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Cobalt-free curing launched at China Composites Expo

Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals B.V. : 12 September, 2012  (New Product)
On September 5-7 2012, BluCure was presented at the China Composites Expo in Shanghai. In addition, AkzoNobel and DSM will introduce their BluCure Products. The BluCure umbrella brand covers innovative Cobalt-free resin curing technologies and products
Cobalt-free curing launched at China Composites Expo

BluCure is synonymous with state-of-the-art technologies related to Cobalt-free curing of composite resins. Developed by industry leaders in innovation and sustainability, BluCure is available through license to all composite component and resin manufacturers. BluCure offers opportunities for outstanding performance and
sustainable end-user value, both now and in the future.

Earlier in the year, BluCure was successfully launched at the JEC Composites show in Paris. Since then there has been major interest in the technology from leading players in the European and Asian composites market, because of the increasing environmental pressure on Cobalt.

In many cases the improved curing behavior has resulted in better part manufacturing robustness and increased part performance when compared to conventional, Cobalt-based systems.

BluCure Technology is available to the composites industry through sublicensing, providing genuine alternatives to Cobalt-based accelerator systems for all composite component and resin manufacturers.

Induced by REACH, Cobalt salts like Cobalt Octoate are under evaluation by ECHA. This evaluation has already initiated two reclassifications of which the latest took place in August 2012 and is a reclassification to “reproductive toxin cat. 2” under CLP.

The evaluation process by ECHA is not yet closed and further reclassification might take place. Additional action by the competent authorities in China and other Asian countries is anticipated as a result.

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