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Formulate for speed: Improve your productivity!

What is productivity for you? Higher-line speed? Faster curing? Faster return to service? Faster batch processing? Whatever it is, we have the raw materials and formulations to increase the drying speed of your coatings!

Productivity is commonly defined as the ratio between output and input. 

In industrial and floor coatings more productivity means faster production or faster application and cure.

Even though a target for many, this topic has been a concern for coating producers and applicators. As the backlog of maintenance jobs is increasing, the demand for paint contractors and labour shortages are constraining their ability to satisfy that demand.

Let’s look into the facts of productivity:

In 2020, infrastructure spending amounted to 3.9 trillion USD1. It is estimated to grow by 17 folds up until 2035 to reach a record high of 69.5 trillion USD. The increased infrastructure spending will further drive the demand for coatings2.

Typical ways of increasing productivity

Production Process

Faster batch processing time by using:

● Easier to disperse pigments
● Liquid pigment pastes

● Pre-dispersed fumed silica
● Liquid Thixotropes

Application Process

Reduce layers per application process by:

● Applying thicker films using formulations with much higher solids content
Curing Process

Faster drying speed of each layer by using:

● Faster physical drying binders
● Faster crosslinking curing agents
● Catalysts in higher dosage 
● Forced curing 

Several raw materials serve to increase productivity

Discover what technologies to use and what tests we run at our laboratories to create fast formulations.

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Stir-in pigment preparation

Switching from standard pigments to Stir-in Pigment Preparations to have easier incorporation and shorter and less intensive dispersion process with a high degree of flexibility and without undesired formulation raw materials.

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Polyurea based rheology modifier

Solution of modified urea creates highly thixotropic flow behavior and improves the anti-sagging and anti-settling properties of the formulation

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Silane modified polymers

Switch from alkyd resins or acrylic emulsions to solvent-free silane modified polymers to achieve faster curing and better mechanical, chemical and corrosion resistance in 1K air drying industrial coatings.

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Special epoxy curing agents

Using special epoxy curing agents for fast curing and at the same time better chemical resistance for industrial and floor coatings.

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Polyaspartics resins

Switching from 2K polyurethane topcoats to fast curing polyaspartics with very high solids content to reduce the number of coats needed while maintaining corrosion resistance, reducing VOC and increasing drying speed.


Moving from an amine-based curing agent to epoxy-siloxane helps reducing the number of coats needed while maintaining high corrosion resistance and outstanding weathering stability.

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Faster curing 

Increase the curing speed to achieve faster return to service, outdoor or stack storage without damage.

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Curing temperature reduction

Use the right technology and increase the curing speed by reducing the energy required.

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Faster batch processing

Incorporate easier and reduce post batch adjustment to achieve output increase and energy saving.

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Layer reduction

Reduce the number of layers necessary to achieve the right performance. Save time and money in your coating application.

Product Offering

Stir-in pigment preparation

Cathaycoat (Micronized) Iron Oxides

The excellent dispersion characteristics and high tint strength of our Synthetic Red Iron Oxides make them particularly useful in many of today’s high performance coatings. These cost-effective pigments eliminate the need for more expensive dispersant additives and pre-dispersed liquid pigment concentrates. 


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Polyurea based rheology modifier


RHEOBYK 410 is medium-polarity solvent-borne and solvent-free coating systems as well as PVC plastisols and ambient-curing resin systems. The additive creates highly thixotropic flow behavior and consequently improves the anti-sagging and anti-settling properties.

RHEOBYK 420 aqueous and water-reducible coating systems for improving antisagging and anti-settling properties. The additive is also especially suited for manufacturing aqueous pigment concentrates. 


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Silane modified polymers

SILRES® BS 6920 & SILRES® BS 6921

SILRES® BS 6920 & SILRES® BS 6921 based coatings provides fast-curing systems with excellent adhesion on metal (steel, aluminum) together with excellent salt spray performance. This solvent-free system can provide high-gloss appearance and has excellent UV resistance for exterior applications.


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Special epoxy curing agents

EPOTEC® TH 7525 , EPOTEC® TH 7560 & EPOTEC® TH 7301

EPOTEC® TH 7525 is a medium viscosity reactive polyamide used as a curing agent for liquid or solution grade epoxy resins  EPOTEC® YD 515 or EPOTEC® YD 011X-75. EPOTEC TH 7525 is specially used in solvent based anti-corrosion coatings. it gives excellent  toughness and adhesion properties.

EPOTEC® TH 7560 is a low viscosity reactive polyamide used as a curing agent for liquid or solution grade epoxy resins such as EPOTEC® YD 515 or EPOTEC® YD 011X75 to produce room temperature curable thermoset coatings. it gives excellent  toughness, adhesion and water resistance properties for  Primers, sealers and coatings on concrete surface.

EPOTEC® TH 7301 offers the following additional benefits over conventional hardener. It is low VOC, extremely low shrinkage, good film forming character when cured at ambient temperature, high impact and abrasion resistant, high degree of transparency and gloss with extremely low color, low ammoniacal odour, excellent weather and chemical resistant. 


VESTAMIN® IPD have low viscosity, low tendency to form carbamates, and humidity resistance,  excellent chemical resistance, high heat distortion temperatures, and color stability. It has large application in epoxy-based self-leveling and trowel able flooring systems, it can be also recommended  in coatings for superior corrosion protection of metal, adhesives and anchoring compounds.

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1Global Infrastructure Hub


3 McKinsey
4 Accenture