NX-2026 Life Cycle Analysis Results

Specialty cardanol grade, NX-2026, showed favorable results compared to petro-based counterpart in a recent life cycle analysis (LCA) conducted by the nova-Institut in Germany. LCA is a process to evaluate and quantify the environmental burdens associated with a product, process, or activity by identifying and quantifying energy and materials used and wastes released to the environment during their life cycle.

A cradle-to-gate scenario (cultivation of cashew trees to factory gate) showed that the use of NX-2026 instead of nonyl phenol significantly reduces Global Warming Potential due to the uptake of CO2 by cashew trees. NX-2026 also showed lower abiotic depletion potential of fossil fuels than nonyl phenol.

For more information please visit the CNSL technology page.

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NX-9011 – New High Strength and Flexible Polyol

Cardolite is launching a new high strength polyol named NX-9011. This polyol provides high tensile strength and hardness as well as good elongation. This combination of properties enables the design of tough polyurethane coatings and adhesives. NX-9011 also offers good reactivity and UV resistance.

For more information on NX-9011 and other polyols in our offering, please visit our polyols and diols page.

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Agoria Solar Team Wins the World Solar Challenge

Congratulations to the Agoria Solar team! They won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia on Oct 17, 2019. They competed against 44 teams representing 22 countries. During the 3021 km race from Darwin to Adelaide #Bluepoint solar car was the fastest and most reliable car! We are proud of them and happy to have contributed to this great achievement with our products.

For more information about the Agoria Solar Team please visit their site at solarteam.be 

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LITE 5262 Enables Low VOC Epoxy Coatings

LITE 5262 is enabling a new line of high-performing, low-VOC, marine and protective epoxy coatings. This new phenalkamine has very high solids content (less than 5% solvent!), is low in viscosity and provides excellent cure profile and anticorrosion properties. LITE 5262 delivers very fast cure even at low temperatures, fast hardness development, excellent adhesion to various substrates and the same level of corrosion protection as encounter in superior quality coatings, but at much lower VOC.

For more information about this new product, please visit our epoxy curing agent selector guide Epoxy Curing Agents

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Cardolite Opens a New Corporate Headquarters

Cardolite has recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Corporate Headquarters located in Bristol, PA. The 3-acre complex is the new home for all key business functions including Global Research and Development and Technical Service as well as administrative offices for corporate finance, customer service, regulatory, quality and marketing. Key features include newly constructed, state-of-art laboratories and a 30,000 sqft climate-controlled warehouse.

Cardolite’s Bristol Corporate headquarters are the world’s largest research and development center focused on derivatives from renewable, non-food chain Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL). Cardolite uses cutting-edge process technology to purify and functionalize CNSL to offer unprecedented, sustainable solutions to the coatings, adhesives, composites, automotive and foam industries. This new facility demonstrates Cardolite’s commitment to innovation in the growing market for high-performance low-carbon-footprint alternatives to petrochemicals.

For more information about Cardolite’s sites around the world please visit our Locations page

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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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