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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 2013 this business unit reported sales of around €1.6 billion. Its activities are grouped in the Crosslinkers, Oil Additives, Coating Additives and Coating & Adhesive Resins Business Lines.
Evonik is the market and technology leader 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. Isophorone products increase the service life of heavy-duty surfaces, which cuts maintenance costs and often makes refurbishment unnecessary. Examples are floor coatings in parking garages, facades that have to withstand tough climate conditions and ships that are constantly exposed to salt water. Environment-friendly coating technologies such as UV-curing systems and solvent-free powder coatings are growing fast. Isophorone-based composites are used, for example, to increase the resistance of wind turbines and make automobiles lighter.
High-performance additives marketed by the Oil Additives Business Line improve the lubricating and flow properties of engine oils, hydraulic fluids, fuels, biodiesel and industrial fluids. In this way they improve fuel efficiency, i.e. they reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Thanks to many years of close collaboration with well-known lubricant manufacturers and automotive OEMs, this business line has developed specialist expertise in engines, gears and hydraulic systems. Customers benefit from this through custom-tailored high-performance additives and an extensive range of technical services.
The Coating Additives Business Line is a leading international producer of additives for the paints and printing inks industry, and of specialty binders. It has extensive competence in paints and a global distribution network, enabling it to offer customized solutions for customers around the world. Its product portfolio ranges from additives and co-binders to specialty resins and nanoresins. The TEGO® brand comprises a wide range of additives for demanding coating formulations. A new innovation center for coatings and inks was opened in Essen (Germany) at the end of 2012, and for the Asian market there is a research and development center for coatings additives with locations in Singapore and Shanghai. The main focus in Asia 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 futureoriented areas of business such as road markings and structural adhesives for the automotive industry.
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