In 2019, the EU and the world witnessed the green movement gather momentum, resulting in the environmental agenda becoming a global priority. It is the composite industry, including epoxy producers, that are investing in creating environmentally-friendly economic solutions to construction problems like excessive energy use and high maintenance costs.
At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first universal and legally binding global climate agreement.
As we become more environmentally conscious, so does our technology and energy generation. Epoxy resins have been a great ally in lowering emissions and boosting the wind energy sector. The epoxy industry is strongly committed to continue working to help bring new products and innovative solutions to keep the world turning – and our windmills spinning.
Epoxies’ high insulation properties ensure the stable and safe transmission and distribution of electricity. But, perhaps lesser known is the important role that epoxy resins now play in supporting the transition to an even smarter grid and a greener generation of electricity.
Epoxy resins have been used in power engineering for more than six decades and they still provide the best performance for electrical components. Their high-performance insulation properties are ideal for components found in switchgear, disconnectors, bus-ducts, rolling stocks, generators and drives, especially in more demanding high-voltage and outdoor application requiring mechanical toughness and weather resistance.
Canned food has become a staple in our kitchens, hospitals, schools and supermarkets. However, as it often happens with everyday items, the many benefits they bring us daily can go overlooked. From easy transportation and storage to a significant reduction of food waste, cans are one of the greatest ways to make sure that food can be consumed at its best for a long, long time.
From the Bronze Age onwards, the development of urban civilizations has relied to a great extent on hydraulic systems. A high level of sophistication in water management technologies was already reached by Indus and Mesopotamians, followed by Greeks and Romans. Today we admire the ancient Roman aqueducts still standing in Europe and Northern Africa – but importantly, we can also draw inspiration from their engineering prowess.
Since the early days of mankind, we have managed to put our tools and ideas at the service of our living and working environment demands. Building the world we know today has taken years of dedication and constant evolution. In our efforts we have tried out lots of different materials and all possible ways to make sure they stay together, until we discovered epoxy chemical anchors.
Sailing has been one of the most widely used forms of transportation throughout human history. Today, are still a major driving force behind our global economy, and epoxies help protect them across the seven seas.
Exercising is good for your body and mind but it can also be very tiring and challenging, especially if you are not using the right equipment. Epoxy resins have proven to be a supportive ally for staying fit and healthy, whether you’re playing tennis, whizzing down the ski slopes or dribbling the ball with your hockey stick.
Tired of mediocre coatings, constructors started to seek ways of having a new type of resin that could be used in solvent borne and powder coatings. The efforts paid off and solid epoxy resins, both with middle and high molecular weight, were born.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!