Industrial gas giant
Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
) will be presenting its epoxy curing agents and isocyanate
curing agents at the European Coatings Show (ECS) 2013 to be held
this week in Nuremberg, Germany.
The epoxy curing agents are mainly of waterborne and solvent-free
types and the new isocyanate curing agents have been designed for
use in a variety of coatings applications.
Air Products will present, at the ECS, the Amicure IC-321
curative, an amine curing agent specifically devised for use with
standard HDI trimer isocyanates, resulting in polycarbamide or
aliphatic polyurea coatings designed for industrial, commercial
and institutional flooring systems. Amicure IC-321 curative is
designed for rapid hardness development with an extended working
time for squeegee application.
Air Products will spotlight the next generation epoxy curing
agents named Ancamine 2712M and 2739 with unique total reactive
technology. These epoxy curing agents are modified polyamine
curing agents that eliminate the need for a plasticizer without
performance compromise. They are specially designed for use in
polymer-based flooring systems.
In addition to Ancamine 2712M and 2739, Air Products will also
highlight Ancamine 2719 and 2734 curing agents, specially
equipped with chemical resistance and fast-return-to-service for
industrial maintenance and protective coatings. Air Products will
also present the Ancamide 2652 curing agent from the Ancamine
series used for marine coatings that require corrosion resistance
and a long overcoat window associated with a fast dry/cure.
At the ECS, Air Products will also feature the Anquamine 721 and
735 epoxy curing agents of the waterborne type, which are
designed for use in waterborne epoxy coatings where
cost-effectiveness and high performance are of prime focus.
Air Products released its first-quarter fiscal 2013 results on
Jan 23, 2013. The results were better-than-expected as both
revenues and adjusted earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus
Estimates. Sales were boosted by Indura and DA NanoMaterials
Air Products benefits from a diverse customer base, sustained
pricing power and cost-reduction measures. While new business
deals and strategic investments are expected to support results
in fiscal 2013, volume in the core Merchant Gases segment is
expected to remain under pressure and the electronics business
may continue to see weak demand. Higher energy costs also pose a
threat to margin expansion.
Air Products retains a short-term (1 to 3 months) Zacks Rank #2
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