The Beckers Group invests substantial resources in improving eco-sustainability. The company offers a number of pioneering breakthrough products in its three business segments: Coil Coatings, Industrial Coatings and Consumer Design Finishes. A selection is presented on this page.
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New, more sustainable plastisols
Beckers has always been proud to be at the forefront of sustainable product development. In the case of plastisols, we removed heavy metals such as cadmium and lead stabilisers before the 1990s, and moved from phthalate plasticisers in the early 2000s. We have now completed the reformulation of PVC Plastisols so that they fit in with customer specifications. The system is now totally free of chromates, heavy metals and phthalate plasticisers. Coupled with the best ever UV light resistance, this demonstrates our continued efforts to make our products more sustainable.
Universal chromate-free primers combined with UV durable topcoats that do not require warning labels according to the GHS regulations contribute to site classification according to Seveso and help protect the environment.
Coatings developed using partially bio-sourced resins
The use of bio-sourced materials in a coil coating environment is now more than just a pipe dream. Beckers has launched an Ruv2 standard exterior durable topcoat, which is proving to do better than this during exterior tests. Also, an Ruv3 standard is on its way. Both will have over 25% bio content in a standard white coating.
The ECCA coil coating model predicts that high-solid coatings use less energy on a coil coating line. Beckers is therefore developing a range of products to provide a suite of high-solid solutions for our customers.
New low-peak metal temperature coatings
These new products reduce energy costs significantly during the coating application process for our customers. This new range of coatings can be cured at a peak-metal temperature (PMT) at 40-50°C lower than standard coatings without compromising performance. Using these low PMT coatings also decreases greenhouse gas emissions during production. Recent line trials have demonstrated that predictions on energy savings made by the ECCA coil coating line simulation tool are accurate.
Solar reflectant topcoats
Designed to keep roofing and wall cladding cooler, these high-durability coatings add an extra layer to support thermal management. By reflecting solar heat, they significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to cool air inside homes, offices, hotels, schools and other public buildings. This lessens the environmental impact and lowers operating costs. Learn more about Beckry®Therm
Solar absorbant topcoats
Formulated to absorb solar energy, these topcoats support solar air and water heating systems inside the building. Combined with under-roof thermal transfer systems to optimize airflow, these coatings reduce energy consumption by up to 20%.Learn more about Beckry®Therm
Designed for steel and aluminium, this range of primers offers exterior corrosion resistance similar to the Beckers chomate-based products. More than 50% of the primers supplied by Beckers in Europe are chromate-free.
Beckqua®Prim & Beckqua®Lack –
waterborne primers and top-coats - chromate-free
Our chromate-free coatings have been developed as effective, safe and environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional coatings without sacrificing performance and durability. These coatings extend the life of our customers’ products without impacting the recyclability of the metal and plastic substrates that they protect.
Beckry®sol-Ultra 2K –
extremely high-solid system
Beckrysol®-Ultra has been developed to provide outstanding protection with a very low environmental impact. This formulation has even lower VOC emissions than waterborne coatings. In addition, the product cures at very low temperatures and, because it is a one-coat finish, generates less waste than traditional two-coat systems.
UV-topcoat series –
with 55% solid content on sprayable level
Compared to the 15-20% solid content of standard UV paints in the consumer electronic market, this series reduces the amount of solvents and boosts product efficiency. It also helps our customers to reduce their VOC levels and meet government requirements around the world.
Waterborne paint –
for lifestyle appliances and consumer electronics
We are about to launch a new generation of waterborne basecoats that have a similar metallic effect as some of our solventborne systems. CDF has developed a range of 1K and 2K monocoats for coffee machines and kitchen appliances. These developments will help Beckers meet two sustainability targets at the same time: minimising VOCs and reducing the number of layers customers have to apply, resulting in cost savings.
Low aromatic basecoats
for PU and UV-topcoats in consumer electronics and lifestyle appliances
The Chinese government is increasingly pushing producers to reduce the level of aromatic solvents in product coatings. To help our customers meet this demand, Beckers has developed a new basecoat system that contains low aromatic solvent (<5%) without compromising product performance.
1K-Hydro basecoat –
Minimized solvent content, coloured coating
Unlike conventional solvent-borne paints with 70-80% solvents, this basecoat contains only 6-8% solvents with a 100% higher efficency rate. For products with sensitive substrates, the coating covers moulding defects more effectively and lowers scrap rates.
2K-Hydro-topcoat and clearcoat –
Protective coating with lower solvent content
Approved by major consumer electronics and appliance manufacturers, this topcoat adds protection to the product and basecoat to prevent damage from accidents, humidity, sunlight and normal use. Solvent content is a low 20-22% (depending on gloss level), compared to 50-60% for conventional solvent-borne finishes. A higher solid content requires 20-25% less material and results in an improved efficiency rate.