Increasing demands on performance and the growing relevance of environmental concerns mean that sustainability and innovation form two central pillars of coatings research and development. The challenge for manufacturers, therefore, is to ensure that their new products not only meet stringent technical specifications, but are also eco-efficient and – where possible – offer potential financial benefits.
One new product which ticks all the boxes is Intercure 99, which was developed by AkzoNobel Marine and Protective Coatings. Based on polyaspartic binding agents from Bayer MaterialScience’s Desmophen® NH range, Intercure 99 offers major ecological and economic benefits when compared with conventional coatings systems.
Essentially it makes customers think differently about productivity because it requires fewer layers. This reduction – which is aided by the use of polyaspartics – means that labor costs fall, while the product also dries quicker, enabling work on adjacent areas to start much quicker when buildings are being renovated. There are important environmental benefits to consider as well. For example, a two-layer system with an Intercure 99 coating contains about 40 percent fewer VOCs than a comparable three-layer system.
Designed for use in corrosive environments, Intercure 99 was given a “live” launch to herald its market introduction in 2008 when it was used to protect 30,000 square meters of steel on Bayer’s former corporate HQ in Leverkusen, Germany. The product helped to transform the 122-meter high structure into the world’s biggest digital billboard, featuring more than five million LEDs. Intercure 99 is also being used in the major modernization of Bayer Leverkusen’s soccer stadium.
Offering long-term cosmetic performance as well as fast dry and rapid handling, it can also be used as a one-coat primer finish, with typical applications for original equipment manufacturers including transformers, pumps, gas storage vessels and wind turbine tower sections.