AkzoNobel and China-based Wuxi El Pont Radiation Technology Company have partnered to explore electron beams as an alternative for curing coatings. Officials say the partnership will focus on developing processes that use electron beams to cure coatings on metal substrates.

Dr. Kaj van Alem, commercial director of AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings in Asia (left), and Dr. Yuwei Zhang, general manager of El Pont (right), pictured together with colleagues at the official signing of the strategic partnership agreement in the city of Wuxi, China. Photo courtesy of AkzoNobel.

“We’re committed to developing China’s civil nuclear technology and expanding the application of electron beam technology,” says Yuwei Zhang, chairperson of Wuxi El Pont. “We are confident that combining our process development capabilities for low-energy electron beam equipment with AkzoNobel’s research and development expertise will succeed. Our close cooperation will accelerate the low carbon transformation of the paints and coatings industry, improve product quality and safety, and provide strong support for the industry to make strides towards carbon neutrality as soon as possible.”

Officials claim electron (E)-beam technology is a growing scientific field that could offer several advantages over conventional thermal curing methods. This includes lower energy consumption, increased productivity and reduced environmental impacts.

Officials say the E-beam process cures coatings by using a directed stream of electrons to deliver the energy required to form the final film.

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