Coating the future

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In coatings news this week, AkzoNobel Packaging Coatings has revealed its next generation product portfolio, enabling customers to distinguish its new industry leading BPA-Ni and NexGen coatings from its legacy products.

The move, says AkzoNobel, will support customers in transitioning away from coatings based on legacy technologies like epoxy and vinyl, towards technologies that not only comply with but also exceed incoming regulations by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), FDA and other regulatory bodies.

Within the new portfolio, beverage coatings will become Accelshield and Accelstyle for internal and external coatings respectively. Both will feature products that remove various materials such as BPA and other bisphenols, phenolics, PFAS, formaldehyde and Styrene. Similarly, food packaging coatings will become Securshield and Securstyle for internal and external coatings respectively.

Chris Bradford, industrial coatings marketing director, commented: “As a leading coatings supplier, we want to simplify the decisions our customers need to make as they adjust to a complex regulatory landscape.

“That means, as an example, producing BPA-Ni coatings while continuing to supply epoxy-based products that our customers and the industry have come to value and trust, where local regulations allow and where there is sufficient customer demand. That in turn means having a clear system to distinguish between the two.

“Our BPA-Ni and NextGen coatings represent the future of the industry. We know we must deliver the future-proof regulatory compliant coatings our customers need. We also know that because of the markets we serve, we must similarly fulfil customers’ flavour, preservation, and production needs. Our new product portfolio aims to reassure customers that our NexGen coatings will make our customers and their products fit for the future.”

With the global can coatings market projected to see a growth of 3.3 per cent (2022-2032) and reaching a market valuation of US$ 3.3 billion by 2032, AkzoNobel’s new portfolio is a great example for coatings suppliers to follow, especially with regulatory bodies stamping down on BPA levels in the very near future.

According to the Fact.MR findings above, beverage cans will see the highest revenue-generating segment, projected to grow at a CAGR of over 3.6 per cent from 2022-2032.

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