BASEL, Switzerland - Ciba Inc. has entered into an agreement with Lamberti Group to purchase the Italy-based specialty chemical maker’s photoinitiator business. With unique professional skills, technology know-how and patented products, the business will strengthen Ciba’s offer of UV-curing solutions for coatings, inks, adhesives and electronics and expand its range of photoinitiators that are suitable for food packaging applications. Ciba and Lamberti intend to finalize the deal as soon as possible, pending regulatory approvals.
Photoinitiators play a crucial role in the UV curing of surfaces such as industrial coatings, inks, adhesives and electronics. On absorption of light, they catalyze chemical reactions that result in significant changes in the solubility and physical properties of the surface and help speed polymerization of the final cross-linked product.