Covestro’s PUD Lotus project breaks ground to boost the transition of the coatings and adhesives industry to “water-based”

Latest News: On July 8, 2022, material manufacturer Covestro held a ground-breaking ceremony for two new plants in Shanghai Chemical Industrial Zone, designed to meet the requirements of waterborne polyurethane dispersions (PUD) and Growing market demand for elastomers. The new facilities, with a total investment of tens of millions of euros, are located in the Covestro Shanghai integrated site. Among them, the water-based polyurethane dispersion (PUD) Lotus project is expected to be completed in 2024.

“Through the new investment project, we are better able to respond to the growing demand for more environmentally friendly coatings and adhesives in the global market.” said Zhong Xiaobin, Senior Vice President of Covestro Coatings and Adhesives Business Unit Asia Pacific, “As a global leader in this field One, we will continue to follow industry trends and provide customers with more sustainable waterborne systems with the same good quality to replace solvent-based products.”

PUDNew program boosts transition to ‘water-based’ in coatings and adhesives industry

As Lei Huanli, President of Covestro China, said at the groundbreaking ceremony: Why is the PUD Lotus project named because the lotus flower grows in water, and PUD is water-based, environmentally friendly, and a green material. Coase’s innovative PUD factory and its matching is a polyester resin production line that provides raw materials for PUD. PUDs are used to produce a variety of more environmentally friendly coatings and adhesives in automotive, construction, furniture, footwear and packaging applications. For example, Covestro’s Bayhydrol® and Bayhytherm® raw materials can be used in automotive OEM and refinish coatings, wood furniture coatings and durable floor coatings, while Dispercoll®
U formulated adhesives are used in the furniture, shoe and automotive industries. Globally, Covestro’s PUD coating raw material portfolio also includes Baybond®, Impranil®, NeoPacTM and NeoRez® for a wide range of applications.

PUDNew project, once again improving localized production capacity

Li Jinqi, Vice President of Covestro’s Coatings and Adhesives Division Greater China, said: “As early as 2008, Covestro established the first PUD production-related investment project, which has reached a high production capacity. This time, through With the new investment project, Covestro has once again improved the ability of local production. In the current unstable global situation, we may encounter some problems in transportation (such as shipping), local production can make us more Respond flexibly and quickly to supply problems in the Chinese market. At the same time, we have seen the growing demand for more environmentally friendly coatings and adhesives in the Chinese market. We hope to help customers apply PUD to a wider range of downstream terminals through stable and reliable supply. Replacing solvent-based products with more sustainable waterborne systems with the same good quality.”

PUDNew projects to help new application scenarios in the field of new energy

“Covestro is very optimistic about the development prospects of PUD in the Chinese market. Taking the automobile industry as an example, before 2013, most automobiles produced in China used solvent-based coatings, and one kilogram of coatings contained at least 60% organic solvents and a large amount of VOCs. It is discharged into the air. Environmental protection has always been a concern of the government and the industry. With the research and development and promotion of PUD, the VOC emissions of China’s automotive coatings have continued to decline and have now reached the world’s leading level. China’s automobile production has grown from 2003 2 million, now more than 25 million, the demand for PUD will be a huge number.”

Mr. Li also said: “Another important application area is wind turbine blade protective coatings. Because wind turbine blades are often in high-speed operation, the requirements for blade edge protection are very strict. Covestro cooperates with PPG, Goldwind, and Sinoma Blade Sifang. Join forces to provide innovative wind power coating solutions that meet the trends of environmental protection, high efficiency and longer recoating cycles, and continuously support the healthy development of China’s wind power industry. As one of the sources of renewable energy, the wind power industry has committed to China to achieve carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Reaching the peak, the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 plays a pivotal role.”

In the future, more bio-based or renewable materials will be introduced to develop in a lower carbon direction

Going forward, we will strive to develop in a lower carbon direction. Introduce more bio-based or renewable materials while helping the coatings and adhesives industry transition to water-based. Covestro has been working hard to try and practice. At last year’s China International Import Expo, we created the first bio-based water-based three-party cooperation with Tucson, a high-end custom home furnishing professional service brand, and Sherwin-Williams, an industry-leading paint manufacturer. Coating household products. We also developed their first eco-friendly integrated decorative panel with Zhongjing Building Materials.

Covestro’s waterborne polyurethane technology is well-versed in many fields. With the tightening of environmental protection regulations in China, it will usher in an unprecedented development space. Covestro anticipates these trends and is well-prepared: In 2017 Covestro announced a worldwide increase in waterborne polyurethane production capacity, including a new set of waterborne polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Dormagen, Germany.
Commencement of production facilities, expansion of production in Barcelona, ​​Spain. In July 2022, a new polyurethane dispersion (PUD) project was invested in the Caojing plant in Shanghai, which will establish Covestro’s global leadership in waterborne polyurethane technology while meeting market demand.