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Live Demonstration of IKA’s Rotavisc Viscometer

Live demonstration of IKA’s Rotavisc Viscometer

Kevin Mann
Senior Sales Manager
IKA England

IKA’s new Rotavisc Viscometers are capable of measuring the viscosity of a variety of samples such as resins, coatings and gels. With modern features, a 10 year warranty and UK based service the Rotavisc is a reliable lab partner. Join us for this webinar where we will be showcasing the Rotavisc and talking through the main advantages it can bring to your lab.

Press Releases

AGM to Showcase Latest Technology at Key Industry Events

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, is pleased to announce that it will be taking part in two events over the coming months across its key market sectors. AGM plans to showcase the Company’s latest technological developments in graphene dispersion capabilities at two events: JEC Composites Connect and CoatingsTech Conference.

The AGM team will be showcasing its graphene nanoplatelet dispersions for polymer and composite applications at JEC Composites Connect, an event which will bring together key industry players across the composites community to discuss global trends and new technologies being brought to market. With the correct incorporation through advanced materials engineering, AGM’s graphene nanoplatelets can offer composite materials improved mechanical properties, such as fracture toughness and durability, as well as enabling weight reduction across a variety of applications. Innovative collaboration projects have ranged from next-generation cryogenic pressure tanks, to automotive body panels and ocean fishing rods.

The event is taking place in digital format on June 1-2, and more information is available at

Focused on the application of AGM’s graphene dispersions, the Company will also be presenting on Tuesday 29th June at CoatingsTech conference, which is hosted by the American Coatings Association (ACA). AGM will deliver a technical presentation on the formulation of graphene dispersions for water-based coatings and their anti-corrosion benefits. The conference will be centred on the theme of “Essential Coatings Technology: Supporting Tomorrow’s Sustainable Development Challenges Today” and will feature the latest science and technology developments from industry experts, coatings professionals and leading innovators, as they address current and future market challenges.

The two-day in-person conference will take place in Pittsburgh USA. Registration for the event and more information about the ACA’s work is available at:

allnex launches A-Cure selector tool on their website

ACURE™ – Game Changing New Resin Chemistry for Coatings

ACURE™ is a new, non-isocyanate resin chemistry for coatings based on Michael Addition. Historically the Michael Addition has been too fast and difficult to control for practical use on coatings. Allnex has developed and patented new technology which harnesses ACURE™ ’s speed via use of a unique C02 blocked catalyst and kinetic control additives which give the paint formulator the tools needed to manage ACURE™ ’s use across a number of different applications and application conditions. This proprietary technology gives ACURE™ it’s ACURE™ – What’s “Under the Hood”?

In ACURE™ systems, allnex typically uses a relatively low molecular weight malonated polyester with a relatively low molecular weight acrylate like diTMPTA as its primary Michael Addition reactants. To enable Michael Addition, a strong base catalyst is needed. To enable Michael Addition’s extremely fast cure and create potlife, allnex blocked the catalyst with carbon dioxide. This approach preserves the inherently fast curing kinetics of Michael Addition while remarkably providing hours of potlife, orders of magnitude beyond those seen in typical 2k isocyanate or other chemistries.
ACURE™ chemistry is further enhanced by the use of kinetic additives which are used to slow the system further, providing the formulator with additional degree’s of control so as to manage coatings properties including open time, appearance in thick films and coating performance in varying environmental conditions.
Alternatives to Polyurethane systems don’t come easily. ACURE™ provides coatings properties never before seen in the Coatings Industry. If you’re looking for an Eco Friendly, Green Polyurethane coating system – ACURE  has arrived.

For UK info/samples please contact your Tennants representatives who will also be happy to assist

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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:



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allnex Launches New Eco-Friendly Phenolic Resin for Interior/Exterior Can Coatings

July, 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 787/50MP, a new, eco-friendly phenolic resin recommended for interior and exterior can coatings.

PHENODUR PR 787/50MP contains an ultralow free-formaldehyde value of < 0.01% ( < 100 ppm). In addition, it contains neither Bisphenol A nor Bisphenol F and has a very low free monomer content of < 0.1%.

PHENODUR PR 787/50MP can be used in combination with high molecular weight polyester resins 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. In addition, PHENODUR PR 787/50 MP delivers very smooth cured coating films with a traditional golden shade.

Key attributes of the PHENODUR PR 787/50MP include:

  • Classical “golden” colour shade in cured coating
  • Provides balanced technical performance of reactivity vs. flexibility
  • Superior acid retort resistance in BPA-NI formulas
  • Delivers very smooth cured coating surface with excellent flow & levelling
  • Very good compatibility with a wide variety of backbone binder chemistries

To request a sample for the UK please contact Tennants and for more technical information, please reach out to your regional contact below:


About allnex

allnex is the leading global producer of industrial coating resins and additives for architectural, industrial, protective, automotive and special purpose coatings and inks. allnex is recognized as a specialty chemicals pioneer and offers an extensive range of products including innovative liquid resins and additives, radiation cured and powder coating resins and additives, and cross linkers for use on wood, metal, plastic and other surfaces. Today, allnex has a strong global presence with 4000 employees worldwide, 33 manufacturing sites, and 23 research and technology support facilities.

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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.”

Are you ready for EU Poison Centre Notification Format?

Consumers and workers come into daily contact with hazardous chemicals, and although they are expected to be used according to safe-use instructions, unintentional exposure may happen: ingestion, skin contact, inhalation, etc. In those cases, emergency professionals need rapid product identification, information about the chemicals contained and its hazardous properties, all these in order to facilitate the identification of the correct treatment and to avoid further damage.

And this is exactly what a poison centre does: it provides medical advice to citizens and healthcare professionals on health emergencies arising from exposure to hazardous chemicals or to other toxic agents; such as medicines, plants, bites and stings. Poison centres in the EU answer calls for support daily and around the clock.

On 22 March 2017, the Regulation (EU) nº 2017/542 was published, adding the Annex VIII, about the harmonised information relating to emergency health response. According to the ECHA, “It’s about harmonisation, and harmonisation brings synergies and efficiencies”. It was designed to regulate all hazardous mixture notifications (mixtures classified with health and/or physical hazards) within the EU, and established two new concepts related to chemical safety:

  • A harmonised information format file: a common format file which will gradually replace the current national requirements in force.
  • A Unique Formula Identifier (UFI): a unique code for each product which will be added on the label.

This new system, although efficient and beneficial in the long term, also implies a new complex notification process for companies, which will have to notify their products in the official language of each country in which they are marketed, pay different national taxes, etc. Providing harmonized information will certainty improve emergency health response, but the number of notifications is expected to significantly increase, and the producers and manufacturers who have started to work with the new system have already experience workability issues such us:

  • Insufficient time prior to deadline to assimilate notification tools.
  • Regular product variations that will lead to multiple and frequent changes of UFI for the same product.
  • Problems working with the ECHA Submission portal: navigation is complicated, too many clicks; it is not always directly clear if you made a wrong input, since validation is only available at the end of the process; notification via Guided Dossier Preparation took approx. 2 – 3 hours for a single product.

To overcome these inefficiencies and for the harmonized notification system to be truly useful for society, but also viable for companies, experts believe that there is a need for managed automation that minimizes the impact of:

  • Tens of thousands of products to be notified.
  • Frequent formulation changes. Partly own initiative, partly by raw material suppliers or driven by legislation changes.
  • Not feasible to do notifications & updates manually. Notifications must be generated in bulk.
  • Automation requires standardization. The solution must work for thousands of notifications at a time.

Time is running out, since the new harmonized notification process shall apply from 1 January 2021, after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. That is why we have updated CHEMETER, a reliable SDS authoring software which provides you with country specific legislation, up-to-date regulatory information, continuous new features development and professional assistance. It is also a friendly modular software which accommodates each company’s needs considering the country, sector and the aim of the company. It creates an extended range of documents; such as SDS, e-SDS, labels, dangerous goods documents and sector specific paperwork. It is one of the highest implemented software solutions worldwide, and now in addition, we have updated it to provide it with an additional module that issues automatic notifications in a few minutes.

The new module is specially designed to help users to comply with new poison Centre Notification Requirements for Hazardous Mixtures in the EU. It automatically creates PCN dossiers for harmonised notifications. Just in a few minutes, users will get the file with all the necessary documentation: automatic UFI code generation, toxicological information, complete chemical composition, etc. It is a simplified process, which indicates step by step in a simple way the data that the user needs to complete it. In a few clicks, users will get the file to notify all products.  It is a significant time saver compared to the 2 or 3 hours it would take to generate the Poison Center Notification (PCN) format for a single product using the official portal.

You can get more information about CHEMETER and all Siam services on our website

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.

BASF introduces the Joncryl® 953X portfolio for protective woodgrain enhancement

BASF introduces the Joncryl® 953X portfolio for protective woodgrain enhancement

Natural materials like wood are enjoying growing popularity in the furniture & flooring sector. They are an obvious choice for enhancing the look and feel of our living and working spaces, with an particular emphasis on displaying the beauty of visible and contrasting wood grains. In order to replace the older solvent-based systems that were traditionally used to optimize this effect, BASF Dispersions & Resins have released the NEW Joncryl® 953X series of water-based resins for wood coatings.


Designed for grain enhancement and resistance, the portfolio comprises 5 water-based straight acrylic dispersions for formulating sustainable 1K furniture & flooring coatings that “vitalize” wooden surfaces, providing a beautiful and highly protective premium finish. Key performance characteristics such as resistance to chemicals, block and hardness resistance, scratch resistance and transparency are fulfilled while enabling formulators to select for low-to-zero co-solvent demand.


This flexible series offers a range of options, all with optimal fine-particle size and multi-purpose application possibilities. Formulators can select the resin that most appropriately reflects the needs of their products:


Joncryl® 9530: Excellent grain enhancement and chemical resistance

Joncryl® 9531: Optimal balance between blocking and chemical resistance

Joncryl® 9532: Excellent blocking, chemical and scratch resistance

Joncryl® 9533: Excellent early blocking resistance and 0% co-solvent demand

Joncryl® 9534: Great blend partner for enhancing blocking resistance and hardness


For more information or to sample please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales – Coatings, Plastics & Inks BTC UK and visit us on Stand 203 at Surfex 2021.

BASF Lumina® Royal (exterior) Blue Russet EH 3173 (S6903D)

BASF have launched a new high chroma effect pigment for vibrant blue and red shades. The latest release joins the Lumina® Royal exterior family of effect pigments, addressing the colouristic gap between Lumina® Royal Russet and Lumina® Royal Magenta – a semi-transparent, blue-shifted russet shade with superior properties and global registration status. Based on synthetic mica, the new Lumina® Blue Russet features an optimized particle-size distribution for exceptional chromaticity, brilliance and sparkle. The Lumina® combines with classic high-performing pigments creating an exciting colour-space expansion for brand new styling options and exceptional formulation flexibility in automotive OEM, refinish, aerospace, exterior architectural and powder coatings.

The full range of BASF effect pigments will be showcased at Surfex 2021. For further information or to sample please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales: Coatings, Inks & Plastics BTC UK Email:

BCF calls for further changes to UK REACH after small step in the right direction

The British Coatings Federation has welcomed recent proposed changes to the forthcoming UK REACH regime as a small but welcome step in the right direction. However, it has also warned that these changes alone will not be enough to prevent the coatings sector – and wider chemicals industry – from being hit hard financially under the new post-Brexit regime. This is because it does still not resolve the underlying, inherent problems with the proposed UK REACH system namely duplication of the EU REACH system and re-registration of all substances in a new database. It is this wholesale re-registration – including full data dossiers duplicating registrations already held in the EU REACH system – which will prove so bureaucratic, burdensome, and costly to business.

The easiest and seemingly best way to avoid this wholesale duplication would be for the UK and EU to negotiate a data-sharing agreement as part of the ongoing Free Trade Agreement talks. This would potentially mean the UK regulator would maintain access to data already registered in the EU REACH database and avoid it having to be re-registered in the new UK REACH system. The BCF fully supports the UK Government’s attempts to achieve this result as part of the FTA talks.

However, if that data-sharing outcome is not achieved as part of an FTA, the Government needs to go further and initiate greater changes to the proposed UK REACH system. The time extension for substance registrations simply spreads the cost of the registration requirements over a longer period: it does not reduce the overall cost to business. Those additional costs will still make it uneconomic for some lower quantity substances to be registered in the UK REACH database, making them unavailable in the UK and leaving UK companies at a significant disadvantage to their EU counterparts. Alternatively, UK businesses will have to take on the registration costs themselves to maintain access to crucial substances, again putting them at a competitive disadvantage.

Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation said:

“Along with others we have been actively and positively engaged in conversations with the UK Government for well over a year. It is good to see that the Government has listened to the genuine concerns industry has raised and amended their plans for UK REACH. However, while we welcome the changes as a step in the right direction, sadly we do not believe the scale of the amendments are enough to offset the large costs and inconveniences UK business will suffer at the hands of UK REACH system as it stands.

“We hope that a data-sharing agreement on chemicals can be negotiated between the UK and EU as part of an FTA, and fully support the Government as it continues to work for that outcome: it would seem to be the most practical solution to this problem. However, if such an agreement does not come to pass then we hope the Government will continue to engage with, and listen to, the continued concerns of industry. Ultimately, we hope they realise we are not crying wolf over the impact of UK REACH on companies using chemicals like the paint, coatings and printing ink industries, and agree to make further amendments to their plans that will mitigate the effect of the new UK regulatory system on business.”

BCF gives evidence on UK REACH to House of Lords Committee

British Coatings Federation Ltd
Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park Coventry
Registered in England 745398

On the 7th of October 2020 Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coatings Federation gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Environment Sub-Committee on the subject of Government plans for UK REACH.
In his comments to the Committee he explained to Peers how UK REACH, as currently configured, will significantly and negatively impact on the coatings and printing inks sector, as well as the chemicals industry more widely.

His evidence stressed that if the UK Government fails to negotiate data-sharing as part of a chemicals annexe to the EU Free Trade Agreement, the resulting need to register chemical substances into a separate UK REACH database will cost industry over £1 billion. This would put UK Coatings manufacturing – and sectors further downstream like automotive and aerospace that its members supply – at a significant competitive disadvantage to their EU competitors.

During the Committee evidence session Tom also:

• Highlighted the risk of the UK losing Foreign Direct Investment if it is no longer an attractive place to manufacturer chemical-based products like coatings; • Expressed concern that the extra bureaucracy and cost of a mirrored UK REACH system will have a significant impact on business, especially smaller companies and downstream users who have not had to engage with EU REACH on registrations before now; • Welcomed plans to extend the registration period for substances into UK REACH from two to up to six years as a step in the right direction. However, while this measure is of some help it does not solve the underlying problems of a duplicate REACH regime. He therefore called on the Government to think again about the structure of UK REACH from 1st January 2021 if it cannot negotiate data-sharing as part of an FTA; • Reiterated a major worry of BCF members that, even with an extended registration period, many small volume substances might be deemed economically unviable to register in UK REACH due to the fact the UK is ten times smaller than the EU market. This could mean these small volume substances being lost to UK manufacturers entirely; • Drew attention to Chemical Watch’s recent survey on that subject which reported that 27% of EU companies and 7% of UK companies were considering not re-registering substances in UK REACH due to cost or complexity; • Pointed out that the proposed fee structure for UK REACH registration is the same as that for EU REACH, even though the UK market is 10 times smaller than that of the EU. If fees are to be levied for registrations into UK REACH they should be more proportionate to the size of the market; • Bought to the Peers’ attention that industry is still awaiting detailed guidance on UK REACH to be published by the Government, leaving businesses with little time to truly get to grips with new regulations;
British Coatings Federation Ltd Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park Coventry, CV4 8HS Registered in England 745398

• And asked whether the Government will publish its economic and environmental impact assessments for UK REACH to allow for more comprehensive debate on the subject.

Commenting on the evidence session, Tom Bowtell said:

“I was grateful to be able to give evidence to the House of Lords. It was an important opportunity to make sure the Committee Members understood how UK REACH is going to impact on downstream users of chemicals in the UK – like the coatings and printing inks sector – as well as on the chemicals industry more widely. Additional costs and reduced availability of substances from which to manufacture are going to be genuine consequences of the current plans for the UKs new chemicals regime. We therefore urged the Committee to prompt the Government to publish its economic impact assessment of its plans for UK REACH so that we can see what assumptions it is making its decisions upon.

“With the clock ticking down until the Brexit Transition Period ends the UK Government needs to recognise that – unless data-sharing with the EU can be agreed as part of an FTA – the way UK REACH is currently configured will hit industry hard. There is a real risk the extra regulatory burden will lead to a reduction in foreign direct investment to the UK: moreover, the extra costs and added bureaucracy will hit SMEs and downstream users like those in the coatings and printing inks sectors particularly heavily. We need to see more radical changes made to UK REACH – beyond the extension to registration periods already agreed – to mitigate the effects on business.”

Blagden to supply NOVARES hydrocarbon resins to customers in the UK and Ireland

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 (

Plastics: Ian Corke on 01959 560809 (

Industrial Applications: Greg White on 01959 560817 (

Printing Inks: Philip Randall on 01959 560857 (

British Coatings Federation announces new President at virtual Board meeting

Outgoing British Coatings Federation President David Beckford of Pronto Industrial Paints handed over the presidency to Guy Williams, Chief Executive of U-POL at BCF’s virtual board meeting on the 5th of October 2020.

Commenting on his appointment, Guy Williams said that he was looking forward to serving the for the next two years and supporting the BCF team.

“I would like to personally thank David for his fantastic leadership throughout his presidency which must be one of the most turbulent periods in BCF’s history. Looking forward, the BCF, like many others, will face significant challenges ahead. However, the BCF is well placed to weather the impacts of Covid-19 and is continuing to lobby hard on other issues with the EU Free Trade Agreement and UK REACH top of the current priorities.”

Whilst Presidents typically serve two-year terms, outgoing President Beckford had been asked to stay on for an extended period due to Covid-19. Speaking of his time as President, David thanked the Board and said it had been an honour to serve the industry.

“BCF has developed considerably over the last 10 years, and I have no doubt it will continue to grow and thrive. Looking back, I take immense pride in the achievements of BCF in recent years. Starting with the new HQ in Coventry, we’ve seen the Federation strengthen significantly and has twice been named Trade Association of the Year. Financially we are on a very sound footing now and Corporate Governance is exemplary, with high engagement at Board Level and a clear strategy for the years ahead.”

Tom Bowtell, BCF’s Chief Executive commented:

“It was been a pleasure to work alongside David Beckford for the last two and a half years. During his tenure David has dealt with a number of major challenges facing both the industry and wider society. I am looking forward to working with Guy Williams as we continue to support our members and the industry into the future.”

British Coatings Federation welcomes FTA but calls for more significant changes to UK REACH

The British Coatings Federation has welcomed the news of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU. Despite the lateness of the decision, an FTA will mean, among other things, that BCF members will be able to benefit from tariff-free trade with the EU in future. This at least will ensure the coatings and printing inks sectors across Europe will not now be hit by new tariff costs of an estimated £100 million.

However, while there is talk of a Chemicals Annexe being included in the deal, it is not yet clear this will include the key data-sharing clauses the UK wanted. If this has not been agreed today, we hope that data-sharing might still be able to be negotiated as an ‘add-on’ at some point in 2021.

The 1st January 2021 sees the introduction of the UK’s new independent chemicals regulations. UK REACH is a direct copy of the original, EU REACH, a piece of legislation widely regarded as being one of the most – if not the most – burdensome in the world. If data-sharing has not been agreed as part of the FTA, UK REACH will now require the registration with full data dossiers of all chemical substances being used in the country to be put into a new database. This process is going to cost the chemicals industry an estimated £1 billion plus, a figure not disputed by the UK Government. It is also likely to mean some substances will not be registered in the new UK database at all for reasons of cost, leaving many UK manufacturers in a position where they have to make do without, change their formulations, or take on the registration costs themselves.

In addition, UK-based companies wanting to export to the EU will not only have to comply with UK REACH but continue to adhere to EU REACH rules too. This will become more complicated if the UK and EU chemicals regimes start to diverge in future.

Commenting on the deal, Tow Bowtell, CEO of the BCF, said:

“We welcome the fact a Free Trade Agreement has been concluded. Businesses are going to be hit significantly by Brexit and at least this FTA means some additional costs, such as tariffs, are now going to be avoided.

However, the FTA agreed appears extremely ‘thin’ and basic. The reality is this is a ‘hard’ Brexit, with significant extra costs and burdens placed on UK industry as a result. BCF members and businesses across the country will still have to deal with new customs and borders controls, as well as delays to goods and raw materials caused by those additional procedures. This will make UK companies less competitive, having to spend more time and money dealing with bureaucracy that has not been there for decades.

In particular, we have serious concerns about the way UK REACH will duplicate the onerous EU REACH, despite the UK chemicals market being only 1/10th the size of the EU. It seems as though the FTA negotiations failed to secure a data-sharing agreement on chemicals. If that is indeed the case, we either need to see further negotiations in 2021 to try and reach that agreement as an ‘add-on’ or Defra will need to urgently review how UK REACH is going to work. Proceeding as currently planned will cost businesses – including downstream users like those in the coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings sectors – over a billion pounds with absolutely zero added benefits. We will continue, as a matter of priority, to make this case for change into 2021.”

Car care customer launches two innovative graphene-based sealants

Applied Graphene Materials (LSE:AGM), the producer of specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, announces that its customer, Constellation Chemicals, has launched two new sealants in its car detailing product range enhanced with AGM’s graphene nanoplatelet technology.

The two products, Parallax, a graphene-enhanced ceramic sealant and Gravity, a graphene-enhanced snow sealant, launch following a programme of research and testing by Constellation Chemicals. The growing UK-based manufacturer of car care products claims that they offer performance enhancements such as hydrophobicity, chemical resistance to acid rain, road salt and bird lye and produce excellent durability, gloss, water repellence and beading.

The new product launches demonstrate further progress in the incorporation of AGM’s industry leading Genable® graphene nanoplatelet dispersions for the car care market. Working in partnership with forward-looking players in the industry such as Constellation Chemicals, ensures AGM can continue to drive graphene innovation in car detailing applications with its customers.

The new sealants have gained significant interest from customers and are available to order at:

Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer of AGM, commented:

“We are pleased to have been able to work with the team at Constellation Chemicals to bring these two new highperformance products to market. It is a further demonstration of the ease of use of AGM’s carefully formulated graphene dispersions in our customers’ product formulations. We look forward to these new products gaining greater customer interest in the innovative protective car care coatings sector, and to further opportunities to collaborate with Constellation Chemicals on future products.”

Gian Franco Totis, Managing Director of Constellation Chemicals, added:
“The release of our two graphene infused products this month has been a major milestone for Constellation Chemicals.
With graphene being the new buzz word on the detailing scene we wanted to get ahead of the competition. Working with AGM’s Genable® range we quickly managed to formulate two products which have exceeded our expectations.
These products offer some great characteristics for the automotive industry including corrosion and chemical resistance, gloss enhancement and heat dissipation.
We are excited to have been able to release two brand new graphene-enhanced car care products – our ceramic sealant “Parallax”, and our snow sealant “Gravity”. Following months of research and development this success has only been possible thanks to the insights and support from the team at AGM.”

For further information, please contact:

Applied Graphene Materials +44 (0) 1642 438 214 Andy Gent, Commercial Director Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer David Blain, Chief Financial Officer

N+1 Singer +44 (0) 207 496 3000 Peter Steel / Amanda Gray

Allenby Capital Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 203 328 5656 Nick Athanas / Liz Kirchner (Corporate Finance) Matt Butlin / Kelly Gardiner (Sales and Corporate Broking) Hudson Sandler +44 (0) 207 796 4133 Charlie Jack / Emily Dillon

Coatings Care Awards finalists announced by the BCF

British Coatings Federation (BCF) announces finalists for Coatings Care, a voluntary programme which provides an opportunity for members to benchmark their environmental performance against 45 KPIs. For additional details on the programme and why this initiative is important, click here.

The Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award is presented to the company that has demonstrated best in class performance across a range of key performance indicators, including VOC emissions, energy consumption, waste and recycling, and accident and incident statistics.

Our shortlisted companies for this award are:

  • AkzoNobel Decorative Paints (Ashington)
  • AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings (Deeside)
  • Pronto Industrial Paints (Chesterfield)
  • Pulse Printing Products (Bristol)
  • Teal & Mackrill Ltd (Hull)

The Coatings Care Progress Award is presented to the company that has made the most significant year on year improvement in its performance on the same health, safety and environmental criteria.

Our shortlisted companies for this award are:

  • Crown (Darwen)
  • Dacrylate (Kirkby-in-Ashfield)
  • Rustins
  • Steyport (Blackburn)
  • Sun Chemical


Tom Bowtell, BCF Chief Executive commented “The programme is a great way for member companies to compare and understand their relative environmental performance and look for ways to continuously improve. Well done to the finalists of our awards and I look forward to announcing the winners on the 6th of November.”

Creating a network of coatings industry ambassadors to engage with schools and universities

The British Coatings Federation has partnered with the Surface Coatings Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry ( and PRA ( to create a national network of ambassadors for the coatings industry, with the training delivered by Cogent Skills.

Our goal is to equip Coatings Ambassadors with the skills and materials to run sessions at schools and universities, to explain the contribution the industry makes to the economy and society, as well as the varied roles and opportunities within it.

Following two successful events at the end of 2019, July saw the first virtual Coatings Ambassador training, with a diverse group of attendees from AkzoNobel, BASF, Dacrylate, Imerys, Manchester University and Venator and had an international flavour with delegates joining from Brazil and the USA.

Through our ambassador programme and the Coatings Careers Hub, our online forum with vacancies and career resources, we are hopeful that we can encourage the next generation to see the world of opportunities in our industry.

We would like to thank both the companies and individuals who took part and who are now part of an important and growing network. Whilst there is currently a shortage of skilled staff and an ageing workforce, we hope that the Coatings Ambassador programme will help make a real difference.

For more information about the programme, and future training dates, visit 

FREE forthcoming webinar being offered by BASF for the Printing & Packaging Industry

Find out how to reduce your carbon footprint with NEW Joncryl® Biomass Balance resins for Sustainable Packaging from BASF.


Many manufacturers are asking for resins based on renewable materials in order to improve the sustainability and marketability of their products. Resins are generally based on crude oil but BASF can now substitute crude with vegetable oil derived from waste products (compost) or sustainable palm plantations to help customers reduce their carbon footprint. The new Joncryl® BM Biomass Balance resins are produced with these renewable materials.  The Biomass Balance approach allows the manufacture of water-based inks containing renewable raw materials without the need to change printing and/or converting processes. The production of one tonne of Joncryl® Biomass Balance ‒ compared with that of a conventional product ‒ can reduce carbon dioxide by the same amount as a car emits over a distance of 4,500 km. Joncryl® Biomass Balance opens up new opportunities to create more sustainable packaging.


FREE forthcoming webinar being offered by BASF for the Printing & Packaging Industry.

To give customers more information on the Joncryl® Biomass Balance concept, BASF have organised a free web seminar to introduce this and other products that are designed to support customers to reduce their carbon footprint and meet market demands for sustainable packaging solutions.


During the session on November 4th, Jan ver Delft from the BASF resins team will discuss how the Biomass Balance approach works and how Joncryl® Biomass Balance resins for inks and coatings can reduce the use of non-renewable resources by up to 100%. He will also look at other bio-based products, which, like our Biomass Balance solutions, can substantially reduce your carbon footprint.

Date                 4th November
Time                 12-12.30pm
Register            Please click here to register

If you are unable to join the session and would like further information on the Joncryl® BB concept please contact Chris Morgan, Head of Sales: Coatings, Inks & Plastics BTC UK Email:

Look out for the Joncryl® Biomass Balance products on the BTC stand at Surfex 2021!

Frequently Asked Questions of the KKDIK Regulation (Turkey REACH)

With the pre-registration deadline for KKDIK quickly approaching on the 31st of December 2020, we at CIRS are busy monitoring the latest updates and preparing you to fulfil all the necessary obligations. Completion of the pre-registration obligation provides you with a grace period for registration until the end of 2023 after which all chemical substances manufactured/imported to Turkey in one ton/year must be fully registered.

To make this process easier for you, we have gathered all the most frequently asked questions from our practical experience to-date with the KKDIK regulation.

  1. If pre-registration is completed within C&L notification, then why should a foreign enterprise do the pre-registration themselves and not through a TR-importer?

If a TR-importer does C&L notification, they select the role of ‘importer’. The pre-registration will also have been completed under an importer. This may result in the following scenarios (a) higher cost for registration (b) the TR-importer may not do the registration and choose a supplier which has registered their substance with an OR (c) If the TR-importer does the registration, then they can buy the substance from any supplier they want as they will have the registration number. The result is an overall loss of commercial power in Turkey

  1. How is the pre-registration/registration of a polymer processed according to the KKDIK regulation?

Article 4 (hh) of KKDIK: Polymer means a substance consisting of molecules characterised by the sequence of one or more types of monomer units, distributed over a range of molecular weights wherein differences in the molecular weight are primarily attributable to differences in the number of monomer units and comprising of the following:

1) A simple weight majority of molecules containing at least three monomer units which are covalently bound to at least one other monomer unit or other reactant; and

2) Less than a simple weight majority of molecules of the same molecular weight

According to the KKDIK regulation, polymers are themselves exempt from registration. In the same way as EU REACH, it is the monomer unit and any other substances which are present in 1 ton/year or greater which require pre-registration/registration.

  1. For C&L notification of chemicals delivered in mixtures, does each individual substance require notification?

The way a mixture is classified is if the mixture contains a substance which is classified as hazardous and it is above the appropriate concentration limit (varies depending on the substance in question), then the mixture is classified as hazardous. If a mixture meets hazardous criteria, then C&L notification is required. Classification is the same as EU REACH.

  1. Is it possible to transfer completed pre-registrations?

Currently, the online platform for submitting pre-registration/registration dossiers is updating. This is the KKS tool (IUCLID and REACH-IT hybrid). This may take some time to complete. The OR transfer function will be available after the update is complete.

  1. According to KKDIK, all substances manufactured/imported into Turkey in 1 ton/year should be pre-registered. If my substance is less than 1 ton/year can it still be pre-registered?

Yes, it is still possible to pre-register substances which are less than 1 ton/year. This will also cover future business if annual tonnages rise to the 1 ton/year mark or above in the period of three years. If pre-registration is not completed before Dec. 31st 2020 and tonnages rise above the 1 ton/year threshold, then full registration will be required which will be far costlier.

  1. Is there a system of reporting dispatches into Turkey after pre-registration is completed?

Currently, there is not such a system in place for reporting dispatches

  1. When dealing with a mixture, if a raw material is pre-registered under the supplier, can the pre-registration be used by the formulator of the mixture?

This is the decision of the supplier who obtained the pre-registration number and whether he grants access to the formulator to use the pre-registration number.

  1. Who may register in the case of a multinational company/group companies?

This depends on whether each company within the same parent company are defined as ‘registrant’ according to Article 4(ü) of the KKDIK regulation. If multiple companies are under the same legal entity, then just one company needs to act as the registrant. In the case of a separate legal entity, such as a sister company, they should also register.

  1. How are alloys registered?

According to the KKDIK regulation, alloys are treated in the same way as mixtures. Therefore, each individual substance i.e. each metallic substance must be registered individually.

  1. If the tonnage band is expected to increase in the future, can the higher tonnage band be registered under instead?

Companies may register under higher tonnage bands if they expect their annual tonnage to increase. The higher registration fee must also be paid. Furthermore, the registration dossier must include all the required information for the higher tonnage band as data requirements differ between tonnage bands.

  1. If a company is importing a mixture to Turkey, how can they find out if the individual components have already been registered in Turkey by the supplier, if the supplier is refuses to share the information?

The options are to (a) Contact the formulator where the supplier is not the same entity as the formulator. The formulator may be more willing to share the composition information. (b) Take analytical measurements to determine the composition of the mixture or (c) Find an alternative supplier of the same substance who is willing to share the information

  1. Our substance only has a CAS No. and no EC No. is available, can we process pre-registration only with CAS No.?

Yes, there is no problem to process pre-registration without EC No.

  1. We are a distributor located outside Turkey, can we appoint an OR and process pre-registration?

No. It’s same as EU REACH. Only foreign manufacturers can appoint an OR and process pre-registration.

  1. Is there a definition of “new chemical” in the KKDIK regulation?

No. The regulation is only about the substance. There is no specific definition of Existing Chemical and New Chemical. CIRS suggests companies to process pre-registration of all their substances.

  1. If the manufacturer completes the pre-registration, can the local importer take C&L notification with this pre-registration No.?

No, if the importer processes C&L Notification, they have to firstly complete pre-registration by themselves.

  1. Our product contains a raw material which has not been reacted. The tonnage of this raw material is more than 1 ton/year. Are we still required to process pre-registration of this raw material?

It’s similar as EU REACH. If the raw material is not residual on purpose, it can be regarded as an impurity and pre-registration will not be required.

  1. We are a Turkish legal entity which owns several factories in different sites, how shall we process the pre-registration?

According to KKDIK regulation, registrant shall be the natural or legal person in Turkey. If the company has one individual legal entity which own different factories, and the factories have no individual legal entity, only one pre-registration is enough, and all factories will be covered.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Julie Harrington, Regulatory Affairs Consultant

+353 0 87 197 2618

IKA World Market Leader – Again!

IKA world market leader – again!

/// Survey confirms leading role in laboratory, analytical and process technology

Staufen, 01/21/20 – IKA is once again listed in the world market leader index. A recent survey by the University of St.Gallen confirmed the performance and global presence of IKA as the global frontrunner in the laboratory, analytical and process technology. 

IKA, with its headquarters in Staufen, operates branches in nine countries on three continents and sells its products in more than 160 countries. As such, for several years, they have fulfilled the challenging criteria required in order to be officially nominated as a world market leader. In order to be listed in the famous index, a company must hold the highest or second-highest market share, achieve an annual revenue of more than 50 million Euros, of which more than half must be generated abroad and must be active on at least three continents. This well-respected world market leader index is drawn up by the University of St.Gallen, together with the Akademie Deutscher Weltmarktführer [Academy of German World Market Leaders] (ADWM) by means of an objective and transparent process, and is published every year in the “Wirtschaftswoche” (Business Week) magazine.

The world market leader title is the crowning glory of a commitment that starts at the product level. IKA places great emphasis on the fact that working with its products should be intuitive, effective and convenient for its end-users. For this reason, the development focus is on design; which has been a source for other awards, with the most recent being the German Design Award for the IKA PETTE product range. In addition, the world market leader from Baden is proud to be a reliable partner for their customers throughout the manufacturing chain: starting with the products for research in the laboratory, to the machines for marketable mass production.

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 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.”

Innovation award for new silicone-based surfactants for water-based systems

Two new silicone-based surfactants with properties that address key challenges for water-based coating systems have won an innovation award.

The new additives are available from Blagden in the UK and Ireland. They have been developed by our key supply partner, BYK Chemie GmbH, and support the worldwide trend towards water-based and low-VOC coatings systems.

BYK-3480 and BYK-3481 respond to the demand for water-based products with unique properties as companies within the coatings sector speed up efforts to develop water-based, low emission and other forms of environmentally friendly systems to comply with legal provisions and environmental concerns.

Specifically, these surfactants address challenges of high gloss and low film build on non-polar substrates in general industrial coatings, as well as the need to allow for good surface wetting on metal substrates which are impure or have oily contaminations.

BYK-3480 and BYK-3481 are silicone surfactants with good defoaming properties which can be used in any aqueous system and offer a balanced property package – defoaming, substrate wetting and levelling – at the same time. BYK-3480 is recommended for pigmented systems and BYK-3481 is suited for clear coats.

The award won by the BYK products was in the Coatings category of the Ringier Technology Innovation Award for industrial manufacturing. The purpose of the award is to encourage, acknowledge and reward individuals and companies who have developed new ideas, methodologies, products or technologies to improve industries with greater energy saving and cost reduction.

To find out more about these and other products or to discuss your specific needs, please contact Michael Austin at Blagden on 01959 560804 or email

Introducing a new brighter white for inks

Ti-PureTM TS-4657 brings the whiteness, brightness and opacity of a chloride grade titanium dioxide to inks and has the added benefit of low abrasion.

Until now, printers looking for optimum brightness in their inks typically faced a choice between brilliance and abrasion. That’s because pigments produced via the chloride process tend to be abrasive and cause wear on printing equipment. However, while sulphate grades offer lower abrasion, they lack brightness and consistency.

Now there is a product which combines the benefits of both. Blagden’s key supply partner Chemours has developed a low-abrasion chloride grade of titanium dioxide, Ti-PureTM TS-4657.

Compared to sulphate-produced alternatives, Ti-PureTM TS-4657 provides:
• a brighter, whiter pigment that allows printing in a broader range of colours
• higher opacity and thinner film when formulated to equal whiteness
• consistently high quality due to continuous processing
• the ability to use less TiO₂ when formulated to whiteness and opacity, resulting in cost savings

For more information about how Ti-Pure TS-4657 can bring more brilliance to your inks, please contact Philip Randall on 01959 560857 or email



Tennants as distributor for Vink Chemicals are pleased to offer a new range of Kimicell thickeners.


Available in a range of low, medium or high viscosities, the Kimicell Hydroxyethyl Cellulose is used as a thickener for water-based paints and coatings. They are also used as admixture performance enhancers.

They also offer bio-stable grades, offering better resistance than most other soluble gums and polymers and this resistance to enzymatic and chemical degradation elicits a more stable viscosity.


It increases the paint/coating in can viscosity, sag resistance (especially in combination with HEUR) and enhancing coverage. It also provides good water-retention, rheology and colloid protection, especially when used in those solutions where a non-ionic material is desired. It reduces sedimentation of the pigments and fillers and can also contribute to the dispersion of pigments by improving the flow during grinding, helping to stabilize the pigment from flocculation. In admixtures they can also be used to improve the properties of mortars such as water-retention, workability & open time.


Normal dosage is 0.4-0.8% w/w. Paint made from the lower molecular weight grades are more resistant to spatter during roller application for example.

Further Information

For further information, please contact

Learn how to meet your SCIP Database requirements with Yordas’ new e-learning course

Are you a producer, importer or supplier of articles based in the EU? Did you know that from 5th January 2021, products containing SVHC on the REACH Candidate List will have to be registered in the new SCIP database?

Yordas Group have recently launched an e-learning course titled: A Practical Guide to the SCIP Database. The course will show you how to create a SCIP-compatible dataset and comply with your obligations.

The idea behind SCIP is that to successfully develop a circular economy and enable recycling, hazardous chemicals must be removed from materials. Therefore, if you are a producer, importer or supplier of articles based in the EU, you will probably have obligations to notify information to SCIP.

The course is hosted by Yordas’ SCIP expert Dr Sandra Meijer and includes practical exercises and demonstrations of the IT systems for the SCIP database. By completing this course, you will gain the knowledge, skills and insight required to meet your obligations under SCIP.

Enrol in the course now to be ready for the January 2021 deadline:

More information about SCIP Database:

Lisam Systems: towards the Full Digitisation of Hazard Information

One of the many challenges faced by chemical manufacturers and buyers is the availability and relevance of the safety documents provided by their suppliers. More often than not, suppliers SDS are either missing, not compliant or not updated in a timely manner. These failures to comply constitute a significant safety risk for manufacturers and chemical downstream users and jeopardize the HSE compliance efforts of countless companies.

Lisam’s purpose is to respond to this challenge by facilitating hazard communication through the digitisation and centralisation of your SDS.


To achieve this goal, we have developed software solutions which will not only address the compliance and quality issues of the received SDS but will also enable the communication of hazard information from your suppliers and to customers.

Our solutions include:

  • Automated document request (update request, missing or wrong SDS information);
  • Automated assessment of SDS template quality with our SDS Robot;
  • Digitisation of supplier SDS with our SDS Robot;
  • Eased processing of digital SDS to author your own compliant documents;
  • Automated distribution of the authored documents to your own customers;
  • Simplified generation of safety documents based on digital SDS for downstream users.
  • Straightforward comparison and validation of the content of the supplier SDS.
  • Automated content matching with our standard phrases catalogue
  • Eased processing of digital SDS to author your own compliant documents (in multiple formats and languages)


What’s in it for you:

+ ensured compliance
+ enhanced time efficiency
+ increased productivity

Learn more:

Measure Thin Gold & Palladium Coatings on PCB Boards

As the electronics industry makes use of ever thinner coatings, manufacturers increase their demands on measuring technologies to provide reliable parameters for product monitoring. One example is the Au/Pd/Ni/Cu/printed circuit board system with coating thicknesses for Au and Pd of just a few nm. For monitoring the quality of these coating systems, X-ray fluorescence instruments have established themselves as the measurement method of choice.

The thinner the coatings, the more important it becomes to select a suitable detector. Table 1 shows a comparison of results from FISCHERSCOPE® X-RAY instruments fitted with a proportional counter tube, PIN diode and silicon drift detector (SDD), respectively.

50 nm Au 24 nm Pd
Coefficient of variance Standard
Coefficient of variance
PROPORTIONAl COUNTER TUBE (0,2 MM APERTURE) 2.2 nm 4.3 % 3 nm 13 %
PIN DETECTOR (1 MM APERTURE) 0.9 nm 1.8 % 1.2 nm 4.8 %
SDD DETECTOR (1 MM APERTURE) 0.2 nm 0.4 % 0.5 nm 2.1 %


Table 1. Various types of detectors and their corresponding achievable standard deviations and variation coefficients

As illustrated in Table 1 above, the SDD’s significantly superior repeatability precision allows for the reliable measurement of even very thin Au and Pd coatings.

The trueness is also better for instruments with SDD because the high energy resolution of the usable signal is less susceptible to influence from the background or adjacent fluorescence lines.

The FISCHERSCOPE® X-RAY XDV®-SDD measurement system is equipped with SDD, allowing for the quick and repeatable determination of extremely thin Coatings.

Proper handling of the fluorescence signal generated by the substrate material is also more important with thinner coatings. While a general subtraction of the background signal does improve the repeatability precision, it can also introduce errors into the results. The evaluation software WinFTM® therefore explicitly allows the composition of the substrate material to be taken into account with every measurement.

Your local contact person for FISCHER products will be happy to assist you in selecting a suitable X-ray fluorescence instrument for measuring Au/Pd coatings on printed circuit boards – FISCHERSCOPE® X-RAY XDL® with proportional counter tube, XDAL® with PIN detector, or XDV®- SDD with SDD detector.
Learn more by following the link:


Metal Recycles Forever

80% of all metal ever produced is still in circulation today.

Recycling and sustainability

The UK metal packaging industry, along with its European counterparts, spearheads the continual drive to not only produce the most material efficient metal packaging possible, but also to provide packaging that offers other significant benefits such as significantly reducing food waste and producing paint cans that are still fully recyclable despite contamination from paint.


The industry’s recycling infrastructure, developed over many decades, has resulted in a UK recycling rate for steel packaging of 71 per cent and aluminium (primarily beverage cans) of 76 per cent.


The sector’s target of a 100 per cent recycling rate for metal is a real possibility thanks to metal’s easy separation from the waste stream, either by consumers at home or by magnetic extraction and eddy currents further down the line. And it’s a fact that all metal collected for recycling, is recycled and is reused.


Metal is officially recognised as a permanently available material (British Standard 8905) – a material whose inherent properties are not changed by repeatedly being recycling into new products. Metal can be recycled an infinite number of times with no loss of quality, and it’s estimated that 80 per cent of all metal ever produced is still in circulation today.


Metal’s sustainability credentials are captured in just three words: Metal Recycles Forever.


“Metal can be recycled again and again with no loss of quality, and when it is recycled it saves significant amounts of primary raw materials, energy and CO2. Once primary ore is converted into metal, as long as we look after it, we will have it forever.  This infinite recyclability is key to reducing the pressure on the world’s natural resources and why recycling metal is so important. Our vision is for a 100 percent metal packaging recycling rate,” said Robert Fell, Director and CEO, MPMA.

New Datacolor® Paint and Coatings Industry Guide

Many industries need to accurately measure, communicate and consistently reproduce colours. Effective colour management is important to business success for a number of reasons:

  • Colour consistency is associated with high quality
  • Colour can improve the safety and usability of products and environments
  • Colour problems can create unnecessary production expenses and delays
  • Colour management can help reduce environmental impact


In the new Datacolor® industry guide, the reader will find all they need to know about colour management and challenges in getting colour right. This free guide can be useful for anyone who works with colour. Get your guide now at

New environmentally-friendly recirculating chiller

/// RC 2 GREEN saves not only on operating costs, but also tons of CO2

Staufen, 14 September 2020 – IKA extends its range of recirculating chillers with the addition of the powerful and environmentally-friendly RC 2 GREEN basic and control models. The new devices combine a natural coolant with the tried and tested demand-controlled compressor technology. The result: Brilliant energy-efficiency, CO2 savings from the very first hour of operation and a reduction in operating costs.

Plant 163 trees or choose the RC 2 GREEN: You can save up to 4 tons of CO2 over a period of ten years using the new circulation cooler as compared to conventional equipment. This corresponds to a return flight from Frankfurt to New York. IKA achieves this significant reduction in the CO2 footprint as a result of the environmentally-friendly and natural coolant R 290 and the energy-efficient compressor technology.

The coolant R 290 is classed as a pure hydrocarbon. It does not damage the ozone layer and has only a slight greenhouse potential. In addition, it has very good thermodynamic properties and promises a long service life for the recirculating chiller, even with future utilization requirements. Combination with the demand-regulated compressor in the RC 2 GREEN achieves a cooling capacity of 800 Watt and a minimum temperature of -30 °C. Not only is this good for the environment, but it also saves from 150 to 250 Euros per year of operation, calculated over a ten year period.

Both variants of the device are developments of the RC 2 recirculating chiller. However, at 800 W, the RC 2 GREEN conceals double the cooling capacity, in identical housing, thus saving 30 % in installation footprint and half the device volume when compared to competitive devices. The result is a space-saving operation of two rotation vaporizers, each having a vaporizing piston of 1000 ml, for example.
In addition, the RC 2 GREEN offers everything one would expect to see in a good recirculating chiller: a powerful pressurization and suction pump, a high-quality fine-mesh stainless steel filter and, of course, the typical IKA modern and user-friendly design incorporating intuitive menu navigation. The display on the control variant can be removed. This permits straightforward remote operation, freeing up space immediately around the working environment for additional essential laboratory equipment.

The IKA recirculating chiller product group now includes a total of six devices. They are all particularly suited for cooling in extraction processes and in combination with rotation vaporizers and laboratory reactors.

New Rotavisc Helistand from IKA

The measurement of highly viscous samples such as creams, pastes, paints and gelatin is a particular challenge for static viscometers. These substances are so viscous that they are forced to the edge by the rotational movement. An air channel is created around the rotating body, which is why the acting torque is then no longer meaningful.


The new motorized HELISTAND allows you to smoothly measure the viscosity of highly viscous samples, too. It moves the mounted viscometer and its rotating body slowly and uniformly up and down in the sample. Combined with the included T-spindles for non-flowing samples, you can thus acquire meaningful viscosity measurements.


Handling, installing and cleaning the HELISTAND is very easy. The ROTAVISC viscometer is simply placed onto the stand’s drive motor and the T-shaped needle spindle is attached to the viscometer.


Available as a standalone accessory or as a package complete with a ROTAVISC viscometer for more details please visit or contact IKA at

OCCA Weekly Webinars

Launch of Autumn Series

Following on from the success of our hugely popular Summer Series, we are thrilled to have launched our ‘Autumn Series’ of 10 more Weekly Webinars, which will run from 7th October – 9th December. The launch was designed to coincide with the UK’s official Learning at Work Week, organised by Campaign for Learning. This is a unique annual event to build learning cultures at work. It aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development.

Learning at Work Week 2020 was scheduled to take place at its normal time 18th to 24th May. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Campaign for Learning ran ‘On Air – Online’ Learning at Work Week during these dates, which coincided with the launch of our Summer Series. The main Learning at Work Week dates subsequently changed to 5th – 11th October 2020, and hence our Autumn Series Webinar 1 will be broadcast during the new official “Learning at Work Week’. Webinar 3 in this second series will be broadcast as part of the “Virtual Surfex” week.

We continue to use the OCCA Weekly Webinars platform as a catalyst for change, to provide an opportunity for OCCA to engage more directly with members and industry associates; to enable our industry partners & Corporate Sponsors to share their business and product developments; and to encourage participation from a broader audience. Our Summer Series attracted over 940 registrations from participants around the world, many of whom attended several of the weekly sessions. Other members chose to access the webinars via the Members’ Area of our OCCA website, either downloading pdf copies of presentations or watching the video recordings at a time to suit themselves.

Our autumn line up will not disappoint. It is offered free of charge for members, Corporate Sponsors and students from our recognised Educational partners. Non-members have the unique chance to participate in any of the Autumn Series sessions, in the hope that they might be encouraged to sign up for membership of the Association in the longer term. Notedly, non-members are not restricted in the number of sessions they can attend. Indeed, presenting companies are encouraged to invite their own customers and industry contacts to participate, in order to provide the best possible platform for their subject matter and a wider audience for OCCA.

Broadcast live every Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm BST, using Zoom as the hosting platform, each weekly session comprises a brief introduction to OCCA, a 30-40 minute presentation by the host company and a live Q&A session with panellists at the end of each presentation. If you wish to find out more about getting involved in one of the future sessions, please contact Ann-Marie Etherington –, for more details.

Webinar 1, Wednesday 7th October 2020
Joanne Mitchell
Global Product Manager for Metallics

The COMPAL range of aluminium pigments for water-based coatings and powder coatings

“COMPAL aluminium is a highly concentrated pigment in a pellet form. This alternative delivery form allows safer shipping, storage and handling compared with typical aluminium pigments in powder and paste forms.

With developments in technology, COMPAL can now be utilised in a wider range of applications such as waterborne coatings and powder coatings. The presentation will cover the COMPAL product range, suitable applications and guidelines for incorporating COMPAL.”

Webinar 2, Wednesday 14th October 2020
Peter Collins

Anti-viral coatings

“In this presentation I will briefly look at the nature of the SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19) virus and consider modes of transmission, before looking at how we might counter its effects and considering what role surface coatings and treatments might play in this. The presentation will consider the potential effectiveness of existing coating products and the obstacles facing new antiviral coating development and application, including testing efficacy, assessment of product safety and toxicology, and the need for registration under the Biocidal Products Regulations (BPR). Mention will also be made of application-related issues such as the ease of application of antiviral coatings, turnaround times for the location to be returned to operation and cost effectiveness of any coating solution.”

Webinar 3, Wednesday 21st October 2020
Ron van der Leeuw
Industry Manager Thermosets – EMEA

Where Art Meets Technology

“Chromaflo is the market leader for tinting systems for the decorative and industrial coatings industry. Tinting systems are nowadays state of the art in almost every DIY shop. There is a growing interest for implementing tinting systems in adjacent markets such as flooring. Based on a case study, this paper describes and explains the approach of a fully integrated tinting system. What is a tinting system, how can it help reducing the colorant inventory and how can blended color on demand be created?”
Questions on how to select the right pigments, colorant technologies and required specifications will be answered.

Webinar 4, Wednesday 28th October 2020
Dr Trevor S B Sayer
Senior Managing Consultant

Acrobatics with Achromatic colours

“This presentation will highlight the continued importance and popularity of the achromatic colour space, especially white. What is the consumer demanding from this colour space, both in technical function as well as colour for the future? How does this reflect on pigment choices and formulation demands going forward?

“Stylists and designers are dreaming up new ways to capitalise and inspire consumers using the emotions and dynamics of colour preference. Results of a scientific approach to understanding the complex link between object and colour association will be demonstrated using applied ecological valence theory, with the goal of creating tools which will help to truncate and optimise prediction of colour choices, reducing cycle time and cost across a range of markets.”

Webinar 5, Wednesday 4th November 2020
Dr Anita Barni
Global Business Development Manager

Solutions for textile finishing in a sustainable and circular economy

“The vision of a sustainable economy is rapidly advancing. Companies are proactively searching for alternative raw materials and production processes for the development of new materials that can have a lower toxicological and environmental impact. Textile finishing will probably remain an industrial prerogative and, in the future, process safety will be granted in all stages: raw material selection, chemical synthesis and reuse/ recycle of all the article at the end of life. Virtuous examples of new sustainable technologies are already available in the field of polymer production for textile finishing in order to eliminate organic solvents, avoid/ limit the use of toxic substances in all steps of production, produce biodegradable articles & reduce carbon footprint. This webinar will pay particular attention to new bi-component polyurethane systems for in situ, water-based biodegradable polymer dispersions for coating, laminating and padding, and high performance low eco-toxicological impact polymer dispersions.”

Webinar 6, Wednesday 11th November 2020
Colin Wakeford
Team Leader Applications Engineering North Europe

Cost effective quality control for effect colours

“The MA5QC multi-angle spectrophotometer, launched in October 2019, is a compact, cost-effective,
production-oriented, easy-to-use instrument. “Based on the advanced LED technology, which was introduced with the X-Rite MA T6 and T12 devices in 2017, this five-angle instrument (15°, 25°, 45°, 75° and 110° angles that comply with international automotive standards) has a 12mm measurement spot and provides reflectance data at 10nm intervals. The LED lamp technology provides long life, stability and up to 2,000 measurements per charge. Internal calibration negates the need for daily calibration to an external standard. It can either be used stand-alone to give precise fast colorimetric pass/fail results via its easy-to-use touch screen menus or used in combination with X-Rite’s EFXQC software to provide custom workflows and more detailed Pass/Fail information.

“The EFX-QC software is a cloud-based software solution with a clear, easy-to-follow workflow, allowing for simple measurement, communication, and testing of colour across supply chains.”

Webinar 7, Wednesday 18th November 2020
Professor Long Lin
Professor of Colour Chemistry

Leeds University Showcase

“Established in 1879, the Colour Chemistry department is the world-leading institute for applied research and teaching of colour, colourants and surface-coating sciences, substantiated by having hosted Prof Arthur Perkin FRS (son of Sir William Perkin FRS – the inventor of man-made dye) and Prof Ian Rattee OBE (the inventor of reactive dye), an outstanding track record of successful industrial R&D collaborations, created many ground-breaking technologies and the very successful, unique MSc Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals programme.”

“The session will showcase all aspects of Advanced Colour and Polymer Science at Leeds, the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships scheme and opportunities for external facing student educations.”

Webinar 8, Wednesday 25th November 2020
Javier Morcillo-Ruiz
Technical Director: Sr Pigment Expert for Automotives

eXpand range of Pigments for Automotives

“With improved colour depth and stabilised up to the level of primary particle size the stir-in slurries eXpand!® Red EH 3427 and eXpand!® Blue EH 6001 have revolutionised the production of waterborne coatings. The pioneering eXpand!® technology enables enhanced colour depth, flop and sparkle. Fully compatible with modern automotive coating systems, these advanced pigments combine high transparency with a high tinting strength for unique, more intensive shades with lower scattering. Marketed under the Colors & Effects brand the pioneering stir-in technology results from a strategic partnership between BASF and Landa Labs.”

“With the latest development of the powder pigment eXpand! ® Red EH 3530, the first universal grade is now available, enabling the intense shades in various coating systems. Developed for modern automotive coating systems in order to fulfill the high requirements of these market. The eXpand!® technology makes the small stabilised particles easy to incorporate, which significantly reduces cost and time spent in production processing.”

Webinar 9, Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Tom Beyersdorff
Technical Marketing Manager

Thiocure® – Polythiol curing agents for Coatings

“Thiocure® products are a class of specialised curing agents that improve adhesion, chemical and UV
resistance as well as shine in a coating. Thiocure® products can be widely combined with commercially available resins such as epoxies, isocyanates, acrylics or polysulfides.”

“In this webinar, we will provide an introduction to our Thiocure® technology with a focus on epoxy- and
isocyanate-based formulations. We will discuss the benefits of Thiocure® curing agents and their influence on the properties of the cured products.”

“This webinar is intended for those who are seeking novel solutions for their formulations!”

Webinar 10, Wednesday 9th December 2020
André Bendo
Technical Industry Manager

Paliocrom® Effect Pigments – Exceptional Color & Performance

“In the pigment world, breakthrough developments trigger a market-wise shift in formulation strategy and unlock a next generation of colours and stylings. There is no better example for this than with BASF Colors & Effects’ Paliocrom® effect pigments. For over twenty-five years, the Paliocrom® series has driven novel styling development by leveraging chroma, brilliance and hiding – all in one pigment. Spanning across the gold to red colour space, the iron oxide-coated aluminiums portfolio has expanded to provide solutions for designer’s and end customer’s styling needs. While originally developed for Automotive, usage has accelerated into Liquid Industrial and Coil Coating applications. Colour positioning and technical performance will be covered in this session as well as a discussion on target applications and guidance on product selection.”

Preparing for Brexit: How Irish and UK Companies Remain Compliant with EU Chemical Regulations

An Introduction to Brexit and EU REACH

On the 1st of January 2021 the Brexit transition period will come to an end and the UK will no longer be a member of the EU. This will directly impact many UK companies and indirectly affect many Irish companies that depend on their UK supplier in terms of the EU REACH regulations. According to REACH any substance on its own, in a mixture or article being placed on the market in greater than one tonne per year must be registered with the ECHA. The regulations also state that one registration for a substance covers that substance for the entire supply chain, meaning that any business who purchases a substance from a supplier and that supplier has already carried out the registration for that substance, would not be required to register that substance again, within the same supply chain. So, what will this change in status for the UK mean in terms of EU REACH?

Remaining Compliant: Registration

As previously mentioned, many UK companies hold an EU REACH registration for their substances. At the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1st, 2021, all EU REACH registrations held by UK companies will become invalid as the UK will no longer be a member of the EU. In this webinar we will explore the options available to UK base companies to maintain their access to the EU market. We will also look at the options available to Irish companies to ensure they remain compliant without directly depending on the decisions of their UK supplier.

Remaining Compliant: CLP Obligations

Not only will Brexit affect the registrations held by UK companies but there will also be changes to the CLP obligations of many companies. Any Irish company buying from the UK will become the importer of that substance and as such acquiesce the CLP responsibilities. Therefore, the Irish company as the importer will be required to carry out the duties in relation to CLP, in this webinar we will discuss these obligations and how UK and Irish companies may work together to remain compliant with CLP.

Join Us

CIRS are happy to announce our webinar “Preparing for Brexit: How Irish and UK Companies can Remain Compliant with EU REACH” which will aim to provide you with the most up to date information and strategies so that UK and Irish companies can remain compliant with EU REACH after Brexit. We will cover the topics mentioned above as well as answering some of the most pressing questions you have. Please join us for this free webinar by registering here, we look forward to seeing you there.

Webinar Details

Date 1st of December 2020

Time: 14:00 (GMT)

Webinar Content

  • How things will Change after Brexit.
  • What UK companies can do to maintain compliance
  • What Irish companies can do to maintain compliance
  • Our Recommendations
  • Q&A

Dean Winder

Regulatory Consultant in CIRS Europe

Mr. Dean Winder is a member of our European office based in Dublin, Ireland. He received his BSc. in Pharmaceutical Science and is currently finishing his MSc. in Organic Chemistry in the Technological University of Dublin. He combines his knowledge of the chemical industry and his research experience to provide regulatory consultancy services, specialising in the industrial chemical sector.

Raw Material Price Increases Pile on Pressure

Sharp price increases for epoxy resins and supply bottlenecks are now adding to the difficulties of paint and coatings manufacturers in the UK and across Europe, and further compounding the already existing pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting disruption. On top of this some manufacturers are also reporting additional friction being caused by the new trading conditions the UK has with the EU where 60% of the UK industry’s raw materials are sourced.

Epoxy resin prices have risen sharply since the latter part of 2020 while polyester resin prices are also well up. In particular, recent data from the German Paint and Printing Inks Association show very significant increases for epoxy resins – an important binding agent for many paints and coatings – of as much as 60% in recent months. UK paint manufacturers are also seeing sharp increases and with some suppliers to the industry now also resorting to monthly price increases.

Strong demand from certain markets is driving up prices while an unexpectedly rapid V shaped recovery in China is also fuelling demand for these essential raw materials. In addition, the situation is being compounded by a current global shortage of containers which has led to a sharp rise in transport costs from Asia to Europe thus further restricting supplies to Europe.

Similar problems are affecting the market for polyester resins with factory closures in Singapore and Sweden as well an explosion at a factory in China adding to the difficulties. This in turn has resulted in suppliers diverting product to their local markets rather than Europe, further pushing up prices. There are also problems with bisphenol-A with stocks being diverted to polycarbonates. Neopentyl glycol and methanol are also both reported to be in short supply with road haulier problems creating delays in some cases and with higher shipping costs likely as we go into 2021.

This complex mix of higher demand, capacity and supply problems together with restricted availability of transport resources is increasing uncertainty in the market and driving up raw material prices sharply. On top of this, the coatings industry in the UK is faced with additional non-tariff costs related to the new UK customs arrangements with the EU for both raw material imports, as well as exports and imports of finished paints, coatings and printing inks.

Rise of the Autonomous Flying Robot

Robotic inspection and measurement systems have great potential for performing tasks safely, better, and faster than humans. Of specific interest in drydocks are aerial robotic systems for contact-based measurements and inspections as they are, quick, agile, versatile, and safer than putting workers at risk due to the height of installations.

The robotic measurement technologies with the highest potential for use in drydocks are the ones that fly and physically make contact with a surface, such as the hull of a ship, to gather data. Maritime assets are not box-shaped structures. Ships for example, are complex geometries that are optimised to reduce drag co efficiencies. These ‘flowing lines’ make robotic maintenance, inspection and measurement, challenging. However, one of the great advantages of aerial robotics is that they can adapt – they can easily conform to non-linear surfaces, while other robotic, or other techniques, have a long adaptation curve.

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 or by sending an email to:

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

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:

Self-healing additives for improved corrosion resistance and coating adhesion after damage

Autonomic Materials is the recognized leader in self-healing additive technology for high-performance coatings, adhesives and sealants.  For a broad range of coating applications, from consumer to heavy industrial, Autonomic’s products impart unparalleled corrosion resistance, adhesion enhancement and extended service life after damage.


Autonomic’s self-healing technology repairs coating damage immediately after it occurs. Autonomic’s microencapsulated additives are compatible with most solventborne, waterborne and powder coatings and provide improved protection to metals, wood, concrete, plastic, composite and other substrates. Three series of products are available in both wet and dry form:

  • Amparmor 1000 – Dual capsule system based on reactive silicone polymers with ability to cure under water
  • Amparmor 2000 – Single capsule system based on solvent-promoted cure of epoxy resins
  • Amparmor 3000 – Single capsule system based on oxygen-initiated cross-linking of functionalized alkyd resins



AMPARMOR microcapsules are not recommended for addition to fully formulated coatings. Some degree of coating reformulation is typically required, including:

  • Adjustment of pigment volume concentration
  • Adjustment of pigment size distribution
  • Adjustment of resin chemistry to achieve desired Tg
  • Proper selection of dispersing aids

Autonomic’s self-healing microcapsules are stable under typical storage conditions. Caution must be exercised when incorporating capsules into coating formulations as excess shear and/or grinding may cause capsules to rupture.


  • For liquid coatings, the addition of microcapsules is recommended during the letdown stage.
  • For powder coatings, capsules should be added as a dry blend after extrudate grinding.




DKSH Great Britain Ltd. is distributor for Autonomic Materials in the United Kingdom.

For more information on these innovative products, contact Richard Nathan, Sales Manager, Speciality Chemicals Industry, DKSH Great Britain at, phone: +44 20 8879 5500



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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

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

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 to discuss any of these products.

Special offer on OCCA Membership

Special offer on OCCA Membership

In recent months, partly as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been working hard behind the scenes to launch several new proactive initiatives, which have resulted in better engagement with members and non-members alike and provided excellent value for money for membership fees.

Right now, OCCA have what we believe to be a ‘not to be missed’ membership offer.

Sign up today and benefit from full OCCA membership until the end of 2021 – that’s right – a full 14-month membership for the price of 12.

Retired members of our industry are eligible to a 50% discount on joining fees.

Membership provides:

  • Access to the full back catalogue of our Weekly Webinar Series. The summer series is now available via the members’ area of our website, where pdf copies of all 15 presentations and recordings can be downloaded. This is exclusive to members.
  • An option to participate in our Autumn Series of Weekly Webinars, which features a further 10 webinars from the very best in the industry.  All webinars will be available to download exclusively for members.
  • Hard copies of our newly re-vamped Surface Coatings International Journal, published bi-monthly. Members also have exclusive digital access to the journal dating back to 2018 in the members’ area of our website.
  • Access to the Surfex Live programme.
  • Potential participation in our career networking opportunities, currently being explored with our partner universities via Zoom throughout the autumn/winter months.
  • Professional Membership of OCCA via our re-launched upgrade scheme.  Opportunity to apply for an OCCA Licentiate, Associate or Fellow (subject to meeting certain criteria).

So, what are you waiting for?   Come and join us, connect with fellow industry colleagues and be part of our exciting ‘new look’ Association.

Click here to Join OCCA Today

Trailblazers and innovators support the aqueous trend

The growing adoption of aqueous systems across the coatings industry is supported by additives which address key challenges. Here we highlight a selection of BYK’s wetting and dispersing additives for water-based systems, available across the UK and Ireland from Blagden.

Aqueous coatings now account for 60% of the coatings market and are on an above-average growth trajectory according to our key supply partner, BYK Chemie GmbH. Such systems have health and environmental benefits and are increasingly required to meet legislative requirements.

The challenges facing formulators in creating water-based coatings are steadily being overcome with innovative and effective additives. BYK has been at the forefront of such innovation, developing an extensive portfolio of products for aqueous systems.

The four wetting and dispersing additives highlighted here range from trailblazing originals to brand new products:

Trailblazer continues to set industry standard: At its launch in 1990, Disperbyk-190 was a trailblazer. Since then, its impressive product profile has seen it become an industry standard worldwide. Suitable for all pigments, its excellent wetting and dispersing quality produces high gloss and transparency levels as well as low viscosity. The effect is to improve flow behaviour and increase pigmentation.

First to offer VOC-free with electrosteric stabilisation: By combining these two features, Disperbyk-199 enables paints and pigment concentrates to meet legislative requirements as well as demand for greater efficiency. Ideal for inorganic and organic pigments, it is a cost-effective alternative to commonly-used dispersants and high molecular weight wetting and dispersing additives.

New versatile additive for the full spectrum of coatings: Versatility is a key attraction of Disperbyk-2014. It can be used in the full spectrum of coatings, from aqueous coatings and printing inks to UV, solvent-borne and solvent-free systems. It also has broad compatibility with a large variety of solvents and binders. Its highly deflocculating effect makes it possible to formulate coating systems with excellent optical properties such as improved colour strength, gloss and transparency and reduced haze.

Specialist product for high-quality, aqueous pigment concentrates: Another VOC-free wetting and dispersing additive, Disperbyk-2015 is based on controlled polymerisation technology enabling a defined molecular weight distribution for use in many different binder systems. It shows excellent compatibility in a range of water-borne resin systems. It enables high levels of gloss and exceptional colour strengths with optimum viscosity and good levelling properties.

To find out more about these and other products or to discuss your specific needs, please contact Michael Austin at Blagden on 01959 560804 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.

What a Difference a Year (Hopefully) Makes

Most people on the planet were glad to see the back of 2020. The authors of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle might have glossed over the sheer awfulness with something like ‘2020 was a terrible year,’ and left it at that. Tempted as I might be to do the same, it is worth noting again just how resilient BCF members have been over the past twelve months.

Resilience firstly in reacting to Covid: keeping production going; keeping staff employed and adapting work practices to keep them safe; and playing their part in helping make products used in the response to the virus and by taking a lead in their communities. However, while the overall picture was not as bad as for other industries, we know some members were hit harder than others – decorative paint sales continue to soar as lockdown Britain’s enforced love affair with DIY carries on into the third, and hopefully last ever national lockdown, whilst industrial paints and printing inks suffer as other industries reeled under the economic contraction, not least aerospace and automotive.

But also, secondly, resilience in preparing for the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU, against a backdrop of delay to decisions and uncertainty of outcome. We know from participation in our various Brexit webinars, in our committee meetings, and from regular communications with members just how much time and resource has been put into making sure the coatings industry is ready to deal with all the new rules and regulations.

Both of those issues – Covid and Brexit – will continue to hamper business well into 2021. Despite the rolling out of vaccines across the country, it seems likely we will be in some form of lockdown until Easter, and maybe continue to have restrictions in place for even longer. Bailouts from government will help mitigate the worst effects to the economy but members operating in the industrial and printing ink sectors will be likely still feeling negative effects for some time.

Likewise, although the UK has left the EU and the transition period has ended, Brexit will still be a 2021 issue. There will no doubt be a period of teething problems to overcome as industry adapts to the new rules and regulations, not least at the ports and in dealing with customs in the short-term, and in the medium term through dealing with chemicals regulations both in the UK and as a ‘third country’ exporting to the EU. Once things settle down, and we can plan ahead with a little more certainty, companies will have to evaluate the impact of those rules on their business. At the same time, there will be continued FTA negotiations with the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well as other countries we have recently signed continuity agreements with.  We have to look for and benefit from trading and regulatory opportunities from leaving the EU, otherwise it will only have been a damage limitation exercise.

2021 is likely to also be a year focused heavily on the environment. The UK presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference – COP26 – delayed from last year, will take place in Glasgow in November. The Government will want to place itself as a world-leader in all things green ahead of that and we can expect a raft of announcements and legislation on environmental policies. The introduction of a carbon tax of some kind is almost a certainty and this is something we at BCF will keep a close eye on – along with other business organisations. We all want to play our part in improving the environment, and a key area where BCF hopes it can add value is helping to solve the challenge of how to improve the environmental impact on leftover decorative paint, 98% of which is landfilled or incinerated. We have a vision to radically improve this, through our voluntary PaintCare initiative.  However, with business hurting from Covid and Brexit, and already having to cope with new green taxes like that on plastic packaging, we need to make sure solutions are proportionate for the times.

Here at BCF we will continue to provide many events and resources online although we hope – as I am sure everyone else does – that we might be able to see each other in person again, at least in the Autumn. Our lobbying efforts will be heavily focused on the UK’s transition from the EU, not least around seeking amendments to UK REACH to reduce the anticipated costs to business of the new scheme. As always, we are here to provide regulatory support to BCF members, and to generally promote the industry within Government, Parliament and the wider public.

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.


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2M Services


Applied Graphene Materials UK Ltd


Banner Chemicals Ltd


Blagden Specialty Chemicals Ltd


Brenntag UK & Ireland


British Coatings Federation Ltd


Bronkhorst UK


BTC Europe


BYK-Chemie GmbH


BYK-Gardner Q.C Instruments




CDR Pumps UK Ltd


Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service Ltd (CIRS)


Cornelius Group Plc


Datacolor AG Europe


Devine Chemicals


DKSH Great Britain


Elcometer Ltd


FDL Packaging Ltd


Fenton Packaging Limited


Fischer Instrumentation (GB) Ltd


Fullbrook Systems Ltd


Grolman Ltd


IKA England Ltd


IMCD UK Limited


Indo Amines Limited




John Godrich Ltd


Konica Minolta Sensing Europe


Lake Coatings


Lankem Ltd




Lisam Systems


LKAB Minerals




Manchester Chemicals Ltd


Merritt Recruitment


Metal Packaging Manufactures Association (MPMA)


Millroom Mixing Machines Limited


Plascoatings Ltd


Q-Lab Europe


Rakem Group


Ravago Chemicals UK Ltd


Rhopoint Instruments


Royal Society of Chemistry


Safic Alcan UK Ltd


Schoeller Allibert Swiss Sarl




Siltech Silicones

BZ 114

Stort Chemicals


Synergy Devices Ltd






Taylor Davis


Tennants Distribution Ltd


The Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA)


University of Salford


Verder Liquids UK


Whitehall Recruitment Limited


Wilfrid Smith Limited


X-Rite Pantone


Xyntra Chemicals B.V.


Yordas Group