AkzoNobel partners with Chinese Wuxi El Pont on e-beam technology for coatings

AkzoNobel partners with Chinese Wuxi El Pont on e-beam technology for coatings

Electron beams are being explored as a potential alternative for curing coatings

  • By ICN Bureau | December 08, 2023

AkzoNobel’s Coil and Extrusion Coatings business has signed a strategic agreement with Wuxi El Pont Radiation Technology to develop a pioneering process that uses electron beams to cure coatings on metal substrates. 

E-beam technology is a fast-growing scientific field and could offer significant advantages over conventional thermal curing methods, such as lower energy consumption, increased productivity with higher quality and reduced environmental impact. The process itself cures coatings by using a directed stream of electrons to deliver the energy required to form the final film.

“We’re extremely excited about the possibilities of E-beam technology and the benefits this partnership could bring,” says Jim Kavanagh, Director of AkzoNobel’s Industrial Coatings business. “By working together with Wuxi El Pont, we’ll be able to leverage their expertise and experience of electron accelerators and beam devices and innovate sustainable solutions together.”

Dr. Yuwei Zhang, Chairman, Wuxi El Pont Radiation Technology Co., adds: “We’re committed to developing China's civil nuclear technology and expanding the application of electron beam technology. We have every confidence that the combination of our process development capabilities for low-energy electron beam equipment with AkzoNobel’s research and development expertise will prove to be a success. Our close cooperation will accelerate the low carbon transformation of the paints and coatings industry, improve product quality and safety, and provide strong support for the industry to make strides towards carbon neutrality as soon as possible.”

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