Beckers Creating New EB Curing Paint Formulations


Coil coatings supplier Beckers Group has teamed up with steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal to develop what they are calling the first commercial paint formulations for electron-beam curing in the coil coating industry.

According to the company, these technologies can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Additionally, they can reportedly enhance efficiency in the industry by providing up to twice the surface coverage per kilogram of paint. 

Beckers and ArcelorMittal are collaborating to implement radiation curing technology for pre-painted steels for the building and construction segment. The goal is for EB curing technology to replace solvent-borne paint systems with solvent-free coatings to produce pre-painted steels for the building envelopes.

In these cases, regular thermal curing is reportedly substituted by EB curing to reduce CO2 and VOC emissions, decrease energy consumption by avoiding natural gas and avoid the use of cooling water as the process occurs at room temperature.

Beckers explains that EB curing also reduces waste treatment, improves productivity and lowers VOC emissions in the finished product. 

For the pilot project, a coil coating line at ArcelorMittal Construction in Contrisson, France, was converted in early 2023. 

The paint formulation was specially developed by Beckers to match the performance levels and applicability of solvent-borne products, while the application and curing proprietary technology were invented by ArcelorMittal to meet the high-speed strip coating requirements.

The first coils were processed to make sandwich panels that have already been installed on a pilot building. The new paint technology is reportedly expected to be used together with a high-speed galvanizing process in the future.


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