Social & Economic Benefits

Epoxy resins are an incredibly well-versed family of substances which are found in a large variety of industrial and everyday applications. Yet, their value to European consumers and businesses is often little known and their widespread economic value is not well understood.

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Sports

Epoxies play a key role in improving the performance of sports and leisure equipment for both amateurs and professionals.

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Energy

Epoxy resins are used both as composites and coatings in the production, transformation and distribution of various types of renewable and non-renewable energy.

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Electronics

IT & electronics are a sector where the number of applications of epoxy resins has been increasing sharply in the past few years.

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Water delivery

Epoxies are being used in an increasing number of composite pipes and tanks as well as in coatings for traditional steel and concrete products.

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Automotive

Epoxy resins are widely used in the automotive industry as protective coatings, preserving vehicles and extending their average lifespan.

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Flooring

Flooring is one of the most important applications for epoxies, accounting for 30% of all epoxies sold in Europe in the construction and coating sector.

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Paint and coatings

The applications making use of epoxies enhanced coatings and paints are very diverse.

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Food packaging

Epoxy-based resins are key to food and beverage containers’ long shelf life.

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About epoxy resins

Epoxy resins are a highly versatile family of synthetics used as binders for coatings, adhesives, sealants and matrices for composite materials, or fibre reinforced plastics. Those products are in turn used in many applications, such as wind turbines, construction and civil engineering, cars, aerospace, flooring, piping, packaging, electronics, sport and leisure, and household appliances. Read more.

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Epoxy adhesives, the bonding material

Epoxies can go a long way! Especially epoxy-based adhesives: a small amount can glue materials as different as wood, metal, plastic, rubber, glass, ceramic or stone. And if it wasn’t for adhesives, how could we start building large infrastructures?

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High-flying Epoxies

It was 1947 when Howard Hughes, the US visionary aviator and aircraft designer, used epoxies for the first time in the construction of his airlift flying boat “Spruce Goose”. Since then, epoxies and aircraft design have been inseparable.

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Don’t slip, there’s grip!

A good floor coating should prevent you from slipping and sliding, but in some floors you want more than that. Epoxy flooring systems can be tailored to each application in terms of resistance, colour or ease to apply.

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Epoxy resins hitting the road

There are many things to consider when buying a new car, and its resiliance and lifespan are indeed important ones. Epoxies have proved to be an excellent coating for your car, protecting it against bad weather conditions and the passing of time.

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Arts & crafts: the final Touch

Epoxies are found in a variety of applications, but there is a group on which they are especially discreet: the world of arts and crafts. Without drawing too much attention, these resins are increasingly popular among artists and craftsmen. Find out why!

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Are epoxies safe?

Cured epoxy resins do not pose any risk to human health when handled in a professional manner and following the necessary safety measures. When sold in small quantities as two-component systems, comp...

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What are the properties of epoxies?

Cured epoxy resins have a number of different properties. They are a very stable and durable material, suitable to build machines and structures with a long lifespan. Epoxies have also good mechanical...

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How are epoxies used?

Epoxies are used in a number of applications. Their largest applications are found in the construction sector, where thanks to their hardness, strength and durability they are used to coat and protect...

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How are they produced?

Epoxies are produced by cross-linking an epoxy resin together with another chemical called ‘hardener’, or reacting the epoxy resin by itself through catalytic homo-polymerisation. The most commo...

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What do they look like?

Epoxy resins can come either as low-molecular honey-like liquids or as high-molecular solid, crystalline substances. Following an increase in temperature or when heat is applied, solid epoxy resin...

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What are epoxy resins?

Epoxy resins are a class of pre-polymers and polymers containing more than one epoxide group. Through a chemical reaction called curing, epoxy resins are processed with other chemicals to produce e...

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Who invented epoxies and why?

Originally used for dental fixtures, epoxies were created in the 1930s by two scientists, Dr. Pierre Castan in Switzerland and Dr. Sylvan Greenlee in the United States. The first epoxies were amber-co...

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