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Formulate for Speed: Improve your Productivity!

What is productivity for you? Higher-line speed? Faster curing? Faster return to service? Faster batch processing? Whatever it is, we have the raw materials and formulations to increase the drying speed of your coatings!

Productivity is commonly defined as the ratio between output and input. 

In industrial and floor coatings more productivity means faster production or faster application and cure.

Even though a target for many, this topic has been a concern for coating producers and applicators. As the backlog of maintenance jobs is increasing, the demand for paint contractors and labor shortages are constraining their ability to satisfy that demand.

Let’s look into the facts of productivity:

Between 2016 and 2040 the infrastructure spending outlook is estimated to be 94 trillion USD, averaging 3.7 trillion USD per year 1.

In 2020, 2,551 infrastructure projects were announced, totalling 739 billion USD. In order North America (22.67%), Western Europe (18.40%), Southeast Asia (11.92), South America (7.89%), and Australasia (7.35%)2.

In the United States, the US Government has introduced a ‘build back scheme’ of more than 1 trillion USD at the end of 20213. In Asia, a similar trend has been observed with the Malaysian government announcing its RM260 billion People-Centric Economic Stimulus Package (PRIHATIN) in March 20204. The increased infrastructure spending will further drive the demand for coatings.

Typical Ways of Increasing Productivity

Production Process

Faster batch processing time by using:

● Easier to disperse pigments
● Liquid pigment pastes

● Pre-dispersed fumed silica

● Liquid Thixotropes

Application Process

Reduce layers per application process by:

● Applying thicker films using formulations with much higher solids content
Curing Process

Faster drying speed of each layer by using:

● Faster physical drying binders
● Faster crosslinking curing agents
● Catalysts in higher dosage 
● Forced curing 

Several raw materials serve to increase productivity

Discover what technologies to use and what tests we run at our laboratories to create fast formulations.  

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Stir-in Pigment Preparation

Switching from standard pigments to Stir-in Pigment Preparations to have easier incorporation and shorter and less intensive dispersion process with a high degree of flexibility and without undesired formulation raw materials.

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Pre-dispersed Fumed Silica

Switching from powder fumed silica to pre-dispersed fumed silica for much easier handling and without the need to pre-disperse the silica beforehand and thus to save time and energy in production.

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Special Epoxy Curing Agents

Using special epoxy curing agents for fast curing and at the same time better chemical resistance for industrial and floor coatings.

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Polyaspartics Resins

Switching from 2K polyurethane topcoats to fast curing polyaspartics with very high solids content to reduce the number of coats needed while maintaining corrosion resistance, reducing VOC and increasing drying speed.

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Unlock these Benefits

Faster Curing 

Increase the curing speed to achieve faster return to service, outdoor or stack storage without damage.

Curing Temperature Reduction

Use the right technology and increase the curing speed by reducing the energy required.

Faster Batch Processing

Incorporate easier and reduce post batch adjustment to achieve output increase and energy saving.

Layer Reduction

Reduce the number of coats necessary to achieve the desired film thickness and  performance. Save time and money in your coating application.


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