Zeroing in on a low-VOC product portfolio
At Beckers, we thrive on reducing our environmental impact across the entire value chain. Our Industrial Coatings (IC) business is just one example.
It is highly diverse and serves a broad spectrum of customers. Some want to use our paint to extend the lifetime of their equipment. Others want to apply our IC offerings to their products to improve the look and tactility for their own end users.
Regardless of its purpose, the paint is always applied as a spray. When our customers apply a coating during their production process, the paint is atomized into tiny droplets. As this happens, some of the solvents in the paint evaporate. The remainder evaporates as the paint hits the surface and during subsequent medium-temperature flash-off and baking, which produces a homogeneous coating. But what happens with the solvents that evaporate? Some customers have equipment to treat them through, for example, combustion using afterburners. But it is hard to stop all solvents escaping into the atmosphere. Emissions of these volatile organic compounds (VOC) together with CO2 emissions remain an issue for the industry.
Paint manufacturers have two common ways to reduce VOC emissions: by making waterborne or high-solids products. These approaches are currently driving innovation and development at Beckers' Industrial Coatings. And to achieve the highest possible VOC reductions, we work along our entire value chain, for example, through joint development with raw material suppliers and customers.