FRANKFURT, Germany - Resins supplier allnex recently announced that as part of its Environmental Sustainability Governance Program, the Liquid Resins & Additives (LRA) business line will switch to the use of partially, mass balanced, bio-based pentaerythritol in all alkyds produced at the company’s European sites. The transition will take place in the second quarter of this year.

This deliberate decision will increase the bio-content of waterborne and solventborne alkyds sold under the allnex RESYDROL®, SETAL®, SETAQUA® brand names by 25%, which reflects the company's commitment to sustainable development. This additional bio-content will increase the relatively high bio-content of alkyds, and the total bio-content of some products will exceed 60%.

By making this transition, allnex reports that customers will automatically move their resin offerings in a more sustainable direction, allowing them to offer environmentally friendly coatings. These bio-enhanced alkyds reportedly represent the industry's first transition to a voluntary offering from a resin manufacturer, not only at the same price, but without the inconvenience of lab reformulations and testing or performance compromise. The transition, is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1 kiloton per year. 

“With this step we are making our alkyds more environmental friendly, it is a clear example of the leading role allnex plays in making the coatings industry more sustainable,” said Ruben Mannien, Executive Vice President Liquid Resins and Additives.

“This conscious decision to transition to a feedstock with higher bio content is an important step as it should create a ripple effect with our customer’s and theirs, for new promotional ideas and opportunities for their now greener coatings, collectively moving our industry into a more sustainable direction,” said Robert Skarvan, Global Marketing Director Liquid Resins and Additives.

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