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Evonik's innovative power extends across six business units. This is where products and solutions are developed for the chemistry of tomorrow.
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The Coatings & Additives Business Unit supplies high-quality functional polymers and specialty monomers to the paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants industries. It also produces high-performance oil additives and hydraulic fluids. A key attribute is its integrated isophorone technology platform. In addition, Coatings & Additives is closely meshed with Evonik's methylmethacrylate and silicone platforms. In 2012, this business unit’s sales were more than Euro 1.6 billion.
We believe we are the global number 1 in isophorone chemistry and the only company in the world that covers all processing steps. The production of high-performance, isophorone-based crosslinkers is the core competence of the Crosslinkers Business Line. Crosslinkers are responsible for the color fastness and weather resistance of paints. Their applications range from solvent-free coating of industrial floors through light and weather resistant automotive paints to crosslinking powder coatings for decorative protection against corrosion. One particularly dynamic area of business at present is crosslinkers for epoxy resins, which are used as curing agents in the manufacture of rotor blades for wind turbines. These products enhance the stability of the composites and thus facilitate production of larger rotor blades.
The Viscoplex® additives marketed by the Oil Additives Business Line improve the efficiency, performance and service life of engines and hydraulic systems. In this way, they reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by commercial vehicles. This business line regards itself as the world market leader in high-performance lubricant additives for the automotive industry and other industrial applications and has a firm foothold in the Asia-Pacific region. Asia is currently the fastest growing market for oil additives and accounts for around one third of global demand for lubricants.
The Coating Additives Business Line is a leading international producer of additives for the paints and printing inks industry and of specialty binders based, among other things, on silicone resin. This business line has extensive expertise in coatings and a global distribution network. It offers customers around the world customized solutions under the TEGO® brand name. Innovation management and technology management are very important. A new innovation center for the coatings and inks industry is therefore currently under construction in Essen (Germany). A research and development center for coatings additives for the Asian market was opened in 2011 with locations in Singapore and Shanghai. The main focus in this region is on the high-growth environment-friendly coatings segment, an area where the Coating Additives Business Line has special expertise.
Evonik’s Coatings & Adhesive Resins Business Line produces high-quality binders. These are mainly used in coatings for metal packaging, protective coatings and industrial floors. In addition, this business line supplies the adhesive industry with polymers for melt adhesives, and sealing and insulating compounds which are marketed, for example, to the automotive and packaging industries. Coatings & Adhesive Resins is systematically expanding future-oriented areas of business such as road markings and structural adhesives for the automotive industry.
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