Waterborne epoxy binders have demonstrated their capability to replace, and in some cases, even outperform traditional solventborne binders in many coatings applications. High-performance waterborne epoxy systems that meet stringent regulatory requirements are available on a global basis. These waterborne epoxy systems are formulated into coatings for shipping containers, railways, trucks and busses, agricultural and construction equipment, industrial finishes, automotive parts and accessories, industrial maintenance, as well as protective coatings for concrete and masonry substrates.
The global market for all epoxy types (waterborne, solventborne and solvent-free) being used in liquid, ambient-cure, epoxy formulations is estimated to be 941 KT; worth $2.36 billion USD.1 In 2015, the waterborne epoxy resin market for liquid coatings was estimated to be 30-40 KT global. In 2018, the waterborne epoxy market was estimated to have at least doubled, driven by significant growth of WB industrial coatings in China.