The fire resistance of a coating is provided by the addition of flame retardant additives and fillers to the formulation. Minelco offer unique halogen free natural mineral flame retardant products which R&D and procurement professionals were extremely interested in finding out more about. UltraCarb is mined from Minelco´s unique deposits in Turkey and processed into fine consistent products using state of the art processing technology. FordaGard, a ground ATH product, is manufactured at our Dutch processing facility and is a high quality ATH with excellent whiteness. Many discussions took place on the Minelco stand at the Germany based European Coating Show in March 2013 on flame retardant coatings enabling Minelco to highlight our mineral solutions for this application.
It was also clear that platy minerals were of interest for various applications including anti-corrosion and marine coatings. The lamellar Mica products Minelco manufacture were of interest to industry professionals looking to achieve better barrier formation or those looking at replacing MIO. The high aspect ratio of Mica translates to platy particles even in fine powder form producing a parallel oriented barrier upon coating application to the substrate. Minelco have produced a body of work which highlights the good weathering of coatings containing Minelco Mica combined with the excellent salt spray resistance together making our Mica products an effective solution in these applications. Within our Mica product portfolio is a range of Muscovite Mica developed specifically for coating usage and manufactured in the UK. The Phlogopite Mica from our unique high quality deposit in Finland has a very high aspect ratio and is processed to retain platiness even at very fine particle sizes.
Decorative effects were also of interest to show visitors; wallpapers, plastisols, paint and solid surfacing manufacturers eyes were caught by the DekorFlake range exhibited. Magnetic paint producers showed interest in our natural mineral solution MagniF which is ferri-magnetic so a useful and environmentally friendly addition to this paint type.
Meeting industry professionals at the European Coatings Show enabled Minelco to highlight the features and benefits of the mineral products in our portfolio which are suitable for coating applications. The interest generated in our mineral solutions exceeded our expectations and highlighted that the coatings industry is buoyant and as R&D focussed as ever.