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Air Products Introduces New Epoxy Curing Agents
Mon, May 7, 2012 3:10 PM EDT

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (APD) today introduced a number of new waterborne and solvent-free epoxy curing agents as well as its new isocynate curing agents, or polycarbamide technology, for use in a variety of coatings applications at the American Coatings Show 2012 in the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind. These curing agents offer improved performance, handling and lower cost versus incumbent products.

Amicure® IC-221 and Amicure® IC-321 curatives are new amine curing agents specifically engineered for use with standard HDI trimer isocyanates, resulting in polycarbamide or aliphatic polyurea coatings designed for industrial and institutional flooring coatings. Both products are designed to deliver sufficient working time to be applied by brush, roll or airless spray equipment while providing very rapid return to service. Performance features include low temperature cure, low color and excellent UV durability and surface appearance and zero VOC. Amicure IC-221 curative offers extremely rapid hardness development, while Amicure IC-321 curative allows for rapid hardness development with an extended working time.

Ancamine® 2726 and Ancamine® 2735 curatives are Air Products' newest cycloaliphatic amine epoxy curing agents and offer performance and cost advantages for industrial flooring and protective coatings.

Air Products will also feature its Anquamine® 721 waterborne epoxy curing agent, which is designed for use in waterborne epoxy coatings where cost-effectiveness and high performance are key. Anquamine 721 curing agent offers cost-in-use approaching conventional solvent formulations with low to zero VOC.

"Air Products continues to deliver innovative, solutions-based offerings for the coatings industry," said Bruce Thoet, commercial manager for Air Products. "These new curing agents can deliver cost and performance advantages to a number of high-growth markets while being worker and environmentally friendly."

To learn more about these new curing agents, visit Air Products' booth 1911 in the Indiana Convention Center from May 8 to 10, 2012. Starting May 11, please visit www.airproducts.com/ACS to view and hear the presentations given by representatives from Air Products.

Air Products (APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 18,000 employees in over 40 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had sales of approximately $10 billion.

Source: PRNewswires

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