Curing Agents Made for Low Temperatures

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

Huntsman Advanced Materials of Switzerland, a division of Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) recently launched three low-temperature curing agents, used for heavy-duty industrial coatings applications including oil and gas, marine, transportation and industrial maintenance.

The company says its Ara Cool products were designed to meet the need for faster curing at low temperatures and reduced levels of volatile organic compounds. Huntsman adds that curing speed in the Ara Cool line has been upgraded in the range between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The launch of the Ara Cool [product line] … meets the increased demand we are seeing for most efficient coatings for extreme climates,” explains Martin Gerlitz, marketing manager at Huntsman Advanced Materials.

The company notes that the products are suited for many applications, including anti-corrosion and protective coatings, and decorative paints.

Trio of Curing Agents

The three recently released products are:

  • Ara Cool 3077, a multipurpose hardener for coatings and flooring that can be used as a co-accelerator for slow hardeners;
  • Ara Cool 1047 W 80, a surface-tolerant, low-temperature curing hardener that provides adhesion even under humid or cold conditions; and
  • Ara Cool 1034 XW 90, a curing hardener with low temperature reactivity suitable for applications in general protective and decorative paints.

Better In Bad Weather

Huntsman says products formulated with the Ara Cool line process faster in cold or unpredictable weather, which can help extend application periods into the cooler seasons and avoid breaks in the application schedule.

The company points out that VOC levels in Ara Cool products are in line with regulatory requirements for low temperature cure applications, and are REACH compliant to meet environmental regulations expected to be introduced in the EU in 2018.

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Tagged categories: Coatings Technology; Coatings Technology; Curing; Europe; Huntsman; Industrial coatings; North America

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