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AkzoNobel and DSM have officially launched the BluCure umbrella brand covering innovative Cobalt-free resin curing technologies and products. At the JEC Composites show in Paris, the two companies also unveiled the BluCure quality seal, which guarantees that products are 100% Cobalt-free.
The novel curing solutions now offer the market more sustainable alternatives to conventional, Cobalt-based systems. BluCure™ Products are either Cobalt-free accelerators or Cobalt-free pre-accelerated resins and meet strict criteria.
“Environmental pressure on Cobalt is gaining momentum,” explains Alain Rynwalt, sBU Director Marketing & Sales XTP EMEA for AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals. “In order to stay one step ahead of the legislators both companies have developed eco-friendly Cobalt-free curing systems. Composite component manufacturers can now qualify for the BluCure™ Seal, which offers the industry a way to distinguish products that are based on 100% Cobalt-free BluCure™ Technology."
Adds Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM Composite Resins: “BluCure™ opens up access to leading edge, Cobalt-free curing technologies through sub-licensing, providing genuine alternatives to Cobalt-based accelerator systems for all composite component and resin manufacturers. BluCure™ Technology offers opportunities for outstanding performance and sustainable end-user value. We welcome other companies to partner up with BluCure™ as well.”
Discussions are ongoing with several resin manufacturers who are interested in partnering up with BluCure™. Composite component manufacturers are also invited to join in by obtaining a license for using the BluCure™ Seal on their products.