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Coatings & Adhesives

Coatings & Adhesives

We have a large team of product specialists offering solvents, resins, pigments, and other thickeners used to formulate paints, inks, glues and other binders.

Coatings & Adhesives

Univar supplies the Coatings and Adhesives industry with a comprehensive line of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers, ranging from core products to specialty chemicals. Our extensive distribution network, global reach and unparalleled logistical expertise provide our customers a consistent and reliable source of supply.

We work closely with the world's leading suppliers, offering the latest technologies and materials to help our customers implement safe, environmentally-friendly production practices throughout the manufacturing chain. Our value-added services to the coatings industry include:

  • A knowledgeable technical team trained by world-class suppliers
  • Solutions to green formulation challenges
  • Laboratory services and testing
  • Expertise in safety and legislation
  • An extensive warehousing network and dedicated logistics

A sampling of our comprehensive product line:

  • Adhesion promoters
  • Algaecides
  • Antiblock and slip aids
  • Antifoams
  • Anti-setting agents
  • Biocides
  • Block copolymers
  • Blowing agents
  • Caulks and sealants
  • Coalescents
  • Coupling agents
  • Cross linkers
  • Cure agents
  • Defoamers
  • Dispersants
  • Epoxies
  • Epoxy vinyl esters
  • Extenders
  • Fillers
  • Flame retardants
  • Flexibilizers and impact modifiers
  • Lubricants and stabilizers
  • Mildewcides
  • Monomers, reactants and intermediates
  • pH modifiers
  • Pigments, opacifiers and colorants
  • Plasticizers
  • Polyisobutenes
  • Polyols
  • Preservatives
  • Process oils
  • Resins, rosins and tackifiers
  • Rheology modifiers
  • Rust inhibitors
  • Solvents
  • Surfactants
  • Thickeners
  • Urethanes
  • Vinyl esters
  • Wax additives
  • Wetting agents

Delivering Success

Environmentally-Friendly Alternatives

Univar's extensive supply offerings helped a coatings manufacturer find environmentally-friendly alternative ingredients. With regulatory pressure to reduce use of phthalate plasticizers, the customer wanted a replacement for use in PVC plastisol printing ink for textiles, including baby bibs. Univar suggested citrate esters based on environmentally-friendly citric acid, from corn, and helped adjust the formula to improve color development, using an environmentally-friendly pigment dispersant.

Technical and Regulatory Expertise

New regulations in Canada required our customer to replace xylene in a concrete acrylic sealer. The replacement had to maintain the same evaporation rate (RER) and solubility parameters (HSP). Working with a solvent reformulation calculator, Univar was able to develop three blends that had the properties of xylene in these formulations and met the new Canadian VOC regulations.

Business Development and Innovation

An adhesive product used in a consumer product required the manufacturer to stock a large inventory of raw materials. The adhesive had undesirable aesthetic characteristics (milky and translucent), and it masked the customer's logo on the final product.

Univar's business development team consulted with two of their producer partners and employed innovative, premium products and techniques to improve the quality of the formulation. The adhesive is now water-white in color, and the customer's logo can be clearly seen. The cutting-edge products and processes from Univar allowed the adhesives manufacturer to differentiate itself from its competition with a superior product, while also scaling down the number of raw materials it held in inventory by creating one multi-purpose hot-melt formula.

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