GÖTTELBORN/STUTTGART, Germany - Nanogate AG unveiled its newly developed UV-hardening coating for plastic sheet goods at the international trade fair for surface treatments and coatings (O&S) held June 8-10 in Stuttgart, Germany. The new material can be flexibly applied using UV hardening to a variety of different types of plastic without any further pretreatment. The innovation's strengths are its scratch resistance, ease of cleaning, and low process and production costs.

The range of applications for plastic sheet goods is extremely diverse, covering aircraft windows, door and gate sections, motorbike fairing, and interior fittings. While their usage may differ, the demands placed on products are still similar. The plastic must be resistant to dirt and scratches so that it is easier to handle in use and lasts a long time. The newly developed UV-hardening coating material presented by Nanogate at O&S 2010 combines these properties, thereby extending the permaResist® line of polymers. A further advantage is its flexible application on very different types of plastic such as polystyrene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). It is not necessary to treat the substrate before coating, which simplifies industrial mass production and makes the production process much leaner and more time efficient. This saves not only time, but also energy and additional process costs.

The coating specialist's UV mass-production equipment can enhance up to 1.5 million square metres of sheet goods a year, working three shifts a day. Sheets of up to 2m x 3m with thicknesses of 2mm to 15mm are processed fully automatically. This means that, true to its philosophy as an enabler, Nanogate AG is now able to offer its customers production-ready solutions for sheet goods.