Akzo Partnership Explores Electron Beam Curing


Global coatings company AkzoNobel’s Coil and Extrusion Coatings business recently announced that it has entered a partnership with China’s radiation technology company Wuxi El Pont Radiation Technology Co., Ltd., to develop an alternative for curing coatings.

According to an emailed release from the company, the strategic agreement will focus on the development of a process using electron beams to cure coatings on metal substrates.

Agreement Details

The release states that the “E-beam technology” is rapidly expanding in its scientific field as it could offer advantages over conventional thermal curing methods, like lower energy consumption, increased productivity with higher quality and reduced environmental impact.

According to the company, the process works to cure coatings with a directed stream of electrons, bringing any energy that is needed to form the final film.

“We’re extremely excited about the possibilities of E-beam technology and the benefits this partnership could bring,” says Jim Kavanagh, Director of AkzoNobel’s Industrial Coatings business. “By working together with Wuxi El Pont, we’ll be able to leverage their expertise and experience of electron accelerators and beam devices and innovate sustainable solutions together.”

AkzoNobel states that Wuxi El Pont is a large player in the high energy radiation accelerator market. The company offers solutions for radiation sterilization and material processing applications.

The E-beam technology is reportedly electrically generated and does not rely on radioisotopes, meaning no radioactive waste or toxic compounds are involved.

“We’re committed to developing China's civil nuclear technology and expanding the application of electron beam technology. We have every confidence that the combination of our process development capabilities for low-energy electron beam equipment with AkzoNobel’s research and development expertise will prove to be a success,” adds Dr. Yuwei Zhang, Chairman of Wuxi El.

“Our close cooperation will accelerate the low carbon transformation of the paints and coatings industry, improve product quality and safety, and provide strong support for the industry to make strides towards carbon neutrality as soon as possible.”

The agreement was reportedly finalized at a ceremony in Wuxi, China, and was attended by representatives from both companies, as well as local government officials.

“As a company, we’re fully focused on innovating with, and for, customers, and continue to play a progressive role in energizing entire industries to advance towards a more sustainable future. We’re therefore looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership, which could potentially help to advance innovation and sustainability throughout the coatings sector,” said Kavanagh.


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