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Applications of N-Butyl Acrylate

N-butyl acrylate (BA) is the largest-volume acrylate ester used in the production of all-acrylic, vinyl acrylic and styrene acrylic copolymers.  BA offers price-value and accounts for about 60 percent of the global acrylic ester monomer demand, with a consumption volume of over 2,000 kilo tons.  

The other major acrylate esters include methyl acrylate (MA), ethyl acrylate (EA), and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA).  Butyl acrylate is used as a “soft-monomer” to improve low temperature properties and toughness. The major markets for BA are in paint & coatings, such as architectural and automotive coatings, followed by adhesives and sealants market.  Other application areas include inks, textile, paper and leather finishes, and caulks.

Another significant and growing segment for BA is in thermoplastic ethylene acrylate copolymers (EAC), at BA levels up to 35 % in copolymers.  EBA copolymers are used as a impact modifier and processing aid in thermoplastics improving properties such as toughness, flexibility, molding characteristics and part appearances.  End use applications include packaging, multilayer films and adhesives.

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N-Butyl Methacrylate: a Plasticizing Methacrylate Monomer

N-butyl methacrylate (n-BMA) is a versatile, plasticizing methacrylate monomer used in the production of homopolymers, copolymers and products that we see and use in everyday life.

As a homopolymer, we see poly (n-BMA) used in adhesives and as a polymeric plasticizer for harder resins.  Copolymer applications include water-borne industrial and architectural paints, textiles, paper & leather coatings, wood coatings, adhesives, inks, caulks, and sealants.  N-BMA also demonstrates flexibility, durability, UV, and moisture resistance in exterior decorative paints and automotive finishes.

In solvent based systems, it improves solubility of the copolymer resin.  Copolymers with methyl methacrylate (MMA), exhibit enhanced flexibility and toughness without the need for a plasticizer.

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Key Facts about Acrylate Monomers

Acrylate esters in general, which include butyl acrylate (BA), 2-ethylhexylacrylate (2-EHA), methyl methacrylate (MMA), butyl methacrylate (BMA), and others,  represent a versatile family of building blocks for thousands of copolymer compositions. Acrylic resins based on these monomers exhibit excellent weather resistance, high gloss and color retention, and durability. For these reasons, they are the preferred compositions for architectural and industrial coatings, automotive finishes and a wide variety of other applications.

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Water-Soluble Cellulose Ether Polymers: Applications in Cementitious Products

Gantrade is an active participant in the water-soluble polymers market, offering high quality cellulose ether and PVOH polymers and service. Our product line of cellulose ethers includes hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) and hydroxyl methyl cellulose (HEMC).

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Applications of 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate (2-EHA)

2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate (2-EHA ) is a highly versatile building block that readily copolymerizes with a wide variety of other acrylic and vinyl monomers to tailor specific high molecular weight copolymer properties for a diverse range of non-rigid applications.

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The Many Applications of 2-Methyl 1, 3-Propanediol (MPO)

Gantrade offers 2-Methyl 1, 3- Propanediol (MPO) to enhance unsaturated polyester resins, including both composites and gelcoats, as well as  saturated polyester for coating, polyurethane,  polycarbonate, and much more.

Let’s take a look at the many applications of this versatile diol:

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2 Methyl 1, 3 Propanediol (MPO) Uses for Neopentyl Glycol (NPG) Applications

At Gantrade, we offer an array of diols and polyols, a group of  versatile hydroxyl-functional intermediates used in a broad range of applications and industries.

Neopentyl Glycol, NPG (2, 2-dimethylpropane-1, 3-diol) is the standard diol for high performance coating resins. The polyesters synthesized by NPG with saturated or unsaturated di-acids offer a great ingredient for paints, lubricants, plasticizers and fiberglass-reinforced plastics applications. NPG enhances stability toward heat, light, and water.  NPG achieves high performance of resins due to its resistance to oxidation, its non-polar chemical nature, and steric retardation of hydrolysis. Most polyester resin formulations contain NPG as the sole glycol component, or feature NPG in conjunction with a modifying glycol to achieve the desired properties.

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Evasin™ Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer (EVOH)

Gantrade, a global leader in sales and marketing of monomers, intermediates, and polymers, is proud to market Evasin™ to customers in the U.S.A. Also known as ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH), Evasin™ is a family of extrudable plastic barrier materials with excellent barrier properties for oxygen and a variety of other gases and volatile products (flavor barrier).

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PTMEG di-p-Aminobenzoate Curing Agent for Epoxy Resins

Based on its unique structural characteristics, XYLink P-1000 polyether diamine curative delivers exceptional benefits and improved performance in epoxy systems.  

The polyether backbone is PTMEG, contributing the enhancements usually attributed to this polymeric unit.   PTMEG efficiently enhances both flexibility and fracture toughness.  The p-aminobenzoate functionality has low reactivity toward epoxy moieties.  Thus, epoxy systems based on XYLink P-1000 exhibit relatively low viscosities and cure-rate control that improves casting, coating, adhesion, and impregnation in composite applications.  As a slow-reacting diamine (tetrafunctional epoxy hardener), XYLink P-1000 is effective in applications where long working times, low viscosities, substrate wettability and lower heat-build are required.

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Organofunctional Silanes for Paint & Coatings Applications

Manufacturers of high-performance paint & coating formulations, as well as related applications like adhesives, inks, and sealants, incorporate organofunctional silanes to achieve key performance enhancements.  To support the formulator in these applications, Gantrade offers an array of silanes applicable to both water-based and solvent-based systems. 

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