Clariant's Licocene® Waxes Reach Final of German 2015 Innovation Prize

Muttenz, March 23, 2015 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is a finalist in the prestigious German business innovation award, "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2015", category Large Company. The achievement relates to Clariant's Licocene® polyolefin-based waxes, recognized for advancing sustainability in textiles, plastics and coatings manufacturing and improving the environmental profile of a wide range of applications.

Licocene waxes give manufacturers the possibility to use fewer ingredients, reduce manufacturing steps, and use less resource-intensive production processes. For example in textiles, close cooperation between Clariant and German coatings and laminate specialist LACOM GmbH, has succeeded in changing energy-intensive, water-based textile coating technology to a less energy-consuming process of hot melt coating using very low amounts of Licocene additives. There are also environmental benefits for final products, such as improving the recyclability of textiles, or reducing product weight.

Licocene's ability to support more sustainable processing is particularly valued in energy-intensive sectors, such as technical textiles for mattresses, furniture and carpets for automotive and aerospace interiors. They are also used in the manufacture of masterbatches and engineering plastics, as well as in industrial coatings, and in printing inks and adhesives for packaging applications.

The award jury of leading science and business representatives also acknowledged Licocene for promoting home-grown R&D and technical processing within Germany. The product's development involved collaboration between Clariant's researchers in Höchst and researchers at the University of Hamburg, leading to the piloting and building of a full-scale production unit in Germany. Clariant continues to work closely with its customers both inside and outside of Germany to use Licocene to bring sustainability advances to the market segments. As of 2016, the company will have achieved a 50% increase in its production capacity for Licocene to support the increasing interest in the product and its extensive application possibilities.

"This accolade for Clariant reinforces the increasing importance placed on sustainability within society today. With Licocene systems users can achieve significantly higher efficiency levels, supporting efforts to address current global challenges such as the efficient use of resources and energy," comments Oliver Kinkel, Head of Business Unit Additives, Clariant.

Clariant joins fellow finalists for the 2015 award ceremony and gala dinner on March 21, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main. This is the second occasion a Clariant development has been acclaimed by the organizers. The company's Exolit® halogen-free flame retardants were in the final of the "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2012/2013".

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Rhein Chemie additive helps Hicks Oils increase product efficiency


Hicks Oils, a Du Quoin, Illinois-based provider of industrial lubrication fluids, transmission fluids, hydraulic fluid and motor oil, encountered a problem particular to its hydraulic fluid business. Like many hydraulic fluid manufacturers, Hicks was looking for a way to differentiate its products in a commodity-driven market.

The company was able to compete on price but also wanted to market a product that could compete on efficiency and quality. At the time, it utilized an antiwear additive with a high zinc content and a high treat rate of .85 percent by volume. While zinc can provide effective antiwear protection for the fluid, too much zinc can cause metal corrosion in machinery. Its high zinc content became a concern for Hicks Oils’ customers, and the company began to seek alternative solutions for antiwear additives.

Palmer Holland approached Hicks Oils with a potential solution involving an antiwear additive manufactured by Rhein Chemie. The additive met the performance requirements with regard to preventing metal corrosion, water accumulation and air bubbles in the finished hydraulic fluid.

The Rhein Chemie additive was able to meet the performance requirements because of its lower zinc content, which translated to a lower treat rate — .45 percent by volume, or nearly half the treat rate of Hicks Oils’ previous additive. The lower treat rate means less additive must be used per weight in each shipment of hydraulic fluid, making the usage of the additive more economical, particularly when multiplied over time.

The lower zinc content did not compromise the antiwear properties of the additive, meaning the additive was able to provide a similar level of antiwear protection that the previous additive did, but with less risk of metallic corrosion within the machinery that houses the finished hydraulic fluid product.

In addition, Hicks Oils ships its hydraulic fluid products to an international customer base, so the fluid’s contents must comply with strict guidelines across many countries. Palmer Holland was able to connect the staff at Hicks Oils with experts at Rhein Chemie, who have an extensive knowledge of REACH guidelines throughout the European Union, and who could ensure that the final product was produced and shipped to the specifications of the EU companies in which Hicks Oils does business.

Palmer Holland worked as a consultant between Hicks Oils and Rhein Chemie, helping to facilitate final product testing to ensure the fluid would withstand the rigorous performance specifications as required by law, and by customers. Rhein Chemie ran several tests at its Pittsburgh lab to gauge the oxidation levels of the fluid and found the fluid to be within international specifications — between 3,000 and 5,000 hours of fluid life before oxidation requires the fluid to be replaced.

All told, the lower treat rate, manufacturer support and composition of the additive itself, which combined anti-corrosion, anti-wear, water and air protection in a single source, provided tremendous value to Hicks Oils.

The solutions provided by Palmer Holland allowed Hicks Oils to provide a higher-quality hydraulic fluid product to its customers while still competing on price in a commodity-driven space. Through its role as a facilitator, Palmer Holland worked with Rhein Chemie to ensure that quality standards were upheld and gathered test data that could then be disseminated to customers, outlining the consistent quality of the product.


Palmer Holland Expands Territory with Dow Coating Materials

Effective January 1, 2015 – Dow Coating Materials has broadened Palmer Holland’s territory for Paraloid™, Dow’s polyol, thermoset and thermoplastic resin line, to include the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

This coverage expands upon Palmer Holland’s current Paraloid™ territory in the Central, Midwest and Northeast regions.

Dow Coating Materials’ Paraloid™ resins are used in many applications and most industrial market segments including auto refinishing, plastic coatings, concrete sealers, marine coatings, industrial maintenance, pigment dispersion, wood coatings, ink/graphic arts, traffic, can coatings and more.


About Dow Coating Materials

Dow Coating Materials leads innovation in technologies that help advance the performance of paints and coatings. Its water-based acrylic emulsion technology revolutionized the global paint industry, and was named a historic chemical landmark by the American Chemistry Association. Dow Coating Materials offers a broad portfolio of binders, dispersants, rheology modifiers and surfactants for a wide variety of end markets. Highly experienced, full-service technical teams support our products, and it continues to strengthen its global supply chain through manufacturing excellence and reliable supply.

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Resin replaces steel in manhole covers

By Michael Lauzon
January 14, 2015

Thermosetting urethane acrylate resin takes the rigors of manhole and drain covers installed in roadways.

Scott Bader Co. Ltd.’s Crestapol resin is used in resin transfer molded covers made by Structural Science Composites Ltd. of Barrow in Furness, England. Such manhole and drain covers are lighter in weight than conventional steel and concrete covers, yet match the materials in load-bearing properties, according to Scott Bader.

Scott Bader, based in Wellingborough, England, says Crestapol is a low-viscosity material with a rapid, low-temperature cure that allows Structural Science to make the covers efficiently.

Structural Science’s covers in its Thrubeam lineup typically weigh a third to a quarter as much as steel or concrete covers — simplifying installation and maintenance — but they also provide long-term performance. Road safety standards specify that covers need to withstand loads of up to 22,000 pounds.

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