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Additives are an essential part of coating applications for many manufacturing processes and end products. If added to a formulation, a solvent can manipulate properties to provide a ‘customised’ coating solution. This action results in additional functionality that many alternative coating technologies cannot match in terms of manufacturing capabilities or the specific performance properties of...
Nitrile adhesives, also known as acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) adhesives, are widely used in various industrial adhesive bonding processes due to their unique properties and capabilities. Nitriles offer several advantages that make them suitable for challenging environmental conditions where other polymer based adhesive formulations might fail. Let’s take a brief look at these performance properties and...
Question: can bio-based adhesives and coatings provide the same high performance as conventional formulations for “greener” application solutions? The environmental challenge Increased pressure from environmental groups, recent natural disasters, and increased environmental awareness has pushed climate change further up the agenda as a major global concern for governments, businesses and the public across the world. ...
Great chemistry for your coating application needs For ITAC, great chemistry isn’t just about the our coating application formulation expertise. It’s also about the relationships we have with our customers as we support them to achieve their internal and external business objectives. Whether it be at the initial concept and design stage, or when taking...
Since its first use by ancient Maya civilisations, rubber is still an essential polymer for hundreds of everyday products including vehicle tyres, footwear, clothing, sports equipment and kitchen appliances. It is also critical to many industrial and commercial applications such as electrical insulation, PPE, seals and gaskets, hydraulics, rubber drive belts, roof coatings and-yes, you’ve...
Silicones are synthetic polymers that can take many forms including solids, rubbers, liquids, gels, oils and pastes. They have an extremely wide range of physical and chemical properties due to their inorganic silicone-oxygen molecular structure. This makes them quite different to organic carbon-based substances in terms of greater chemical stability and inertness, providing silicones with...
High performance adhesives and coatings since 1902. 2022 marks the 120th year since John Markus founded ITAC Limited.  The beginning of Itac started when John discovered that tyre scrapings dissolved in solvent made an excellent rubber adhesive, which when painted onto the outside carcass of a tyre provided an ideal priming coat on which tyre...
two images side by side. Left image is someone walking. Right image is someone cycling.
The challenge On Monday 4th April, David Darbyshire-Clarke embarked on the 874-mile Lands End to John O’Groats virtual challenge to raise money for local young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  He was joined by Steve Farnworth on 20th April who is cycling the virtual route but from the opposite...
Specialist adhesives consist of a variety of chemistries and come in a range of forms to suit specific requirements. Choosing the right adhesive formulation for a particular problem or application involves careful consideration of a number of factors. These include: Bonding properties of the adhesive The application and substrate type Application methods and production requirements...
Colour is a marketing differential that has significant branding importance for a company’s product range.  Whether it’s the practically minded olive drab, or a favourite shade of lavender, the importance of consistency is paramount when designing performance coatings for end use applications. Consider a newly painted room. The perceived difference between a white and an off-white...
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