Evonik bundles its expertise in crosslinking technology
Evonik Industries announced that it will combine its isophorone chemistry and epoxy curing agents business in the new Crosslinkers Business Line, effective from 1 July 2017. The newly formed Business Line, headed by Min Chong, will be part of the Resource Efficiency Segment.
With the acquisition of the Air Products epoxy curing agents business and Evonik's long-time experience in isophorone chemistry, the company has a broad technology platform and expertise in crosslinker technology. The new Crosslinkers Business Line offers a broad range of products and competences for coatings and adhesives, civil engineering, as well as for elastomers and composites.
Evonik is a pioneer in isophorone chemistry and covers the entire value chain: isophorone, diamine, as well as di-isocyanate and polyisocyanate. Additionally, the product portfolio contains a full range of amine curing agents for ambient and heat cure applications. The products are mainly used in industrial applications due to the mechanical strength, durability, chemical resistance, and adhesion properties.
“Combining both businesses to one new unit gives Evonik the chance to offer a variety of products for epoxy and polyurethane applications under one roof now – be it basic amines, isocyanate monomers, polyisocyanates or formulated epoxy hardeners”, said Dr. Claus Rettig, Chairman of the Board of Management, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH.
“Apart from the organizational change, safety and meeting the needs of our customers continues to remain our first priority”, said Min Chong, head of the new Business Line Crosslinkers. “We see ourselves as a partner; interested in developing next-generation product solutions together with our customers. A broad technology platform serves as the basis for further growth and successful collaboration.”
The Business Line has a total of about 1,000 employees worldwide. Production facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia ensure optimal proximity to markets and customers and open up attractive growth opportunities, said Evonik.