OMNOVA Solutions has completed a major capabilities expansion at its Le Havre, France manufacturing facility, which will enable the company to increase its capacity to produce specialty acrylic resins for water-borne coatings.
This multi-million Euro expansion features semi-continuous polymerization and builds upon OMNOVA’s existing capabilities for acrylic water-based chemistries in the U.S. in order to enhance regional service to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
"We are seeing increased market demand for water-based coating solutions, particularly in Europe. This investment in new capabilities at our Le Havre site demonstrates our commitment to growing with our global customers with quality manufacturing and regional supply," said Jim Hohman, President of OMNOVA Solutions’ Performance Chemicals division. "There is the added benefit of being close to our Villejust, France technology center, where much of our coatings development work is done."
"This new capability is coming on-line at just the right time," said Rick Sandford, general manager of OMNOVA’s global Coating Specialties business, which is based in Villejust. "We have recently introduced a number of exciting innovations under the Pliotec brand, which offer the environmental advantages of a water-based resin that can tackle difficult challenges in architectural and industrial applications. These products will be globally available from Le Havre as well as from our U.S. production facilities in Akron, Ohio; Chester, South Carolina and Fitchburg, Massachusetts."
OMNOVA’s new products include:
Pliotec HDT 12 – This APE-free, low VOC resin is specifically designed for the formulation of high gloss, anti-corrosion direct-to-metal coatings, with superior adhesion to ferrous and non-ferrous metals and excellent water resistance properties.
Pliotec SA40 – This dispersion is particularly suitable for pigmented masonry primers, providing excellent resistance to alkali and efflorescence, even on fresh concrete and mortars.
Pliotec LEB 18 – This Low Exudation Binder for façade coatings allows paint manufacturers to significantly reduce surfactant leaching ("snail trails") while offering durable protection and perfect decoration.