Hexion’s and Votteler’s PuriCoat™ Platform Allows Fast Production of Class A-Surface Composites
COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hexion Inc. (“Hexion” or the “Company”) is introducing a new platform
for producing Class A surface quality, lightweight carbon
fiber-reinforced plastic components within very short cycle times. The
Company developed the new PuriCoat™ platform in cooperation with German
coatings developer Votteler and will exhibit the product at the JEC
World 2018 composites show in Paris, March 6-8th.
The new PuriCoat platform combines state-of-the art fast-cure epoxy
resin from Hexion with polyurethane reaction injection molding (RIM)
technology from Votteler. This platform enables high productivity with
potential cycle times below 3 minutes, allowing higher build rates than
standard Class A finish coating technologies.
Resultant coatings offer very good durability and inter-coat adhesion,
with excellent surface quality. To ease processing, suitable internal
mold release agents for the composite resin and the RIM coating are
available. The absence of solvent addresses a growing regulatory demand
for reduced VOC emissions. Significant cost savings compared with
conventional spray coating make this an attractive option for large
build-rate manufacturing, and creates new opportunities for coated
exterior parts producers.
“The Automotive industry is evolving rapidly with increasingly rigorous
emission targets, cost pressures, high consumer expectations and the
demand for better mass production capabilities,” said Francis Defoor,
Global Market Segment Leader Transportation at Hexion. “As such, we are
always searching for novel composite materials our customers can really
use. PuriCoat will enable them to produce lightweight composite parts
with a high-end look, at mass-production-worthy build rates.”
"In addition,” said Manuel Seiz, Business Unit Manager at Votteler, “the
demands on surface quality in the Automotive and Consumer Electronic
industries are constantly increasing. The PuriCoat platform offers a big
variety of design options – from transparent to pigmented and from matte
to high gloss. PuriCoat surfaces are extremely scratch-resistant and
feature a "self-healing" effect."
Both of the technologies, that constitute the PuriCoat platform, are
previously proven in their own rights. Through close technical
collaboration, Hexion and Votteler selected the products and process
conditions that would achieve excellent coating quality and durability,
with optimal adhesion and self-releasing performance.
For more information, visit Hexion at JEC World 2018, Paris-Nord
Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Hall 6, Booth G52, March 6-8th.
About the Company
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. is a global leader in thermoset
resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global wood and industrial markets
through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and
technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and
industries. Hexion Inc. is controlled by investment funds affiliated
with Apollo Global Management, LLC. Additional information about Hexion
Inc. and its products is available at www.hexion.com.
Today our family-owned business, founded in 1907 with headquarters in
Korntal-Münchingen (outside Stuttgart) is a thriving international
business with subsidiaries in Austria and Switzerland.
As an innovative and technology-oriented company, Votteler specializes
in the development, manufacture and worldwide distribution of coatings
for composites-, plastics- and wood substrates. The basis for the
internationally recognized reputation of the company are its strengths
in the areas: development; application technology and production. Among
the most important customer industries of Votteler are the areas
automotive and consumer electronics.
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