Emulco and Lion Elastomers announce strategic partnership for water-based EPDM emulsion products

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Emulco, a producer of high-end emulsions, and Lion Elastomers, a specialist in ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber and liquid-EPDM (L-EPDM) polymer production, have signed a supply and distribution agreement for Trilene 65 L-EPDM, a key ingredient for Emulco’s new water-based EPDM dispersion products.

The agreement gives Emulco the rights to use Lion’s Trilene 65 L-EPDM as the raw material for a new line of water-based emulsions under their new brand name Aquapol.

These novel dispersions can be cured at ambient temperature with peroxide, UV, or hybrid curing technologies. This opens new opportunities for various coating applications, such as roof coatings and anti-corrosion coatings. These dispersions reportedly offer superior performance, durability, and environmental benefits compared to conventional solvent-based coatings.

The two companies will work together to develop and launch the new EPDM emulsion products worldwide. The new products are water-based and eco-friendly, as they reduce the emission of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) compared to solvent-based alternatives.

The Trilene 65 L-EPDM polymer is the raw material used in manufacturing new water-based EPDM emulsions. These emulsions can form a solid and durable membrane after curing, suitable for applications such as roofing, waterproofing, and sealing.

Emulco already produces polyisobutylene (PIB) emulsions, which are not cross-linkable but have excellent flexibility and adhesion properties.

By combining EPDM and PIB in different ratios, Emulco can create innovative solutions that meet the specific needs of its customers in various industries.

Jean Vanhoebost, Emulco’s CEO, commented: “We are looking forward to working together with Lion Elastomers, a global market leader in EPDM production. By combining our know-how, we will be able to develop new products that are currently missing in the market.

“Water-based EPDM emulsions will open a completely new range of applications to both Emulco and Lion Elastomers. Whether applied as roofing materials, or for a large array of other coating applications, the product will deliver while strongly reducing the emission of harmful organic emissions.”

John Komidor, vice-president of EPDM Business at Lion Elastomers, concluded: “The past two years of intensive and constructive negotiations have created a strong bond of trust between Lion and Emulco. We are confident that this partnership will be mutually beneficial for both firms, and we are eager to embark on a long-term and fruitful collaboration.”