Reichhold, Umicore to cooperate on curing technology

Reichhold and Belgium-based Umicore will work together to introduce a sustainable alternative curing technology for unsaturated polyester resins.

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Reichhold (Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA) and Umicore (Brussels, Belgium) announced on March 14 a plan to cooperate to introduce sustainable alternative curing technology for unsaturated polyester resins.

Reichhold deploys Umicore’s latest cobalt technology to develop a solution that combines the benefits of cobalt-based systems with long-term, sustainable and environmentally friendly characteristics safeguarding the cobalt future.

This technology reportedly will be a user-friendly alternative to accelerators currently in use by both resin manufacturers and composite fabricators. It offers customers the ability to deal proactively with the potential hazard classification of cobalt carboxylate.

The two companies have successfully tested the new technology in some selected resin systems and are working towards qualifying an entire product range for customers in the composites industry.