AkzoNobel, the world’s largest powder coating manufacturer, has a long history in the military market supplying products through its Aerospace division. The company’s powder coating division has now developed Interpon M1000 – AA0037, a high-performance epoxy powder primer, recently approved at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD for Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings (CARC) military applications. Interpon M1000 – AA0037 exhibits excellent corrosion, chemical, water, acid and Super Tropical Bleach (STB) resistance when applied over properly prepared steel or aluminum substrate, the company said. The primer meets all the requirements of MIL-PRF-32348 Class 1 Type 1 and is compatible with CARC liquid topcoats for all tactical and combat vehicles for the US Armed Forces. Prior to this product launch, the CARC market used liquid coatings exclusively. Key features of the primer include aggressive adhesion to steel and aluminum and excellent edge coverage. High gloss provides exceptional cross-link density and chemical resistance, making the product resistant to chemical and biological warfare agents, the company said. Future plans call for CARC powder topcoats to be used in conjunction with the CARC powder primer on military tactical equipment, which includes ground, aviation and related support assets.