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Creating a non-hazardous polymerisation catalyst
Cobalt octoate is given a more stringent reproductive toxicity classification.
As a result, the industry faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement without compromising performance or without having to modify the whole production chain.
Our innovative approach
Preparing for future restrictions, our customer asked for support in replacing the cobalt octoate-based polymerisation catalyst crucial to their process.
IMCD was able to offer the customer an excellent alternative: a polymerisation catalyst with a non-hazardous profile, containing cobalt “bound” in a polymeric structure. In cooperation with its principal, IMCD also developed several custom-made mix accelerators based on this non-hazardous catalyst.
These bespoke 1:1 drop-in solutions allowed the customer to replace reclassified cobalt carboxylate complexes without having to modify current formulations.
After a very successful introduction and a series of production trials, the customer has started to launch this sustainable solution in its worldwide facilities with the support of IMCD’s experts and widespread presence.