Paints & Coatings - Emerald Kalama Chemicals

Paints & Coatings

Paints & Coatings - Emerald Kalama Chemicals

Paints & Coatings

Paints & Coatings - Emerald Kalama Chemicals

Paints & Coatings

Paints & Coatings

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:

  • optimal surface appearance through superior gloss and clarity,
  • excellent scrub resistance, hardness development, and corrosion resistance (salt fog), and
  • superior dirt pick-up resistance and block resistance versus other common low-VOC coalescents, such as triethylene glycol di-2-ethylhexanoate

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.

Chain Terminator for Alkyds
Purox® B Flakes Benzoic Acid

“Flake” form of our technical benzoic acid, offering high chemical purity and low agglomeration tendency.

Corrosion Inhibitor
Kalama® Sodium Benzoate NF/FCC – Dense

Sodium Benzoate preservative NF/FCC/E211, dense granules (granular form).

Kalama® Sodium Benzoate NF/FCC – EDF

Sodium Benzoate preservative NF/FCC/E211, extruded dust-free.

Low-VOC Coalescent
K-FLEX® PG Non-Phthalate Plasticizer

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.

K-FLEX® 975P Non-Phthalate Plasticizer

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.

K-FLEX® 850S Non-Phthalate Plasticizer

Low-VOC dibenzoate plasticizer optimized for use in waterborne latex applications, especially adhesives, where it improves tack, reduces set times, and suppresses Tg.

K-FLEX® 500P Low-VOC Coalescent

Low-VOC, dibenzoate coalescent tailored for ultra-low-VOC applications such as eco-friendly paints and coatings.

K-FLEX® 500 Non-Phthalate Plasticizer

High solvating, economical plasticizer for adhesives and caulks, as well as other PVC and PVA applications.

Kalama® Benzyl Alcohol Technical

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.


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