Our broad line of vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer and terpolymer aqueous emulsions (VAEs) and their related redispersible powders (RDPs) offer considerable performance advantages over vinyl acetate homopolymers. The incorporation of ethylene as a comonomer effectively lowers the glass transition temperature of the final polymer without the incorporation of plasticizers which can migrate. The ethylene comonomer reduces water sensitivity (hydrophobicity) and enhances flexibility, toughness, adhesion and durability. They provide environmental advantages, since they exhibit good film-forming properties without coalescing agents, for example in low VOC paint and coatings
Our Emulsions & Polymers portfolio is primarily intended for use in the Building & Construction Materials industry segment. In this segment, the core markets for our products are Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers (CASE) and Cementitious Products. Gantrade combines a broad knowledge of the performance attributes of our products with our applications expertise to deliver cost effective technical solutions. We are dedicated to assisting our customers by sharing our technical knowledge and industry experience to help you to create new products and develop competitive advantages in your business arenas.
Within the Building & Construction segment, Gantrade offers a full line of Vinyl Acetate-Ethylene (VAE) copolymers and terpolymers, both in emulsion form and redispersible powders (RDPs). The incorporation of ethylene comonomer into these products contributes to softness and flexibility without the use of external plasticizers which can migrate from the formulation. The VAE co-and terpolymers also bond to a greater variety of difficult surfaces than do general polyvinyl acetate resins.
The VAE co- and terpolymers can be used as cement and plaster modifiers, as binder resins for inorganic materials like gypsum and hydrated lime, or as the sole binder resin for coatings and adhesives. The VAE’s improve flex strength, crack resistance, adhesion & impact resistance, water repellency, dispersion, workability and water retention to name a few attributes. The Redispersible Powder form is often referred to as “dry latex” since they can be dry mixed and subsequently easily redispersed into water.
Applications for VAE co- and terpolymers include the formulation of tile and wallpaper adhesives, grouts, finishing plasters, troweling compounds, thin set mortars and sealing slurries. Other industries outside of the Building & Construction segment include:
Gantrade’s professional staff is ready to assist you in the selection of the right VAE for enhancing your specific adhesive, construction compounds or cementitious products. For more information on our emulsions & polymers for the building, construction and related industries, contact us at Gantrade today.