DSM Functional Materials (Chicago, Ill.) and Empresa Brasileira de Biotechnologia (Ebrabiotech) of Brazil recently signed an agreement to launch a new line of bio-based materials for the concrete floor coatings market.
The enterprise plans to focus primarily on the development of bio-based castor oil materials, which are non-edible and reported to lower total carbon footprint, the companies say.
Initially, the new product line will target the industrial concrete flooring market, the companies say; subsequent development work will target sustainable, novel solutions for structural-steel protection applications and aquaculture.
In the near term, the company says it will soon announce the availability of URelle™ Eco, a bio-based, high-performance urethane coating formulated for interior and exterior concrete applications. The company says the product provides a durable floor finish with a high degree of resistance to physical abuse and a range of aggressive chemicals. Other characteristics are near-zero VOC content and low odor.
The floor coating also offers a high-gloss finish and is available in multiple colors, the company says.
DSM says the bio-based product developments reflect a commitment to fill more than 80% of its innovation pipeline by 2015 with “ECO+” products. Those products are defined as offering “clear ecological benefits over competing mainstream solutions” over their total lifecycle.
More information: http://www.dsm.com/.