What Are Acrylic Resins and Binders
Acrylic resins and binders are the common family of binder resins providing either thermoplastic or thermosetting properties. Acrylics are typically based on acrylic acids, methacrylic acids, acrylic monomers, or other derivative monomers that impart unique properties to specific types of ‘acrylics’. Acrylic emulsions are commonly used as an ingredient in adhesives, coatings, elastomers, sealants, lacquers, and textile finishes. Acrylic emulsions can be easily modified with additives and fillers to provide unique properties to the surface or substrate they are coating. For instance, when an acrylic emulsion is combined with clay, it can improve the glossing of paper.
They typically have superior transparency and UV resistance to yellowing, and are therefore commonly used in the production of various hard plastics, especially those where the transmission of light is important, such as automobile brake light covers, aquariums, and display screens on mobile phones. Because of its widespread uses and applications, the global production has exceeded $14 billion USD annually since 2011. Worldwide usage is calculated to be growing by five percent annually, with market estimates for acrylic resins is expected to top $22 billion by 2020.
Uses and Applications of Acrylic Resins and Binders
Acrylic resins and binders are actually polymers primarily comprised of esters of acrylic acids, methacrylic acids, and specialty acrylate monomers. The first large-scale commercial of acrylic polymers was a laminating adhesive in the laminated inner layer of safety glass.
Their popularity grew during World War II, when the production of methacrylate sheet served as a tough transparent plastic sheeting ideal for military aircraft. Its natural resistance to harsh weather, and its inherent ability to not yellow when exposed to ultraviolet light, made it a prized ingredient in the manufacturing of airplane canopies and clear bomber noses and turrets.
Today, they are known for their incredible ability to remain durable and transparent — even when sunlight and extreme weather conditions are a factor. For these reasons, they are used extensively in coatings, paints, and architectural finishes. From automotive coatings to acrylic paints, these resins can prolong the life and qualities of many natural and synthetic materials while also acting as a binder to hold pigments and fillers — like those found in paints — in place without discoloration from exposure to natural light.
Use Brenntag North America as Your Thermoplastic Acrylic Resin Supplier
Whether your business involves the manufacturing of decorative paints, industrial coatings, or architectural sealants, you can benefit from the unparalleled chemical distribution Brenntag has to offer. We have the knowledge, track record, and acrylic resins supplier network to always deliver the right materials for your business.
Brenntag North America is an industry leader in the distribution of coatings and construction raw materials. The relationships with customers and suppliers Brenntag has established are enduring and long-term. With customer satisfaction as our top priority, we have experienced technology specialists and account managers ready to offer advice and deliver customized solutions.
Our global network of acrylic resins suppliers spans 74 countries and 530 locations. With a portfolio of well over 10,000 products, Brenntag is a one-stop shop for all your needs. If your company uses quality adhesives, fast-drying paints, durable coatings, or some other related item, contact us today for cost-effective product and delivery solutions.
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