Products for epoxy and polyurethane applications and how they improve daily life

What is a crosslinker? What are epoxy curing agents? How do these solutions improve life? Our product stories will give you an answer in a very entertaining way. Enjoy reading!

wind turbine with deep purple plate

Let the wind blow

Humans have been using wind energy to navigate the seas and rivers since the ancient Egyptians. Not quite as early, but equally impressive, the first beginnings of using wind energy on dry land can be dated back to the simple wooden windmills used in the Arab region more than 2000 years ago. Today, windmills are giant computer-controlled machines made of high-tech materials.

electric car getting charged with solar panels and wind turbines in the background

ELECTRIC CARS FOR A GREENER FUTURE

Around 25 percent of the total global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions come from the transport sector. Here, the biggest climate offenders are road vehicles such as cars, trucks, and buses. This is also reflected in figures from the European Commission, for example. These figures show that passenger cars alone are responsible for around 12 percent of the EU’s total CO2 emissions.

big freighter on the sea

ULTRA-LOW EMISSION EPOXY SYSTEMS FOR LONG TERM METAL PROTECTION

Epoxy-based paints are very well-established coating systems for metal protection in marine and protective applications. However, today the coatings industry is faced with the constant challenge of providing solutions that comply with both emerging VOC regulations, and more varied and stringent environmental protection standards across the globe.

Urban pavements can be both durable and beautiful

Road construction is one of the largest change brought by urban development. However, urban roads often in black asphalt or offwhite cement, monotonous and unattractive. But can the pavement be colorful and can it be well decorated? In fact, this dream has already come true. In many cities around the world, colored pavements have already become beautiful landscapes.
  

Powerful performance for highest requirements

Industrial floors must resist a series of factors like heavy weights and traffic as well as high mechanical stress and different chemicals. In short, they must be very tough. Every day, they are on the job and are literally the foundation” of all kind of businesses. One example where an industrial floor needs to stand up to extreme pressure and heavy use are maintenance centers for railway cars. So as the Brateevo depot located in the Southeast of Russia‘s capital Moscow.

Stopping non-stop painting 

Bridges made of steel are extremely robust, but they do have an Achilles heel – Rust. The best way to protect steel from corrosion is to cover it in a protective coating. For the formulation of industrial coatings Evonik's business line Crosslinkers has developed a high-performance epoxy curing agent product line which delivers excellent anti-corrosion protection and chemical resistance for all kind of metal. Its name: Ancamide®.

Optically clear bonding

One example of the technological evelopment in  the manufacturing of consumer electronics is the use of innovative adhesives. These dhesives are used especially in the production of small camera modules for mobile phones.

Crosslinkers‘ Ancamine® goes Hermitage

Simply stunning: The Hermitage in the Russian city of  St. Petersburg is one of the largest and most beautiful art museums of the world. The Hermitage, declared UNESCO World Heritage as related part of the historic centre of St.  Petersburg in 1990, was founded in 1764 and served as a private gallery for the art amassed by Empress Catherine the Great. 

The lightness of the aircraft window

When traveling by plane, many passengers prefer  a seat at the window as the view to cities and landscapes is often impressive. When looking out, hardly any of them will think about the special properties an aircraft window must have.

Brilliant prospects make metal and wood coatings shine

Low-solvent, one-component varnishes are particularly good for home and interior applications. In addition to their neutral odor and environmental impact, they are also convenient products for do-it-yourself projects—ready-to-use straight from the can.

Trenchless trends for pipeline rehabilitation

There are basically two options for the renovation and  renewal of pipes: either to dig up the ground and expose the entire pipe, or to implement a trenchless pipeline reha-bilitation. The latter means to renovate the pipe from the inside, making costly replacements of old water and sewage pipes superseded. The buzzword here is Cured-in-Place-Pipe  (CIPP) lining, a method of trenchless rehabilitation of existing pipes

Slip resistant and good looking

No matter if the rain is pouring, the wind is storming or the snow is falling from the sky: the new and unique indoor water park in the YES Recreation Center near the city of Vologda in Northwest Russia offers fun and relaxation all year round. About a dozen attractions promise unforgettable moments of enjoyment for all ages.

The paint stays put

Painted buldings, road signs, and train cars - the cost of the routine damage caused by graffiti artist is high. Evonik has developed VESTANAT® MF, a highly efficient crosslinker for paint systems that forms a lasting barrier against chemical cleaning agents.

Hygienically clean

Especially in the Asian market, Evonik’s Crosslinkers Business Line, with VESTASOL® IP provides  the synthetic cornerstone for the production of disinfectants based on the antiseptic chloroxylenol (PCMX), ensures germ-free hands for healthcare professionals. 

Inner linings for tin cans

It’s a staple of our daily lives and available in any supermarket: the tin can, invincible container for any kind of food. Unfortunately, the basic raw material used for these - bisphenol A, or BPA - poses health risks and, as such, has been a subject of public controversy for some time. This is where Evonik’s Crosslinkers business line comes into play.

Let your floor breathe

For 20 years now, leading floor coating manufacturers have chosen Epilink® 701 to formulate breathable coating and self-leveling floor systems. When tallied up, it’s the equivalent squared meters of floor coating to cycling more than ten times around Earth’s equator on a one meter wide bicycle path.

Cross-border combination: When epoxy resin meets cement concrete

Can an excellent ECC system be produced simply by  mixing the key materials together? Obviously not. Excellent performance comes from scientific formulation design and the synergy of the key materials: epoxy resin and curing agent. This is where Evonik’s business line Crosslinkers comes in with its waterbased epoxy  curing agent Anquamine® 287 and waterbased epoxy resin emulsion Ancarez® AR-468.

Sunscreen basics

Sunlight puts us in a good mood and is important for our health. Like so many other things, however, dosage is critical. VESTASOL®, which is to a large part made from isophorone, Evonik’s Crosslinkers business line offers cosmetic actives manufacturers a basic material for producing highly active UVB filters.

Seal it to keep it

I’m going to drive this car until it rusts away: That’s the  intention of some car owners anyway, until the technical inspection is due, and the chances of older vehicles being approved are not so good.

Flowers for an aluminum frame

Aluminum windows are trending. Considered modern and elegant, they are robust, long-lasting, and easy to maintain. This metal version of the window frame also offers an important safety advantage: the material does not burn.

The future belongs to the lightweights

Automobile manufacturers  and suppliers can use VESTALITE® products from  Evonik Resource Efficiency to produce customized, cost-effective, high-performance fiber composite components whose excellent surface characteristics and outstanding mechanical properties make them suitable replacements for steel and aluminum.

Cure-to-Go for the floor

Regardless the factory building, warehouse, car park or office suite – industrial floors have to withstand a lot more than conventional floors in your homes.The new waterborne amine curing agent Anquamine® 728 for use in epoxy primers and topcoats on concrete substrates, allows applicators to get the job done quickly and efficiently in just one day.

Rust doesn't stand a chance

They cross rivers, valleys, roads, and railroad tracks; they are landmarks, tourist attractions, or just a way to get from one place to another. There are around 140,000 bridges in Germany, 40,000 of which are on freeways and federal highways. Making supporting rods from fiberglass- reinforced polymer based on Ancamine® R can help prepare bridges for the future.

The future belongs to the wind

On coastal plains, on the high seas, or in the mountains - wind turbines are everywhere. During their service life of ten or more years, the blades will have to withstand many weather extremes and survive sunlight, storms and rain.