Hexion partners with Tekle Technical Services to develop "green" composites

Effort will focus on development of composite materials for use in building and construction applications.

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Resins and adhesives supplier Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. (Columbus, Ohio, USA) announced on Aug. 5 that it will partner with Tekle Technical Services Inc. (TTS, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), a biocomposites company, to develop “green” building products for the construction industry.

Hexion and TTS recently signed an agreement formalizing their intent to collaborate on commercial development of building materials using TTS’ natural fiber-based materials and Hexion’s resin systems, including those featuring its Ecobind ultra-low-emitting resin technology.

Hexion will aid TTS in its efforts to develop unique composite materials that include:

  • Composite panels using agriculture, forestry and municipal waste fiber sources;
  • Engineered fiber mat products using agricultural and forestry fibers;
  • Structural insulated panels reinforced with natural fibers;
  • Natural fiber cement composites;
  • Fiber plastic composites.

Under the agreement, Hexion will develop resins, adhesives, catalysts and additives for use in TTS products, and will provide technical services and support from its regional forest products research and development center.

“Combining Hexion’s industry-leading low-emitting resin systems with the natural fiber expertise of TTS will help TTS provide the construction industry with new, environmentally suitable products with enhanced sustainability characteristics,” said Carlos Nuila, vice president, research & development, for Hexion’s Forest Products Division.

“Hexion is committed to helping our customers continue to improve their products, reduce or eliminate product emissions and enhance product sustainability,” Nuila said.