Oxford Advanced Surfaces (“OAS”), the technology developer targeting engineered materials and surface modification applications in the automotive, aerospace, communications and renewable energy markets is pleased to announce that it is working in partnership with Sun Chemical Limited (“Sun”) on Onto™ cross-linker based formulations for radiation curable (“radcure”) coatings supported by a total grant of £179,000 from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board.
The radcure coatings market is an area of significant growth and continues to gain popularity due to the fast cure times and environmentally friendly credentials the products offer.
The project aims to create a novel radcure coating platform that can bring differentiation to ink-jet printable inks for the graphic signage and packaging market areas. Combining Sun’s sustainable materials in conjunction with OAS’s proprietary Onto™chemistry, we plan to develop ink formulations that bond to surfaces without pre-treatments using low power radiation sources for curing. The elimination of harmful solvents in these formulations combined with the improved processing conditions will all contribute to products with lower environmental impact.
Success in the inkjet market will lead to further exploitation in the graphic arts market and more broadly in other UV-curable coating markets.
Philip Spinks, CEO, commented:
“We are delighted to be working with a market leader like Sun addressing both adhesion and environmental issues in broad manufacturing applications. The 30 month development programme will commence at the start of February with funding support from the Technology Strategy Board.”