The UV curable market has grown considerably in the last few years, outpacing conventional curing methods based on the ongoing demand for environmentally friendly and emission free products. Acrylic or methacrylic speciality monomers can be used as reactive diluents and as building blocks for polymerization in a number of conventional, speciality and UV coatings, inks and adhesives systems. BASF offers a versatile range of chemistries with unique functions and properties for diverse applications. Pioneering manufacturing processes such as enzymatic catalysis yield molecules that cannot be achieved via conventional methods. The monomers are low colour, low viscosity, high purity building blocks used to modify polymer properties, influence processing conditions and achieve new or superior performance parameters.
Selection of the right monomers can assist with excellent scratch and chemical resistance in automotive and industrial coatings. In architectural paints and coatings speciality monomers can support the manufacture of high solids formulations as well as improving wet adhesion of dispersions on multiple substrates and enhancing weathering properties. Monomers allow the hydrophilic modification of adhesive formulations and provide excellent cross-linking to increase mechanical properties and improve chemical resistance in the adhesive layer.
Using speciality acrylates can also support the ever-present need for lower energy consumption and emissions by contributing to lower processing temperatures, faster hardening and reduced processing time. All of these benefits add up to a unique, hard-working collection of tools for formulators.
BTC Europe is BASF’s European sales organization for small and medium-sized customers focused on specialty chemicals. Our chemical portfolio for the coatings, adhesives and printing inks industries covers not only acrylates but also inorganics and intermediates as well as polar solvents and plasticisers.
For further information please contact Chris Morgan – Head of Sales Coatings Inks & Adhesives at BTC UK:
tel: +44 (0)77831684933