activity in laboratory rats. Tests were conducted both with pure TGIC and powders containing TGIC.The European Union does not restrict the use of TGIC, however they require special "Xn" labeling on packages of products that contain TGIC. This label denotes more severe handling issues than other powder chemistries including HAA containing products. Because of this labeling requirement many powder coating manufacturers have switched their product lines based on TGIC to either HAA, a diglycidyl crosslinker or a more benign methylated version of TGIC.

The original manufacturer of HAA is the Swiss Company, EMS Chemie and their trade name is Primid. They have a few grades of this material based on purity. HAA is considered safe to use in powder coatings, however it is always important to follow the handling instructions of any material as stated in the Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS). This data is available from EMS Chemie and other manufacturers of HAA.

Alternate producers of HAA have recently appeared on the scene. A number of them are based in Asia. An internet search will produce most of these suppliers.

Best Regards,
Joe Powder


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