APV Engineered Coatings Demonstrated Agility & Resiliency in 2020

AKRON, Ohio (1/25/2021) – APV Engineered Coatings started 2021 ready to build on the gains it experienced during one of the most challenging years in recent history. The company – an essential business that remained open and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic – pivoted to help meet public health needs while continuing to serve its customer base with specialty chemical products that contributed to the economy and kept other businesses moving forward.


“During years like this, many companies fail to realize the gains from intangible assets and instead, chase turnover ratios and revenue,” said David Venarge, Chairman, APV Engineered Coatings. “Throughout 2020, one of our largest achievements was exercising our character as a company. Although integrity, empathy, transparency, humility, and grit may be difficult to measure, they are equally powerful and essential to a growing business.”

APV has produced over 1 million gallons of surface
disinfectants under private label for several customers.

Manufacturing Milestones

APV’s manufacturing headquarters in Akron became an EPA-Registered Facility in 2020, receiving its designation as EPA Establishment No.96197-oh-1. The registration certifies the company’s production of pesticides and active ingredients in a designated facility.

In March, as the COVID pandemic swept the world and demand for cleaning and sanitizing products skyrocketed, APV’s field service engineering team designed and built a new multi-head filling line inside a renovated 6,000 square foot area of the facility to be used for disinfectant production. The line, which is still in operation, has produced over 1 million gallons of surface disinfectants under private label for several customers that needed to quickly increase capacity to meet critical health and safety needs.

“We were honored to contribute to the emergent public health crisis by helping disinfectant manufacturers ramp up their production output,” said Mike Couchie, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, APV Engineered Coatings. “Our new, safe manufacturing and filling line was operational in record time to streamline throughput and sustain quality for our contract partners.”

APV’s private label and contract manufacturing, which grew 30 percent year-over-year in 2020, represents 31 percent of APV’s total revenues, an increase of 9 percent over 2019.

In other facility news, the company also completed the construction of an additional warehouse, which brings 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to its 14-acre campus. The warehouse was built to house materials and packaging necessary to support the increase in production volume.

 
Product Innovations

APV continued its focus on creating new custom chemical formulations for a range of unique applications in 2020. For example, the company:

  • Formulated innovative VYNGUARD® Durable Water Repellent (DWR) hydrophobic coatings for outdoor fabrics, clothing, and personal protective apparel.
  • Expanded VYNGUARD® Anti-Microbial coating chemistries with extreme resistance to disinfectants and cleaners for vinyl wallcovering, contract seating, and other applications.
  • Introduced a new UV-curable technology in the VYNGUARD® brand for marine and automotive fabric, such as covers, Bimini tops, as well as convertible and jeep soft tops.
  • Customized formulations under the KAPGUARD® line of high-performance PVDF-based coatings for building products made of polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, fiberglass reinforced plastic and other materials.
  • Created a highly unique anti-microbial coating for high-purity air filtration systems.

In addition to the successful launch of these new products, APV saw sales of existing products increase in 2020. The company’s NeverFade® brand enjoyed a 205 percent year-over-year sales growth, helping the company’s total portfolio of architectural building products achieve a 15 percent year-over-year sales growth. The architectural building products portfolio now represents 10 percent of APV’s total revenues, a growth of two percent over 2019.

Industry Leadership and Accolades

Inside APV’s newly constructed 20,000 square foot warehouse to support the increase in production volume.

APV demonstrated flexibility in 2020 as many industry events and conferences switched to online formats. For example, the company exhibited at the first virtual IFAI Expo in November.

APV, along with its supplier partner Arkema, Inc., also worked with the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) to develop a new specification that raises the bar for color retention. The SSPC Paint 47 standard was officially approved and issued at the end of December.

“This is the first standard for high-performance, field-applied coatings in darker and saturated colors,” said Couchie. “APV contributed to the effort by providing samples of NeverFade® for a blind study comparing different coating chemistries.”

APV, one of PCI Magazine’s Top 25 North American Paint Manufacturers, had its fair share of industry accolades in 2020 as well.

It received a PaintSquare Elevation Award in the Renovation/Retrofit category for a façade restoration project at the Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options facility in Sunrise, Fla. The project used NeverFade® Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® to give the 43,000-square-foot facility a fresh, welcoming new look and a 30-year extended service life.

APV also won the 2020 Metal Architecture Design Award in the Renovations and Retrofit category for a project that used NeverFade® Coatings to give a clean, factory-like finish to the anodized aluminum exterior of a 45-year-old, 18-story, Class-A office building in Newport Beach, California.

“For more than a decade, building owners and project specifiers have turned to NeverFade® Coatings to extend the life of their properties,” said Couchie. “We are honored that industry professionals recognize the value, quality and cost-efficient investment of NeverFade® for sustainably lengthening the life of building facades.”

An Exciting Year Ahead in 2021

APV expects demand for its unique chemistries and products to grow in 2021 and added a third shift in 2020 to help meet the need. The company also plans to make significant investments in new manufacturing equipment and a next-generation manufacturing area to support its NeverFade® and architectural building products business.

“APV demonstrated a concerted effort to adapt to change in 2020 and that spirit of agility and resiliency will continue throughout 2021 and beyond,” said Thomas Venarge, President, APV Engineered Coatings. “We look forward to getting back to business as usual, creating new jobs and contributing to the growth of the Ohio and U.S. economy.”</>

About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings is a privately held company that custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings or using the handle @APVcoatings.

 

NeverFade®, KAPGuard®, and Vynguard® are registered trademarks of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.
Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® is a registered trademark of Arkema Inc.

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APV Engineered Coatings had a Successful Exhibit at the IFAI Expo 2016

APV Announces VYNGUARD® Contest Winners from IFAI

AKRON, Ohio (October 28, 2016)- APV Engineered Coatings hosted a booth at the 2016 IFAI Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina last week to showcase their re-released VYNGUARD® product line.  VYNGUARD, a series of lacquer chemistries custom formulated for each customer, was originally launched for use with non-woven, vinyl substrates.  The company has now engineered additional formulations for use on specialty woven fabrics and leather hide applications.

“Flexible fabrics and vinyl manufacturing is one of our fastest growing markets and the VYNGUARD® brand is receiving excellent reviews from the industry. Our current customers have had such success in the field that we wanted to expand our presence into a broader arena… the IFAI show provided us the perfect setting to do that,” said Mike Couchie, Vice President of Sales.

APV acquired several domestic and international opportunities, which will be handled by the company’s sales and technical R&D departments. Applications include truck tarpaulins, fabrics for outdoor building products, specialty clothing, and marine covers, among others. APV’s engineers and technical experts have deep-rooted knowledge in the formulation of unique chemical technologies to optimize performance in the field or end-use.

“We want to thank everyone that stopped by our booth this year,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “We’d also like to congratulate our contest winners!”

The winners were randomly selected from APV’s pool of booth visitors. The company will be awarding $500 Visa® Gift cards to Aaron Bell of Majilite Corporation and Cristy Benson of Ultratech. APV will also be awarding a Bushnell® Tour V3 Rangefinder to Seckin Ozol of Transhield Inc.

APV plans to exhibit at IFAI Expo next year in New Orleans. They plan to introduce more line extensions to the VYNGUARD® brand as they begin to commercialize chemistries with innovative performance polymers, environmental compliance, and excellent bond strength to new substrates.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner for some of the world’s top producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advance materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.VYNGUARD.com . Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings, or with the handle @APVcoatings.

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Solano Community College Saves $48,000+ on Vallejo Center Paint Job with NeverFade® Paint from APV Engineered Coatings


APV Offers Industry-Exclusive 15-Year Paint-and-Labor Guarantee

VALLEJO, Calif. (September 27, 2016) — Faced with the prospect of having to repaint a relatively new, but severely faded building three times over a 15-year period, facility management at Solano Community College decided to try a different approach: take advantage of a 15-year paint-and-labor warranty on NeverFade® paint from APV Engineered Coatings. The result? Savings of more than $48,000.

Solano Community College’s Vallejo Center campus is located on the San Pablo Bay, northeast of San Francisco, an area known for ocean-driven fog, wind and moisture, coupled with sunny, hot and windy afternoons. The weather conditions caused the building’s exterior —originally painted with a premium acrylic latex paint — to fade from a bright, “Solano Safety Blue” to a tired, battleship grey in just five years. Even a light touch of the walls left a chalky residue on the hands.

“The building’s curb appeal was lackluster, to put it mildly, and we started to get complaints from students, community members and our board of trustees,” said James Buchanan, director of facilities for Solano Community College. “We didn’t relish the thought — or the expense — of having to repaint the building every five years. When we learned about the 15-year guarantee on NeverFade, it was an easy choice.”

NeverFade is a water-based, low-VOC exterior coating. It contains Kynar Aquatec® resin, a tough, engineering thermoplastic that does not degrade when exposed to harsh ultraviolet, thermal and chemical pollution environments. It resists fading, chalking, dirt, staining, algae, mold, and fungal growth and helps protect substrates from corrosion in marine environments.

“We are so confident in the performance of NeverFade that we offer a 15-year warranty against fading,” says Erin Brown, director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings, who notes that the company custom-blends each batch of NeverFade to match the customer’s color specifications. “This warranty is unique because it doesn’t just cover the cost of the product. It also covers labor costs.”

For Solano Community College’s Vallejo Center, those costs were estimated to be $16,000-$18,000 per paint job — a significant expense if the building needed to be repainted every five years. Not included in that expense are the “soft costs” associated with the building’s appearance.

“We want to make our campus attractive to students and the community so it’s a good learning environment and a place people want to be,” Buchanan says. “Now, thanks to the NeverFade paint job, the Vallejo Center looks fabulous. Everyone is impressed with the striking color.”

 

solano-college-before-neverfadeBefore: The Vallejo Center was built in 2007, but began to fade in 2012. This is what it looked like just prior to being repainted in the summer of 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

solano-cc_vallejo-center_neverfade-case_photo8After: The Vallejo Center with a new coat of NeverFade® paint in a custom-blended “Solano Safety Blue.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Solano Community College

Solano College is part of California’s public community college system of 113 campuses in 72 districts across the state. The College’s service area encompasses the communities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville, Vallejo and Winters, as well as Travis Air Force Base. Many graduates of the area’s fifteen public high schools and three private schools take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by Solano Community College. With the current student population of 11,000 almost evenly divided between day and evening, the Solano College campus is alive at all hours offering academic study and occupational training to area residents.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner for some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com.

Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

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Engineering the Perfect Tire Stripe

APV Equipment Engineering TeamAKRON, Ohio (August 15, 2016) — From unique rubber compounds to varying tread patterns, tire producers focus on a number of areas on the tire to set themselves apart and perfect the look of the finished tire. Although not a primary focus of tire designers, the brightly colored identification marks around the tread play a key role in tire building as well as the aesthetics of the finished product. APV Engineered Coatings has been developing and commercializing vibrant, long-lasting stripes for decades by optimizing the ink formulation and application equipment for tire makers and can attest to the importance of engineering the perfect tread stripe.

The Formulation
Tire makers have found that some consumers will correlate a fresh new tire with the vibrancy and completeness of the tread stripe. Regardless of whether a tire has passed inspection; it can provoke the inclination that it lacks quality if the stripe appears faded, has been removed, or contains any imperfections. APV addresses this consumer concern and meets the tire companies practical requirements for tread striping with an industry-proven line of inks, which remain vibrant for an extended period of time, adhere to the rubber compound, cure under a variety of drying conditions, and meet EPA restrictions on solvents and VOCs. The ink chemistry is a unique formulation that is offered in two water-based versions, based on viscosity. Depending on the application equipment being used to apply the stripe, APV determines the appropriate ink system for the tire maker.

The Application
Chemistry is not the only component of a perfect tire stripe; the application equipment is also critical to stripe aesthetics and life-cycle. This is the reasoning behind the APV’s newly formed team of engineers who design and install customized equipment for individual tire facilities. This engineering team has not only proven to be a unique selling advantage for APV, but also its foundation for successfully striping millions of tires per day throughout the world.

“Not all tire makers apply stripes in the same manner, so we’ve designed different systems to accommodate variables, such as: the volume of tires produced, the number of stripes and colors applied to each tire, just to name a couple,” says Matthew Logan, Engineering Manager at APV. “We can’t successfully apply [tread] stripes without customizing the equipment for each customer.”

APV offers three base striping systems: the Beugler® Wheel system, the Gravity Feed System, and the Pressurized Capillary System. Each system is custom-designed to meet the needs of the individual production facility, whether engineering for the degree of automation required or number of stripes/colors applied.

Matt Logan, Engineering Manager

Matt Logan, Engineering Manager

With the Beugler® Wheel System, a quart-sized bottle of tread striping ink is outfitted with a special cap paired with a pitched or toothed wheel. The bottle is placed upside down in a custom holder, placing the wheel against the tread. As the tread moves on the conveyer belt, the wheel rotates, transferring the ink evenly onto the tread. The Beugler® caps and wheels are designed in a variety of sizes and pitches to allow different striping widths and transfer amounts.

APV’s Gravity Feed Striping System consists of a multi-bottle unit, specialized gravity feed caps, tubing, and a control panel. The ink cap is fitted to the tubing, which is attached to a specific gauge syringe needle. The needle is secured into place on the tread compound by a uniquely designed holder. Gravity supplies the ink to the needle, and a pre-designated amount is applied to the surface, allowing a regulated flow rate. As the tread moves on the conveyor, the ink is applied. The control panel is semi-automatic and easy to operate.

The Pressurized Capillary System is ideal for production lines that produce a large volume of tire stripes per day. The system consists of ASME pressure tanks, a custom engineered air pressure manifold, a specialized ink pressure manifold, and a control panel. Striping ink is stored and agitated in the tanks and an air pressure manifold sends the ink through the capillary tubing to the ink manifold. The ink is then fed to the needle and transferred to the tread in a similar manner as the Gravity Feed System. Each color in the system is independently controlled by an extra sensitive regulator to increase or decrease pressure, which determines the flow rate of the ink.

The Future in Tread Striping
APV is continuing its strategic focus on optimizing the striping ink formulation with its customized equipment to achieve the perfect stripe. The equipment engineering team continues to improve tread striping areas of production, resulting in reduced scrap for tire companies, a lower VOC emitting process, and improved tire aesthetics.

About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products out of Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner with some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com.
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Lon Bauer Joins APV Engineered Coatings as Product Development Manager

Lon BauerAKRON, Ohio (May 10, 2016) — APV Engineered Coatings adds to its staff of coating chemistry professionals with the hire of Lon Bauer as product development manager. Bauer will be responsible for developing new coatings for flexible films and textiles, including development work on the company’s VYNGUARD® line of premium high-performance coatings.

Bauer’s background includes 25+ years in the chemical industry and 20+ years in the coatings industry. Over his career, he has developed chemistries for adhesives, graphic arts, functional coatings, paper coatings, inks, paints and flexible film coatings. Prior to joining APV, Bauer was responsible for developing a formaldehyde-free upholstery coating and a water-based lid coating. He received two patents for his development of a heat seal re-seal coating.

“Lon brings a tremendous amount of expertise to our technical team,” said John Russell, VP, technical director, APV Coatings. “We look forward to his contributions — especially as we extend VYNGUARD® from its traditional use with non-woven, vinyl substrates into new specialty fabric and leather hide applications.”

Bauer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cleveland State University, lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where he enjoys camping, hiking, working on cars, and spending time with his two children.

About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner with some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com.

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APV Engineered Coatings Promotes John Russell to VP

AKRONJohn,Ohio (March 28, 2016) — APV Engineered Coatings, a custom formulator and manufacturer of industrial coatings and advanced chemical products, has promoted John Russell to the position of Vice President and Technical Director. In his new position, Russell will be responsible for managing staff chemists, quality control, and formulation and production troubleshooting.

“John has been instrumental to the success of APV Engineered Coatings’ research and new product development efforts,” said Thomas Venarge, President. “He is an accomplished coatings development chemist with 20 years of research in engineering and commercializing advanced chemistries.”

Russell, a resident of New Philadelphia, Ohio, has worked for APV for 16 years as a chemist. In this position, he was responsible for formulating coatings and adhesives and scaling up products for production. Since joining APV, he has focused on high-performance coatings for flexible films and advanced textiles. He has successfully engineered chemistries with new-to-market advances in anti-graffiti properties, hydrophobic and hydrophilic functionality and superior outdoor weathering characteristics.

Prior to his role at APV, Russell has developed silicon-based coating chemistries for non-stick metal bakeware. Throughout his career, he has produced a broad range of water and solvent-based polymer formulations solving some of the industry’s most challenging performance criteria with scalable, practical and application-friendly solutions.

About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner with some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com.

APV ENGINEERED COATINGS EXTENDS VYNGUARD® PERFORMANCE COATINGS INTO WOVEN FABRIC & LEATHER HIDE APPLICATIONS

Substantial Improvements Made to VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Formulation

AKRON, Ohio (January 25, 2016) —VYNGUARD®, a line of premium, high-performance coatings and finishes for long-term performance, is now available for specialty fabric and leather hide applications. The line — originally launched for use with non-woven, vinyl substrates — includes seven base chemistries the company custom-formulates for each customer.

As part of the product re-launch, the company has made substantial improvements to its unique VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate formulation. Thanks to a custom-developed polymer, VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate now has improved abrasion resistance, improved surface tension for a softer and smoother finish, and additional UV inhibitors. It also provides exceptional dirt shedding and stain resistance for applications such as rolled decking, awning material and high-end wall coverings.

Available in solvent- or water-based, VYNGUARD® chemistries provide an easy-to-apply clear, protective layer that can mitigate 100 percent of plasticizer from migrating through the surface. They exceed industry standards for UV resistance, dirt shedding, moisture resistance, severe stain protection and fungal resistance, depending on the chemistry. Colored topcoats or print ink formulations are made with specialty grade inorganic pigments for superior color fastness. They have long coating lifecycles and provide high-definition print reception, superior dot gain properties and excellent adhesion.

“VYNGUARD® has become quite popular in the specialty fabrics industry thanks to its proven performance and our custom development services,” says Mike Couchie, vice president, Sales & Marketing, APV Engineered Coatings. “This is not an off-the-shelf product. We formulate our chemistry and adjust its performance properties to meet each customer’s exact specification. We also help our customers integrate our chemistries into their manufacturing processes, assist with product trials, design and install application equipment and offer guidance on existing processes.”

Close up_gravure roll on striped vinyl awningRange of Applications
VYNGUARD® is ideal for coating applicators, material manufacturers and OEMs in a number of industries. The coatings can be applied to substrates via dip coat, gravure, roll coat, spray and rotary screen methods.

Following are a few examples of how the VYNGUARD® chemistry can be custom-formulated to meet specific customer needs:

  • Automotive — VYNGUARD® Anti-graffiti passes 200,000 W-Flex testing and 400,000 cycles of Wyzenbeek testing, proving high flexibility and abrasion resistance for automotive upholstery applications. This anti-graffiti chemistry also resists blue jean dye staining without compromising the soft, premium leather feel. Other automotive applications include door panels and dashboards.
  • Marine — VYNGUARD® with Kynar Aquatec® has excellent stain performance, anti-fungal properties, withstands harsh UV radiation and improves dirt shedding in marine upholstery applications. The company’s VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate formula contains UV-absorbing additives and offers superior abrasion resistance, making it ideal for boat flooring applications.
  • Outdoor Building Products — VYNGUARD® with Kynar Aquatec® is ideal for awnings, rolled decking, furniture fabric, roofing and specialty outdoor products. This can be formulated as a clear top finish or pigmented for products requiring stripes and other printed patterns. VYNGUARD® Weldable PVDF is ideal for products such as flexible roofing and decking membrane, which require welding in the field and outstanding outdoor weathering performance.
  • Contract Seating — VYNGUARD® Anti-graffiti can be formulated with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additives to make upholstered seating in hospitals cleaner, safer, and stain resistant. Sharpie® marker, coffee, catsup, mustard, and iodine can easily be removed from the surface. VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate also is used on upholstery for seating found in hotels, restaurants, mass transit, and offices.
  • Wallcovering — Manufacturers of commercial wallcoverings count on VYNGUARD® Urethane and Acrylic to provide long-lasting protection while maintaining the integrity of colors, textures and patterns.More information about VYNGUARD® performance coatings can be found at www.vynguard.com. To obtain a product sample, click here.

About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner for some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com.

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Zyvex Technologies Launches ZyMER® Innovative Advanced Rubber Technology

Zyvex Molecularly Engineered Rubber Revolutionizes Commercial Applications

COLUMBUS, OHIO- In its continued focus to utilize carbon nanomaterials to revolutionize advanced materials, Zyvex Technologies announced today, at Nanotech 2012 in Tokyo, the introduction of its advanced rubber technology, Zyvex Molecularly Engineered Rubber or ZyMER.

ZyMER is a distinct nano-engineered rubber technology using chemistry that allows carbon nanotubes to be inserted inside a rubber compound for added strength and improved conductive properties of elastomers. After six years of researching, developing, and refining manufacturing processes with companies such as APV Engineered Coatings®, and also one of the largest providers of products and services to the energy industry, results demonstrate ZyMER to be highly effective in manufacturing environments for industrial applications, such as gaskets and belts. Other customer collaboration efforts are focused on additional rubber products, such as improved efficiency for tires in the automotive market.

Zyvex Technologies launches ZyMER, advanced rubber technology, after tests shows improvements in enhanced mechanical and electrical properties such as tear strength and elasticity. (source: Zyvex Technologies)

Zyvex Technologies launches ZyMER, advanced rubber technology, after tests shows improvements in enhanced mechanical and electrical properties such as tear strength and elasticity. (source: Zyvex Technologies)

Industry currently has a limited set of tools to enhance the mechanical or electrical properties of rubber compounds. Traditional additives, such as carbon black or silver, cannot provide improved mechanical or electrical properties without reducing the elastic properties that make rubber desirable. Using ZyMER, engineers, designers and manufacturers do not have to compromise when developing stronger or more conductive rubber formulations. Using three rubber compounds –SBR, NBR, and FKM (flouroelastomers) — results demonstrate (depending on the loading level of ZyMER):

  • Surface resistivity of 10(6) – 10(7) ohms/cm
  • Tear strength improvements of 30-40%
  • Tensile modulus (stiffness) improvements of 50-60%

The industry is evolving to help improve manufacturing outputs as products are upgraded. Long term, industrial engineers and designers can benefit from access to nanomaterials in the products they develop. Two-thirds of the world’s rubber is synthetic. Synthetic rubber’s increased adoption is from developments that make the production more efficient, less costly, and with less pollution to the environment.(1)

“If we as a manufacturer can significantly increase our customers’ assembly line speed, reduce maintenance costs and increase the performance of rubber products, we can revolutionize an age-old industry,” said Michael Phillips, plant manager, APV Engineered Coatings. “If production can be increased as a direct result of stronger, more conductive rubber, while enhancing the performance of the end-product, the industry is going to make monumental strides. We’re confident our customers will experience all of these benefits when using nano-enhanced technology,” noted Phillips.

“Zyvex is widely recognized as the first nanotechnology venture. The company and its spin-offs have pioneered the development of a wide range of innovations including a family of nanomaterials that are now well established in

the supply chain for nano-enabled products,” said Michael Tomczyk, the managing director for the Mack Center of Technological Innovation at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Nemeth, director commercial and defense applications for Zyvex Technologies, said, “When you start to engineer materials at the atomic level like we do, a whole realm of possibilities opens up. We are excited to be the first to commercialize molecularly engineered rubber that allows our customers to easily take advantage of the properties of carbon nanomaterials.”

The American rubber industry has become the largest and the most technologically advanced in the world.(2) The automotive market, rubber’s largest consumer, has become a big proponent in using renewable-based materials – not only for tires, but also for other auto components.(3) According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, U.S. tire shipments increased 10 percent in 2010. Tires are losing the commodity label, as greater emphasis is made on branding and major innovations in rubber.

Nemeth added, “With its versatility, ZyMER is available for a variety of compounds—

ZyMER, advanced rubber technology, improves the efficiency of tires in the automotive market. Zyvex is the first company to commercialize nanomaterial additives for rubber products. (source: Zyvex Technologies)

ZyMER, advanced rubber technology, improves the efficiency of tires in the automotive market. Zyvex is the first company to commercialize nanomaterial additives for rubber products. (source: Zyvex Technologies)

offering clear flexibility within a vast amount of industries. Specific customer

formulations are being developed for other portions of the market, such as butyl rubber.” Industry leaders are contacting Zyvex to discuss applications for ZyMER additives that have already been developed and also for custom formulation development.

Trends and legislation in the tire industry that have fueled innovations in the polymer industry are(4):

  • Usage of lightweight materials
  • Tire durability and performance
  • Tire-labeling and rolling resistance legislation
  • The “Go green” theme that has brought eco-friendly materials to the forefront.

About Zyvex Technologies

Zyvex Technologies unlocks the power of carbon nanomaterials. Headquartered in Columbus, OH, with facilities in Texas, South Dakota, and Washington, Zyvex Technologies was the first company to bring nano-enhanced products to the marketplace. Their commercially proven technology makes products stronger, lighter, tougher and more electrically conductive. Visit booth E-36 at Nanotech 2012 in Tokyo or www.zyvextech.com to learn more.

 

 

 

¹Recycled Rubber, http://sustainablematerials.com/recycled-rubber/ (August 2, 2009)

²United States Synthetic Rubber Program, 1939-1945, http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=929&content_id=CTP_004465&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=18e27caf-9182-4691-80c0-40028e085cea (2012)

³ Doris de Guzman, Momentum builds for the development of bio-based chemicals for rubber manufacture,http://www.icis.com/Articles/2011/07/01/9481223/rubber-industry-seeks-bio-based-chemicals-potential.html (July 29, 2011)

4K. Deepan Kannan Shree Vidhya Karunanidhi, Polymer and rubber innovation lighten environmental impact of automobiles, http://www.icis.com/Articles/2010/10/25/9403881/polymer-and-rubber-innovation-lighten-environmental-impact-of.html (October 22, 2010)

APV Engineered Coatings Launches New Website

AKRON, OHIO- APV Engineered Coatings, a leader in custom coatings design and manufacturing within a broad range of industries, has launched a brand new website with an improved user interface and a modernized look to better reflect the brand. The site features a company video, updated product and service information, and quick and easy navigation.

“We are pleased to showcase our 134 year-old brand in a modernized site that communicates our innovations and technical expertise, while still portraying the friendly, ‘easy to do business with’ nature of our company,” said Michael Couchie, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at APV.

The website is organized by products, industries, and services allowing the viewer to easily navigate through the site based on what they are trying to find. The home page features a company video where the viewer can learn about APV’s core business from the Chairman, President, and other employees within the company. It also boasts an interactive map allowing easy access to distributor contact information. Product pages include a photo gallery, downloadable literature, and easy links to get in touch with a customer service representative or technical sales representative.

APV new releases and media information can easily be accessed in the media room, a sub-domain of www.apvcoatings.com and where the viewer can opt-in to RSS feeds and subscribe to the company’s social media sites.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings has grown from providing the black enamel paint for the Ford Model T to revolutionizing advanced chemical technologies for a wide variety of industries. The company provides innovative manufacturing and engineering solutions to meet the demands of today’s needs for specialty paints and coatings.

To visit APV’s website, go to www.apvcoatings.com.

See APV Engineered Coatings’® Products in Arkema Booth at IRE 2012

AKRON, OHIO – APV eCoolRoof® with Kynar Aquatec®, APV Engineered Coatings® cool roof coating product, will be featured and displayed as part of the Arkema® booth at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in February 2012.

APV eCoolRoof®, a cool roof coating system, is comprised of a Kynar Aquatec® resin-based topcoat and an elastomeric acrylic basecoat, which meets the high energy savings demands of property owners through its high, sustaining reflectivity values. Along with high reflectivity, the eco-friendly APV eCoolRoof has a low VOC content and resists ultraviolet (UV) degradation, chalking, water pickup, dirt pickup, staining, chemicals and corrosion, algae and fungal growth along with abrasion. Made in Ohio, the product increases the comfort level of the interior of a structure by providing lower indoor temperatures, which reduces the amount of energy used from cooling systems.

The Kynar Aquatec resin used in APV eCoolRoof is a tough, engineered thermoplastic offering a unique balance of properties to withstand harsh thermal, chemical and UV environmental conditions. Manufactured by Arkema Inc., the resin provides APV eCoolRoof with the ability to sustain the product’s reflective properties and resist against erosion, abrasions, dirt and the growth of mold and mildew.

Information on APV eCoolRoof as well as product samples and end-use examples will be presented in the Arkema booth #331. Booth visitors will also be entered into the APV eCoolRoof and Kynar Aquatec Sweepstakes to win a 46” Samsung 3D LED Flat Screen HDTV.

Founded in Akron, Ohio in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings® manufactures innovative, custom-engineered products that are sold worldwide to a variety of industries. For more information on products and services, please visit www.apvcoatings.com, www.ecoolroof.com, www.ecoofroof.wordpress.com, on Twitter at @APVCoatings or call 800-772-3452.

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APV eCoolRoof products are sold under a trademark license from ARKEMA INC. which is the owner of the KYNAR and KYNAR AQUATEC Trademarks.

APV eCoolRoof is a registered trademark belonging to APV Engineered Coatings.