Readers last week were most drawn to news from AkzoNobel regarding a collaboration focused on sustainable resins (AkzoNobel Collaboration Develops Method to Produce Resins Using Bio-Based Monomers): “AkzoNobel recently announced what it calls a breakthrough innovation, in collaboration with the Dutch Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC), of a more sustainable way of making resins. The development could reportedly could pave the way for the introduction of futuristic functionality, such as intelligent coatings that use controlled release of active ingredients or the ability to add new functionality during the lifetime of a coating.
“The new process uses bio-based monomers to make the resins, according to AkzoNobel, rather than the traditional oil-based monomers. Requiring just UV light, oxygen, and renewable raw materials, patent applications have already been filed for resins and coatings made with monomers derived from sugar derivatives isolated from biomass. 
“‘There’s no doubt we’re on the verge of progressing to the next level of coatings technology, thanks to this fantastic example of collaborative innovation in action,’ said Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s chief technology officer. ‘We’re opening up a new future for paints and coatings by using sustainable building blocks that will enable us to explore and develop some really exciting functionalities for our customers.’” 

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Top 5 News that Sticks for January 3-9

  1. AkzoNobel Collaboration Develops Method to Produce Resins Using Bio-Based Monomers #5 last week
  2. ASC Announces Changes to Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  3. Henkel Appoints Krauss Regional Head of Adhesive Technologies Americas #1 last week
  4. Arkema Included in Top Tier of 2020 Human Resources Rankings
  5. Huntsman Completes Sale of Venator Materials Shares

This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants, and coatings-related news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week on our website, as well as our eNewsletters and social media platforms.