Two polyvinyl chloride- (PVC-) free sealing compound systems manufactured by German company Actega Coatings & Sealants have won the 2011 innovation award hosted by its parent company, speciality chemicals company Altana Group.
Actega subsidiary companies have developed two PVC-free sealants, Provalin and Artiseal, for twist-off caps and lug tops, thereby complying with the European Plastics Directive.
The sealant manufacturer explains that in terms of this directive, certain phthalates, which were commonly used in PVC lining compounds for closures, have been banned, while other plasticisers have been restricted, particularly when in contact with fatty or oily foodstuffs.
In November, more than 150 researchers and developers of the Altana Group held discussions in Wesel, Germany, on technical and economic developments, as well as future innovation trends, at the international Altana Innovation Conference.
Altana says innovation is key to further growth.
It adds that new developments are investigated and implemented together with cus- tomers and in close proximity to the customer, with 48 laboratory and research sites worldwide offering customers innovative solu- tions in the area of surface protection and finishing.
Altana chief technology officer Dr Georg Wiebmeier points out that the cross-company cooperation and the economic success of the two sealant products have exemplified Altana’s innovation culture.
“The innovation project of three companies of the Actega division illustrates how innovations are successfully developed and marketed through the use of specific know-how and different technologies,” he adds.
The innovation award is presented at the annual Altana Innovation Conference for technically outstanding innovations that are already successful in the market.