Netherlands-based Royal DSM N.V., the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company has recently opened a new factory for waterborne acrylic resins in Waalwijk (Netherlands) with a total investment of EUR 30 mln. The new factory is housed at the existing DSM NeoResins+ production site in Waalwijk. The waterborne acrylic resins, which comply with current and future legislation regarding volatile organic compounds (VOC), are used in coatings for joinery, decorative and industrial wood applications as well as in the graphic arts industry.
Waterborne acrylic resins use water as a carrier instead of oil- based solvents. Solvent-based paints contain a variety of VOC that are harmful to the environment and painters. New and upcoming environmental regulations, in both Europe and North America, are driving demand for low-VOC and zero-VOC coatings which are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to both the environment and painters. DSM NeoResins+ has been an early adapter to the new regulations, and has worked on building a portfolio of products that meet future requirements today, without compromising on performance.