AkzoNobel / DSM: Agreement on Cobalt-Free Curing Technologies
Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals B.V. and Royal DSM N.V. have signed a cross-license agreement on cobalt-free technologies for the curing of thermoset resins. The innovative curing solutions will offer the market more sustainable alternatives to the conventional, cobalt-based systems currently in use.
According to a press release, the two companies have successfully scaled up the technologies and both have filed a broad range of patents covering many types of accelerator systems and materials. The agreement will open up access to the combined technologies of DSM and AkzoNobel through sub-licensing, providing genuine alternatives to cobalt-based accelerator systems for all composite component and resin manufacturers.
Details are being finalized and additional announcements will be made at a press conference during the JEC Composites trade show on March 27, 2012, in Paris.
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