Dec 3, 2018 – Cardolite Sponsors Punch Powertrain Solar Team

We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Punch Powertrain Solar Team! This talented team of engineers has 15 months to build the next Belgian solar car for the World Solar Challenge of 2019 in Australia. Cardolite’s FormuLITE product line will help them design an innovative and more sustainable car that can contribute to shaping the future of transportation. We wish them luck!

Learn more about FormuLITE here.

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Oct 3, 2018 – Cardolite Sponsors SAMPE Benelux Composite Bridge Building Competition

Cardolite together with our Benelux distributor Vosschemie are a proud sponsor of the SAMPE Benelux Fall Bridge Building Contest that will take place on the 28th of March, 2019 at the University of Gent in Belgium. In this contest, students will use Cardolite’s FormuLITE bio-based epoxy systems as one of the materials in their composites-based, bridge model. We look forward to seeing some innovative designs! Good luck to all participants!

Please see flyer for more information about this event. 

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MAY 17, 2018 – ‘’Bio-based Material of the Year 2018’’ – NX-2026 Awarded Silver Medal

We are very proud to share that NX-2026 was chosen as the second place winner for the award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018” at the International Conference on Bio-based Materials organized by the Nova Institute (Germany). NX-2026 is an ultra-high purity 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenol recently developed by Cardolite through advanced proprietary process technology. 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenol is the main component distilled from cashew nutshell liquid, a renewable and non-edible resin extracted from the honeycomb structure of the cashew nut. NX-2026 has been successfully introduced to the coating and adhesive markets as a non-toxic isocyanate (NCO) blocking agent that is a suitable replacement for petrochemical phenols. NCO systems blocked with NX-2026 provide lower viscosity and deblocking temperature than equivalent systems blocked with phenols. Moreover, NX-2026 blocked NCO prepolymers can be used in 2K epoxy systems to improve bond and T-peel strengths while maintaining good cure properties.

For more information about this award winning technology, please select NX-2026 Blocking Technology

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APRIL 27, 2018 – NX-2026 Nominated for Innovation Award ‘’Bio-based Material of the Year 2018’’

We are proud to announce Cardolite’s NX-2026 has been nominated for the Innovation Award ‘’Bio-based Material of the Year 2018’’. NX-2026 is an ultra-high purity 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenol recently developed by Cardolite through advanced proprietary process technology. 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenol is the main component distilled from cashew nutshell liquid, a renewable and non-edible resin extracted from the honeycomb structure of the cashew nut. NX-2026 has been successfully introduced to the coating and adhesive markets as a non-toxic isocyanate (NCO) blocking agent that is a suitable replacement for petrochemical phenols. NCO systems blocked with NX-2026 provide lower viscosity and deblocking temperature than equivalent systems blocked with phenols. Moreover, NX-2026 blocked NCO prepolymers can be used in 2K epoxy systems to improve bond and T-peel strengths while maintaining good cure properties.

We will be presenting this technology at the International Conference on Bio-based Materials (15-16 May, 2018) in Cologne, Germany. For more information about the conference please visit http://news.bio-based.eu/six-candidates-are-nominated-for-the-innovation-award-bio-based-material-of-the-year-2018/.

NX-2026 Blocking Technology

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FEB 21, 2018 – CNSL Webinar: Versatile tools for high performance epoxy adhesives

Scientists rely on various tools to develop adhesives that can help them meet new customer requirements. Recent industry product demands including zero VOC, label-friendly, easy of handling, durability, and sustainability, are very challenging items to satisfy. Cardolite innovative CNSL-based technology is offering solutions that allow formulators to overcome these challenges.

Cashew NutShell Liquid renewable technology does not interfere with the food chain. CNSL-based epoxy curing agents, known as phenalkamines and phenalkamides, are best suited for structural adhesives that are environmentally-friendly while delivering fast strength development at adverse conditions, durability under water, and chemical or high/low temperature exposure resistance. CNSL-based epoxy modifiers and diluents are also excellent solutions for improving hydrophobicity, bond strength, and flexibility of adhesive systems.

Please click on the Specialchem link below to hear about recent breakthroughs on CNSL derived technologies and learn about new products that can solve today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

Link to Specialchem webinar

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DEC 20, 2017 – NX-8401 Is Here to Solve Your Waterborne Epoxy Problems!

Cardolite is introducing a new waterborne, emulsion-type curing agent for epoxy coatings. NX-8401 is completely free of solvent, low viscosity and easily reducible with water allowing the formulation of zero and very low V.O.C. coatings. The excellent compatibility of NX-8401 with various epoxy dispersions and its ability to easily disperse pigments and fillers give coatings scientists wide latitude to formulate high performance waterborne epoxy coatings.

NX-8401 was specially designed for anticorrosion coatings applications that require long lasting substrate protection. Coatings based on NX-8401 provide superior corrosion protection even at thin film thickness with excellent adhesion to various types substrates such as blasted and cold rolled steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, and concrete. These coatings can be quickly recoated with typical topcoat technologies such as acrylics and polyurethanes in room temperature or baked cure applications. The fast development of good anticorrosion properties after short cure cycles enables fast productivity and cost savings. Moreover, the fast recoatability does not come at the price of workability. On the contrary, coatings based on NX-8401 are of long pot life regardless of the epoxy dispersion used lowering risks of failure in the field.

Additional benefits of NX-8401 include increased flexibility and improved color retention for formulators considering epoxy waterborne coatings as an option for topcoats. To learn more about the performance of NX-8401 please visit our waterborne technology page.

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NOV 20, 2017 – LITE 513E – New Diluent for Electronic Applications

Cardolite is introducing LITE 513E, the first epoxy-functional, cardanol-based diluent with low total chlorine/halogen content (≤ 1000ppm). LITE 513E is a low color, low viscosity, monofunctional epoxy reactive diluent designed to meet the stringent performance needs of electronics and electrical applications such as adhesives, potting, and encapsulation while still maintaining the desirable properties of the NC-513 family.

LITE 513E’s very low viscosity enables solvent-free formulations with enhanced workability and reduced shrinkage without compromising performance properties. The long hydrophobic aliphatic side chain inherited from cardanol, provides moisture resistance and water resistance as well as balanced mechanical properties.

As with other NC-513 diluents, LITE 513E reduces exotherm of epoxy-amine reactions, lengthens thermal shock cycles, and increases flexibility and bond strength of the system to protect the integrity of electrical and electronic components. Moreover, studies have shown that the NC-513 product family deliver excellent resistance against highly corrosive chemicals and adverse conditions including wet and saline environments.

LITE 513E is a natural choice for formulators that look for performance and sustainability in one product. The combination of high biocontent from distilled cashew nutshell liquid (cardanol), a non-edible and annually renewable building block, and excellent properties at low viscosity, enable high performing and label-friendly, solvent-free epoxy systems. For more information, please visit the electronics adhesives page.

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MAR 9, 2017 – NX-9008 – High Strength Polyol

Cardolite has developed NX-9008, a new multifunctional CNSL-based polyol that delivers high tensile strength, and excellent bond strength on various substrates including steel, aluminum, composites and plastics. NX-9008 offers high glass transition temperature of close to 100°C when cured with polymeric MDI, and provides excellent water resistance that originates from the CNSL backbone.

NX-9008 is suitable for use in polyurethane structural adhesives (e.g. windmill OEM), polyurethane pottings, and high strength polyurethane foams and composites. NX-9008 is an excellent candidate for formulators looking for a polyol that can perform like an epoxy with the added benefits of faster cure and increased flexibility.

To learn more about NX-9008, please see technical data sheet. Please also register for this site or contact your local Cardolite representative for additional information or to request samples for evaluation.

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FEB 23, 2017 – Beautiful Floors, Now Faster with UL 2009H

Cardolite is introducing Ultra LITE 2009H, a new epoxy curing agent with very fast hardness development for projects that require quick turnaround. Ultra LITE 2009H retains the excellent properties of Ultra LITE 2009, but provides faster cure and hardness buildup at ambient and lower temperature conditions. As a result, epoxy coatings based on Ultra LITE 2009H offer early walk-on times even under unfavorable weather conditions.

Ultra LITE 2009H is very light in color (Gardner 1) and suitable for use in clears and pigmented formulations of all hues and shades. The excellent yellowing resistance and gloss retention of this product make it ideal for use in top coats where initial and long-term appearances are important. Formulators will experience good latitude incorporating Ultra LITE 2009H in their systems due to the very low viscosity, good leveling properties, and package-friendly mix ratio (95 AHEW) of this curing agent. Moreover, the advantages of coatings formulated with Ultra LITE 2009H go beyond aesthetics as this product also delivers very good resistance to moisture, water and chemical spills for long-lasting floors.

To learn more about Ultra LITE 2009H, please see technical data sheet. Please also register for this site or contact your local Cardolite representative for additional information or to request samples for evaluation.

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New LITE 3025 Phenalkamide for Heavy Duty Coatings and Industrial Adhesives

LITE 3025 is a solvent free phenalkamide for cost-effective, medium and high solids heavy duty epoxy coatings. This new curing agent was specially designed to protect surfaces from highly corrosive environments and harsh atmospheric conditions. When used in protective coating formulations, this product offers similar properties to medium molecular weight polyamides, but with the additional benefits typical of cashew technology.

Compared to commonly used solvent free polyamides, LITE 3025 provides faster cure and hardness development, especially at lower temperatures. This widens the coating application window and allows for early recoat in temperatures as low as 5°C. Maintenance and OEM coating applications in particular can benefit from these potential productivity gains. LITE 3025’s excellent anticorrosive and mechanical properties combined with good adhesion to various substrates result in long lasting primers suitable for many industrial applications. Good color and gloss stability extend the use of LITE 3025 to epoxy topcoats and direct-to-metal coatings.

In a world where project budgets continue to get trimmed, but performance expectations remain high, LITE 3025 is a great tool for paint manufacturers due to its versatility and high performance at a competitive cost. Furthermore, LITE 3025 can be easily “dropped in” to existing epoxy formulations to avoid the time and costs associated with reformulation.

Beyond just coatings, LITE 3025 is an excellent product for industrial epoxy adhesives providing high bond strength, high Tg, and outstanding durability.

To learn more specifics about LITE 3025, please see technical data sheet. Please also register for this site or contact your local Cardolite representative for additional information or to request samples for evaluation.

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