Emerald’s portfolio of industrial specialties are value-added solutions to achieve excellent performance in a wide array of coatings, including waterbased coatings, alkyd coatings, epoxy resin coatings, stains, varnishes, and lacquers. Emerald is the largest global producer of benzoic acid, which is also used to produce our high quality additives, plasticizers, and modifiers.
The K-FLEX® line of ultra-low-VOC coalescents has excellent compatibility with polar polymers and achieves stronger, better coalesced films with excellent performance characteristics. Benefits include:
In addition, Emerald provides high quality benzoate chemistries used as additives and building blocks in coatings applications. Purox® B benzoic acid is a raw material used as a building block and chain terminator in the production of alkyd resins, where it controls viscosity and enhances desirable performance properties. Kalama® Benzyl Alcohol is a chlorine-free solvent, co-solvent, or non-reactive diluent used in coatings. It is also used in epoxy resins for coatings and as a more environmentally friendly alternative to methylene chloride in paint strippers. Purox® S and Kalama® Sodium Benzoates are safe, widely used corrosion inhibitors for waterborne coatings.
“Flake” form of our technical benzoic acid, offering high chemical purity and low agglomeration tendency.
Very high solvating, dibenzoate plasticizer for outstanding stain resistance and durability in vinyl, as well as a low-VOC coalescent for Ecolabel paints; exceptional low temperature flexibility.
Versatile dibenzoate plasticizer for performance in vinyl, adhesives, sealants, and coatings, offering excellent compatibility with polar polymers and a low freeze point for easier handling.
Low-VOC dibenzoate plasticizer optimized for use in waterborne latex applications, especially adhesives, where it improves tack, reduces set times, and suppresses Tg.
Low-VOC, dibenzoate coalescent tailored for ultra-low-VOC applications such as eco-friendly paints and coatings.
High solvating, economical plasticizer for adhesives and caulks, as well as other PVC and PVA applications.
Building block in various formulations.
K-FLEX is a registered trademark of Emerald Kalama Chemical, LLC for its line of low-VOC plasticizers and coalescents. K-FLEX is also a registered trademark of King Industries, Inc. for its line of polyester and urethane polyols and resin modifiers.