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Meet AD Chemicals at the ESEF Maakindustrie trade show 2020

Being the threshold of a new decade, the month of December has flown by for AD Chemical. Considering that the month of December is generally a month that is filled in the light of good intentions and get-togethers, it is our good intention to get together with you at stand D111 in Hal 4 of the ESEF Maakindustrie fair somewhere between the 17th until the 20th of March 2020 at the Jaarbeurs venue in the city of Utrecht. Here we will present you our innovative concept for replacing solvents for degreasing and cleaning metal prior to the coating process.

If you would like to receive a personal invitation for this event, please contact: contact@adinternationalbv.com

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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AD: On the shoulders of giants

 

 

Coming Tuesday, December 10th, the city of Stockholm (Sweden) is the host of the annual Nobel Prize award Ceremony. With specific interest we importunately follow the prizewinners in the fields of Physics and Chemistry.

As a manufacturer and supplier of surface treatment chemicals, our laboratory technicians with their characteristic knowledge, stand on the shoulders of giants in their daily proceedings. Without the discoveries of these predecessors, they would never have been capable of achieving the incredible forerunning results they are providing for us on a daily basis.

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Seminar: Innovation in coating processes for heavy duty steel constructions

AD Chemicals will highlight the latest developments in coating and pretreatment at the Surface Campus, 14-11-2018, Brabanthallen Den Bosch, the Netherlands. See the program below:

Register for this seminar for free at: https://surfacecampus.nl/2018/10/10/innovatie-in-coatingproces-voor-opdrachtgevers-chemicalien-en-lakleveranciers/

 

Locatie Conferentieruimte A
Thema Voorbehandeling
Zaalvoorzitter Roland van Meer
13.30 – 14.00 uur Low temperature zinc phosphate: An innovative concept reduces process costs and saves money (Engels)
(meer informatie)
dr. Ulrich Hönig
(Kluthe Benelux)
14.00 – 15.00 uur Combipresentatie: (meer informatie)
Hollandia: Innovatie binnen de conservering van staalconstructies
Wim van ‘t Hof en Nardo Hoogendijk
(Hollandia Infra)
Game changer voor oppervlaktepreparatie voorafgaand aan coatingproces
ing. Roland van Meer
(AD Chemicals)
Blik op innovatie staalconservering vanuit de lakleverancier
Anita Snoeren
(Powder Supply)

Comprehensive congress programme

SURFACE Campus will offer around 75 different lectures in hall 4. Let the stories inspire you. Take master classes to put theory into practice. And present your issues to experts during one of the consultation moments. The congress hall is where you’ll be the first to hear about the latest developments. So be there, if you want to stay up-to-date.

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AD Chemicals and Hollandia Infra nominated for Innovation Award ION Borghardt 2018

AD Chemicals, together with steel construction company Hollandia Infra have been nominated for the ION Borghardt 2018 award.

The ION Borghardt Award is the acknowledgement for innovation and sustainability. Once every two years, the Ministry of Economic Affairs awards one company that shows how vital sustainability and innovation are in the surface treatment industry.

An independent jury, selected by Stichting Borghardt examines the entries and nominates the ten best ideas to be exhibited at the trade show. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. The award show marks the kick-off of SURFACE Campus.

 

ad precoat innovation award

(image copyrights, ION, Netherlands)

 

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AD Chemicals, latest innovations chrome-6 free

AD Chemicals has more than 40 years of experience in developing, manufacturing and worldwide supply of a wide range of metal surface pre-treatment chemicals. Pre-treatment is an essential process on metal products that are coated to provide a durable and attractive finish. AD Chemicals draws knowledge and expertise from across the range of AD International chemical disciplines to provide customers with the best possible advice from a leader in its field. This results in robust and reliable processes that are efficient and cost effective.

AD is known in the market for its innovative and market exceeding chromium(VI)-free conversion coatings that meet or outperform hexavalent based treatments. Products are marketed under the “PreCoat” brandname. Many surface treatment operations desire certification by industry organizations, especially when applied to new and technically driven products. Customers have come to rely on AD Chemicals to assist in or lead the certification process. All products meet or exceed current market standards such as GSB, Qualicoat, Qualisteelcoat and MIL.

Latest innovations:

PreCoat Z31: Cromium(VI)-free multi-metal conversion coating, tailored to the high demands for duplex coating applicators (powder coating over hot-dip galvanized steel). Only European alternative that performs equal to chromium(VI). Meets the Qualisteelcoat and GSB standard. Winner of 2016 Dutch Innovation Award for surface treatments. Also Qualicoat(A-119) approved for aluminium.

PreCoat TVL: Multi-metal (iron, steel, galvanized) passivation to upgrade the iron phosphating process, enables corrosion protection over 1000 hours NSS. Exceeds Qualisteelcoat standard and has a Qualicoat (A-095) approval for aluminum.

PreCoat A34: Based on a high-tech aerospace technology. Chromium(III) based conversion coating that enables bare metal corrosion protection in combination with excellent paint adhesion and corrosion resistance, Qualicoat (A-126) approved.

PreCoat CF: Complete chromium-free conversion coating for aluminium. GSB and Qualicoat (A-021) approved. No rinse system.coversion coating PreCoat chromium-6 free

Checklist for selecting a toll manufacturer

In this checklist we would like to summarize several facts you should take into account when selecting a toll manufacturer.

 

  1. NDA/Confidentiality: Always check if you are dealing with a reliable and trustworthy partner with a significant track record in blending/tolling chemicals confidentially. A company should welcome NDA’s (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with business partners/clients to ensure absolute confidentiality.
  2.  Quality Control: Make sure the toll blender is able to match the production quality that is desired. Ask for ways they make sure that production quality is ensured.
  3. Raw Materials purchasing: The toll manufacturer you choose should have a good network in the supply chain of your products. Hereby you make sure that you get a competitive price. Raw materials are often a significant component of the final commercial pricing.
  4. Knowledgeable partner: Look for a partner with extensive chemical knowhow. You might be surprised by the ways you could improve your product, only of course if this is desirable.
  5. Packaging: Always check if a custom manufacturer is able to package the chemical products according to your specifications. A lot of toll manufactures also offer private label services.
  6. Legislation: It is important to look for a manufacturer that also has knowledge about legislation matters. For example knowledge and best practices in applying REACH for products produced in the EU.
  7. Transportation: To save costs in the supply chain it can be interesting to transport the products directly from the toll manufacturer to your customer. If you want to make use of such a service, always check if there is a possibility for blind shipments. Furthermore, inform if your toller has any limitations in transporting your products on time on the right destination worldwide when needed.

 

AD Productions provides toll manufacturing and blending services for a wide range of (specialty) chemicals. AD Productions has a track record of more than 40 years and serves global conglomerates as well as regional specialized suppliers.  AD Productions offers total program management skills to encompass purchasing, quality control, traceability, documentation and certification.  Furthermore we are ISO 9000, 14001 certified and  our production facility is licenced under Seveso III regulations and REACH.

More information? Visit our toll blending services page.

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Alternative Corrosion Protection Pre-treatments for Aluminium Alloys

Aluminium alloys are extensively used in space programs for both structural and non-structural applications. As well known, the corrosion resistance of these alloys is quite limited and anticorrosion treatment is needed.

The most used treatment currently used for improving the corrosion resistance of aluminium alloys are usually chromate (CrVI-based) conversion coatings (CCC). Due to the high environmental impact of these compounds, the REACH Regulation of the European Union decided to limit/restrict the use of hexavalent chromium. A sunset date of mid-2017 has been already set.

For the time being many chromate-free alternative products are available but they have found to be significantly inferior in terms of corrosion protection performances with respect to the chromate options. In this regard there is a great need to develop high performance hexavalent chromium-free anti-corrosion coatings with low environmental impact and conformity with the EU regulations.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently involved in a TRP contract with Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (ISQ) that is currently on-going. The objective of this study is to evaluate the anticorrosion behaviour of the different alternative pre-treatments applied to the most used aluminium. The outcome of this activity will be the identification and the optimization of the most promising anticorrosion pre-treatment.

Several commercial Cr(VI) free processes were applied onto aluminium alloys (2024-T3 and 2024-T81) used in the construction of ESA spacecraft, in order to investigate their anticorrosive properties compared with Alodine 1200, a widely used conventional CCC. One of these commercial processes (PreCoat A32) presented good anticorrosion performance, even better than Alodine 1200 and these results are presented in this paper.

Salt spray resistance is included in the testing program as well as metallurgical coating evaluation that include microscopy (SEM) observations before and after testing and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), in order to evaluate surface and microstructural modifications due to degradation mechanisms. Further studies must be performed with the this promising alternative, modifying application parameters, in order to achieve improved corrosion protection efficiency.

Key Words: Aluminium alloy, Conversion coating, Anti-corrosion coatings, SEM, EIS

Source: Whitepaper Springer.com,Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, pp 1–14, Alternative corrosion protection pretreatments for aluminum alloys

Interested in PreCoat A32 passivation or the full whitepaper? Contact chemicals@adinternationalbv.com

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Most promising innovation for grit blasting ; Combining blasting and chemical pretreatment

One of the most important factors influencing paint adhesion and corrosion resistance is surface preparation. To ensure optimum performance and long-term environmental resistance, metal substrates must be free of organic and inorganic contaminants. To prepare a surface one can basically choose between 2 options, blasting or chemical pretreatment.

 

  1. Mechanical/Blasting – Abrasive particles (sand, grit or metal oxides) are projected against the surface with a stream of air. The character or quality of the treatment is affected by duration of the blast; shape and size of the blasting media; particle velocity; and the hardness, porosity and other substrate properties. A metal surface treatment of blasting ensures a uniformly cleaned surface and good paint adhesion but lacks corrosion resistance on the substrate.

 

  1. Chemical processes, on the other hand, utilize organic and inorganic chemicals to achieve two reactions: • Dissolve, suspend or eliminate soils and surface contaminants. • Convert metal surfaces from the essentially free metallic state into metallic compounds.New option: Combining the worlds of blasting and chemical processingCurrently, AD Chemicals, a subdivision of the Dutch AD, International launches a revolutionary new product on the global grit/sand blasting market. This product is called PreCoat F31/20 suitable for the treatment of substrate steel and PreCoat Z31/20 for the substrates aluminum and galvanized steel. PreCoat is a chemical treatment applied directly after grit/sand blasting or metallization (also referred to as metal spraying). This product portfolio is the result of an R&D trajectory of more than 8 years. PreCoat F31/20 and Z31/20 significantly improve the quality of sandblasted or metallized products.

It has two main benefits; by applying the product directly after grit/sand blasting, a conversion layer is created that substantially improves the adhesion of the painting system (suitable for wet painting and powder coating) and significantly enhances the corrosion-protection resistance properties of the paint system as a whole. The application procedure of PreCoat is very easy and can be easily integrated in every business processes.

The innovative aspect of these products is that it combines the worlds of grit/sand blasting and chemical pre-treatment.

PreCoat F31/20 and Z31/20 are based on PreCoat Z31, a product that won the Dutch Innovation Award for surface treatment, ION Borghardt Award 2016.

AD Chemicals is introducing this product on the worldwide market. The first user responses are very promising. A large blasting company in the Netherlands stated: “With this product I am able to improve to overall quality of my products and therefore offer my customers more value. It is a tool to distinguish myself in a competitive market place”

Besides that the responses from our agents in Spain and the UK are very promising.

As products are better protected against corrosion, the product lifetime increases and thereby lowers the ecological footprint. See below the pictures after 500 hours salt spray testing where the difference is demonstrated between the regular automated grit blasting process and the grit blasting process with PreCoat treatment.

precoat blasting powdercoating chemical pretreatment test results

Want to know more about this innovation? E-mail to chemicals@adinternatonalbv.com

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Innovative chromium (VI)- free processes (AD Chemicals/Weert Group)

 

PreCoat Z31 for galvanized steel: First in Europe

AD Chemicals (chemical supplier) and Weert Group (galvanizer and powder coating applicator) are introducing an innovative chromium (VI)- free pretreatment system prior to powder coating on galvanized steel (Duplex-system). Weert Group is the first galvanizer in Europe to implement this new technology that complies with both the GSB and Qualicoat (Approval No. A-119) standard.

For making this innovation possible, there has been a joint research and development trajectory of more than 8 years. The uniqueness of the PreCoat Z31 pretreatment lies in the fact that it is a 1-on-1 replacement for chromium (VI), meaning that all the qualitative properties are sustained (corrosion protection, paint adhesion, passivation). This results in a corrosion protection and paint adhesion of more than 2000 hours of NSS, a performance to be proud of. The expectation of AD Chemicals and Weert Group is that this new system will become the (global) market standard in chromium (VI) free pretreatments on galvanized steel.

 

More innovations from AD Chemicals: PreCoat F31/20 and Z31/20 for grit blasting

AD Chemicals launches a revolutionary new product on the global grit/sand blasting market. Namely, PreCoat F31/20 suitable for treatment of steel and PreCoat Z31/20 for aluminum and galvanized steel. PreCoat is a chemical treatment applied directly after grit/sand blasting or metallization(also referred to as metal spraying). It has two main benefits; by applying the product directly after blasting, a conversion layer is created that substantially improves the adhesion of the painting system (suitable for wet painting and powder coating) and significantly enhances the corrosion-protection resistance properties of the paint system as a whole. The application procedure of PreCoat is very easy and can be integrated in every business process. Furthermore it is developed in compliancy with the Qualisteelcoat, Qualicoat and GSB quality standards. The innovative aspect is that it combines the worlds of mechanical and chemical pre-treatment, enabling a longer product lifetime.

 

Exporting chemicals to Europe, tolling is a valid option

In the world of common day a lot of large and small international companies choose deliberately for toll manufacturing of their chemicals when they expand their business to Europe. Toll manufacturing is also known as tolling, contract manufacturing or blending/mixing services. There are many well known advantages such as ability to focus on the core business, no need for investments, flexibility of production costs, reducing regulations compliancy et al.

For these reasons tolling is in many situations the preferred solution even if you have a proprietary product (intellectual property considerations) because in tolling non disclosure confidentiality agreements are standard practice, assuring you that your formulation stays your formulation.

Exporting your chemicals to Europe

The market

The EU is a strong economic and political union of 28 member states and over 500 million people. The EU has built a single market, developed common policies, liberalized inter-country travel and launched a common currency shared by 19 countries. The EU is the world’s most integrated market.

REACH legislation

If you are planning to export to Europe, you have probably heard about REACH. REACH, (Regulation EC 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), is the EU regulation on chemicals and their safe use. REACH makes industry responsible for managing risks that chemicals may pose to health and the environment, and for providing relevant information to users along the supply chain. The REACH system is managed and controlled by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which manages the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction processes that apply to chemical substances throughout the EU.

REACH affects virtually every industry from automotive, aerospace, plastics and cosmetics to aluminum, household cleaners, computers and textiles. REACH applies to all categories of chemical substances manufactured, imported or used in the EU, with only a few limited exemptions (for example food). REACH also applies to chemicals contained in preparations and in finished products (so called articles).

Classification and labelling requirements

REACH requires that EU manufacturers and importers classify and label all substances subject to registration and authorization, and submit this information to the EU Classifaiction and Labelling Inventory, a database managed by the European Chemicals Agency. Classification and labeling rules are governed by the CLP regulation on the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures. For more information, see the CLP pages of the European Chemicals Agency’s website.

Choose tolling when entering the EU market

When you choose for toll manufacturing of your chemicals at a local tolling company in Europe you are able to reduce your regulations compliancy risks (REACH, ISO 9001, ISO 14001,  et al.). In many cases a specialty toll blender is already compliant with current regulations such as safe labelling, transport and hazard regulations. This is of course even more important when dealing with hazardous (and non-hazardous) products as chemicals.

Next to the regulation compliancy risks it is many times also financially very attractive to produce your chemicals locally, in close proximity to your customers, in stead of shipping “water” overseas.

Key factors to choose for tolling

But what are the key factors one should consider when starting a toll manufacturing agreement with a tolling company:

  • Strong EH&S track record: A strong environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) track record and history of regulatory compliance. Many factors have to be taken into account for this such as certifications (SEVESO regulations, ISO 9001, ISO 14001). For the EU market REACH compliancy and an extensive track record of handling REACH matters is of utmost importance.
  • Product Quality: extensive and broad knowledge about chemistry, preferably a toll blender has its own laboratory with a wide range of equipment. A tolling company should be able to meet the quality standards you desire.
  • Responsiveness to requests for information; a toller should act swiftly and promptly
  • Reliability of supply
  • Security: make sure you choose for a tolling company that has a track record of working confidentially
  • Financial stability. This is especially very important when dealing with long term supply agreements

Always remember, a tolling partnership can be a wise business decision but companies most really have to think thorough what their expectations are and choose a contract manufacturer they can work with to meet manufacturing needs, both today and tomorrow.

 

AD Productions B.V.

Interested in to know more about how toll manufacturing could improve your bottom line? AD Productions, based in the Netherlands, is a strategically located toll services company close to the port of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Contact AD Productions today via contact, by phone at +31 (0) 167 526 900  or visit our toll blending services page.