The switch from solventborne to waterborne coatings 

The demand for waterborne coatings continues to increase as worldwide markets switch from solventborne to waterborne coatings - in both architectural and industrial settings - in search of improved functionality, better performance and eco-friendly products. 

Waterborne coatings are widely applied in building and construction; general industrial; automotive; corrosion protection; metal, wood, marine, packaging and coil markets; and latex suppliers. Indeed, a typical example of a waterborne coating is an architectural do-it-yourself (DIY) paint, which can be easily purchased in home-improvement stores.

Sel Avci

With such an expansive market, coatings manufacturers continue to develop higher performing polymer chemistries to meet demand for waterborne industrial coatings solutions that offer distinct properties. 

“Formulators today, are in search of technologies that address the challenges of adhesion-to-difficult substrates, anticorrosion, hydrophobicity and overall durability, specifically in the segments of DTM (direct-to-metal), metal structures, shipping containers, etc,” explains Sel Avci (pictured left), Global Marketing Director at Solvay. “These segments are converting to waterborne products that deliver the same performance requirements as their solvent-based counterparts.”

Paints and coatings enabling better air quality

Waterborne coatings are eco-friendly and greener because water is used as a diluent to disperse a resin instead of organic solvents, which are considered as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). To formulate a waterborne coating, formulators must use surfactants to emulsify the resin, disperse pigments and improve end-application properties. 

Automotive painting

The coatings industry continues a trend toward low to zero VOC, odorless, less air polluting and more environmentally friendly coatings as regulatory restrictions in each region demand healthier and cleaner coatings.

Our commitment to excellent customer service, strong application knowledge and broad product lines are the top three reasons why emulsion polymer producers and coating customers are selecting Solvay as their primary raw material supplier and/or working partner.

Sel Avci, Global Marketing Director, Solvay

Sipomer®, Solvay’s new line of coatings solutions

Solvay’s line of coatings solutions was developed specifically for the formulation of architectural paints, waterborne industrial direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings, adhesives and printing inks. For binder performance improvement, the Group’s Sipomer® line of specialty monomers uniquely combined with surfactants delivers new functionalities and achieves improved durability, sustainability, adhesion and corrosion resistance. 

Architectural Coatings

In addition to Solvay’s existing portfolio of specialty monomers, the latest solutions include a new high-efficiency specialty adhesion monomer, Sipomer®PAM 600, which can be used with specialty emulsifiers such as the Rhodafac® and Aerosol® line of products, for both architectural and industrial latex systems. 

Solvay is currently offering polymerizable stabilizers (Sipomer® COPS series) and is also developing polymerizable surfactants to resolve the issues of water sensitivity, surfactant leaching and foaming due to the drawbacks of the conventional surfactants used for waterborne coatings formulations. 

To learn more, click here to watch Solvay’s latest webinar on waterborne coatings and to learn more about how different polymer types can be tailored to formulate direct-to-metal, waterborne, industrial coatings systems that deliver enhanced and differentiated performance.